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

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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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15 May 2015

Julia Kwiatkowski Janik Drechny

I have done other posts on Julia. Please click on her various surname tags of Kwiatkowski, Janik and Drechny to see more. In 1923, Adam Sanetra stated on the Ellis Island manifest that he was going to see his brother in law Karol Janik. He could have said anything, even "friend". I still haven't found a relationship link yet. In 1923, Adam was living with Julia and Karol Janik. Julia was first married to Wladyslaw Kwiatkowski. After he died, she married Karol Janik. After Karol died, Julia was married for just 4 years to Peter Drechny before he died.

I called St. Adalbert's cemetery to confirm Julia was buried there, as her death certificate states. There are 5 plots in the family plot, which is lot 349, section 19:
1) Karol Janik 1878-1928
2) Julia Kwiatkowska Janik Drechny 1873-1947
3) ?
4) Joseph Kwiatkowski 1895-1952
5) Wladyslaw Kwiatkowski 1868-1910

My grandparents went to visit St. Adalberts. Only Julia's stone was visible. They cleared some grass off the edges to get a picture. They could see spaces for other tombstones. But they could not tell if stones weren't ever put up, or if the grass has completely grown over them. Above is a short video clip they made for me, to show me the family plot. This visit was September 2010.

Dziennik Chicagoski newspaper obituary

23 April 2015

Update to post 23 Apr 2015 about Ludwig Sanetra's sister, Anna.

 See this Tumblr link, for a scanned image and info about Anna's calling card! (And even a note about her and her husband!) http://warnerprintingcompany.tumblr.com/post/111005881028/for-wm-e-boehner-1323-byron-st-chicago

Here is Anna on findagrave.com. She is buried with her daughter Franciszka who died young. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=beneker&GSfn=ann&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=66780841&df=all&

Here's a time line summary:
1890's: Anna was first married to an Anthony Mason or Missen. They had daughter Franciszka in 1898 in Poland, and immigrated about 1905-1907. Different records spell the surname both ways. Franciszka's death record states her mother was Anna Sanetra and father Anothony Missen.

1920: Anthony has died by 1920, and so had Franciszka. On the 1920 census it was Anna, widowed, her widowed son in law John Schauderna (who was married to Franciszka Missen), and grandson Francis Schauderna.

1930: On the 1930 Census, Anna was married to Fred Beneker a shoe maker. His house was owned, and they lived at 3809 Ward st, in Chicago. The calling cards were made about then. Fred died in 1936. Note, she was not a citizen by the 1930 Census.

1950's: In May 1952 she is listed as living, and a sibling of Ludwig Sanetras on his obituary.

1960's: She died 4 Mar 1966. Anna has the maiden name of Sanetra, married name of Beneker, and shows she used to have name of Missen, being buried by her daughter with that maiden name.
(Note, in 1967, sister Franciszka died, who outlived all her siblings, so they were not mentioned on Franciszka Sanetra Nasluchasz' obit.)

The records, names, dates and places all line up, so I am confident this is all correct and added Anna and her family into my Ancestry.com tree. I am still searching for immigration, a second marriage in Chicago for Anna to Fred Beneker, and hopefully I can get a death certificate to prove my links completely that her parents are indeed Jozef Sanetra and Regina Wojcik.

Found another sister for Ludwig Sanetra

Ludwig Sanetra, with siblings
Today I was reading through Ludwig Sanetra's obituary and realized he had a sister I never heard of before! I'm not seeing her in initial database searches yet. Her name is Anna, and she had the married name of Beneker. I will post an update when I find it.

Here's Ludwig's parents and siblings as I now know it:

Jozef Sanetra married Regina Wojcik (They were in Zablocie, Zywiec, Poland):
1) Franciszka Sanetra (1886-1967) married Karol Nasluchasz (1884-1958) They both immigrated to Chicago area and married in Chicago in 1910.
          1. Antonia Nasluchasz
          2. Frederick Nasluchasz
          3. Aloisa Nasluchasz
*2) Ludwig Sanetra (1887-1952) married Karolina Szczaia/Strawi (1893-1975) in Chicago in 1915. (Picture in this post)
          1. Franciszka Sanetra
          2. John Sanetra
          3. Karol Sanetra
          4. Anna Sanetra
          5. Mary Sanetra
3) Marianne Sanetra (3 children). Marianne lived part of her life in Germany. Dates not known. (Did not immigrate to United States.)
          1. Agnes Sanetra
    Marianne Sanetra married a Mr Stachon (picture in this post) and they had two children:
          2. Joseph Stachon
          3. Marta Stachon
4) Anna Sanetra married a Mr. Beneker.
Ludwig Sanetra and Caroline-Chicago 1915
Dates and places unknown, except that Anna was alive in May 1952 for her brother Ludwig Sanetra's obit. Also unknown if she was in the United States or Poland. 
5) Mr Sanetra. Brother unknown, but pictured with Ludwig above. Ludwig far left, brother believed to be far right. I believe Franciszka is center with husband Karol Naszluchasz standing behind her, based on pictures I have seen from the Nasluchasz family. Will work on conforming this. 

