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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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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14 May 2012

More about Marianna Klosak and Joseph Wojtas family

I have learned a lot more about the family that brought our Bronislawa Sanetra over.  I just still don't know the exact connection, or if their family (descendants) knows what happened to Bronislawa. Marianna was married, had a one year old child named Anna and appears to have gone back to Poland just to get my relative Bronislawa.  I know it was about 10 days one way travel, but to do this, I believe she must have really been related to my family. I am still trying to find descendants, hoping someone will remember hearing about Marianna going to Poland to get a 9 and a half year old girl after a 7 year wait and then not finding her parents, in Feb 1911. Bronislawa Sanetra's grandmother was a Klosak. We are thinking the 7 year wait was due to medical reasons. Because as Rosalie and Adam were boarding the ship, they were told Bronislawa could not go, but she could travel later with a relative. Here is a summary of what I have learned about the Wojtas descendants:

Joseph Wojtas was the son of Valentini Wojtas and Anremae Sajner according to his marriage record. But since his brother John and sister Sophia (Zophia) all had a daughter named Anna, I am thinking the mother's name was probably Anna. On John's marriage record the mother's name was spelled Aunae. Joseph and John Wojtas were both married in Holy Cross Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Also their children were baptized there, up until 1915. Then I learned from Joseph's obituary that he also had a sister named Sophia Wojtas, with the married name of Filipek, in South Dakota. I've been able to find a number of records for the family. One thing of interest was more Klosak connections. Also interesting, was that Joseph Wojtas daughter Anna, who was born in Minneapolis, was living in Poland at the time of her fathers death, in Apr 1964, apparently unmarried. How wonderful there were still connections to Poland! I wonder if Anna knew any of my family in the United States or any of my Klosak's in Poland in the 1960's?

Descendants of Valentini Wojtas and Annie Sajner in the United States:
1. Sophia Wojtas (1885-1965) married John Filipek ( b.abt 1888)  6 Jul 1909 Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
     1. Mary 1911
     2. John 1912-2004
     3. Stanley 1915-2001
     4. Joseph 1924
     5. Frank 1925-2006
     6. Anna 1926
     7. Amelia 1928
2. Joseph Wojtas (1887-1964) married Maryanna Klosak(1882-1923)  10 Jan 1910 Holy Cross Church, Minneapolis
     1. Anna b. 1910 (not married, went to Poland)
     2. Julianna b. 1911 married Edmund Joseph Letourneau 1910-1975
     3. Rose Rita b.1913-1985 married John Frank Capko b. abt 1915.
     4. Carolina b.1915-1969 married Carl Ersbo 1915-1995
Then Joseph married a lady named Agnes (between 1923 when Maryanna died to 1927 when Mary was born) who had two children John and Rose Thon. Joseph and Agnes also had a child named Mary.
        5. John Thon married Ann abt 1940
        6. Rose Thon married a Mr. Olson
        7. Mary Wojtas married a Mr. Harmon
3. John Wojtas (1888-1939) married Maryanna Sandak,(b. abt 1894) (daughter of Adalbert Sandak and Regina Klusak) 20 Jan 1913 Holy Cross Church, Minneapolis
     1. Anna b.1913
     2. Stephania or Stella b. 1915
     3. Joseph b. 1921
     4. Robert b. 1926

Click on pictures to view full screen. 
Minneapolis Tribune, 28 Apr 1964 pg. 20

1935 South Dakota State Census from familysearch.org


Shelly said...

My grandmother was born in Zywiec and immigrated to the United States, Chicago from what I remember. She was disowned by her family when she divorced (Catholic) her first husband, moved out west to California and married my grandfather. Her name was Josephine Victoria Sznolonek. I have been trying to find information about her, to no avail. Stumbled upon your blog which by the way, is lovely and touching.

Julie Cabitto said...

Thank you! Is Sznolonek the maiden name? I just added that tag to this message and the surname index on the blog. I recommend doing only last name searches, since this is very uncommon name in the US. It actually doesn't show up even once with exactly that spelling on Ancestry.com, familysearch or fold3. Which is immigration, naturalization, vital records etc. So then to guess how others misspelled it.... Send me an email with her approximate birth year and marriage year in CA and I'll see if I can try some "fuzzy searches" to at least get her Ellis Island manifest record to help you started. julie.cabitto@gmail.com