Wednesday, April 29, 2015

1933 - Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. Family Photographs

The family of Anthony Harry Murosky. Jr. and Helen Tillie Bukowski photographed in 1933. The photograph below was initially shared in the blog post Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. Family - 1933. Several other photographs from the same day were also located.

The photographs were likely taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania where the family lived. Given the foliage on the trees and the short sleeves the photograph was probably taken in the summer. If the photographs were taken in the summer the ages of the family members would be:
  • Anthony Harry - age 38
  • Helen Tillie - between age 32 and 33
  • Arthur - age 14
  • Harry Anthony - age 12
  • Edward V. - age 8
  • Rita Ann - between age 5 and 6
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1933 - Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. Family
Family Photograph
Back (L-R): Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr., Helen Tillie Bukowski, Arthur Murosky 
Front (L-R): Harry Anthony Murosky, Edward V. Murosky, Rita Ann Murosky

Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1933 - Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. Family
Family Photograph
Back (L-R): Helen Tillie Bukowski, Arthur Murosky 
Front (L-R): Rita Ann Murosky, Edward V. Murosky, Harry Anthony Murosky
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1933 - Rita Ann & Edward V.
Rita Ann Murosky and Edward V. Murosky
Michelle M. Murosky: The Murosky Collection &emdash; 1933 - Tony & Helen
Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. and Helen Tillie Bukowski
From the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. These photographs were located in a small album. The handwriting is unknown. Helen likely recorded the date on the photograph. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. and Helen Tillie Bukowski are my great grandparents. Their son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Original Lithuanian Spelling - Murauskas

"Maroski, Meroski, Meuroski, Moraski, Moroski, and Muroski are all recorded variations of the name we now know as Murosky. At the turn of the century each time the name is located in historical records, the spelling has slightly different variations. As late as 1950, the name was spelled as Muroski. Family tradition states that the Murosky name started as Muroskus and the name was later changed to the current spelling of Murosky. Currently the spelling Muroskus has not appeared in any historical records."

-Our Ancestors The Book: Volume I: The Murosky and Bukowski Family History Page 23, December 2011

Over the years I had sat with my grandfather Arthur Murosky to record stories and other family details. One memory that always stays with me is my grandfather discussing the original spelling of his surname - Murosky. He would discuss how the family was from Lithuania, that they originally settled in Forest City, Pennsylvania where his father was born. He also knew his grandfather, Anthony, was a coal miner. Grandpa recalled meeting them as a small child - how they were very quiet people. Grandpa Art told me that the original spelling was something closer to Muroskus. Then he said it - likely recalling how many years ago his own grandfather would have said it to him. We did our best to spell it as it sounded when he pronounced - the name sounding quite foreign when compared to Murosky.

In December of 2011 after several months of research, layout work and editing the first family history book featuring the Murosky and Bukowski ancestors was published. At this time the oldest known Murosky ancestors were Grandpa Art's grandparents - Anthony Murosky, Sr. and Eva Zielinski. The couple appeared in several different historical records. The  earliest record located was the 1910 United States Federal Census. The couple was also located in the 1920 United States Federal Census and the 1930 United States Federal Census. Their names were also recorded in obituaries. There were many variations of Murosky located for the family but no Muroskus or a variation of Muroskus.

Recently a new record was located that offered a different spelling - Murauckas.  The record is for the birth of Frank Murauckas, son of Anthony Murauckas and Eva Zilinskinite. The birth was recorded May 18, 1907 in Forest City, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The family was recorded living on Delaware Street. Frank was the ninth child born and the fifth child living to the same mother.

The information in the birth record aligned with information known about the oldest ancestors - Anthony Murosky, Sr. and Eva Zielinski. When the couple was located in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 United States Federal census - they were enumerated in Forest City, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. In the 1910 census - recorded April 28, 1910 the couple was living at 128 Delaware Street.
Michelle M. Murosky: Historical Records &emdash; Birth Certificate for Frank Murauckas
Birth Record for Frank Murauskas 
Last year a death record for a Frank Moroski born to Anthony Moroski was located. This discovery was included in the blog post Murosky Family - New Relatives Discovered. The death occurred in Forest City, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania. The references to Delaware Street were present - in addition to a mother named Eva. The death certificate used Moroski. This variation of Murosky - Moroski was very similar to the other variations previously located.
Death Record for Frank Moroski
After reviewing the evidence it is an acceptable conclusion that Frank Murauckas, son of Anthony Murauckas and Eva Zilinskinite is the same Frank referenced in the death certificate. Anthony Murauckas known as Anthony Murosky, Sr. in my records and Eva Zilinskinite known as Eva Zielinski in my records.

