Sunday, May 12, 2013
It's amazing what you can find! So, I am researching on Findmypast.ie yesterday and after awhile I get bored with the "historical records" section so I decide to research the "newspaper" section. After finding some leads on my Sherlock side (yes, I am getting to how this relates to my Polish roots), I think perhaps that I can find some information on my Polish "Stachowiak" line even though this is an Irish site.
Lo and behold, I find a lot of news articles on Stachowiaks. Who knew it was such a popular name? My Stachowiaks are from Milwaukee so I did save the articles on Stachowiaks from Racine and Stevens Point, Wisconsin although I haven't yet figured out if they are truly related to my Stachowiaks and where the link is. Another project for another day!
But I did find some information on my Grandpa Leonard's sisters. That is the great thing about newspaper articles -- yes, sometimes it will give you exact dates of events (like birth and death) but often times they talk about the person's hobbies, passions or every day events. I just love those types of details.
I never knew exactly when my Great Grandparents (Charles Stachowiak and Anna Szukalski Stachowiak) moved to Los Angeles (Van Nuys to be exact) from Milwaukee, but knew it was after 1920 and before 1930. Thanks to the above article and another article I found, I think that they probably moved in the year 1927.
I was curious when I read that the Stachowiak ladies "came from Milwaukee with their mother". What about their father? I know that he moved to Van Nuys too, but perhaps he had to stay behind to sell his tin business before moving out west. The article does mention that the Stachowiak misses "are talented in dramatics and have appeared in a good many productions". Who knew we had dramatic talent on both sides of my family tree? There will be more about those Stachowiak sisters in future posts ...
** Article is from the Van Nuys News, August 24, 1928 edition