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.
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
03 October 2015
Here is the link to the 1920 Census record on FamilySearch.org: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZWJ-PV2
Does anyone know anything about his family? If so, please send me a message.
24 August 2015
Here is a link to St. Nicholas church, showing two pictures of the church and the history. I have two letters from the church in the 1950's, answering Paul's questions about his baptism and his brothers'. There's a nice drawing of the church as part of the letterhead. http://www.nickchurch.org/history/ The cornerstone for the church standing today was placed in 1904. First Mass was held 6 Oct 1906. Stanislaus Sanetra was baptized at Saint Nicholas in Apr 1904, and Paul Sanetra in Jun 1905. Here is a link about Evanston which is in Cook County, Illinois where Stanley, Paul and Ervin Sanetra were born. Bronislaw and Jozef were born in Chicago. http://www.cityofevanston.org/evanston-life/history-demographics/ Saint Nicholas church said they did not have a baptism record for Ervin, so we are still trying to figure out where he was baptized.
I'm finding it's really important to understand the traditions and patterns for our families and also what was considered normal for their community in that time and place. Whenever there's a break in the pattern, it's important to ask why then go look for the answer. Asking questions of why Rosalie and Adam went to a German speaking church and community when they were Polish, led me to finding out Rosalie's family was most likely from Germany and moved to Poland, and that she might have been Jewish. I also found out that Rosalie's name (first and last name) was spelled the German way, not the Polish way, and that later in life when Paul had Alzheimer's he would count and say phrases in German. When his sons asked him where he learned that, he said his mother taught him (when he was very little).
23 July 2015
There are lots of good choices for DNA testing. There's one DNA test that only profiles periodic paralysis, but it's 500$ which I couldn't stomach right now. Especially after many years of enormous medical expenses trying to keep safe and for life threatening issues, (like seeing if my episodes were TIA's) which the hospitals didn't even address correctly anyway. (So frustrating!) Also, I knew that if I did DNA testing that I wanted the family history part too! So I chose 23andme because I was told it showed several genetic markers for my problem. I posted a tree on My Heritage to connect with my 23andme DNA profile. My grandfather previously did an Ancestry.com test. Two of my children are also now showing symptoms, so I just had one child complete the Ancestry.com DNA test and mailed it in yesterday.
The last few years it has been extremely difficult to regularly see, type, walk and speak. I was also plagued with very frequent complicated migraines that completely incapacitated me, which would then be followed with no ability to walk. Periodic Paralysis is an ion channelopothy, so basically every cell in my body is affected. I've always fought really hard to keep walking, and to keep trying to live a somewhat normal life. Now I know what to fight back with! (potassium, 70% alkaline diet, avoiding sugar and lots of carbohydrates, balancing electrolytes. Then of course avoiding my food allergy issues like gluten, dairy, soy and nightshades. I still have to take it easy, which does try my patience, and I have to really think things through to prevent daily episodes. (Example: Now I know that popcorn and soda will guarantee no walking for me for 24 hours!) Now I am better able to reply back to people, and do what I love, family history: learning family stories, get back to researching, and finding new records. If you have messaged/emailed me and not heard back from me, then I have not seen your message. Please re-send it.
I've digitized all my records now. I have a small bookshelf that's my archives which contains original records and letters in archival safe boxes. Otherwise I am paper free. Hooray! I've been re-reading stories passed on to me, to prepare for some upcoming interesting posts. Right now I plan to post every 2 weeks, and I have reminder alerts set up. If I can get things even calmer in my life, I'll post once a week.
I've already heard from several people with DNA matches. There are a few I'm still not seeing where the connections are. Some people have found matches to me 200 years back. If you think you might be a match to me, send me a message and I can direct you to various places I have posted trees. I do hope this will help us piece together Polish families and other connections we've had "brick walls" with. I'm looking forward to the future of how DNA can help with research and health!
Another post I did about me and Periodic Paralysis:
15 May 2015
1) Karol Janik 1878-1928
2) Julia Kwiatkowska Janik Drechny 1873-1947
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
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.