Sunday, May 25, 2008
Do you have family stories,photos, parish booklets, or documents to share? Ceil Jensen will met with collection owners to scan or photograph items in the metro Detroit and Houghton Co. area.
Please call or email to arrange an appointment. firstname.lastname@example.org. See what we have so far: http://calumetmi.blogspot.com Can't meet to scan? Contact Ceil for further information on how to scan and send the files via email or the free website http://yousendit.com
Friday, May 16, 2008
For Immediate Release 5/13/08
Genealogy Double Header:
The Peasant and the Palace: Manor Records in Poland
Early Polish Immigrants in Houghton County
Tracing family histories has become wildly popular with the advent of the Internet, but genealogical research encompasses so much more than simply searching for names online. In June, the Michigan Tech Archives hosts two visiting researchers who specialize in tracing Polish relatives on both sides of the Atlantic. They will talk about their experiences and share information about researching ancestors who immigrated to the Copper Country and other regions of the United States from the manors and estates of Poland.
Ceil Jensen, of Michigan Polonia, and Brother Joseph Martin, of Lewis University, joint winners of a 2008 MTU Archives Travel Grant Award, will give a genealogy presentation on Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m., in Room 139 of Fisher Hall, on the Tech campus. Set against the background of the 18th century Palace of Rogalin, in the city of Poznan, Jensen will explore manorial records and the personal papers of the palace’s nobility and show how to locate and use European genealogical resources. Jensen’s research work focuses on the Kalumet Projecta, which documents the migration patterns of Polish families who came to Calumet during 1870 to 1900. Brother Joseph Martin of Lewis University, Illinois, is an educator, researcher, and contributor to Kalumet Projecta and many other genealogical programs. Martin is currently researching Polish fraternal orders, and also will talk about his work to identify the earliest Polish immigrants to Calumet.
Jensen and Martin’s presentation and research visit are supported by an MTU Archives Research Travel Award provided by the Friends of the Van Pelt Library. The MTU Archives, a department of the J. Robert Van Pelt Library, hosts a wide variety of researchers and research topics -- everything from genealogical investigations to book and magazine publications -- engaging students, staff, and faculty, as well as local citizens and other off-campus researchers. The Michigan Tech “Archival Speaker Series,” highlights current research in the Archives’ collections. The presentation is free and open to the public.
For further information or directions to the event, contact the MTU Archives at (906) 487-2505 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Joe Adamski's answers to the questions on the December, 1900 Deposition and the standard Q&A Homestead Proof- Testimony of Claimant form offer insight into the life of an 1890s settler.
1) Most of the time my family resided in Calumet, and part of the time with me at the homestead.
2) Where and how were you employed when absent from the land?
Worked for Calumet & Hecla Mining Company, to get money to support my family and improve my homestead. It cost me a good deal to hire a team to take provisions and stuff to work with to the homestead, the roads were so poor, and when I was at work at Calumet I lived with my family; and once we lost a good horse drawing stuff to the homestead.
3) Whether or not the dwelling is habitable during all seasons, and what goods are kept there?
My house was habitable during all the seasons of the years, and it had a good roof to shed rain, it never leaked, and between the logs it was well chinked up with timber and moss.
A good cooking-stove, good bed, table, pail, chairs, benches, dishes, cooking utensils, everything necessary to keep house. A buck-saw, axe and two guns. Had a good log house well fixed up, and six acres of clearing and chopping, and I helped to make the roads to get into the homestead.
4) What portion, if any, of the timber have you sold?
I have not contracted to see one stick of timber, nor have I ever sold any timber at all, and do not want to sell any only where I want to clear the land.
5) The kind, and approx. quantity of crops raised?
After the first two years about 25.00 to 30.00 a year, of crops and the reason I did not raise more, because there was no market for it out there and it cost more to get it hauled to market than it was worth, and the roads so rough and poor, at that time.
Homestead Proof- Testimony of Claimant
1) What is your name, age and address?
Joe Adamski, age 29 years , P.O.address Calumet
4) My house was built on the land in April , 1894 and I established my residence on the land June 5, 1894. House 14ft x 14ft, 1 room, 1 door, 1 window, roof house, fence, well 6ft deep, 1 acre cleared, road, etc, etc, worth about 700.00.
5) Whom does you family consist? Wife and four children. I have resided on the land since June 5, 1894 but my wife refused to live there because it was so far from school and town. (* 40 miles)
6) For what period of time have you been absent from the land?
I have been absent from the land only three times each year for 2 or 3 months at a time, mostly in winter time, to work and earn money to support my family. My family did not live on the land.
