I grew up 400 miles from my parents’ large families. We’d visit every summer when I was small, so I heard the names and a few of the family stories, but I never had a chance to truly get to know my cousins and their parents. And by the time I was 12 the trips “back home” had stopped except for funerals.
All four of my grandparents immigrated from
in the early to mid 1880s. They met and
married in the Poland . That’s why I’m here. And I’m happy to be here. I’m so grateful that I wasn’t born in war
during World War II. Poland
Where and how did my great-grandparents live in
? What did they do there? Who where their ancestors? What conditions caused them to leave their
homeland? Why did they choose to settle
in Poland ? St. Paul, Minnesota
I do think I know part of why they left their native land. Although they all considered themselves to be Poles,
did not exist at that time. Poland
had been partitioned for the third time.
They were living in Poland
when they left home. The Prussia
was the promised land. But even so,
millions of Poles chose to stay in US . How I wish I could understand the
circumstances that caused these four families to pack up and head across the Prussia Atlantic.
Michael and Elizabeth Schipp brought my maternal grandmother, Stella (Stanislawa) Schipp
Ignatz Ganas came to join his mother and step-father, Marianna and Edward Kowalski
Stanley (Stanislaus) Dachtera was 5 years old when his parents Joseph and Maglalena Dachtera landed in the
Tekla Reczynska arrived with her mother Lucia Matykiewicz,
Who I am is the result of all of those genes and the ones that came before them. Who were they?