For over 150 years, Milwaukee has been home to a large community of people of Polish descent. The Milwaukee Polonia Project hopes to show the interweaving, intertwining family trees that resulted in this community. It is hoped that, eventually, all the families can be connected to one another. The Milwaukee Polonia Project is also a means to explore our common history and celebrate our shared heritage.

THE ACTUAL DATABASE OF THE TREE IS NOW LOCATED AT THE MILWAUKEE POLONIA PROJECT TREE at Tribal Pages. (We still have much work to do, so don't assume that families are shown completely.) YOU DO NOT NEED A PASSWORD TO ACCESS INFORMATION ON DECEASED INDIVIDUALS.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Status Update - April, 2016

New Points of Origin:

Cerekwica, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland
Co-Ordinates:  52.8297 N, 17.642 E
Family Names:  Janus, Rozewicz

New Family Names Added Since Last Update:

Budziszewski
Chroboczynski
Damratowski
Danielewski
Grabarczyk
Helminiak
Jasica
Kasza
Klosiewski
Koronka
Kunowski
Kwasiborski
Laski
Lazarski
Melchior
Mendelewski
Nowe
Owczarek
Przeworski
Siczkiewicz
Skrzypczynski
Snajkowski
Stezala
Stojek
Swierczynski
Szortyka
Szumilas
Urbanowski

Profiles Added Since Last Update:  272

New Intra-Connections  (Lucht to Fons):

383)  ….John Wojciechowsk > daughter, Helen (Wojciechowski) Bartkowski > daughter, Violet H. (Bartkowski) Sokolowski > husband, Henry Anthony Sokolowski > father, Stanislaus Sokolowski > brother, Frank Sokolowski > son, Sylvester Sokolowski > wife, Francesa (Jendryk) Sokolowski > mother, mother, Mayme (Kureski) [Dluszkowski] Jendryk ….

384)  ….Stanislaus Sokolowski > wife, Anna (Kwasniewski) Sokolowski > brother, John [Kwasniewski] Kwass > wife, Mary (Wojcik) Kwass > sister, Casmira (Wojcik) Fons > husband, Edward H. Fons > brother, Louis Fons....

385)  ….Anna (Kwasniewski) Sokolowski > brother, Stanley Kwasniewski > wife, Elizabeth (Rozewicz) Kwasniewski > brother, Martin Rozewicz > wife, Rose (Kwasniewski) Rozewicz > brother, John [Kwasniewski] Kwass....

386)  ….Anna (Kwasniewski) Sokolowski > brother, Martin Kwasniewski > son, Harry Edward Kwasniewski > wife, Alice (Ledzian) Kwasniewski > sister, Jane (Ledzian) Bednarczyk > husband, Alois Albert Bednarczyk > sister, Alice (Bednarczyk) Brodaczynski > husband, Max Michael Brodaczynski > brother, Joseph Brodaczynski (II) ….

387)  ….Martin Kwasniewski > daughter, Sally (Kwasniewski) Ledzian > husband, Leo C. Ledzian > father, Lawrence Ledzian > brother, Vincent Ledzian > daughter, Jane (Ledzian) Bednarczyk....

388)  ....Raymond Placzek > sister, Irene T. (Placzek) Wojcik > husband, Sigmund J. Wojcik > mother, Martha (Chelminiak/Helminiak) Wojcik > sister, Clara (Helminiak) Frankowiak > husband, Sigmund J. Frankowiak > brother, Erwin Frankowiak > wife, Gertrude (Kulwicki) Frankowiak > father, John Kulwicki....

389)  …. Clara (Helminiak) Frankowiak > brother, Henry F. Helminiak > wife, Anna (Perszewski) Helminiak > brother, Joseph Perszewski > daughter, Bernadine (Perszewski) Eskowski ….

390)  ….Joseph Perszewski > sister, Helen (Perszewski) Zolinski > husband, Vincent Zolinski > brother, Stanley Zolinski > wife, Stella (Tallar) Zolinski > sister, Josephine (Talar) Tomczyk > son, Edmund Tomczyk....

