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I am originally from Toledo, Ohio and currently researching my family and the Kuschwantz neighborhood of Toledo. Researching these family names: Mierzejewski, Plenzler, Przybylski, Rochowiak, Dauer, Aumiller. Have traced a branch of my mother's family as far as my ggg-grandparents in Poznan, Poland.|
I am currently working on photographing Polish graves in Calvary Cemetery, Toledo, Ohio for research on my family--many of whom are buried there. You may notice that some of the names have distinctly German surnames--this is because many of my ancestors came from the Poznan (Prussian partition) region, where Polish and German families and cultures blended.
Some of the photos/graves I have posted here are somehow related to me, not most. If you are related or interested in the memorials, ask and I'll probably transfer. The only ones I will retain are direct lineage (parents, grandparents, great-grandparents).
I ask that you be patient with requests for edits and updates. I often work 50 hour weeks and do not yet have the pleasure of retirement yet. I also travel frequently, so my time here is somewhat limited. I do respond, but often times, not immediately. Weekends are your best bet to hear from me.
PLEASE refrain from posting scans of death certificates, burial records, obits etc. on any memorial I manage. Eventually, I would like to see many of these memorials to go family members or friends, and when you post genealogical scans here, you are a) duplicating information we probably already have, b) using limited photo spaces if someone would truly like to make a memorial, or c) may be violating copyright laws and/or privacy of survivors with posting scans of obits (or even typing them in verbatim). Just my opinion, but I find it tacky and unthoughtful. Photos of the deceased person are great--as long as you have permission to post them. Thanks.
Just as added information, you may see words on Polish graves that may appear as if they are part of the person's name. They are not. Here is a list of some common words and their translations:
Droga/Drogi: "Dear" (as in mother, father, sister, daughter, etc.)
Buszia, Babusia, Babszka, Babcia: affectionate terms for grandmother
Dzaidza, Dzaidz, Dziadek: affectionate terms for grandfather
Ciocia or Ciotka: aunt
Wujek or wuj: uncle
Tu. Sp.: Here lies (name)
Nasza Matka or Nasza Ojciec: Our Mother or Our Father
Prosi O Zdrowas Marya: Hail Mary or Mary Pray for Me
-EGO: Polish grammar, asks question of "whose grave?" or "who lies here" (you'll see this suffix at the end of a name, for example: PRZYBYLSKI EGO). The -EGO is not part of the name.
If you're looking for a female Polish ancestor, a tip would be to search using the female derivative of the surname. Poles use female and male surnames. So, if your grandfather's name was KOWALSKI and you just can't find your grandmother, try searching on KOWALSKA. This nomenclature is not in wide use any longer in the United States, but was commonly used during peak periods of immigration from Poland and is still in use today in Poland. The names are the same, but Poles use a form for the male and a form for the female.
Here are two websites that can help you identify the first names of Poles:
I do use these photos on my genealogy blog (www.kuschwantz.wordpress.com). I realize that these photos may show up on ancestry.com. Feel free to link to them via Ancestry if they are indeed in your tree and useful to your research, after all, the genealogical community is one of the most generous and helpful I have ever been in, particularly those of Polish ancestry. But please, do keep in mind, that I hold the copyright on my own creative works--as you do for your own! I will credit you if I use your work, please reciprocate. The photos may be used for non-profit use and may NOT be altered. There is a watermark on nearly all my photos that will identify me. I keep the watermark small and it includes my full name, and will never, ever obscure the view of the photo. Feel free to email me. I am not active on this site as much as I'd like to be due to other commitments and obligations. Thanks!
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|Theresa McKeon Griffin||Anna Smigelski|
Thank you so much for the transfer!
|Veronica||RE: Raymond Porazynski|
No problem, thanks so much! Merry Christmas! :-)
Added by Veronica on Dec 21, 2015 5:04 AM
Thanks for the info and edits I try to keep the memorials correctness it's nice to have extra eyes to proof them sometimes, I'm not related but have found myself trying to connect family members through the memorials if there are any you would like transferred let me know would be glad to help out.I hope to visit there Someday have never been but through my ancestors and doing these memorials I feel a connection to the area best wishes as always. Jim
Thanks for you note. I made the corrections.
Added by maryb on Aug 31, 2015 2:11 PM
|William Stark||Kazimier Wozniak|
Thanks for the transfer of my great grandfather, Kazimier Wozniaks', memorial.
|Carol Lake||RE: Catherine Szaroleta Rzeski|
Yes, that is kind of you. You are doing a wonderful job.
|Amanda||Norman and Birda Neumeyer|
Hello! I was wondering if you would please transfer Norm and Birda Neumeyer to me. They are my Uncle and Aunt. Thank you!
Added by Amanda on Jun 20, 2015 8:34 AM
|Joy Roach Janke||Richard Hall Boyer Jr.|
I was very excited to discover my great-great grandfather, Richard Hall Boyer Jr. was listed on the Greenlawn Cemetery website. He was a farmer with 8 children and left May 8th to serve his 100 days in the 149th Ohio Infantry. Unfortunately, his wife died 4 days later, giving birth to their last child. And Richard contracted T.B. and died 3 months later in a hospital in Columbus, leaving his children orphans.
The cemetery listing showed only R.H. Boyer with no know birth or death date. But did include a picture of his gravestone with his military information. Most people thought he was buried in Mt. Tabor cemetery in Ross County, Ohio but I could never find him. Still can't find his wife, Margaret Anderson Boyer or his mother Rachel Frew Boyer. Thanks for all of your work.
Joy Roach Janke
Thank you so much, no problem at all. :-)
Added by Veronica on Mar 04, 2015 5:23 PM
|Linda Jean Limes Ellis||Szczepankiewicz|
My maternal grandmother was Josephine Szczepankiewicz who married Andrew Zagorsky in Lorain, Ohio in 1908. She was born illegitate; and her mother was Antonina Szczepankiewicz. They both are on Find A Grave. I am working on researching the Szczepankiewicz line. I have started also a Facebook page for the family name. Thank you.
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