The birth certificate for Frank Murauckas is the oldest record located to date for this family. The birth certificate also offers some new clues and previously unknown details about this family.

Name Variation:

The birth certificate represents the first time the name variation Murauckas has been recorded in a historical document. The names were recorded as Anthony Murauckas and Eva Zilinskinite on the birth certificate.

This was my first experience with the older version of these surnames. I reached out to the folks at the website PolishOrigins.com. This website has a very helpful forum section with folks that can assist with Polish, Russian and Lithuanian translations.

Elzbieta Porteneuve at the forum graciously assisted me. She translated the names and provided the following helpful information:

The original name [on the birth certificate is shown as] Murauckas.  I think that "c" should be "s" - Google shows no single Murauckas, but a number of Murauskas.

The mother name in your record is Zilinskinte. But the Lithuanian ending for a young woman is -kaite, so I would correct it to Zilinskaite.

Child: Frank Murauskas, born 18 May 1907, 4 pm 
Father: Antoni Murauskas, 42 years -- BIRTH-ESTIMATE:1865 
Mother: Ewa Zilinskaite, 33 years -- BIRTH-ESTIMATE:1874"

When translated to the original Lithuanian their names would be Antoni Murauskas, Ewa Zilinskaite and Frank Murauskas.

Birth Location 

The birth certificate also offers the first clue to a birth location for Antoni and Ewa. Previous references to a location of birth have always been general - Lithuania or Russia. The birth certificate indicates Antoni and Ewa were born in Suwałki Governorate. Suwałki Governorate would be considered their country of birth.

"The Suwałki Governorate was an administrative unit of the Congress of Poland with a seat in Suwałki. It covered 12,300 square km." -  Wikipedia, Suwałki Governorate

The Suwałki Governorate is shown independently in the image below. The capital Suwałki is shown in red.

Michelle M. Murosky: Blog Images &emdash;
Location of Suwałki by Poznania 

The Suwałki Governorate was a Governorate of the Russian Empire from 1867 - 1914. To provide context as to where the Suwałki Governorate sat in the context of Eastern Europe and Russia, the map below is helpful. The Suwałki Governorate is shown in coral on the far western edge of the Russian Empire. The map shows the governorates of the Russian Empire prior to 1918.
Michelle M. Murosky: Blog Images &emdash; Map of governorates of the Russian Empire (Western part)
Map of governorates of the Russian Empire (Western part)
After WWI the land included in the Suwałki Governorate was eventually split between Poland and Lithuania. Russian empire statistics from 1889 indicate that 57.8% of the population in the Suwałki Governorate was Lithuanian. The Governorate also included Poles, Jews, Germans, Belarusians, Russians and some others.

Number of Children: 

Frank was the 9th child born to Eva and the 5th child living when the birth certificate was recorded. At the time of Frank's birth the couple had four children that were previously identified. The birth certificate indicates the couple would have lost four children before Frank was born on 18 May 1907. This might help to explain some of the gaps between the birth years of the known children.

Currently known children born to Anthony Murosky, Sr. and Eva Zielinski:
  1. Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. born 11 October 1895
  2. Margaret Murosky born 15 June 1897 
  3. Joseph Murosky, Sr. born 4 July 1900
  4. William Murosky born 11 July 1902
  5. Possible Unknown child born and died before 18 May 1907
  6. Possible Unknown child born and died before 18 May 1907
  7. Possible Unknown child born and died before 18 May 1907
  8. Possible Unknown child born and died before 18 May 1907 ??
  9. Frank Murosky born 18 May 1907
  10. Esther Murosky born May 1809
  11. Charles Murosky born August 1913
There is a slight dependency as the 1910 United States Federal Census recorded April 24, 1910 indicated that nine children had been born to Eva and only five children were living. The five living children recorded in the 1910 census were Anthony Harry, Margaret, Joseph, William and Esther.

