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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25 March 2012

1940 Census, a note about familysearch and Sanetras

Last weekend, I went to a meeting to learn more about indexing and the 1940 Census, which is about to be released in 8 days, on April 2.  Familysearch is looking for lots of volunteers, because they'd like to have the census fully indexed and available by the end of this year. That's a major accomplishment! I can't remember the exact source now, but it was from an earlier meeting I went to, where I was told that it took 18 years to index the 1880 census and 18 months to index the 1930 Census. There was a lot more people to index in 1930! But there were also a lot more volunteers, and it was done through digital means and the internet. All records will be free and on the familysearch website. Here is the link to the page on familysearch about indexing: https://www.familysearch.org/volunteer/indexing
Some statistics I wrote down in class:
  • In  2010, 185 million records were indexed by familysearch volunteers. (People like you and me)
  • 500,000 records were digitized per day
  • about 60 mil records per year are being digitized at the rate people are indexing right now
In 1940, Alfreda, Jadwiga, Bronislaw, and Jozef left the country and this part of our family is in Poland, except Bronislaw. (Invasion of Poland was 1939) Adam Sanetra has already died. All of Adam's children that we know of are married and starting to have children, except Jadwiga. Paul and Ervin know about eachother and stayed close, but they couldn't find anyone else in their family. They kept writing letters looking for Stanley, Bronislawa, Bronislaw, Jozef, and their father (not knowing he had died or left the country, or remarried). We have a better chance of finding Stanley and Bronislawa on the 1940 census, because it's one more record to search. As soon as the records are searchable, which is done by indexing records. Can't wait for another database to try to find more family!