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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.
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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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18 July 2010

naturalization and citizenship records-some things that helped me, multiple sites and records

Note added 25 Jul 2010.- I asked my grandma why Kasimierz Bazarnik seemed to be an exception to the rule. We brainstormed ideas.  Grandma remembered that  men got citizenship during WWII. Kasimierz is on the WWII draft card, not listed as alien. So this is a very likely possibility, of why Kasimir doesn't have his naturalization number written over his immigration information on the Ellis Island manifest.
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There is a new database on Ancestry.com that has been very helpful to me. It is still in the early stages. I keep finding new people each time I search it. I was told that the numbers written on the Ellis Island manifest, were a naturalization number. Now I have found a record to show this is true. I'm going to give two examples, one of a person who became a citizen and one who did not. This first database I want to tell you about, is a database called, "Selected U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1966 (Indexed in World Archives Project)" The following record groups are in this database: 1) Connecticut 2) Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa (where my Chicago records have been found) 3) Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont 4) New York 5) Rhode Island

This is the source info on Ancestry.com. Here is the link to the full information page about this database. http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1629 It is being done by volunteers. Here's a paragraph from this page with the embedded links: Ancestry.com. Selected U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1966 (Indexed in World Archives Project) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. This collection was indexed by Ancestry World Archives Project contributors in partnership with the following organizations

This first example is my great, great grandfather Adam Sanetra. Here is his index card in the database I just discussed above. Next is Adam's actual court papers. He started it, but then his wife Rosalie died, 3 children (Paul, Ervin and Stanley) got lost by the orphanage, and one daughter Branislawa ("Bessie") got lost during immigration. Then Adam made a big mistake. He left the country, and he wasn't supposed to, during the time awaiting citizenship. After his wife died and he'd now lost 4 children out of 6, he didn't want to loose any more family. So he took his new bride Alfreda Mazurkiewicz and his two sons Bronislaw ("Bennie") and Jozef back to Poland, and lived by his sister Maria, in Zywiec. Then he came back soon after, in 1923, to try to finish his citizenship. But he was denied. He signed an oath (when he applied) that he wouldn't leave the country. And his story about loosing his children probably wouldn't have been believed by immigration officials. After being denied citizenship and not being able to find his children, he went back home to Poland the remainder of his life. Alfreda never came back to the US, and you can see no numbers next to her name on Ellis Island. She traveled with her sister Anna Baranowski and nephew Kasimierz Bazarnik. 




Here are the two links for Adam Sanetra immigrating to the United States, through Ellis Island. They correspond with the dates on this record:
First time, with Rosalie in 1904:
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/ca_viewAnnotations2.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&PID=102494110099&ANNID=276098
Here is the second time, in 1923:
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&pID=602107080077&show=\\192.168.100.11\images\T715-3328\T715-33280131.TIF&origFN=\\192.168.100.11\images\T715-3328\T715-33280131.TIF&fromEI=1
If you notice, there are not any numbers by Adam's name. Now here's something that confused me. On the index, it says Adam Sanetra was naturalized on 9 Apr 1926. But he was not. If you look at the fourth page, right above this text, you will see on the 9 April 1926, the court denied him citizenship. Maybe that field really means the date the court decides whether he is a citizen or not? Even if someone is denied citizenship, you can still apply for the application. And you can see from these 4 pages all the important information on this record. There is a number written by Adam, but I'm not sure what it means, on the 1923 record. It is 3-4713. I don't see that number on the index or naturalization paperwork.
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Next example is Matilda Molinowski, Kasimierz Bazarnik's wife. Here is Matilda's card, from the Ancestry.com database. I love that the birth date is given on the index. http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&pID=101358050209&lookup=101358050209&show=\\192.168.100.11\images\T715-1490\T715-14900412.TIF&origFN=\\192.168.100.11\IMAGES\T715-1490\T715-14900411.TIF
So if you look at the index card, upper right corner, there's the number 11-264467. Then if you look at the Ellis Island link of the ship manifest, look at Matilda, which is line 11...after her name, there's 4 smaller boxes, then in the next bigger box is the matching number 11-264467, followed by the date 17 Sep 1940. The index card says date of naturalization was 21 Mar 1941. Maybe the September date was the court date, and the certificate was written and awarded in March? One thing we can see from this record, is that only Tekla, Felicia and Matilda in this family were naturalized. And we have their file numbers. I don't know Tekla and Felicia's married names or marriage dates yet, but I might find them with this number. Although on the 1920 Felix is living with his daughter Felicia and her husband which looks like Lucyan Borejszo, which is how it is indexed. Yet if you look close at the witness on Matilda's record, there is a Felicia living at the same address as Matilda, so she may be the sister remarried? I will keep looking through records to find more on that. On the Ancestry.com database, I was doing searches by the year 1910, when Matilda and her family immigrated. It doesn't show up on the cards, but on the text index (in search results), on Ancestry.com, I searched by the name Felicia, in 1910. I saw several, but none of them had the immigration date of 30 May 1910, which was when Felicia immigrated. This is still a very new database, so I will check back soon.

This is another place naturalization records are listed for Chicago: http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/NR/default.aspx, Adam Sanetra is in this database. The Bazarnik's are not. There is a lot of helpful information on this site about the process of naturalization.

There is one thing that throws me off though. It appears Matilda's record and index matching was typical. But there may be exceptions. For example, I didn't see a number on Kasimierz Bazarnik's manifest page. Here is the link to Kasimierz' Ellis Island immigration:
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.asp?MID=16227133940260322368&pID=100390050179&show=\\192.168.100.11\images\T715-2256\T715-22560407.TIF&origFN=\\192.168.100.11\images\T715-2256\T715-22560407.TIF&fromEI=1
There is no number by Kasimierz on the ship manifest, but there is next to his mother Anna. Anna's husband Ignace Baranowski started his naturalization. But he died before the process was finished. At that time, when the husband applied, he applied for everyone in his family, spouse and children under age. Anna did not finish the naturalization. I believe she died about the same time her husband did, in the flu epidemic, or else I think she would have identified and had a funeral for her husband. Yet I know from the death certificate she did not. And Kasimierz was on the SSDI (Social Security Death Index), so I would expect he became a citizen. So maybe they meant to write this number next to Kasimierz, instead of his mother? Here is Kasimierz card from the database on Ancestry.com. There is no number in the upper right corner. Maybe that was done on later records, after 1940? Or maybe it was accidentally omitted? Maybe Kasimierz applied 24 Dec 1935 (date on the manifest), and became a citizen 19 Mar 1940 (date on index card) ? That is my best guess for now.

Footnote.com is another site I love and search a lot. It took me a month, paperwork to fill in, and over 20$ to get the record for Adam in this posting. But footnote has these records digitized and available by searching the database. I like footnote's way better! I have seen records in New York and Ohio on footnote.com. They may have more.
I hope this may be of help to someone searching for their ancestors naturalization/citizenship records. There is a lot of valuable information on these records. If you don't find your family in these records, keep checking back. These databases are brand new, and just in the beginning stages. Footnote.com, Ancestry.com, familysearch pilot page (the best for searching Ellis Island records, with direct links to the manifest pages) http://pilot.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=0, are all regularly updating their databases by the millions. The pilot page just added 30 million records last month. The Chicago link I put above is also still in beginning phases.

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