Genealogy Links

Databases

  • The Winona Newspaper Project: almost as addictive as it is informative. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
  • The Pomeranian Genealogical Association is the place to go for baptism, marriage, and death records from Pomerania (including Kashubia), and is fully searchable in English.
  • The Polish Genealogical Association maintains an enormous database encompassing the entire country, but searching it can get a little tricky. If you figure it out, please notify the webmaster.
  • St. Mary’s and Woodlawn cemeteries in Winona, transcribed and HTMLized in 2001 by Becky Jonsgaard with the assistance of Sonia Henderson. Thanks for your labor of love, ladies!
  • FindAGrave.com is almost as addictive as the WNP, but with much better pictures.

Megasites

  • PolishRoots.com is the Polish genealogy site.
  • Polish Genealogy Society of America is the Polish genealogy organization.
  • Familysearch.org is a free service of the Church of Latter-Day Saints. Draws on LDS databases and volunteer genealogy reports from both the US and Poland. Now offering free family tree hosting.
  • Ancestry.com (a pay service) is especially valuable for searching American census, death, and marriage records. Also a good place to meet other genealogists with similar interests. The webmaster’s family tree (both Kashubian and Anglo) is hosted on Ancestry.com.
  • Geni.com (a pay service) is especially good for tracing Polish ancestry, thanks to the untiring efforts of the prolific Kashubian supersleuth, Stanislaus von Zmuda Trzebiatowski. The webmaster uses geni.com to do research and to keep tabs on what Pan Stanislaus has found recently.

Other Resources


Comments

Genealogy Links — 15 Comments

  1. My grandparents came from Winona, Minnesota. Their names were Vincent Januszewski and Frances Czaplewski Januszewski. My grandfather was the son of Andrew JANUSZEWSKI. DO YOU HAVE ANY INFORMATION ON EITHER OF THESE FAMILIES?

    • If by now you don’t know where to find an extensive family tree for your grandparents, send me an email at: prostowsky1@yahoo.com
      I am new to the Winona site as up to now I have an interest in the Wilno, Ontario site because of my Kashubian genealogy mentor living in Toronto.When I saw your post I knew immediately that we are remotely related through my mentor, who is my 4th cousin. But when all is said and done, we are all Kashubians!

  2. a relative of mine was ordained and celebrated his ordination mass in winona st. stanislaus in 1890. he passed away in 1906 in mankato. name of jan hieronim cieszynski. he and my grandfather john a. cieszinski, from owatonna, bought some property in n.dak, hoping to establish a polish settlement. i amk looking for geneology before 1880 in prussia regarding my family. my great grand parents were michael and anna (stark) cieszinski. if you have any info it would be most treasured. thank you

  3. I am the direct descendent of Joseph R Cisewski (b.1870 Pine Creek) and Cecilia Szawlowska (b. 1873 Winona) My grandmother was Alice Cisewski (Theep,)she was born and lived in Winona, MN until she was in her 30s. If you have any information on both of these families, it would be most appreciated.
    Thank you!

  4. I’m a descendant of John & Frances Janikowski. I’m looking for anything that you can supply about Frank Janikowski birth 1891 about, used alias Frank Jenning and Frank Jansky. He’s the only one that I have no record of place and year of Death. any help would be appreciated

    • Dave, the Minnesota Births and Christenings (1840-1980) gives Frank Janikowski’s birth date (to James and Frances Janikowski) as October 6, 1891. His 1917 draft registration gives the date of October 10, 1891. I can’t find a death date at all, but I’ve put him on my list and I will keep looking.

      Best,
      Joe

  5. Hello! My great-great-grandfather Frank Jaszewski (born 10-4-1865, Brusy, Poland) lived in Winona from about 1867 until he died in 1933. He was a police officer for 25 years and “held every position from patrolman to captain” according to his obituary. His parents were Thomas Jaszewski and Anna Osowski. Frank married Augusta Brezinski (or Brzezinski). I have done research on this family for over 20 years, so I have collected a lot of information, but i just found out about your museum today. Can you tell me if you might have information on my Jaszewski and Brezinski families?
    Thank you!
    –Kathy

  6. LOOKING FOR MORE INFO ON MY NAME, BIESCHKE OR BIESZK . 3 TOWNS IN THE PUCK AREA HAVE MY SLAVIC NAME–BIESZKOWICE, BIESZK AND ONE WHICH I DO NOT REMEMBER . MY GREATGRANDFATHER AND DAD WERE FROM CHICAGO . WAS THERE A SCANDINAVIAN PRESENCE IN THE AREA OF PUCK ? THANK YOU FOR ANY AND ALL INFO…BOB

  7. Bob, I checked the Pomeranian Genealogy Society’s baptism database, and the most common parishes for Bieszk baptisms 1850-1875 are Kielno and Chwaszczyno. These are both quite close to Gdansk – about 20 km or so. And yes, the Kashubians themselves talk about how the Swedes came over to kidnap pretty brides. My great-great grandfather was born in Szwedzki Ostrow, which translates to “Swedish Island.”

    Best,
    Joe

  8. Planing on visiting Poland this year. My great grand father is Paul WICKA great grand mother Mary Bamenek. Looking for info on them and places to visit.

  9. I’m looking for information on my grandma Martha mrozak’s family. She left Winona for Grand Forks, N. D. around 1900. She married my grandpa Ford Jenkins in Walsh Co. N.D..

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