If the 1910 United States Federal Census is correct - the couple had three additional children that were born and and died before 18 May 1907. Frank would have been been one of the four children recorded as deceased in 1910. In this scenario - the couple would have had a total of ten children.

If the Frank's birth certificate is correct - the couple had four additional children that were born and died before 18 May 1907. The couple would have had a total of eleven children. We may never know of certain if the final number of children the couple has is ten or eleven. The Pennsylvania births were first recorded in 1906. The births of the other children couple possibly be located in church records.

Sadly, young Frank only lived for five months. His birth and death occurred before the 1910 United States Federal Census so there was no record of him, he was previously unknown. The recent release of these additional records has introduced us to Frank for the first time. He can now be remembered. The records have also allowed Frank to introduce previously unknown details about his family.

Frank Murauskas is my 2nd great uncle. Antoni Murauskas and Ewa Zilinskaite are my 2nd great-grandparents. Their son Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. is my great grandfather. Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr's s son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather.

References:
  1. Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Birth Records, 1906-1908 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Record for Frank Murauckas.
  2. Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1924 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Record for Frank Moroski.
  3. 1910 U. S. census, 1910 United States Federal Census schedule, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania; Online Images, Record for Anthony Meroski
  4. 1920 U. S. census, 1920 United States Federal Census schedule, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, Online Images, Record for Anthony Maroski
  5. 1930 U. S. census, 1930 United States Federal Census schedule, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, Online Images, Record for Anthony Moraski
  6. PolishOrigins Forum 
  7. Wikipedia: Suwałki Governorate
  8. Wikipedia: List of governorates of the Russian Empire

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dorothy Elizabeth, Barbara Jean & James Arthur

April 26, 2015 - In the original version of this post I had recorded the aunt as Madelyn Ann McDonald. After family viewed the photograph - a consensus was reached that the aunt shown in the photo is Madelyn Ann McDonald's sister Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald. In old photographs Madelyn Ann and Dorothy Elizabeth often resemble each other.

Murosky siblings Barbara Jean and James Arthur Murosky photographed with their aunt Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald.

The age of the younger children and the winter clothing can be used to estimate the date of the photograph. Barbara Jean was probably around a year old when the photograph was taken. That would indicate the photograph was likely taken between 1944 to 1945 in late fall or early spring.

James Arthur would have been 2 to 3 years old when the photograph was taken.Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald would have been 10 to 11 years old in that time frame.

The location of the photograph is unknown but it was most likely taken in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania where both families lived.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Arthur & Mary Eugenia Collection &emdash; Madelyn Ann, Barbara Jean & James Arthur
Madelyn Ann standing with Barbara Jean and James Arthur in the wagon
James Arthur Murosky and Barbara Jean are the children of Arthur Murosky and Mary Eugenia McDonald. Mary Eugenia McDonald, Madelyn Ann McDonald and Dorothy Elizabeth McDOnald are the daughters of Loraine Anthony McDonald and Frances Philomena Selker. A copy of this photograph was included in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Madelyn Ann McDonald and Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald are my great aunt. They are the sisters of Mary Eugenia McDonald my paternal grandmother. James Arthur Murosky and Barbara Jean Murosky are my aunt and uncle. 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Early 1950's - High School Pose Before a Dance

This photograph taken in the early 1950's shows four high school students posing before a dance. The only person in the photograph that is currently identified is the woman in the lower right corner, Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald. The names of the men and the woman on the left are currently unknown.

Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald graduated in 1953. The photograph was most likely taken between 1949 and 1953. The photograph was taken in front of the McDonald family home located at 317 East 27th Street in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald
High School Students Pose Before for a Dance
Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald is the daughter of Loraine Anthony McDonald and Frances Philomena Selker. A copy of this photograph was included in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Dorothy Elizabeth McDonald is my great aunt. She is the sister of Mary Eugenia McDonald my paternal grandmother.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A snapshot of Frances Philomena Guth

A snapshot of Frances Philomena Guth taken in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. The building behind Frances is the backside of family business, the J.W. Selker Cigar Factory, which was located adjacent to the family home at 242 Main Street. The cigar business was started in 1889 by Joseph William Selker. Joseph William Selker and Frances Philomena Guth were married November 3, 1890.

