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.
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.
Dodałam do mojego blogu automatyczne tłumaczenia poprzez Google. Ufam, że będą wystarczające w zrozumieniu o czym jest mowa w artykułach i komentarzach.
Dziękuję! - Julie
23 September 2013
22 September 2013
Also, I learned how to do a bunch of stuff on the new Google maps, that I have been tracking on paper in a journal. So under blogger pages, I plan to have a maps section. I plan to show many different things. Color coded, layered, etc. I have two composition notebooks almost full, most of which is related to or can be charted by maps. So I will make it visual and available for others to see. I just didn't know how to do it technologically, until I took a seminar and then some one gave me one on one help to show me how to do the things I already had in mind, into actual maps. So good things to come soon!
07 September 2013
This post is a bit more indirectly about Żywiec-Zabłocie, Poland. I'm about to celebrate my 16th wedding anniversary with my husband. We love to celebrate by visiting a city and seeing the history, museums and art in that city. We are going to Washington DC again and were making decisions on places to visit. This place is at the top of our list: http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/welcome.html click on that link to see a video about the place, Hillwood Museum. It is about 16 minutes in length, and I found it all fascinating. Lots of footage of the house, the gardens, a daughter talking about the house and others explaining what the museum is. Here is another link about the woman who created the museum then donated the whole museum to the public. There's several other links at the top of the page: http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/mmp.html Marjorie Post, was heir to the Post cereal company. In the video it tells about Marjorie went to Russia and bought chalices and crowns thrown in shops so badly tarnished she didn't even realize they were silver. But she knew they were good art. A lot of Russian royal and religious things were destroyed and gotten rid of during revolution and war times. But Marjorie Post purchased and fixed up a lot of things and they are on display in her house. She bought this house to be a museum to display all the things she had to share with the public.
I can't wait to explore the museum! Then I started thinking, who would have thought, a woman in the United States would have Russian royalty and religious things in her home? ...And who would have thought the Soviets would have had those records that are now in the Auschwitz? (See blog post 29 Aug 2010 or see tag Auschwitz.) I was also surprised that Stanley Sanetra who lived in Minneapolis, then moved to Chicago and worked there, that his retirement record was stored in Atlanta, Georgia. The reason is because the collection got large, so the National Archives moved Chicago railroad retirement records for the Chicago area to Atlanta, Georgia.
So my point in making this post today is, that things are often not where we expect them to be. War, revolutions, or just simply needing more space for record collections can move where things are kept.
|Adam Sanetra -1923 Ellis Island page 1|
|Adam Sanetra -1923 Ellis Island page 2|
Here is a close up of the note about Karol (Karl or Carl in English).
I've looked at Karol Janik as much as I could find the last two years, with my limitations. One other possible connection between Adam and Karol may be with Karol Janik's first wife. I have no idea who she could be. Karol was a widow when he came to America. The widow status is stated on Ellis Island ship manifest and his marriage record to Julia. On Karol's obituary the only children listed are Julia's children. Karol was from Zablocie, just like Adam. Karol stated on Ellis Island manifest he was going to see his cousin Andrew Gowin, in NY. I wasn't sure at first who this Andrew was, but Adam Sanetra's mother was Franciszka Gowin.
There were actually a few Karol Janik's, arriving close in time. The way I know that I have the right one, on Ellis Island, is that I found Karol's naturalization record, with the address of 1058 Marshfield Ave. On there, he stated the ship, and date of arrival at Ellis Island: 16 May 1906. By 1910, Karol was in Chicago. I haven't been able to find him on the 1910 Census yet, but he married Julia in 1910 in Chicago. He is not with his cousin Andrew in NY on the 1910 Census. Interestingly, Karol's cousin was a tailor, like Karol.
