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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26 March 2017

Current projects for blog posts

Me on a visit to Richmond, VA-Mar 2017
Lots of cool posts coming soon. I have several blog posts composed in my mind. I have stacks of interviews and stories to type up and share. I've been discovering lots of new resources, that I want to tell people about. It's very easy to get impatient with myself, because things now take much longer than I want them to. I've been trying to learn personal things for my health things as fast as I possible, so I can get back to more of what I love. Family history and genealogy feel like they are a part of me and my soul.

I have an electrolyte disorder that affects my muscles, including my vision and speech. I permanently went into a wheelchair last March. (2016) My hands are not strong enough for hand controls, to allow for driving. So, I also stopped driving then. I had so many places I wanted to see for my research! I live in between Washington DC and Richmond, Virginia. Both of which have libraries and museums I love. Public transportation doesn't come as far as my house, I'm still in a rural area. But there is a train station about a 10-minute drive from here. My doctor helped me with handicap paperwork to get disability transportation passes. I got train passes this month, so I can try to get out and about again a little easier.  I've gotten much better at balancing my electrolytes so I don't feel sick as much, and I feel safer to go out. I can also finally type on the computer longer periods of time again.  My wheelchair has made life much better and easier for me. These things have been a huge boost to my confidence and feeling more independence.

My Gray line from Mecklenburg, Virginia was from County Armagh, Ireland. (Immigrated 1838) After getting my DNA done on Ancestry.com, I discovered I'm more Irish than I thought and have found more Irish ancestors. Last week, my husband took me to Library of Virginia (state archives), and I got to see a presentation from the Ulster Historical Society, on St Patrick's Day. They sent us home with several folders worth of resources.  I also copied two very large chancery cases that day.  This month, I've learned a lot from Dear Myrtle's Irish Gen study group, on Google +. I've been rather immersed in Irish research this month and loving it! I also have some things I'm working on with Polish ancestors, so I'm planning a visit to Washington DC.

I made a list of dozens of webinars I want to watch. I've been shown dozens of new websites and resources just this month.  I plan to type up things I've been learning for my blogs. This past year, I got all my old archived emails into Evernote to tag and organize. I've also moved notes from personal messaging systems like FamilySearch, Ancestry and Face Book, into Evernote. The more I tag and put my notes into notebooks, the more I see more blog post ideas; As well as questions that I want to go back and ask people, now that I've learned more things the last few years.  Of course, as with life in general, these things are always a work in progress. I'm going through my notes and getting things into my computer a little at a time so it's easier to share. I'm thankful that I am still moving, not feeling stuck,...even though it's a slower pace than I prefer. Much more coming soon, ...a little at a time.

(This post was created for all 3 blogs: My Virginia blog, Polish blog, and simplifying-health blog)

01 March 2017

Good Neighbors in Gary Indiana

This story was posted as a comment in August 2016. Today feels so busy and faced paced, I don't see so much community as older people describe to me during interviews. Valerie is not related, but I think her story gives a great feel for the time, and place. I loved this story, so I wanted to put it in as a post, which is more visible than comments:
Hello. My name is Valerie. I am an African -American woman born in the late 60's. I had the most wonderful experience growing up in Gary Indiana. My Dad bought a house on Taft Street when he and my mother got married in 1966.He was a Mill worker and my mom was a school teacher. I came along in 1968. In those days the neighborhood we moved to was strictly white ,professional families, i.e. doctors, lawyers,nurses, educational professionals...The area was located by the local hospital ( about 4 blocks away) and several schools.Hence, considered the professional district. My family was the first black family on the block. My next door neighbors were Polish. Mr. and Mrs. Frank Roman. He was an English teacher at the Horace Mann high school 3 blocks away. I remember he walked everyday. They never had a car,and his wife was a housewife. She was wonderful to me and my sister. My earliest memories go back as young as two or three years old. She had beautiful flowers in her yard and she treated us like we were her own children. She spent many days socializing with my mom and they would even share recipes with each other. She baked the most incredible cookies in the world! and she gave us treats everyday. During this time in our history it was an unheard of concept. Because our other neighbors were very adamant about socializing with families of other races. They even had maids that weren't allowed to have passing conversations with those living around them. But my Polish neighbors were the exact opposite. Even though Mr. Roman worked, he still took the time to talk with us and teach us different things. Including their prayers. They had a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary in their front yard. Their names are carved in the concrete on the sidewalk in front of the house. Mrs. Roman taught my mom how to make those great cookies and my mama taught her how to make chitterlings......LOL! I still smile when I think of the songs she use to sing to us. As the years passed, Mr.Roman passed away and I believe Mrs. Roman, who had a son from a previous relationship, (this information my mother gave me) that came and took Mrs. Roman to live with him in her old age. My mom and sister took care of her for a while before her son came to get her. I had been long gone and living in another state so I never got the chance to see them again. In 2007, I purchased my childhood home from my mother. My Dad had passed away years before and my mom re-married and moved a few blocks away. So because my sister lived in another state and my baby brother was married with a home of his own, I also being the only one with children, I bought the home I grew up in. The memories are still there...next door.......48 years later.
Different people have lived there through the years...but "The Romans" is still carved in the side walk...the Virgin Mary is still in the front yard.....and The Roman's are still in my memory....and my heart.

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?