To view photographs of the family home and learn more about J.W. Selker visit the blog post The Selker Family: Hermann George and his son Joseph William, cigarmaker.

The date of the photograph is unknown. In the 1920's dress lines were more square in appearance. The waist in 1920's less highlighted compared to the structured fashions from 1900 through 1919. Frances is also wearing lace up boots. Women's fashion in the 1930's reverted to styles which highlighted the waist and were more structured.

Frances Philomena Guth born 25 February 1863 in Clarion, Clarion County, Pennsylvania. If the photograph was taken between 1920 and 1929 Frances would have been between 57 and 65.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Guth Collection &emdash; Frances Philomena Guth
Frances Philomena Guth
In addition to first hand knowledge the building behind Frances is the J.W. Selker Cigar Factory she was also able to be identified in this photograph by her disincentive facial features. Note the similarities in the face - particularity around the nose between the above photo and the photo below. One additional observation is Frances is not wearing glasses in the above photograph
Michelle M. Murosky: The Guth Collection &emdash; Frances Philomena Guth
Frances Philomena Guth
These photographs were included in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Frances Philomena Guth appears to have passed the photographs down to her daughter Frances Philomena Selker. Frances' daughter Mary Eugina McDonald ended up with her mother's photo collections which is time were handed down to me. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Frances Philomena Guth and Joseph William Selker are my 2nd great-grandmother. Her daughter Frances Philomena Selker married Loraine Anthony McDonald. Their daughter Mary Eugenia McDonald is my paternal grandmother. 

References:
  1. John Woolf Jordan, LL.D., Genealogical and personal history of the Allegheny Valley Pennsylvania, III vols. (New York:  Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1913), Page 839. View the book here: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/John_Woolf_Jordan_Genealogical_and_Personal_Histor?id=VNQqAAAAYAAJ

Monday, April 20, 2015

1970's - Color Snapshots - Frances, Teresa & Nelline

A few color snapshots from the early 1970's of Frances Philomena Selker, Teresa Denise Kreller and Nelline.  The dates has been estimated as the early 1970's as there other photographs of these ladies dated April 1971. In the April 1971 photographs the ladies are wearing the same glasses and have similar hairstyles. To view the April 1971 photographs visit the blog post 1971 - Color Snapshots - Frances Philomena Selker.

The first photograph is Frances Philomena Selker with Teresa Denise Kreller. Frances Philomena Selker's daughter Eleanor Lucille McDonald married Teresa Denise Kreller's son George Andrew Bowden. Frances was born August 25, 1895. She would have been between 74 and 76 years old in these photographs. The location of this photograph is unknown.
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 1970's - Frances P. Selker & Teresa D. Kreller
Frances Philomena Selker with Teresa Denise Kreller
The second photograph is Frances Philomena Selker with Teresa Denise Kreller and Nelline (maiden name unknown). Nelline married John Philip Bowden, brother of George Andrew Bowden. The location of this photograph is unknown.
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 1970's - Frances P. Selker, Teresa D. Kreller & Nelline
Frances Philomena Selker, Teresa Denise Kreller and Nelline
These two photographs were found in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Frances Philomena Selker is my great grandmother. She married Loraine Anthony McDonald. They are the parents of my paternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald. 

1971 - Color Snapshots - Frances Philomena Selker

A few color snapshots of Frances Philomena Selker. The date stamp on the right side of the photograph indicates April 1971. Frances was born August 25, 1895. She would have been 75 years old in these photographs.

The first photograph is Frances Philomena Selker with Teresa Denise Kreller and Nelline (maiden name unknown). Frances Philomena Selker's daughter Eleanor Lucille McDonald married Teresa Denise Kreller's son George Andrew Bowden. Nelline married John Philip Bowden, brother of George Andrew Bowden.

Frances is wearing gloves in this photograph. The location of this photograph is unknown.
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 1971 - Frances P. Selker, unknown & unknown
Frances Philomena Selker, Teresa Denise Kreller and Nelline photographed April 1971
The second photograph shows Frances Philomena Selker at an airport. She is standing in front of an airplane being boarded outside. She is wearing the same jacket as shown above - but the jacket is unbuttoned. She has also removed her gloves. The location of this photograph is unknown.
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 1971 - Frances P. Selker
Frances Philomena Selker photographed April 1971
These two photographs were found in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky. 

