Sorry it has been so long, but during this cold season I seem to have become a prime target. Hopefully the viruses have all departed! Tonight I would like to discuss using historic newspapers to track down ancestors.
Everybody knows that Chicago was a popular destination for Poles, but many people from Galicia also went to New Jersey and New York to work in the factories there. Many people from Bialy Kamien immigrated to the Newark NJ area and to Amsterdam, NY, while it seems people from Przeciszow and Biecz went to New York City and New Jersey’s Hudson County as well as Buffalo NY and its surrounding towns. These people went to work in jewelry factories, carpet mills and steel mills.
If you are searching for ancestors in New York State, there is an online resource not to be missed! It is called www.fultonhistory.com. One man has taken it upon himself to digitize as many microfilmed newspapers as he can find and place them online for free. More items are being added all the time, and the site is such a treasure trove for genealogists.
While searching on the Fulton History site I have found obituaries for many relatives, stories about their military service, vacation trips, visitors, 50th anniversary parties, political doings and much more! These are just the kinds of stories that make these folks I never knew so much more real to me. The dates you encounter in the newspapers can also help you track down those important vital records.
When you go to Fulton History, click on the Enter/Press Here prompt and you will come upon an admittedly strange looking page. Ignore practically everything you see and head for that search box at the upper left hand corner. There are some searching tools you can use, but it is pretty easy to just type in keywords and check your results.
I was surprised to come upon this little item, because I did not know that there would be any downstate news:
New York Times, February 28,1915.
Sterling Drake has sold for Elizabeth
A. Lefevre of New Paltz to
Thaddeus and Carrie Kosowski the
‘old homestead’ on John Street, Port
Richmond, on a plot 50 by 100. This
property has been in the family for
three generations, or ever since 1869
until this sale.
And look at the detail in this obituary:
EVENING RECORDER, AMSTERDAM, NY, MONDAY, JULY 14,1958
Funeral of Ludwik Czosnykowski
The funeral of Ludwik Czosnykowskl
was held Saturday morning
at 8:30 at the Iwanski Brothers
funeral home where the Rt.
Rev. Msgr. Stanislaus M. Gospodarek
held a prayer service and
at 9 at St. Stanislaus Church
where Msgr. Gospodarek was the
celebrant of requiem mass with
Anthony Grzegorzewski at the organ.
Interment was in St. Stanislaus’
Cemetery where Msgr. Gospodarek
officiated at the committal
service. The bearers were John
Gieza, a grandson, Joseph and
John Olander and Walter Bubnowski,
nephews, Edward Bubnowski,
grand-nephew,, and Cyprian
Attending the funeral from out
of-town were Stanlslaw Bubhowskl,
Mrs. Edward BubnowskL Mr.
and Mrs. Walter BubnowskL Joseph
Czosnykowskl and Mr. arid
Mrs. Theodore Bubnowski, Union,
N.J.; Mrs. Marion Paskiewicz,
Newark, N.J.; Mr. and Mrs. Henry
Smero, Mr. and Mrs. John
Prusak and daughter, Irvlngton,
N.J., and Mrs. Mary Czupryk,
Friday evening, Msgr. Gospodarek
visited the funeral home.
I encourage you to try Fulton History if your wanderings lead to New York State. And if you have other favorite newspaper sites you would like to share, please let me know.