Please note: The photographs of Ludwig and Marianne Sanetra are from Dirk Varnholt's family pictures. We are sharing in hopes others may recognize and help us piece this family together. 
Ludwig Sanetra's obit

Marianne Sanetra and Mr Stachon


09 March 2015

Exciting FamilySearch explanations at Rootstech 2015

This month I have been busy enjoying watching Rootstech videos and preparing for our local Family History Day conference, which will be this Saturday. I'm giving a presentation (locally) on how to get around in the FamilySearch Family Tree and how to do searching on FamilySearch. Like using the filters, FamilySearch wiki etc. I really loved watching Dear Myrtle's Ambush cams at Rootstech. They were so fun to watch, I felt like I got to meet people.

One of the first things I loved about FamilySearch is how it's really worldwide oriented. (Not just the United States.) And how we're all connected, the bigger picture. One of the early record collections on FamilySearch was the 1895 Argentina Census, where I saw some Cabitto relatives. Most databases before, were based on the English soundex systems. Which really doesn't help you if you have a Russian (or really any Non-English) surname. On FamilySearch.org, if you type in a residence or birth place outside the United States it searches similar spellings to the that ethnicity. For example, when I searched "Sanetra" and typed "born in Poland", it looked up spellings like Szanetra, Scanetra, and Zanetra.  I got a lot more search results that were real possibilities. Mazurkiwicz and Wandzel had a lot more variations which was very helpful because I never would have thought clerks or other record keepers would spell it those other ways. English soundex spellings and pronunciations would just not work for these types of names!!

Here's some impressive things I learned watching Rootstech videos this week. I watched these sections of the videos a few times to make sure I wrote the numbers down correctly: FamilySearch CEO Dennis Brimhall talked about the benefits of the partnerships with FamilySearch (Thurs keynote). Currently FamilySearch is partnering with: Ancestry.com, Find My Past, My Heritage,  American Ancestors (New England Historical Genealogical Society), family me, and Global Family Reunion. Brimhall told about a project he was excited about, saying this was a great example of benefits to the partnerships and he thanked the CEO of Ancestry.com. FamilySearch did a project of filming 80 million church and civil records for Mexico in 1952. He explained there are not enough Spanish speaking indexers for this project. It would take 40 years for FamilySearch volunteers to complete this project. But Ancestry.com has asked to help do the indexing for this project and they said it will be done and available by the end of this year! FamilySearch and Ancestry.com also made 545 million records available and visible on both sites this year. FamilySearch will always keep their site free, even with their partnerships.

Ron Tanner, a lead developer for FamilySearch gave these amazing numbers in his presentation called: FamilySearch FamilyTree 2014 and Beyond:
  • They do updates 3 times a day.
  • approximately 2.5 million new persons added to the tree every month
  • approximately 2.6 million conclusions that are changed/written every month
  • 4.5 million sources added to the tree each month
  • 1.1 billion persons in the tree with 89 million sources
  • In a year FamilySearch went from 12 million to 89 million sources!
In Feb 2011, a pilot version of FamilySearch was released. I'm happy to say that I was one of the beta testers! In March 2013 it was released to the public. It's really exciting to see all the record collections continuously added from around the world. On 27 Feb 2015, 19.2 million record were added from Canada, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the United States. Dennis Brimhall said during the Thursday Keynote address that FamilySearch partnered with Genealogy Bank to do over 100 million names from obituaries last year. 319,000 volunteers worked on these obituaries last year. That was 1.3 million names every day going into Family Search. Pretty amazing things are happening! One thing I liked though, with all this cool hi-tech stuff I was seeing, Joshua Taylor (at RootsTech) talked about the tech things he couldn't live without, yet he said he still needed his library card. A good balance I think. One last partnership with FamilySearch that I'm personally excited about, wasn't actually part of Rootstech. It's a partnership with the country of Italy. Familysearch is indexing and making accessible the Italian civil records. Below is today's status on the familysearch indexing page. (9 March 2015) Also below is 1 of 3 indexing collections our Italian Cabittos need and are looking forward to. No matter your ethnicity or nationality, if it's not there yet, it's coming!

01 March 2015

Polish surnames, websites to help

I read an interesting article in the PGSA email list sent today (1 Mar 2015) "Gen Dobry!". It was written by Fred Hoffman, titled: Another surname resource: Locate My Name
 (I'm not seeing a link or I'd put it here.) So in summary, there is a Polish name section of this site. Benefits include that the site is in English, and you don't have to know the special characters of other alphabets etc. The site is very simple and also has frequent updates so you'll want to keep checking it out. http://www.locatemyname.com/
Mr Hoffman also recommends these 2 links. He states, "Both have their flaws and idiosyncracies; and both are in Polish." 

<http://www.herby.com.pl/indexslo.html> and <http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/>. 

I find sites like these about surnames helpful tools. I thought I'd test out the site myself. I'm thinking I may have looked at the site a few years ago and that there is much more than the last time I looked. I know Sanetra is not that common of a surname, this confirms that. The site shows the name shows up in United States, UK, France, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland, and South Africa. I clicked on Poland, and here is the search results:  http://www.locatemyname.com/usa/Sanetra. It shows what they can account for with records and what they estimate the surname is. There's a highlighted map, and statistics given world wide on the name. They also give common first names that go with the surname, and blogs about the surname. My surname of Cabitto is even more rare, and we know all the Cabittos in the United States. Looking at the numbers, I think it's counting adults ages 18 and older. I was surprised and happy to see that my blog you're reading right now is listed on the Sanetra surname!