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
26 October 2015
newspaper article link
I also am really excited about the Freedmen's project that is a partnership between FamilySearch and the Smithsonian. Here's a link to more info about that project, including videos and pictures about the collections. http://www.discoverfreedmen.org/media
I helped with a local kick off for Freedmen's project and that was in this Friday's newspaper. (23 Oct 2015)
local Freedmen project in newspaper
03 October 2015
Here is the link to the 1920 Census record on FamilySearch.org: https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZWJ-PV2
Does anyone know anything about his family? If so, please send me a message.
24 August 2015
Here is a link to St. Nicholas church, showing two pictures of the church and the history. I have two letters from the church in the 1950's, answering Paul's questions about his baptism and his brothers'. There's a nice drawing of the church as part of the letterhead. http://www.nickchurch.org/history/ The cornerstone for the church standing today was placed in 1904. First Mass was held 6 Oct 1906. Stanislaus Sanetra was baptized at Saint Nicholas in Apr 1904, and Paul Sanetra in Jun 1905. Here is a link about Evanston which is in Cook County, Illinois where Stanley, Paul and Ervin Sanetra were born. Bronislaw and Jozef were born in Chicago. http://www.cityofevanston.org/evanston-life/history-demographics/ Saint Nicholas church said they did not have a baptism record for Ervin, so we are still trying to figure out where he was baptized.
I'm finding it's really important to understand the traditions and patterns for our families and also what was considered normal for their community in that time and place. Whenever there's a break in the pattern, it's important to ask why then go look for the answer. Asking questions of why Rosalie and Adam went to a German speaking church and community when they were Polish, led me to finding out Rosalie's family was most likely from Germany and moved to Poland, and that she might have been Jewish. I also found out that Rosalie's name (first and last name) was spelled the German way, not the Polish way, and that later in life when Paul had Alzheimer's he would count and say phrases in German. When his sons asked him where he learned that, he said his mother taught him (when he was very little).
23 July 2015
There are lots of good choices for DNA testing. There's one DNA test that only profiles periodic paralysis, but it's 500$ which I couldn't stomach right now. Especially after many years of enormous medical expenses trying to keep safe and for life threatening issues, (like seeing if my episodes were TIA's) which the hospitals didn't even address correctly anyway. (So frustrating!) Also, I knew that if I did DNA testing that I wanted the family history part too! So I chose 23andme because I was told it showed several genetic markers for my problem. I posted a tree on My Heritage to connect with my 23andme DNA profile. My grandfather previously did an Ancestry.com test. Two of my children are also now showing symptoms, so I just had one child complete the Ancestry.com DNA test and mailed it in yesterday.
The last few years it has been extremely difficult to regularly see, type, walk and speak. I was also plagued with very frequent complicated migraines that completely incapacitated me, which would then be followed with no ability to walk. Periodic Paralysis is an ion channelopothy, so basically every cell in my body is affected. I've always fought really hard to keep walking, and to keep trying to live a somewhat normal life. Now I know what to fight back with! (potassium, 70% alkaline diet, avoiding sugar and lots of carbohydrates, balancing electrolytes. Then of course avoiding my food allergy issues like gluten, dairy, soy and nightshades. I still have to take it easy, which does try my patience, and I have to really think things through to prevent daily episodes. (Example: Now I know that popcorn and soda will guarantee no walking for me for 24 hours!) Now I am better able to reply back to people, and do what I love, family history: learning family stories, get back to researching, and finding new records. If you have messaged/emailed me and not heard back from me, then I have not seen your message. Please re-send it.
I've digitized all my records now. I have a small bookshelf that's my archives which contains original records and letters in archival safe boxes. Otherwise I am paper free. Hooray! I've been re-reading stories passed on to me, to prepare for some upcoming interesting posts. Right now I plan to post every 2 weeks, and I have reminder alerts set up. If I can get things even calmer in my life, I'll post once a week.
I've already heard from several people with DNA matches. There are a few I'm still not seeing where the connections are. Some people have found matches to me 200 years back. If you think you might be a match to me, send me a message and I can direct you to various places I have posted trees. I do hope this will help us piece together Polish families and other connections we've had "brick walls" with. I'm looking forward to the future of how DNA can help with research and health!