391)  ....Vincent Zolinski > brother, Michael Zolinski > wife, Emily (Stachowiak) Zolinski > brother, Leo Stachowiak (2)....

392)  ….Vincent Zolinski > sister, Veronica (Zolinski) Stachowiak > husband, Roman L. Stachowiak > brother, Leo Stachowiak (2)....

393)  ….Valentine Biedrzycki > sister, Rose (Biedrzycki) Fabich > husband, Frank Fabich > brother, John Fabich > wife, Hattie (Szymczak) Fabich > sister, Pearl (Szymczak) Zolinski > husband, Frank Zolinski > brother, Stanely Zolinski....

394)  ….Paul Bembenek > brother, Joseph Bembenek > wife, PRIVATE (Stezala) Bembenek > father, Stanley Stezala > second wife, Blanche (Smolinski) [Kwiatkowski] Stezala > son by first husband, Henry Kwiatkowski > wife, Mary (Janocik) Kwiatkowski > brother, Harry Janocik....

395)  ....Leo Cesarz > brother, Franciszek Cesarz > son, Frank S. Cesarz > Jeanette (Bednarczyk) Cesarz > father, John Bednarczyk > brother, Adalbert Bednarczyk > daugher, Alice Elizabeth (Bednarczyk) Brodaczynski....

396)  ….Frank S. Cesarz > son, Lawrence Cesarz > wife, PRIVATE (Sayland) Cesarz > mother, Verna (Myszkowski) Sayland > father, Robert Myszkowski....

397)  ….Frank S. Cesarz > son, Leondard Clemens Cesarz > wife, Jean Margaret (Sayland) Cesarz > mother, Verna (Myszkowski) Sayland....

398)  ….Frank S. Cesarz > son, Donald Cesarz > wife, PRIVATE (Sayland) Cesarz > mother, Verna (Myszkowski) Sayland....

399)  ...Evelyn (Kobza) Cesarz > husband, Stanley B. Cesarz > brother, Roman Cesarz > wife, Emerence (Tomczak) Cesarz > brother, Irvin Tomczak > wife, Loretta (Kasprzyk) Tomczak > brother, Ervin Kasprzyk....

Newly Discovered Changed Names:

Budzinski to Budd
Helminiak (Chelminiak) to Hemin
Kwasniewski to Kwass
Siczkiewicz to Stacy
Zolinski to Green

New Alternate Spellings:

Bankowski, Bąkowski, Bukowski, Bonkalla,
Bykowski Rikowski
Chelminiak Helminiak Helminiah
Drews Draves
Kopydlowski Kopolewski
Laski Laske
Lewandowski Lewandouski
Litzau Lican Litza
Melchior Merchior
Mikolajczak Mikolajezak
Owczarek Owczarezak
Siczkiewicz Seczkiewicz
Szymczak Szymezak
Talar Tallar
Wojcik Wojrik


PCN:  1.71
Rank:  3rd lowest
(For an explanation of the PCN - "Project Completeness Number") see Status Update - February, 2012 and Status Update - March, 2012)
 
Historical PCN Data:
 
Previous Two: 
February, 2016: 2.43
December, 2015: 2.00
 
Average PCN:  5.6
 
Median PCN: 3.89
 
Lowest PCN:
 
1.08 (December, 2014)
 
Highest PCN:
 
19 (January, 2012 - the start of the Project)
 
 
 
 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Albert Kotecki - Featured Profile #49

 
     The following two articles appeared in the Kuryer Polski on December 9 and December 13, 1927, describing the death and funeral of an early Milwaukee Polish settler, Albert (Polish name:  Wojciech) Kotecki, father of Louis Kotecki (Featured Profile #47).  (Many thanks to Joanna Białkowska who once again supplied the translation.)  Copies of the original articles appear at the end of the post, along with a snip from the Milwaukee Sentinel about the 40th anniversary of Albert and his wife Barbara.
 
Death Takes Wojciech [Albert] Kotecki, Who Was Father of Controller, When He Was 82.
             
      The deceased was one of first, oldest Polish settlers in Milwaukee.
 