Frances Philomena Selker is my great grandmother. She married Loraine Anthony McDonald. They are the parents of my paternal grandmother Mary Eugenia McDonald. 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Family Photo: Clara Tillie Bukowski

Clara Tillie Bukowski was born 3 August 31, 1903 . She was the daughter of Polish immigrants Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski.

The date on the photograph is unknown. However the sailor outfit Clara is wearing allows the date of the photograph to be approximated.

The sailor outfit for children shows up in historical photos dating from 1910. The outfits were common for school students. In photos of children and young girls sailor outfits with the V stripes were common. Clara appears to be wearing a middy blouse with a skirt. By 1919 the sailor style was considered good taste for girls age 14-18.

The sailor outfit of the type Clara was wearing was associated with children and students - making it likely the photograph of Clara was taken before she was married in 1922. Given Clara looks so young she may have been photographed as a young teenager. The photograph was most likely taken between 1917 and 1921.  If the photograph was taken in 1917 Clara would have been 14 years old. If the photograph was taken in 1921 Clara would have been 18 years old.

Clara married Stanley Pietrzak in 1922.  Helen's sister Helen recorded Clara's name on the photograph. 
  Michelle M. Murosky: The Bukowski Collection &emdash; Clara T. Bukowski 
From the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Clara Tillie Bukowski is my 2nd great aunt. She was the sister of my great grandmother Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen is the mother of my paternal grandfather Arthur Murosky. 

References:

  1. References to children's sailor dress. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_dress

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Stanley Pietrzak & Clara Tillie Bukowski

Stanley Pietrzak & Clara Tillie Bukowski likely photographed in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. 
Michelle M. Murosky: The Bukowski Collection &emdash; Stanley Pietrzak & Clara Tillie Bukowski
Stanley Pietrzak  & Clara Tillie Bukowski 
Stanley Pietrzak was born November 28, 1903 in Poland.  Clara Tillie was born August 31, 1903 in Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania. She was the daughter of Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski. Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Clara's sister Helen likely recorded the names on the photograph. From the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Clara Tillie Bukowski is my 2nd great aunt. She was the sister of my great grandmother Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen is the mother of my paternal grandfather Arthur Murosky. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

New Grandparents Discovered: Ignacy Kwiatkowski & Julianna Kłos

The oldest ancestors previously known on the Bukowski side of the family were Vincinety Frank Bukowski and his wife Franciska Kwiatkowski. The couple arrived at Ellis Island May 1, 1895 with three small children - Teo Fila, Catherine and William. The family had sailed from Antwerp, Belgium on the Noorland.

The family was very quiet about their past - leaving few clues to where they came from or who their ancestors were. All that was known is that the family resided on the Prussian or German side of the Polish partition. A definitive city of where the family was living is currently not known.
Michelle M. Murosky: The Bukowski Collection &emdash; 1936 - Vincinety Frank Bukowski & Franciska Kwiatkowski
Franciska Kwiatkowski & Vincinety Frank Bukowski 
Over the last year Ancestry.com has been working to index and scan copies of the Pennsylvania Death Certificates. Included in the release of information were the death certificates for Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski. Vincinety's recorded "unknown" for the name of his father and "unknown" for the name of his mother.

The death certificate of Franciska Kwiatkowski did reveal clues to the next generation. The names of Franciska's parents are recorded. It is plausible that her husband, Vincinety Bukowski, completed the main sections of the death certificate - recording his wife's parents names in Polish. Note the use of the ł with a stroke. These sections are printed in capital letters with black ink.

The couple's daughter Helen Tillie Bukowski, married to Anthony Harry Murosky, Jr. was the informant who signed the death certificate. Helen recorded section 14 and likely 16 as her writing is cursive with blue ink. Helen's handwriting does not match the block script which recorded the names of her grandparents.

Finding the names of Franciska's parents is a major discovery. This is the first definitive link to the next generation of grandparents previously unknown in Europe. The names and locations, if provided by Vincinety Bukowski, would have been likely to have been first hand knowledge. He very likely would have known the names of Franciska's parents - by knowing them personally or from Franciska herself.
Michelle M. Murosky: Historical Records &emdash; Kwiatkowski, Franciska, 1864 - Death Certificate
Death Certificate for Franciska Kwiatkowski
To learn how to translate the Polish names I did some searching and located the website PolishOrigins.com. This website has a very helpful forum section with folks that can assist with Polish translations.

