Maryanna Kaczanowska Grzybowska

Maryanna is a difficult one to research. There are a lot of conflicting records from probable people with the same name. Either that or she married at 11. I was able to find Maryanna Kaczanowska’s marriage record to Stanislaus Grzybowski. Prior to marriage she lived at 1877 Clinton, He lived at 59 Ruhland. They married on February 17, 1914. After they moved to 76 Miller Avenue. She lived their until her death in 1933.

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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

Wilhemina Dombrowska

I can’t find much on Wilhemina prior to 1900. And of course there were 2 Wilhemina Dombrowska born around the same time. It appears that some Ancestry trees have information of both as the same person so they were not useful in finding a new direction of research.

Here is what I could find. Wilhemina was born in the Polish portion of Germany around 1849. The census lists her immigration year as 1889. In 1900 she was living in Buffalo, NY with her husband of 28 years Martin Dombrowski. The home was at 1033 Broadway about a block from Corpus Christi Church original building. Also in the home were her children: Joseph 26, Walter 24, Frank 22, Mary 16. The census says she has 4 living children out of a total of 10. Five years later Joseph and Walter were gone from the household.

I did not find the family on the 1920 US Census or the NYS Census 1915 or 1925. I found that Mary moved and was living at 404 Sweet Avenue which was still close by. By 1910 Mary married Micheal Turski and had a 1 year old daughter Isabelle Turski. In January of 1913 Wilhemina’s youngest child died.

1919 finds Wilhemina a widow. By 1928 she was living at 326 Goodyear Ave. a few block further east along Broadway. It is probable that she was living with her oldest son Joseph’s family.

The 1930 the US Census shows she is living with Joseph’s family at 326 Goodyear Ave. Joseph Dombrowski family included wife Anna and children: Gertrude 25, Edmund 24, Bernard 22, Joseph 20, Eugenia 10. Four years later Wilhemina joined her husband in death.

Sources:

  • City of Buffalo; Buffalo, NY; Index to Deaths in Buffalo, New York
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: E.D. 03; City: Buffalo Ward 09; County: Erie; Page: 36
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Buffalo, Erie, New York; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0127; FHL microfilm: 2341161
  • Year: 1900; Census Place: Buffalo Ward 11, Erie, New York; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 0083; FHL microfilm: 1241027
  • Ancestry.com. New York, U.S., State Census, 1892 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1905; Election District: E.D. 03; City: Buffalo Ward 09; County: Erie; Page: 36
  • Year: 1889; Arrival: New York, New York, USA; Microfilm Serial: M237, 1820-1897; Line: 48; List Number: 1500
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • City of Buffalo; Buffalo, NY; Index to Deaths in Buffalo, New York

Rev. Daniel E. Balcerak Update

When I last wrote about Danial I had almost no information on his early years. Now I have some things to add.

In 1915 Daniel went by the name Emil, he was 4 years old. He was living with his parents John and Mary Balcerak. His siblings Edmund 12, Celia 10, Aloise 6, and Czeslaw 2. along with grandfather Val Dondajewski
60 and aunt Agnes Dondajewski 18 also shared the home.

Five years later in 1920 the family minus Aunt Agnes were living at 225 Clark Street. They added siblings Clara 3, Juanna 3, and Cazimer 1. His father John was born in Posen/Poland and immigrated to the US in 1896. The family owned a grocery store on Clark St. By 1925 Edmund had moved out.

Daniel’s family didn’t change much by 1925. Still a large family living above a small business.

He joined the church in 1927 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1934. Him mom died in September 1932 and did not see his ordination.

For a time he was the pastor at Corpus Christi Church on Clark Street on the street he grew up.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Find a Grave Index, 1600s-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.
  • Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, U.S., Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Ancestry.com. Massachusetts, U.S., Death Index, 1901-1980 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.
  • Gale Research Company; Detroit, Michigan; Accession Number: 220776
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., City Directories, 1822-1995 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • Dziennik Dla Wszystkich = Polish Everybody’s Daily. (Buffalo, N.Y.), June 18, 1953, Page 20, Image 20
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1915; Election District: 03; Assembly District: 06; City: Buffalo Ward 10; County: Erie; Page: 06
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 03; Assembly District: 05; City: Buffalo Ward 10; County: Erie; Page: 4

Alexander S. Pajak

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Alexander Pajak was born in Cheektowaga, NY in late 1919 to Frank and Alice. At the time he was the youngest sibling to John 11, Joseph 9 Stephen 6, Edward 4, and Rudolph 3. The family stayed the same 5 years later, no one left and no new siblings.

In 1930 they lived at 91 Warsaw St. in Cheektowaga, NY. Oldest John is no longer with the family. Ten years later Alexander was still living with his parents. Stephen, Edward, and Rudolph are also living with them at 91 Warsaw St. The census doesn’t list him as working at the time it was filled out. He had worked not worked for 115 days. He was 21 with a 7th grade education. A lot has changed since the 1940s.

On October 16, 1940 he registered for the draft. He was 5’3″ and 130 pounds. On June 23, 1941 Alexander enlisted in the navy. His occupation is listed as carpenter and he lost 2 pounds. In August of 1944 he caught a cold. After 3 years and 2 months of working in a coast artillery Anti-Aircraft units he was admitted to the infirmary for a cold and released soon after. I did not find a discharge date.

Alexander was back in Buffalo and married Lottie Bialek on February 12, 1947.

Sadly after this I could find no more records until his death in March 1994.

Sources:

  • Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
  • New York State Department of Health; Albany, NY, USA; New York State Birth Index
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Cheektowaga, Erie, New York; Roll: T625_1109; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 269
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Cheektowaga, Erie, New York; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 0381; FHL microfilm: 2341169
  • New York State Archives; Albany, New York; State Population Census Schedules, 1925; Election District: 04; Assembly District: 07; City: Cheektowaga; County: Erie; Page: 68
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Cheektowaga, Erie, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02527; Page: 61B; Enumeration District: 15-51
  • Ancestry.com. U.S., World War II Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • 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
  • National Archives at College Park; College Park, Maryland, USA; Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946; NAID: 1263923; Record Group Title: Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789-ca. 2007; Record Group: 64; Box Number: 04693; Reel: 191
  • National Archives and Records Administration; Hospital Admission Card Files, ca. 1970 – ca. 1970; NAI: 570973; Record Group Number: Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army), 1775-1994; Record Group Title: 112
  • National Archives at College Park; College Park, Maryland, United States; Muster Rolls of U.S. Navy Ships, Stations, and Other Naval Activities, 01/01/1939 – 01/01/1949; Record Group: 24, Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, 1798 – 2007; Series ARC ID: 594996; Series MLR Number: A1 135