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.

Quirky Tidbits

Index to Pages Devoted to Articles in Old Newspapers 


Floating Toward Romance - photograph appearing in the Milwaukee Journal on June 26, 1039 showing a Polish tradition being re-enacted in Kosciuszko Park.  Added October 23, 2011.

Individuals Yet  to be Connected:
Irene Gwiadzowski
Stanley Gwiadzowski
Isabelle Nastachowski


The Old Rug Swindle - article appearing in the Milwaukee Journal on October 28, 1919 warning readers about a con man operating in the city.  Added July 3, 2011.


Individuals Connected:
Julius Peksa
Mrs. Julius Peksa. possibly Pearl (Somerfeld) Peksa


Individuals yet to be connected:
Jessie Riess
Harry Demecki

The Perfect Baby - article appearing in the Milwaukee Journal on August 22, 1913 about a seemingly perfect baby.

Individuals yet to be connected:

Joseph Wnuk
Helen (Unknown) Wnuk
Louis Wnuk  

A Polish Wedding - an early example of the wedding of Polish families making the Society section of a Milwaukee newspaper.  In this case, it was the wedding of John C. Kleczka and Wanda Lukomski Kleczka who were married on October 18, 1911.  Added to the blog on August 28, 2011.

Individuals Connected:


John C. Kleczka
Wanda (Lukomski) Kleczka
Mary (Szlyzinska) Lukomski
Rt. Rev. Michael J. Domachowski
Pelagia "Pearl" Lukomski 
Marion Kleczka
Edward Kleczka
Peter Lukomski



Individuals Yet to be Added:


Rev. F. Zynda
Rev. R. Goral
John Jastroch
Clementine Malek
Lawrence Wawrzyniakowski
Mary Schubert 
Joseph Bednarek
Edmund Slalvewski
Andrew Krygier


Rumble at St. Vincent's - article appearing in the April 4, 1894 edition of the Milwaukee Journal about a fight at the St. Vincent de Paul school house.  Added June 11, 2011.

Individuals Connected:

Frank Kitzki, a.k.a. Frank Kitzke
his brother Stanislaus Kitzki, a.k.a. Stanley Kitzki
his brother, Constantine Kitzki, a.k.a. Gustaf Kitzke
John Kitzki, probably his brother Walter Kitzke, a.k.a. Ladislaus Kicki
John Pecksa, probably John Peksa
Frank Phillips, probably Frank Filip or Phillipp
Mary Klinkolz the sister-in-law of Frank Phillips.  (She was the widow of Frank Phillips' younger brother August Filip.


Individuals yet to be connected:

Stanislaus Kolsinski, Martin Franzkowiak, Matthew Kopczejinski, And. (Andrew?) Kieliszewski, Stephan (Szczepan) Wawalski (or Wawolski), Albert Jerschak, 

A Stroll in the Park - article appearing in the Milwaukee Journal on August 16, 1913 about a man who was fined $10 for grabbing a woman from behind in Kosciusko Park and his friend who was fined for laughing at the incident.

Individuals not yet connected:

Michael Lupowicz
Adam Monkiewicz

Voting with Your Fists - article appearing in the Milwaukee Journal on April 4, 1908 about political fisticuffs in advance of the municipal elections.  Added November 20, 2011.

Individuals Yet to be Connected:  
  
Richard Gruenwald
George Kadlitz
Charles Kloehn
Judge Unknown Neelen
Joseph Tatera
Jared Thompson


Individuals Connected:

Louis Fons