Elzbieta Porteneuve at the forum graciously assisted me. She translated the names and provided the following helpful information:

2. FULL NAME: Frances Bukowski
// Her Polish given name was Franciszka. Franciszka Bukowska//
5a. If married, widowed, or divorced HUSBAND or WIFE of: Vincent Bukowski
// Her husband's Polish given name was Wincenty. Wincenty Bukowski// 
9. BIRTHPLACE: POLAND
10. NAME-of-FATHER: Ignatz Kwiatkowski
// Her father's Polish given name was Ignacy. Ignacy Kwiatkowski 
// Her name at birth was Franciszka Kwiatkowska//
11. BIRTHPLACE-of-FATHER: POLAND
12. MAIDEN NAME-of-MOTHER: Juliana Kłosuwna
// Her mother’s maiden name was: Julianna Kłos // 
//The Polish suffix -ówna (same spelling as -uwna) is used to indicate “daughter of”, daughter of Kłos//
13. BIRTHPLACE-of-MOTHER: POLAND

To understand the family connections the descendant chart below shows the relationship between myself, my paternal grandfather Arthur Murosky to our grandparents Ignacy Kwiatkowski & Julianna Kłos. Ignacy Kwiatkowski & Julianna Kłos would be my 3rd great grandparents and great-grandparents of my grandfather.
Michelle M. Murosky: Blog Images &emdash;
Ignacy Kwiatkowski & Julianna Kłos
Ignacy Kwiatkowski & Julianna Kłos have over 230 known descendants. These are all the descendants of Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski. Ignacy is the second Kwiatkowski  ancestor to be discovered. Julianna is the first Kłos ancestor to be discovered. Hopefully in time more can be learned about these previously unknown grandparents.

The death certificate provided some other details including the Polish translation for both Vincent as Wincenty. This aligns with the Polish spelling "Wincenty" that can be found on Vincent's tombstone.

The Polish translation of Franciska Kwiatkowski is Franciszka Kwiatkowska.

The death certificate also indicates that Franciska was ill from April 10, 1936 until her death July 30, 1936 with chronic nephritis with edema. This likely indicates Franciska was suffering from a type of kidney disease.

The photo of Vincinety Frank Bukowski and Franciska Kwiatkowski is from the Helen Tillie Bukowski Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Ignacy Kwiatkowski & Julianna Kłos are my 3rd great-grandparents. Their daughter Franciska Kwiatkowski is my 2nd great grandmother. Franciska is the mother of my great-grandmother Helen Tillie Bukowski. Helen's son Arthur Murosky is my paternal grandfather.

References:
  1. Ellis Island Records, Bukowski, Vincent Manifest: First Name: Vincenty Last Name: Bukowski Ethnicity: Germany Last Place of Residence: Date of Arrival: May 01, 1895 Age at Arrival: 33y Gender: M Marital Status: Ship of Travel: Noordland Port
  2. Ancestry.com. Pennsylvania, Death Certificates, 1906-1963 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Record for Frances Bukowski. 
  3. PolishOrigins Forum 
  4. Find A Grave. Memorial Number: 99322509 Record for Wincenty (Vincent) Bukowski 

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter - 1954

Rose Marie McDonald and her husband Richard Herbstritt photographed with their children Kathleen and Michael Herbstritt Easter Sunday 1954. The family would have celebrated Easter at Rose's parents house located at 317 East 27th Street in Erie, Pennsylvania. Notice the old car to the left of the photo.
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; Rose, Kathleen & Michael
Kathleen, Michael and Rose
Michelle M. Murosky: The McDonald Collection &emdash; 1954 - Richard, Kathleen & Michael
Kathy, Richard and Mike
Rose Marie McDonald is the daughter of Loraine Anthony McDonald and Frances Philomena Selker. A copy of this photograph was included in the Frances Philomena Selker Collection. Photographer Unknown. Editing and digital restoration by Michelle M. Murosky.

Rose Marie McDonald is my great aunt. She is the sister of Mary Eugenia McDonald my paternal grandmother. Kathleen and Michael Herbstritt are my 1st cousins 1x.