|About Milwaukee Polonia Project Tree
For over 150 years, Milwaukee has been home to a large community of people of Polish descent. The Milwaukee Polonia Project hopes to show the interweaving, intertwining family trees that resulted in this community. It is hoped that, eventually, all the families can be connected to one another. The Milwaukee Polonia Project is also a means to explore our common history and celebrate our shared heritage.
ABOUT THIS DATABASE:
THE INFORMATION ON DECEASED INDIVIDUALS CAN BE ACCESSED WITHOUT A PASSCODE.
All the people on this tree are connected. In other words, it is possible to find a path from any one person in this database to any other person in the database. In fact, because there are dozens of "loops" in the database, there is usually more than just one path between two people. (For an example, see the "Intra-Connections" tab at our blog listed below. It currently lists over 250 separate paths between two people on this tree.)
Most family trees are based along blood lines. In other words, they show all the people descended from a common ancestor. This tree is based more on marriages. It is meant to show how all the Polish families in Milwaukee intermarried with one another. At least that is the goal.
USING THE DATABASE:
1) Last Names. This database does not allow for more than one name per individual. Therefore, you are advised to check the "Changed Names" tab on our blog (see link below) for changed names and alternate spellings so that you may search those options. Also, the names of individuals who were born in Poland may still have the gender-specific name endings.
2) First Names. It is not uncommon for individuals in this database to have more than one variation of their first names. Church records in Poland often used names converted to a supposed Latin equivalent of Polish name. Some other records, like steamship manifests, might use a German equivalent. Of course, someone given a Polish name at birth (even when born in America) might convert it to a more American name. Finally, someone born with an American name might have it converted to Polish when it appeared in, for example, a Polish-language newspaper. Generally, this database will use the version used in the source material because some names have ambiguous conversions and we don't want to make incorrect assumptions (even if that assumption would just falsely remove the ambiguity.) A handy table which lists different conversions for various first names can be found at the website of the Polish Genealogical Society America. The link is given below.
3) Dates. The Index of Names may be misleading when listing a birth or date date. It shows a date for that individual even if the actual records states the event occurred before or after the given date. For example, if the actual record states that a Jan Michalski was born BEF 1870 and died AFT 1925, his name would still shown in the Index as: Jan Michalski (1870 - 1925).
4) Source Materials. Almost all the information on this database has one (or more) written sources. However, this website does not offer an efficient means to document those sources. Therefore, if you have a questions about a particular source, please contact the Administrator.
5) Place of Death. For most individuals, we do not have an verified place of death. The place of death will be assumed to be the last known county of residence of the individual unless something indicates this will not be correct.
PLEASE CORRECT OUR ERRORS!
The connections shown on the Milwaukee Polonia Project are the work of many genealogical researchers across a large block of time. Inconsistencies are bound to occur. Moreover, all genealogy involves some guess work and assumptions. Therefore, even when using the strictest research methods, mistakes will happen. We apologize for this, but we also wish to make the tree as accurate as possible. Therefore, if you spot an error in our tree, please notify us so that we may correct it.
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Do you know who your second cousins are? Try the Kinship Relationships Tool. Your site can generate various Reports for each name in your family tree. You can select a name from the list on the top-right menu bar.
In addition to the charts and reports you have Photo Albums, the Events list and the Relationships tool. Family photographs are organized in the Photo Index. Each Album's photographs are accompanied by a caption. To enlarge a photograph just click on it. Keep up with the family birthdays and anniversaries in the Events list. Birthdays and Anniversaries of living persons are listed by month. Want to know how you are related to anybody ? Check out the Relationships tool.