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dmcmanus (#47548464)
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Bio Photo 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:

Zona: Wife
Maz: Husband
Ojciec: Father
Matka: Mother
Droga/Drogi: "Dear" (as in mother, father, sister, daughter, etc.)
Corka: Daughter
Syn: Son
Brat: Brother
Siostra: Sister
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 ( I realize that these photos may show up on 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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RE: Sadoski
Thank you so much, no problem at all. :-)
Added by Veronica on Mar 04, 2015 5:23 PM
Linda Jean Limes Ellis
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.
Added by Linda Jean Limes Ellis on Feb 14, 2015 7:58 PM
Thank You ! (from Stanczyk)
Thank You! Your work in Calvary Cemetery (Toledo) helped me. How?

You added Jadwiga Dominiak (nee Filipski) and
the info led me to finding her info in St Hedwig.

One more thing ... Do you have any Dominiak in your tree? The reason I ask is in my research I found a female Dominiak (Cuyahoga County) marrying a Roman Mie{r}zejewski, except it was missing the 'r'. Now I have emailed you before and I remembered your blog about the many ways Mierzejewski gets misspelled. So I thought I mention it.

It was in OH County Marriages on
Added by c.m.eliasz-solomon on Feb 09, 2015 10:14 PM
Jeff Kratzman
136852434 Frank Ciesielski
Sorry to hit with two request - Can you transfer Frank Ciesielski to me. I am his Gr Grandson) via his daughter Theresa which you transferred earlier. I can add links to his children
Added by Jeff Kratzman on Dec 09, 2014 4:35 PM
Jeff Kratzman
Leo Kratzman grave
Can you add a link to - Memorial# 84996288 Simon Kratzman 1845-1927 - Ft Wayne IN Catholic Cemetery - This is Leo's father.

I am the grandson of Leo...
Added by Jeff Kratzman on Dec 05, 2014 4:38 PM
J Thacker
RE: Chudzinski
Not related, found information in county records (Death Certificates).
Added by J Thacker on Oct 30, 2014 7:25 PM
marjorie adams
RE: Green memorials
I'm sorry. I got mixed up. I had sent a mail to another person about Ira. thanks for your message but you can ignore mine about Ira.
Added by marjorie adams on Oct 17, 2014 7:28 PM
marjorie adams
Memorial# 74309776
What about my question re source for his name? And are you related to him?
Added by marjorie adams on Oct 17, 2014 5:56 PM
marjorie adams
Memorial# 75322509
thanks for photo of John Green in Columbus Green Lawn. Do you by any chance have any photos of other Greens near him? He is my husband's gr grfa.
Added by marjorie adams on Oct 17, 2014 12:51 PM
Barbara Coan
Margaret Murray
Memorial for Margaret is 136550954 would like you to transfer this memorial to me if you are not related to her...she is my aunt. Her mothers memorial is Anna A George Ready 115179676 and her fathers memorial is Frank E Harris 65727715 giving you this information in case you are related and would like to add it.
Thank you Barbara Coan
Added by Barbara Coan on Sep 29, 2014 7:43 PM
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