Jacob Rinta ( Zienta)
Mihal Coujdrak (Cwoidrak)
Annie Waikelwiz ( Wojkiewicz)
transcribed by Ceil Wendt Jensen
Essential to the general picture of most of the decades is the spirit of friendliness that existed between the parishes of Calumet from ''way back". There were St. Joseph's. St. Mary's, St. Anne's, St. John's, and St. Anthony's. Perhaps there were times when this friendliness was demonstrated by "mining town"gruffness, but underneath there remained a genuine catholicity (in the sense of total, basic unity). Sacred Heart is grateful for the associations with the people and priests of these parishes thought the years.
The names of those parishes have passes into history, and the congregations are now members of either of our parish or of our fiend and co-parish St. Paul the Apostle in Calumet. In Keweenaw there are two more friends, the parishes of Mohawk and Ahmeek.
transcribed by Ceil Wendt Jensen
Any ghosts hovering about the old "Hecla Cemetery" in the spring of 1958 scurried to new habitats when they saw a strange delegation approaching their domain. This awesome band equipped with digging , chopping and raking implements, and led by Father Jerome had one purpose in mind- Clean the old cemetery! Since its origin in 1880, this resting place had experienced little or no improvement. Tombstones had been toppled and broken, brushed and undergrowth completely covered numerous graves, portions of the fence were down and the entire ground were in a state of near obliteration.
Heavy equipment , such as bulldozers and payloaders, plus drivers for same were offered by the Calumet & Hecla Mining Company to assist the workers. The offer was gratefully accepted. The stronger sex was not alone in the restoration project. The woman assisted in the raking of the debris after the men had chopped and pulled it loose. When the project was completed, there we any aching backs and muscles but he aches were not in vain. A tremendous job had been done and restoring the old burial grounds was a great accomplishment.
Cemetery St, Laurium, Houghton County, Michigan
Photos (some with year photo was taken) by Greg Skoviak and Peg Nieldhold donated to the Houghton Keweenaw County Genealogy Society
transcribed by Ceil Wendt Jensen
During the century of its existence, our parish has lived a Century of Faith. The records of baptism, which date back to 1868, have 8348 entries. Confirmation administered by the Bishops of the Diocese 4761- Marriages contracted 1880- Burials 3319. There are many requests for certification o f baptism. A gigantic work done in 1964-65 with the assistance of the young people and members of the Altar Society was the card -indexing of the Baptismal and Confirmation entries. The index makes it possible to find names which were recorded at times with sort of "ad lib"spelling.
Friday, May 2, 2008
note: there are spaces in the chart to allow for cropping-
the data is not missing
Given that the 1890 U.S. census was destroyed by a fire which has resulted in a gap of twenty years between the 1880 and 1900 U.S. census records, I have transcribed the names that "appear to be" Polish from the 1895-1896 Houghton County Polk Directory for Calumet and Laurium. Perhaps this will provide important information for those who are researching their Polish ancestors in the Calumet area. The spelling of the surnames is taken exactly from the directory, although some are obviously misspelled.
Surnames listed in the city directory include: Adamski, Antkowiak,
Barawensky, Baroneski, Batcovack, Bednareki, Boblinsky, Bolinski,
Breska, Byczynski, Chekoski, Coveck, Dronskowski, Dlubola,Duckinski,
Flenz, Franckowiak, Gablonsky, Garbarak, Garhoski, Gorwiniak,
Gradzeleski,Greskowiak,Gundelaski, Gwizlala, Himanck, Ignasinski,
Jablonski, Kaptur, Kazmierczak, Kazyjaka, Klimowiecki, Kloflinski,
KobiskyKoski, Kovarski, Kovarski, Kowaleski, Krusska, Kubiak,
Lakoski, Latoski, Lawniozark, Leiviska, Lisiecki, Madigeski,
Mahofski, Malinzak, Mazynski, Novack, Nowak, Nowakowski,
Oreckovsky, Pawlick, Pawlicki, Pawtowski, Petlesky, Pytlenski,
Rosinski, Ryback, Salaski, Sarkuski, Schotkoski, Shotkosky,
Sibilsky, Sieniewicz, Sinowski, Skwivez, Slominski, Smigi, Solminskie,
Stefaniak, Stempinak, Strykowski, Stubenski, Swadrak, Sybilskey,
Tobianski,Tobinski , Tobola, Tomczak, Tonczak, Topleski, Urbanski,
Wolski, Wroblewski, Zenopski, Zwirzchowski