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.

Dodałam do mojego blogu automatyczne tłumaczenia poprzez Google. Ufam, że będą wystarczające w zrozumieniu o czym jest mowa w artykułach i komentarzach.

Dziękuję! - Julie

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15 February 2014

Bronislawa Sanetra, our missing relative, born 1901

We have only two records for Bronislawa. This is her birth record in Poland. The other record is her immigration to the United States 19 Feb 1911. She and Marianna Klosak Wojtas were held for special inquiry. I wrote to numerous places trying to obtain information about that, since that is the last record we have for her. Many people told me no such record existed. I wrote to several places I was told the record would be, even paying the fees, doing everything exactly the way the archivists told me and was sent back my letter being told things like no A file exists, when I asked specifically for the special inquiry report.
This page for special inquiry was at the end of the ship manifest. The interesting thing, is that I asked lots of historians, and no one I asked could tell me what "section 11" was, that Marianna was being held for. Apparently she broke some law.
I read about special inquiry on the Jewish Gen webpage. And that there were transcripts. I kept trying to tell people these records existed but kept running into dead ends. So far, I have not been able to get a special inquiry report for Bronislawa and Marianna, but hope to one day. See this interesting article in Jewish Gen website: http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/manifests/bsi/

And what I really want, a copy of a transcript for what happened to Bronislawa. Because she never reached her father. So this would be the last piece of information available for her. Transcript example, the records do exist, contrary to what some people tried to dismiss when I asked about this collection : http://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/manifests/bsi/hearing1.html


08 February 2014

Guestbook updated 8 Feb 2014

I went through & tried to reply to all the missed guestbook messages. Also sent emails to those messages. I found a few spam things slipped through the filters so got those out too. Here's the names updated (the index in the "Pages" part was updated. Written here so I can tag them: Nasluchacz, Kremkoski, Lach, Demczyszyn, Florko, Picker, Sanetra, Czarnecki, Reed, Kubas. 

06 February 2014

quick blog update-future postings

This has been an extra tough year with health. I feel like I've gotten behind on everything. I keep two blogs, this one and one on Mecklenburg, VA genealogy. Both have completely different ways I do things. My Virginia blog emphasizes rural challenges, Virginia records, pictures and stories. I live in VA so I'm starting to post pictures of things I take, relevant to family history. Both blogs are important to me and I love them. Regretfully, I got a year and a half behind on emails and messages. I've spent most of the last two weeks replying back to all the emails and messages and should be done, all caught up with email this weekend. Next, I will be looking at the guestbook and replying there too. I've been scanning a lot too and will be getting things ready to share on both blogs. I now have a set time of day to work on my blogs, with both blogs posting each Sunday. I am truly sorry if you have sent me messages and didn't hear back right away. I'm working hard to make sure that doesn't happen again. I saved every message, so if you have tried to reach me and haven't heard back from me by Sunday, then I didn't get your message. Please re-send.