Welcome to my Polish blog! My Polish great grandpa was orphaned during the Chicago flu epidemic of 1918 & spent his life looking for all of his siblings. Some family stayed in Chicago & some returned to Poland. Some family was Catholic, & some are believed to be Jewish. I post the things I learn in efforts it may help someone else in their research. I also hope this blog helps me connect with others that know about the people I'm learning about. Digital images of records or links are put inside most postings so you can view records full screen. I encourage comments. Feel free to sign the guestbook, stating who you're looking for. Maybe we can all help each other out this way, because there are many challenges with Polish research. I hope you enjoy learning with me. And I hope to be taught more about my Polish heritage.
I have added a few languages to this blog through Google translate. I hope that it may be accurate enough with the communication of ideas.
Thanks! -Julie

Witam! (Polish translation of Welcome)

Witam w moim polskim blogu! Mój pradziadek został osierocony w czasie epidemii grypy w 1918 roku i spędził wiele lat poszukując swojego rodzeństwa. Część rodziny pozostała w Chicago a część wróciła do Polski. Część rodziny była katolikami a część, jak przypuszczam, wyznania mojżeszowego. Piszę w moim blogu o rzeczach które odkrywam i o których dowiaduję się mając nadzieję, że pomogą one wszystkim zainteresowanym w ich własnych poszukiwaniach. Wierzę, że ten blog pomoże mi w skontaktowaniu się z ludźmi którzy wiedzą coś na temat osób ktorych poszukuję. Zdjęcia cyfrowe lub linki umieszczone są w większości moich komentarzy i artykułów, można więc otworzyć je na cały ekran. Gorąco zachęcam do komentarzy. Proszę wpisać się do księgi gości i podać kogo Państwo szukacie. Może będziemy mogli pomóc sobie nawzajem, ponieważ nie jest łatwo znaleźć dane których szukamy. Mam nadzieję, że zainteresuje Państwa odkrywanie ze mną tajemnic przeszłości. Mam rówież nadzieję poznać lepiej moje polskie dziedzictwo.

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Dziękuję! - Julie

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16 February 2017

Wandzel DNA match- Ancestry.com

My grandfather recently got a Wandzel DNA match on Ancestry.com. Hooray! I had not heard of this family before which traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. (A few relatives stayed in Poland). Thankfully the other person who did the DNA test had posted a few sources which helped me see what I was looking for. On immigration records, this Wandzel family was from the same place as our family, Zywiec Poland. The DNA match would be about 4 generations back. The other person doing the test and my grandfather only knew 3 generations back. So the next generation that we don't know is the match.

There are much more Wandzel's showing up on immigration search results, more than my searches just a month ago. For a long time, I could only find 3 Wandzel families. Ours (Rosalie married to Adam Santera), one in Minneapolis (who might be related to Rosalie's brother) and one that started in Fall River Massachusetts and ended up in Ohio. I'm currently looking at the immigrating Wandzel families and trying to piece them together based on immigration records stating family members, naturalizations and vital records. Adam Sanetra has a possibility of 3 siblings that could have immigrated (all sisters), Rosalie has possibility of 3 siblings.

If you are Sanetra, Wandzel, Klosak, Biel, Gowin, Zulawski,...or from Zywiec...If you have done a DNA test and would like to see if you match my grandfather send me a message. On Ancestry, my user name is Julie_Cabitto. (underscore in the middle of my name)

12 December 2016

Catherine Stowe Sanetra - square dancing and western clothes

Catherine & Paul Sanetra square dancing

I love this picture of my great grandparents! This weekend, I was asking their son Richard Sanetra about some of his pictures. I will start posting pictures with stories as I learn them.

Today, Phoenix, Arizona, is a big city, with lots of roads and buildings. It's been fascinating to see pictures my grandfather had of Phoenix (and the surrounding area) in the mid 1940's. Lots of sand and dirt! They used to ride their horses to the store, in places that are now highways. A lot can change in 70 years!

This picture was taken in the 1950's. Paul and Catherine were in a square dancing group in Phoenix. Not professional, they just got together for fun. There were about 40-50 couples. Catherine sewed her dancing outfits, matching outfits for she and her husband. Western style shirts were pretty popular then. People paid Catherine to make men's western shirts. She got about 35$ for making a shirt, in the 1950's, which is pretty good money. Catherine and Paul loved dancing and had a lot of fun square dancing with their friends.

