Here are my DNA updates from Ancestry.  Some changes, but nothing major.  It did add the Germanic Europe which is more in line with my paper trail on my father’s side.  There was no Germanic on my mother’s side, she was mostly Polish.  You can see her DNA in my Eastern European DNA.



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More Alajko Family

I logged into my mom’s Ancestry last week and saw a message about a DNA connection.  Turns out is was on my Alajko line.  It shows as a 5th- 8th cousin match.  It does not show up on my DNA match.  So, I need to assume that it is a deeper connection back in Poland.  This means here in the US there may be three Alajko lines that may connect back in Europe.  Time to find those connections.

I did some digging on Teofil’s family and found four passenger manifests that expand my knowledge of his family.  Previously I knew about Teofil, his brother Antoni and their father Teofil.

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924 Bronaslawa Alajko

In 1909 Bromislawa Alajko left her father Teofil in Zabiele to com to New York City.  She was met by her cousin Leonora Kowalczyk.  I don’t know if this is her blood cousin or her future husband’s cousin, or both.  Regardless, I now have another name to research that is connected to the Alajko family.  I wonder what went through the mind of this 19 year old young woman enter a new country all alone.

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924 Teofil Alajko 1910

In 1910 Teofil Alajko was the next to leave his father Teofil in Zabiele.  He was met by his brother in law Tieliks Kowalczyk.  Tieliks lived at 405 11th Avenue in New York City.  I wonder if 22 year old Teofil was able to see his sister after a year apart.

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924 Antoni Alajko 1913

Next to come to the US was Anton(io) in 1913 from Zabiele, Poland.  It lists his father as Teofil remaining in Poland.  He was a 20 year old farmer that was met by his brother Teofil.  Teofil lived at 460 11th Ave in New York City.  That must have been a big change to go from a 20 year old farmer in a small village to such a large city and not know the language.

New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924 Antoni Alajko

At some time between 1913 and 1921 Antonio went back to Zabiele.  In 1921 he comes back as a US citizen.  He is met by his brother Teofil, now living at 131 Sobieski St. in Buffalo, NY.  Their brother Stanislaus is still in Kolno.

So far I don’t have information on the siblings mother or much on their father Teofil.

I have copies of the second pages of these records if anyone looking needs a copy.


The New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924 on Family Search was my source for this blog.

My mother’s DNA

Then and now.

With all of those new DNA users that joined after Christmas Ancestry was able to update their data.


This is my mother’s old DNA profile.  It follows what all the paperwork has said for a long time.

JLH updated DNA

This is the new DNA profile.  I was surprised by how different it is but it really seems to still follow the paperwork.  It also matches better with some things on  Especially the 2% European Jewish.  That is an area I have never searched or seen referenced in any family stories.  This may be a new area to learn about.

I do wonder that Sweden was taken out since Poland and Sweden were once united.

“Sigismund III Vasa was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania, monarch of the united Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth from 1587 to 1632, and King of Sweden from 1592 as a composite monarchy until he was deposed in 1599. He was the son of King John III of Sweden and his first wife, Catherine Jagellonica of Poland.” Wikipedia

I will post my differences soon.

Manifest Questions

I am still researching the other Alajko line.

I have found some Ellis Island Passenger Lists but I have some questions.

manifest question 1

Question 1

In this manifest column 2 has RES USA RET.  Does this mean they were returning USA residents?  Does this mean that they were in the US, left and came back?

manifest question 2

Question 2

There is a handwritten note on column 7.  Specifically line 7 for Alajko, Teofil.  It shows he is a farmhand but has numbers applied after in different handwriting.  Anyone know what this means?


Thanks for any help.

Rose continuing research

I did a post on one of my paternal great grandmothers Rose Noice and have kept researching since then.  I had no information on her prior to 1910.

But I MAY have found her in the 1900 US Census as Rosie Instead of Rose.  No idea why it never showed up before as I never do exact spelling in lookups.  Line 58 shows Rosie Evans born in July 1885. My Rosie is July 1886.  But knowing how records were kept and how people answered questions this may be her.  I found the record from a tree hint.  I don’t accept another tree without looking at the source.  Here is the first time I found this source attributed to my great grandmother.  In both records she lived in Fairfield County, Ohio.  In 1900 she was in Sugar Grove, Ohio.  The 1910 Census has her in Lancaster, Ohio.  There are several roads that go the seven miles from the rural area to the City of Lancaster.  By 1930 Rose was married and living in Sugar Grove.  I suspect that this record is correct and this is my great grandmother.  That means I may have found a new set of great great grandparents.

1900 US Census Rose Evans

Aunt Gene


My grandfather Joseph Alajko’s sister.  I knew nothing about her and may have seen her when I was 3.


Obituary of Genevieve Wojciechowski

WOJCIECHOWSKI – Genevieve “Jean” (nee Alajko)
Of Cheektowaga, entered into rest March 4, 2018, at age 93. Beloved wife of the late Alex Wojciechowski; devoted mother of Lawrence Wojciechowski and the late Louise (Joseph) Roman; cherished grandmother of Jennifer (James) Szczublewski, Jason (Shelby) Roman, Nichole Wojciechowski, Jeremy (Jaclyn) Roman, Lauren Roman and Lindsey Roman; adored great-grandmother of two; loving daughter of the late Joseph and Bertha Alajko; dear sister of four siblings.

Relatives and friends may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Northtowns Chapel), 885 Niagara Falls Blvd., near Eggert/Sheridan Dr., on Tuesday, from 4-8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Queen of Martyrs Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga, on Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock. Please assemble at church. Interment St. Stanislaus Cemetery.