Tuesday, February 19, 2013
WHERE TO BEGIN?
I guess I will begin with Little Grannie's (Lillian Braciszewski -- the lady on the far right in the photo) family tree. Her maternal grandmother (and my 2nd great grandmother) was Antonina Zuchowska.. She is the oldest relative that I have information on (other than a name) of Lillian's ancestors. Antonina was born in Poland in 1825.
Thanks to the wonderful Poznan Marriage Project (at poznan-project.psnc.pl), I found information on Antonina's marriage to my 2nd great grandfather Jacob Gruszka. Antonina was 22 years old at the time of the wedding while her spouse Jacob was 26. They were married in 1847 in Lechlin, Wielkopolskie, Poland. Jacob's parents are listed as Joannes and Marianna Gruszka while Antonina's parents are Thomas and Marianna Zuchowska. The Poznan Marriage Project is a great resource because you can get a lot of information, however, the parent names aren't always given.
I can't find any more information on Jacob Gruszka. He must have died in Poland before 1896 because Antonina immigrated to the US in that year to live with her daughter Marianna. In the 1900 census, Antonina is living at 1129 3rd Avenue in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her married daughter Marianna, her son-in-law Ignatz Reszel and 5 great grandchildren. Antonina's marital status is listed as widowed. I can't find Antonina in the 1910 census -- not with Marianna's family nor with her other daughter Josephine's family. I did find a Marjanna Gruszka that died on 26 March 1903 in Milwaukee (according to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Cemeteries at www.cemeteries.org site). I wonder if that could be her.
According to my research, I only found two children from the marriage of Antonina and Jacob -- Marianna and Josephine. So, there could be more siblings out there -- I have located more Gruszka's in the US. Time (and more research) will tell if we are related or not.