14 November 2016

1913-Another Bronislawa and Stanley Sanetra, Brooklyn, NY

I finally found where that index about Bronislawa was referencing! Continuation of this post: Bronislawa Sanetra 1913 index ...I could not find the record in searches for Ellis Island, on their website, or on Ancestry.com. I had to manually look through it.  The Index said the ship was the Rhein Oct through Dec 1913. I saw a few ships were on this index. I decided to try to go to the beginning of the index book on the microfilm to see what the index numbers meant. When I got to the beginning of the book, it said this was an index for The Frankfurt ship which sailed 13 Oct 1913. The Rhein did sail in Oct but it was Oct 7th, and that book was later on the same microfilm.  The book Bronislawa was in did not give info about what the numbers meant. But I saw one number pattern on the index, and that was the section of the ship was the first number. In the upper corners of the manifest pages you can see the section number. On Ellis Island.org, I went to "search ship", typed in Frankfurt, clicked on 13 Oct 1913, then looked for section 13 and found her very quickly. I can't believe doing so many searches, this record does not show up anywhere. Thankfully the index told me how to manually find it. Now I'm curious to learn more about this family I'm not seeing on records.
There's 2 pages for this record. Summary: Bronislawa Sanetra age 25, married, housewife. Children: Stefania, Stanislaw (twins? Stefania listed as 7 -3/4, Stanislaw 7), Julian; Bronislawa was born at Wilno, Poland. Children listed as born in the United States. The husband of Bronislawa was Josef Sanetra. (or Sanetro). I think her father's name is spelled Felix Kiechwedowice. Final destination, Brooklyn, NY where Josef Sanetra lived. So this Bronislawa was born about 1888 in Wilno, Poland and Sanetra is her married name. This also means there should be one other Stanley Sanetra showing up on records. He's 2 years younger than my Stanley and the Stanley in Minneapolis. Also I noted, only Bronislawa was on an index, not her children. Maybe the index was only for people not born in the US?

30 October 2016

New record for Bronislawa Sanetra

Update 14 Nov 2016: continues with this post:  1913-Another Stanley and Bronislawa Sanetra

I found a new record for Bronislawa! Now I'm trying to find the manifest that matches this. I heard there's some new immigration collections being indexed. I did a search yesterday on FamilySearch and found there are new immigration indexes. In 1911, two Bronislawa Sanetra's immigrated to the US. They are the only two Bronislawa's I've ever been able to find. One is ours, who never made it to our family, she was a young girl. The other, was an adult, who married Rudolph Cender and remained in New York the rest of her life.
Here is from the new collection I found. This is not listed with Ellis Island under collections. This is a new collection, an index to immigrants arriving in New York.
1911-1913 immigration : Bronislawa Sanetra
I had never seen this 1913 entry before yesterday. Sailed from Bremen, on the ship Rhein. Arrived between Oct to Dec 1913, and final destination New York. I spent awhile trying to find this record. I looked on Ellis Island. The Rhein did sail Oct, Nov and Dec 1913. Each ship was listed as having 800-1000 passengers. I found some records on Ancestry.com that had been digitized from microfilm. But I only sifted through about 300-400 names scrolling through for each month. I know I didn't see the whole ship, even though I scrolled through all the manifest there. So I'll keep looking.
1913 Bronislawa Sanetra immigration
Here's a link to the image: to image Bronislawa 1913 Third name from the bottom.
This could be a different person I haven't heard of yet. Or it could be our Bronislawa. She may have had to go back because she didn't find her parents and this was her trying to come back. The Ellis Island record of 1911 is the last record I have for our Bronislawa.
Looking forward to seeing what more I can learn about this Bronislawa.

Correction: 9 Nov 2016- The only other Bronislawa Sanetra I know, (besides my family), was married to Rudolph Cender; She was married when she immigrated. So she traveled with the name of Bronislawa Cender, not Sanetra. She immigrated in 23 Aug 1911 with her son Raymond Cender.

17 October 2016

Stürmer or Streicher Library trying to reunite owners with their books

I read an amazing story this week about a group of people trying to return books to families that were confiscated/stolen during WWII. Here is a link to that page: Books trying to reunite with owners
Can you imagine trying to return 10,000 books stolen by Nazi's to their original families? I imagine the internet helps, trying to spread the message around the world. The article said the books came from 514 Austrian towns and other European localities, in 25 languages. A list of some names who had their books stolen is also on this web page. 

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That is how I heard about this story. A letter was attached from the director of this project, Magister Leibl Rosenberg. It appears most of the books were taken from Jewish families. I will look forward to updates on this project and wish them the best, in this huge endeavor.