     Wojciech [Albert] Kotecki, father of city controller Ludwik [Louis] M. Kotecki and one of the oldest Polish settlers in Milwaukee, died on Friday in the morning at his home at 617 Fourth Avenue, as an effect of the paralysis which happened on Monday. When he died, he was 82.
 
                The late Wojciech was born in Koźmin in Poznańskie voivoidship. After he  finished school, he had training in sewing and when he was 24 he came to America to Chicago.
 
                On the 14th of July 1872 he got married in Saint Stanislaus Church in Chicago to Barbara Kurzawska, who also was born in Koźmin in 1851. After two years in Chicago they moved to Milwaukee and they stayed there till the ends of their lives.
 
                Around 30 years ago, the late Wojciech Kotecki opened his tailor`s shop at Mitchell and Grove Streets with success. He employed in tens people when his business was extended.
 
                 His wife died on New Year's, 1914. Of his twelve children, the following still are alive sons: Ludwik, Franciszek, Adam and daughters: Leokadia, Viktoria and Maria.
 
                 The late Wojciech Kotecki was always an active person in Polish public life and he was behind national organizations.  For many years he belonged to Związek Narodowy Polski (Polish National Association) and he was a member of the Patriot Association. Between old settlers in town he had many friends.  He was respected by everyone who knew him, therefore information about his dead was very sad news in the city.
 
                The funeral of this dead pioneer citizen will be on Tuesday morning in Saint Stanislaus Church.
 
                He was always very proud of  his son Ludwik, who had a responsible public position in the city from 1912.
 

Great Funeral Made for the Late Wojciech Kotecki
 
On Tuesday morning was an eminent funeral for Wojciech Kotecki, who was the father of city controller Ludwik M. Kotecki  and also one of the oldest polish settlers in Milwaukee. He died after short illness on Friday in the morning.
 
The casket, drowned in flowers, was escorted from his house at 617 Fourth Avenue by Father Jurasiński to Saint Stanislaus Church.  At 9 a.m. begun the memorial service with participation of many kin, friends and familiars.  In the throng in church were many Polish priests, clerical workers and people who work with his son Ludwik.
 
There was also a delegation from the Patriot Association, where Wojciech was the oldest member.
 
The casket was transported by: Jjudge Michał Błeński, Jan Stróżyk, Stanisław Choiński and 3 grandsons: Tadeusz Gawin, Karol Gawin, and Eugeniusz Gawin.
 
There were three Holy Masses for the intention of his soul. At main altar, Holy Mass was celebrated by Father Tutkowski and at the lateral altars by priests: Bierniarz and Krerowicz. The memorial service also was attended by Father Wacław Kruszka - longstanding friend, and priests: Mścisz,  Kobeliński, Brzonkała, Krzywonos and Kach- both from Sturtevant.
 
During piety the chorus Harmonia sang with solos by supervisor Michalski, Mrs M. Bialk and Kazimierz Andrzejewski, which made the ceremony more appealing
 
After Holy Mass, the long cortege went to Calvary Cemetery, where Father Krzywonos gave a beautiful elegiac eulogy for Wojciech Kotecki, who was for him, a role model Pole, Catholic, father and citizen.
 
Sincere manifestations during the funeral attested that he was a very popular and respected person in the city.
 
The late Wojciech Kotecki leaves, in overwhelming grief, sons: Franciszek, Ludwik and Adam, also daughters: Leokadia, Katcka, Wiktoria and Marianna, daughters-in-law: Wanda, Jadwiga and Aniela, son-in-law, 3 grandsons and 4 granddaughters.
 
Funeral was organized by company of Marcin Czerwiński.
 
 
 
Published in the Milwaukee Sentinel, July 15, 1912.
 



      Relation to Nearest Featured Profile: Louis M. Kotecki (Featured Profile #47):  Father.