Another post I did about me and Periodic Paralysis:
15 May 2015
1) Karol Janik 1878-1928
2) Julia Kwiatkowska Janik Drechny 1873-1947
4) Joseph Kwiatkowski 1895-1952
5) Wladyslaw Kwiatkowski 1868-1910
My grandparents went to visit St. Adalberts. Only Julia's stone was visible. They cleared some grass off the edges to get a picture. They could see spaces for other tombstones. But they could not tell if stones weren't ever put up, or if the grass has completely grown over them. Above is a short video clip they made for me, to show me the family plot. This visit was September 2010.
|Dziennik Chicagoski newspaper obituary|
23 April 2015
Here is Anna on findagrave.com. She is buried with her daughter Franciszka who died young. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=beneker&GSfn=ann&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSob=n&GRid=66780841&df=all&
Here's a time line summary:
1890's: Anna was first married to an Anthony Mason or Missen. They had daughter Franciszka in 1898 in Poland, and immigrated about 1905-1907. Different records spell the surname both ways. Franciszka's death record states her mother was Anna Sanetra and father Anothony Missen.
1920: Anthony has died by 1920, and so had Franciszka. On the 1920 census it was Anna, widowed, her widowed son in law John Schauderna (who was married to Franciszka Missen), and grandson Francis Schauderna.
1930: On the 1930 Census, Anna was married to Fred Beneker a shoe maker. His house was owned, and they lived at 3809 Ward st, in Chicago. The calling cards were made about then. Fred died in 1936. Note, she was not a citizen by the 1930 Census.
1950's: In May 1952 she is listed as living, and a sibling of Ludwig Sanetras on his obituary.
1960's: She died 4 Mar 1966. Anna has the maiden name of Sanetra, married name of Beneker, and shows she used to have name of Missen, being buried by her daughter with that maiden name.
(Note, in 1967, sister Franciszka died, who outlived all her siblings, so they were not mentioned on Franciszka Sanetra Nasluchasz' obit.)
The records, names, dates and places all line up, so I am confident this is all correct and added Anna and her family into my Ancestry.com tree. I am still searching for immigration, a second marriage in Chicago for Anna to Fred Beneker, and hopefully I can get a death certificate to prove my links completely that her parents are indeed Jozef Sanetra and Regina Wojcik.
|Ludwig Sanetra, with siblings|
Here's Ludwig's parents and siblings as I now know it:
Jozef Sanetra married Regina Wojcik (They were in Zablocie, Zywiec, Poland):
1) Franciszka Sanetra (1886-1967) married Karol Nasluchasz (1884-1958) They both immigrated to Chicago area and married in Chicago in 1910.
1. Antonia Nasluchasz
2. Frederick Nasluchasz
3. Aloisa Nasluchasz
*2) Ludwig Sanetra (1887-1952) married Karolina Szczaia/Strawi (1893-1975) in Chicago in 1915. (Picture in this post)
1. Franciszka Sanetra
2. John Sanetra
3. Karol Sanetra
4. Anna Sanetra
5. Mary Sanetra
3) Marianne Sanetra (3 children). Marianne lived part of her life in Germany. Dates not known. (Did not immigrate to United States.)
1. Agnes Sanetra
2. Joseph Stachon
3. Marta Stachon
4) Anna Sanetra married a Mr. Beneker.
|Ludwig Sanetra and Caroline-Chicago 1915|
5) Mr Sanetra. Brother unknown, but pictured with Ludwig above. Ludwig far left, brother believed to be far right. I believe Franciszka is center with husband Karol Naszluchasz standing behind her, based on pictures I have seen from the Nasluchasz family. Will work on conforming this.
Please note: The photographs of Ludwig and Marianne Sanetra are from Dirk Varnholt's family pictures. We are sharing in hopes others may recognize and help us piece this family together.
|Ludwig Sanetra's obit|
|Marianne Sanetra and Mr Stachon|
09 March 2015
One of the first things I loved about FamilySearch is how it's really worldwide oriented. (Not just the United States.) And how we're all connected, the bigger picture. One of the early record collections on FamilySearch was the 1895 Argentina Census, where I saw some Cabitto relatives. Most databases before, were based on the English soundex systems. Which really doesn't help you if you have a Russian (or really any Non-English) surname. On FamilySearch.org, if you type in a residence or birth place outside the United States it searches similar spellings to the that ethnicity. For example, when I searched "Sanetra" and typed "born in Poland", it looked up spellings like Szanetra, Scanetra, and Zanetra. I got a lot more search results that were real possibilities. Mazurkiwicz and Wandzel had a lot more variations which was very helpful because I never would have thought clerks or other record keepers would spell it those other ways. English soundex spellings and pronunciations would just not work for these types of names!!
