James S. Kowal

Curtiss was the cross street at the end of Newton St, where I grew up. Right at the corner was the Kowal family. James Kowal was the father.

James Stanley Kowal was born October 21, 1944 in Buffalo, New York. I can’t find a record of his parents to connect him with last week’s prayer card Helen. He was in the Air Force from July 29, 1965 to November 25, 1968.

I do know he married Kathy and had 2 sons and a daughter. They lived on Curtiss Street, the last house on the street before it went under the New York Central Terminal. Some time after 1996 they moved to Lancaster, New York. He lived there for 10 years before his death in February of 2006.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • City: Buffalo; State: New York; Year(s): 1993-1997
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Phone and Address Directories, 1993-2002 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.

Helen Kowal Jaworowicz

Helen Kowal was born August 27, 1942. Her parents were Stanley Kowal and Stella Marciniak, I may have met them when I was younger. I went to grade and high school with a Kowal, he was a year behind me. James and Kathy Kowal lived at the end of the block from me. There is no record proof at the moment but I believe that Helen was James’ sister. It would explain why my family had the prayer card.

Helen Kowal married Davis J. Jaworowicz on October 28, 1961 in Cheektowaga, New York. Her last address was 128 Autumn Lea Road in Depew, New York.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Index to Public Records, 1994-2019 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2020.

Frank Zielinski

Searching for Frank was difficult. Not because the files are off line, they are online but the name is not rare in the Buffalo area. This led to some confusing trees on Ancestry. I found that people merged all of the Franks together with immigration dates 25 years before birth and family that made no sense.

I did find the online obituary for Frank Zielinski. This helped narrow down some information.

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Frank Zielinski was born October 29, 1903. In 1910 He lived on Milburne Street in Buffalo, New York. His family included parents Wojciech (51) and Constance (44) Zielinski. His siblings were Mary 20, Frances 18, Josephine 16, Celia 11, Valeria 10, Clara 4, and Bernard 2.

Ten years later the family was living on Goodyear Avenue. Frank was working as a Driller at a wheel factory. Due to the large presence of the railroad industry in the area he most likely worked on train cars. Several of his older siblings left the family home, Valeria Zielinski, Clara and Bernard were still in the home along with Grandfather Mikola Zielinski (90). Frank was living with his mom and brother Conrad in 1925.


On August 20, 1928 Frank married Mary Chalecki. I don’t have a maiden name. She was married before Frank and had 2 sons Joseph and Alois Chalecki. By 1940 Frank and Mary had added daughter Francis to the family. They were living at 473 Oneida Street. Frank was working at National Aniline and Chemical Company.

I don’t have anything on Frank after he signed up for the draft in 1942, if he served I did not find any records. He died in 1970 at age 67.

Sources:

  • 19 Sep 1970, Buffalo Courier Express, Death Notice
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 8, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_942; Page: 24B; Enumeration District: 0070; FHL microfilm: 1374955
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02826; Page: 5B; Enumeration District: 64-124
  • National Archives at St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for New York State, 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947; Record Group: Records of the Selective Service System, 147
  • http://www.colorantshistory.org/NationalAniline.html
  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 9, Erie, New York; Roll: T624_943; Page: 31A; Enumeration District: 0082; FHL microfilm: 1374956
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 05; Assembly District: 07; City: Buffalo Ward 16; County: Erie; Page: 13
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Marriage Index
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 16, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1105; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 129
  • Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 02; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 10; County: Erie; Page: 72

Jan Newdana

I searched multiple databases, newspapers, and all the other usually places and can’t find anything except a death record. He may not have been here long enough to create records in the US. I did find a passenger index record for a Jan Niewdanos that arrived in the US in 1910. If they are the same person that would explain the lack of other records.

Sources:

  • New York Department of Health; Albany, NY; NY State Death Index
  • New York Book Indexes to Passenger Lists, 1906-1942