I followed Andrew Gowin on Ellis Island and on the census. Andrew was born 1872. (6 years older than Karol) Andrew's brother Antoni came first in 1899 (arriving in Boston instead of Ellis Island, going immediately to NY), traveling to his uncle Andrew Cohen. Then Andrew and his sister Apolonia arrived in 1901, going to Antoni's house. Then Andrew went back to get his mother, Mary Wieczovek, arriving in 1907. They were all tailors and dressmakers. In fact Andrews's first visis said he had been in Paris 18 months, he was a tailor and his sister a dressmaker. So it would make sense why Karol would first start out with them, until he could go to Chicago. But I wonder if Karol knew anyone in Chicago? Andrew's father was Jan Gowin, his mother Mary born about 1850, was a widow when he brought her to America. So what I can see in summary:
I don't know any connection I have yet to these Gowin's. I also can't see the connection between Karol and Adam yet. But I figured I'd put out what I found on ship registries, Census, WWI and state census records so far.
29 July 2013
I found that Stanley Sanetra, the son of Thomas Sanetra and Jadwiga Biel died 8 Dec 1971 in Kankakee, Illinois. He is buried in Maternity Catholic Cemetery in Bourbonnais, Illinois. (Part of Kankakee county.) I called the cemetery to confirm this and they said that he is buried there, but the records did not give a plot number, he was sorry. He explained to me that this cemetery was the parish cemetery for Bourbonnais, and it got a little big for them to handle, so it became part of Joliet parish. The only notation was that Stanley had a sister Helen Cooper. Stanley's sister Helen was the informant on the death certificate. She also was the one who found my grandpa Paul Sanetra and wrote him several times, called him, and I think even met him once. The death certificate says Stanley was a fireman for the railroad. I imagine that was very hard for him to be in that bad fire accident then, when he was a fireman. This Stanley lived right around where my family lived, (Paul and Katherine's families lived in Kankakee) and his birth day was so close to our Stanley's. Stanley son of Adam, born 14 Apr 1904. Stanley son of Thomas, born 4 Jun 1904.
07 April 2013
Children of Jozef Sanetra and Franciska Gowin
1. Karol Sanetra- born and died Jan 1865
2. Ludwig Jozef Sanetra- born and died Mar 1866
3. Maria Sanetra born 1867. Married Maciej Caputa 1888. Maciej born 1842. Maria and Maciej's daughter Elzbieta Caputa married Jozef Oczkowska 1911 Żywiec-Zabłocie, Bielsko, Poland. Jozef born 1886, son of Jakub Oczkowska and Marianna Dendys. Maria Sanetra's second marriage to Wojciech Gielata in 1917. Wojciech born 1865.
4. Apolonia Sanetra born 1872. Married Jozef Klosak 1894. Jozef born 1862. Second marriage to Jozef Oczkowski in 1905. Jozef born 1882.
5. Katarzyna Sanetra born 1873. Married Jozef Kozka 1898. Jozef born 1874.
6. Helena Sanetra born 1875. (not sure if married or immigrated)
*7. Adam Sanetra born 1876. Married Rosalie Wandzel 1900. Second marriage to Alfreda Mazukiewicz 1920.
|1894-Klosak, Jozef-Aplonia Sanetra marriage|
|1905-Oczkowski, Jozef-Apolonia Sanetra mar|
|1911-Oczkowska, Jozef-Caputa, Elzbieta Caputa mar|
17 February 2013
|Karolina has braids on top her head & is smiling|
Soon I hope to tell more of Karolina's story. But today, I just wanted to tell why I like this picture. This is is a picture of Karolina at a school for deaf children in Vienna, about 1916 or 1917. Karolina went to this school for 8 years, and learned German. Karolina's family all learned German to communicate with her when she got home. A handicap was deadly at that time, especially if the Gestapo knew about it. And Karolina lived where the Gestapo invaded. Sometimes we don't know why things happen. But I do believe good things can come from overcoming difficult challenges. Karolina's family was able to be part of the resistance, because they knew German. Karolina was not killed because of a handicap, as many were at that time. Many people never knew she was deaf, she had an excellent education.