Alajko Update III

Hedwig Alajko

Hedwig has been sitting in the tree all by her lonesome.  No connections and no idea how she fit in the tree or which Alajko tree she connected to.

Then I found the New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957 for Hedwig Alajko on Ancestry.

Ellis Island and Other New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 - Hedwig Alajko

This record added more confusion.  She is 12 years old at the time.  It lists her mother as Bronislawa Wroblewski and brother Eugenejusz Wroblewski as 16 years old.  But why the different last name for the daughter?  Hedwig Alajko

To add to the confusion they are going to meet with Hedwig’s father Chester Wroblewski.  Why does she have a different last name from her father?  This was an Alajko that I could never find information.  Now I had her nuclear family but with different last names.

This showed up in my hint list a week after the connections I talked about in the last two blogs.  So with that in mind I dove into their trees to see what they had and where it could lead me.

I found some confusion and some confirmation.

hedwig tree 1

So this tree says Hedwig had a different father than her brother but was born after.  So did mom cheat or is this record wrong?  Mom is listed as Blanche instead of Bronislawa and a daughter of the older Teofil Alajko.  Bronislawa to Blanche does not seem far off to Americanize a name.  So I do see where Alajko came from.

Hedwig 3

This tree does not show Hedwig but it does have her mom as a child of Teofil the elder and the two male siblings that I was able to confirm years ago.  I will need to go back and see if she was mentioned on any of their files.

Hedwig 2

Yet again a tree that shows Hedwig’s mom’s connection to Teofil.

I wonder if there was some cultural reason that Hedwig used the last name Alajko or if they thought it would help at Ellis Island.  There were held up for a short time while things were straightened out.  The officials there must have asked the same questions, they did not seem to write down the answers but did let them into the country.

I will continue looking for more sources but I think I have a starting point for my research.

 

 

 

 

Sources:

  • New York, Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957
  • Year: 1931; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 5021; Line: 6; Page Number: 170
  • Year: 1931; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 5021; Line: 5; Page Number: 176