Here's some impressive things I learned watching Rootstech videos this week. I watched these sections of the videos a few times to make sure I wrote the numbers down correctly: FamilySearch CEO Dennis Brimhall talked about the benefits of the partnerships with FamilySearch (Thurs keynote). Currently FamilySearch is partnering with: Ancestry.com, Find My Past, My Heritage, American Ancestors (New England Historical Genealogical Society), family me, and Global Family Reunion. Brimhall told about a project he was excited about, saying this was a great example of benefits to the partnerships and he thanked the CEO of Ancestry.com. FamilySearch did a project of filming 80 million church and civil records for Mexico in 1952. He explained there are not enough Spanish speaking indexers for this project. It would take 40 years for FamilySearch volunteers to complete this project. But Ancestry.com has asked to help do the indexing for this project and they said it will be done and available by the end of this year! FamilySearch and Ancestry.com also made 545 million records available and visible on both sites this year. FamilySearch will always keep their site free, even with their partnerships.
Ron Tanner, a lead developer for FamilySearch gave these amazing numbers in his presentation called: FamilySearch FamilyTree 2014 and Beyond:
- They do updates 3 times a day.
- approximately 2.5 million new persons added to the tree every month
- approximately 2.6 million conclusions that are changed/written every month
- 4.5 million sources added to the tree each month
- 1.1 billion persons in the tree with 89 million sources
- In a year FamilySearch went from 12 million to 89 million sources!
01 March 2015
(I'm not seeing a link or I'd put it here.) So in summary, there is a Polish name section of this site. Benefits include that the site is in English, and you don't have to know the special characters of other alphabets etc. The site is very simple and also has frequent updates so you'll want to keep checking it out. http://www.locatemyname.com/
Mr Hoffman also recommends these 2 links. He states, "Both have their flaws and idiosyncracies; and both are in Polish."
I find sites like these about surnames helpful tools. I thought I'd test out the site myself. I'm thinking I may have looked at the site a few years ago and that there is much more than the last time I looked. I know Sanetra is not that common of a surname, this confirms that. The site shows the name shows up in United States, UK, France, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Poland, and South Africa. I clicked on Poland, and here is the search results: http://www.locatemyname.com/usa/Sanetra. It shows what they can account for with records and what they estimate the surname is. There's a highlighted map, and statistics given world wide on the name. They also give common first names that go with the surname, and blogs about the surname. My surname of Cabitto is even more rare, and we know all the Cabittos in the United States. Looking at the numbers, I think it's counting adults ages 18 and older. I was surprised and happy to see that my blog you're reading right now is listed on the Sanetra surname!
25 January 2015
|Fern & Olive Dortch yearbook picture|
A friend copied a picture of Fern and Olive Dortch's year book page for me. (click icon to view full page) They were born and raised in Kankakee, IL. Their father Jasper Dortch was born in Mecklenburg, VA.
On Ancestry.com, I see that there are schools and churches grouped together under yearbooks. A lot of churches publish centennial events that are listed as year books. There are at least 262 listed under schools and churches on Ancestry.com. One is a Presbyterian church in New Jersey in 1894. Some yearbook listings are outside the USA. Sometimes the churches taught schools and had a year book. Here's a site I found interesting with many USA year books, information, and old pictures. You can browse by state: http://www.old-yearbooks.com/
I have always thought my grandpa Sanetra was cool. But when I show other people (including family) his picture now and then pictures of him as a cool football player, his prom picture, his motorcycle, and that he had acne as a teenager too, then he becomes more real, and you want to learn more about that person. Do you know if your grandparents played sports, liked science, played chess, played a musical instrument or liked to dance? If you haven't seen their year book or asked them if they had one, give them a call. Or ask your parents about it. What was their graduation day like? How much school did they complete? (Previous rural farming generations often did not complete high school, but rather 5th or 8th grade completion was considered sufficient). Have you told your children what your graduation day was like?