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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

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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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05 August 2016

Wandzel sisters: Fall River, MA

Three Wandzel sisters came to the United States: Anna, Stanislawa and Ludwika.They list their parents as Wojciech Wandzel and Victoria Zuzak. The sisters first settled in Fall River, Massachusetts. Then they traveled to Ohio and spent the rest of their lives in Cleveland, Ohio. The sisters state on records that they were born in Zywiec, Poland.

My ancestor Rosalie Wandzel (born in 1887) had a grandfather named Wojciech Wandzel, but he was married to Anna Byrda.  Rosalie was the daughter of Wawrzyniec Wandzel who was the son of Wojciech and Anna. Several other people on these ships were from Zywiec, heading to Fall River, MA. Ludwika's husband was also from Zywiec. I don't yet know of a connection between these Wandzel's and mine. But Wandzel is a rare name, and they're from the same place as my family. These sisters are about the same age as Rosalie, so it is possible they were cousins. I will keep looking for records that show relationships. If anyone knows more about these sisters, I'd love to hear from you.
1936-Joseph Korab, Stanislawa's husband


  1. Anna Wandzel immigrated first. She arrived 6 Jul 1907. She was age18, single, servant. She was traveling to a friend's house named Aniela Klis, in Fall River, MA. 
  2. Stanislawa Wandzel arrived 13 Jul 1909. She was age 17, single, a servant, traveled with her cousin Karol Kublin to her sister Anna Wandzel, in Fall River, MA.
  3. Ludwika Wandzel arrived 4 Mar 1913. She was 18, single and a servant. Ludwika was going to her sister Stanislwa's house. She traveled with 2 women also going to Stanislawa's house: A friend Helena Yuyosz and Marya Wojtusink, is listed as a sister to Stanislawa Wandzel, but her father is listed as Marcin Wojtusink, so maybe sister in law?
Here's a time line for these sisters:
  • 1889 Anna Wandzel born Zywiec, Poland
  • 1894 Stanislawa Wandzel born Zywiec, Poland
  • 1896 Ludwika Wandzel born Zywiec, Poland
  • 1907 Anna immigrated to Fall River, MA
  • 1909 Stanislawa immigrated to Fall River, MA
  • 1911 About 1911 Anna married Jan Wieszczek in MA
  • 1912 Anna has son Walter Wieszczek in MA
  • 1913 Ludwika immigrated to Fall River, MA
  • 1914 Stanislawa married Joseph Korab. (Joseph Korab had 2 children from previous marriage: Stanley 1908 and Mary 1912)
  • 1915 Stanislawa has daughter Stefania or Stella Korab in MA
  • 1916 Anna has son Mathew Wieszczek in MA
  • 1917 Ludwika married Charles Kupczak, in OH
  • 1919 Ludwika has daughter Johanna Kupczak in OH
  • 1920 Ludwika has son Frank K. Kupczak in OH
  • 1920 Sisters Anna and Stanislawa lived next door to each other in MA
  • 1930 All 3 sisters lived beside each other on East 31st Street in Cleveland, OH. For the rest of their lives they lived in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • 1936 Joseph Korab is naturalized, (see picture in this post.)
  • 1940 Anna household census note: James Biernot is living in the house who sign's brother in laws, Jozef Korab's naturalization record.There are a few Biernot and Sanetra family connections.
  • 1943 Ludwika's husband Charles Kupczak died
  • 1962 Jozef Korab, Stanislawa's husband died
  • 1971 Jan Wieszczek, Anna's husband died.
  • 1975 Anna died, age 88
  • 1980 Stanislawa died, age 85
  • 1997 Ludwika died, age 99


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