Path From Nearest Featured Profile:  Louis M. Kotecki > father, Albert Kotecki

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Status Update -

New Family Names Added Since Last Update:

Budzinski
Cjazkowicz
Gajczowski
Gaska
Gucfa
Guszkowski
Jeziorski
Koprowski
Kordus
Krzystofik
Ledzian
Lesczewski
Martinek
Piekarszewski
Strzyzewski
Szyszka

Profiles Added Since Last Update: 148

New Intra-Connections  (Lucht to Fons):

376)  ….Franziska (Pliszka) Brykczynski > sister, Helena (Pliszka) Stolz > son, Edwin John Stolz > wife, Harriet Constance (Bednarczyk) Stolz > sister, Alice Elizabeth (Bednarczyk) Brodaczynski > husband, Max Michael Brodaczynski > brother, Joseph Brodaczynski (II)....

377)  ….George Borowicz > father, Andrew Borowicz > sister, Bessie [Bronislawa] (Borowicz) Fabich > husband, Michael Fabich > sister, Veronica (Fabich) Szymanski > husband, Anton Szymanski > brother, Leon Alexander Szymanski > wife, Katherine Cecelia (Musolf) Szymanski > father, Paulus Musolph > sister, Apollonia (Musolff) Grohall....

378)  ….Bessie [Bronislawa] (Borowicz) Fabich > sister, Catherine (Borowicz) Lemanski > husband, Michael Lemanski > sister, Michalina (Lemanski) > husband, Andrew Borowicz....

379)  ….Michael Fabich > sister, Agnes (Fabich) Nowakowski > husband, Charles A. Nowakowski > sister, Katherine (Nowakowski) Rozga > husband, Frank Rozga > sister, Frances (Rozga) Karnowski....

380)  ….Hattie (Badzinski) Wachowiak > son, Gerald A. Wachowiak > wife, Lucille Ann (Trzesniewski) Wachowiak > father, Adam Trzesniewski > brother, Walter Trzesniewski > wife, Sophie (Litzau) Trzesniewski > brother, Joseph A. Litzau....

381)  ….Anthony Wenta > daughter, Wanda (Wenta) Canapa > son, Eugene Canapa > wife, Slyvia (Snyowicz) Canapa > brother, Henry Synowicz > wife, Sophie (Padol) Synowicz > brother, Edward Padol > wife, Bernice (Trzesniewski) Padol > father, Adam Trzesniewski....

382)  ….Lucille Ann (Trzesniewski) Wachowiak > sister, Genevieve (Trzesniewski) Michalski > husband, Leonard J. Michalski > Benomina (Bauman) Budnik....

PCN:  2.43
(For an explanation of the PCN - "Project Completeness Number") see Status Update - February, 2012 and Status Update - March, 2012)
 
Historical PCN Data:
 
February, 2016: 2.43
December, 2015: 2.00
October, 2015: 8.25
August, 2015:  1.24
June, 2015:  7.00
April, 2015:  3.80
February, 2015:  8.33
December, 2014: 1.08
November, 2014:  2.58
October, 2014:  2.58
September, 2014: 3.00
August. 2014:  2.29
July, 2014:  3.00
June, 2014:  2.44
May, 2014: 4.5
April, 2014:  4.67
March, 2014:  3.0
February, 2014:  10.5
January, 2014:  2.9
December, 2013:  4.11
November, 2013:  3.89
October, 2013:  2.14
September 2013:  2.9
August, 2013: 2.71           
July, 2013: 4.28
June, 2013:  3.01
May, 2013: 6.33
April, 2013: 3.33
March, 2013:  8.2
February, 2013: 2.1
January, 2013:  8.0
December, 2012: 3.29
November, 2012: 6.0
October, 2012:  12.25
September, 2012:  6.4
August, 2012: 3.89
July, 2012:  4.57
June, 2012:  7.75
May, 2012:  9.33
April, 2012:  16.67
March, 2012:  16
February, 2012:  12.8
January, 2012:  19
 
Newly Discovered Changed Names:
 
Jeziorski to Justin, Jason
Nowakowski to Newton
 
Newly Corrected Names
 
Litkowski to Nitkowski
 
New Alternate Spellings:
 
Czysz Czyz
Draszkiewicz Draskiewciz
Konwinski Konwienski Kulinski
Nitkowski Nytkowski Litkowski
Synowiec Synowicz
Tesenske Tessenske
Zagorski Zagurski