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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

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 July 2009

Louis Joseph and Caroline Sanetra in Chicago-from Zywiec



 See posting 20 Aug 2010 for updates and further information.

Attached are the WWI and WWII draft card for Louis/Lewis/Ludwig Sanetra. You may click on them to view full screen. I have a note from my grandma, that she called this family in about 1970. She wrote that Caroline's maiden name was Strzawi. Also that this family still corresponded with their family still in Poland. I'm wondering if that name is missing a vowel? I found the following sources for this family: WWI draft card, WWII draft card, 1920 and 1930 Census, Chicago birth and death indexes. On the 1930 Census, it says Ludwig can't speak English but his wife Caroline can. From these records, I see 5 children for Ludwig and Caroline, but will not list their ages, in case they are still living: Francis (female), John, Carl, Anna, and Mary. The WWII draft card states that Ludwig was born in Zywiec, Galatia, which was the name for Poland at the time. I took a Google map and plotted on it all the addresses Adam Sanetra lived. Then I plotted addresses of Ludwig Sanetra, and another man named Michael Sanetra, who was married to Stella Mathuszewska. All three men are Sanetras, from Zywiec, (sometimes stated Zablocie) all close in age. I only know Adam Sanetra's siblings. I don't know any uncles or cousins. Could these men be cousins? I just don't know enough about these other two Sanetra families. But to have the same name, and be from the same town, and in 1910 Adam lived a half a block from one family and then in 1923 he lived 3 blocks away from the other family, I am convinced they had to know each other! My grandma Catherine Stowe Sanetra talked to children in both families and they didn't know. But I'll bet the previous generation knew each other. They at least had to attend church together. I know life was tough and much of the time was spent working long hours to pay the bills, but I'll bet they still knew each other. I don't see how they couldn't know each other! I just have this circumstantial evidence and wish I had some real proof to show they were related and how. If you know of this family, please email me and/or post comments here.

1 comment:

Julie Cabitto said...

I talked to my grandpa Sanetra yesterday. He said everyone knew everyone in those Polish Chicago neighborhoods. And everyone talked at the bar, pub or whatever they chose to call it. So the three Sanetra men would have to know known each other living so close to each other.