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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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Dziękuję! - Julie

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22 February 2009

Marianna Klosak married Jozef Wojtas

Note added: 4 Aug 2010- see posting 4 Aug 2010 for updates and commentary to this post. 

Marianna is listed as the daughter of Joseph Klosak and Regina Waloszek. Marianna died relatively young, at age 31 from TB (Tuberculosis). Her death certificate says just Mary, but immigration says Marianna. I found what appears to be her on the 1910 Census. This is the only Mary or Marianna Klosak I could find, plus the dates are pretty close, and her father's name matched. I did a search on just Klosak's in Minneapolis, and this is the only entry close to a Mary. Here's my notes there:
Marianna is listed as Mary, single, age 23, immigrating in 1909, not able to read and write, from Austria Poland. She's living with her widowed father Joseph, who's 51, immigrated in 1890, and his occupation is a sewer. It's faded but it looks like he might work as a sewer in the paper factory, listed as part of the logging industry. His house is listed as owned free and that it's a house, not a farm. They live in Minneapolis, the district name is faded and illegible.
In 1911, Marianna immigrated and was listed as married, and age 21. I started asking around and it appears, some younger people in this time period, while they were single, went back and forth taking family members across. So someone with knowledge of the area, and the family, could help other family members on their journey. Marianna could have married just after this Census, the immigration record where she was listed as married was almost a year after this census page. Ages weren't always written on records correctly with language barriers.
I'm still not sure how this Marianna is an aunt of Branislawa Sanetra. But it seems she was here in The States, and then went back to get Bronislawa to bring her to her family.

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