Welcome!

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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21 December 2009

Frank Sanetra, born in Poland, died in Chicago


I got the death certificate for Frank Sanetra today. He was born abt 1866, & died 4 Mar 1935. He was buried in a paupers grave at St. Gabriel cemetery in Bremen, Cook County, Illinois. One thing I noticed that could be very helpful on Chicago death certificates (if it was filled in), was if a person wasn't born in the US, how long had they lived here? So Frank Sanetra lived in the US for 15 years. But he lived in Bremen 2 years, 4 months & 16 days, according to the death certificate. So he probably immigrated to Chicago about 1920 & then moved to Bremen area about Nov 16, 1932. The death certificate also says he was a widower. So we know he was married, but not much else. I have exhausted every search possibility & name variations I can think of. And this record is all I can find. I can't find immigration or census info & he should at least be on the 1930 Census. I would look him up by census maps, but I can't find his address on current maps. In 1935 at his time of death, the address was "1533 Tell Place" in Bremen. But Frank wasn't in Bremen until 1932 which was after the 1930 Census, of course. I called St. Gabriel cemetery and they did confirm he was buried there, in a paupers grave, no tombstone. And no further info on him. A family letter said Adam Sanetra had an uncle Frank Sanetra that lived in Chicago, so I  expected this to be the uncle. And I had hoped to  find out how he was related. This is the only Frank Sanetra I've seen. So attached is my only proof a Frank Sanetra lived in this country. I hope someone recognizes this info.

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