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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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28 November 2010

Bronislaw Marzowski

Debbie Marszowski posted these questions on my guestbook, in Oct 2010. I want to post her questions here in case anyone can help:
"I am looking for my Fathers family...I believed he was born around 1926 and lived in Krakow, Poland. He mentioned he had a brother Nicholas, who was a pilot during the war. His father apparently was a post master and a tailor. He was in a concentration camp and that is all I know. He never mentioned anything else and has recently passed. I would love to find our relatives if I could but believe I don't have enough information. He did mention he had a sister and other siblings but was vague. He said his name was Bronislav Kashmir Marszowski (not sure of the correct spelling) there are no legal documents. Thank you"

I did some searches and found these things in the US, in case he or other family moved here. Here are some similar sounding spellings you may want to keep in mind while searching for your family. 
**An Anthony Smarzowski married Anna Sikora, in 1895, in Holy Trinity Church . (an "S" added to the beginning of the name.)
** No Marszowski names in the PGSA marriage database. (USA & Poland marriages)  (Search  done Oct 15, 2010.)
**There are some  Marszowskis on the 1930 Census and on the SSDI (Social Security Death Index) in Chicago. (See attached Census record. Click on image to view full screen)
**There is a Bronislaw Marzowski from Natrona, PA in Haller's Army. Volume 439 pg 54, form type C. (Got this on PGSA database index) 
**I found an immigration record for a Bronislaw Marszewski. He was a butcher and immigrated before your Bronislav was born.
http://www.ellisisland.org/search/shipManifest.
**I do know much about research in Poland yet. If your family was Jewish, here is a link to some pictures and historical information about Krakow. Also on this page is a slide show, of lots of older pictures. http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/krakow/default.asp. 
Through this site, I found the index to a microfilm for some Jewish birth & marriage dates for Krakow. I hope to find a similar set of records on microfilm for Catholic records of the same time period. I ordered the microfilm last week. It has multiple years on the film, but I was specifically looking for a birth record in 1886, in Krakow. 
I hope that may give you a few ideas. If any of you reading this post recognize this information, or have an idea for Debbie, please email me or post a comment to this message.



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My apologies I've not kept up so well with my blog & guest book. A few things got the best of me, temporarily. Now I'm ready to start up more researching, blogging & answering the guest book.