1606Re: [tarnobrzeg-gen] Hi! I am a new member!
- Feb 4, 2008Interesting that you mention the name Obara. My grandfather was from
Dabrowica, a small village outside Tarnobrzeg. My mother had a good friend named
Obara, I think her first name was Sophie. They lived in the St. Ann's Parish
area of Chicago, in the area near Pilsen. They may have become friends
because the fathers knew each other.
If I remember this Sophie correctly, her married name is Kantarek, and she
would be in her mid-80s, if she is still alive. I looked up the name online
and her son Jeff has a phone listing, and a listing for S. Kantarek could be
her daughter Susan if she is using her maiden name. If you chose to call
them, you may mention my name (Marianne Wielgosz) and my mother's (Irene Szpyt
Wielgosz), and the fact that my grandfather Joseph Szpyt had a butcher shop.
I have not had luck with this side of my family, as my grandfather and his
two brothers came to the US, but the brothers never married and were probably
drunks and drifters.
My grandfather came to the US first, going to St. Joseph Missouri and
working in the meatpacking plants there. I guess that was the basis for his skill
with meats, and led him to buy a shop when he came to Chicago, where he met
and married my grandmother.
Let me know if you learn anything helpful. I never thought of talking to her
or her family as I thought she and my mother were just school friends. Now
I think there may have been other reasons for their friendship.
In a message dated 2/4/2008 8:27:50 AM Central Standard Time,
My name is Britney Hawk and I am a new member to the group. I have
been researching my family history for about 7 years and I am
currently working on my great-grandmother'currently working on my great-gr
recently discovered Baptismal record, I found that she was from the
Tarnobrzeg area. Here is what I know:
Name: Zofia (aka Sophia, Sophie) Obara - Married name: Cieszynski
Born: 2-22-1885 in Durdy, Galacia
Died: 3-23-1978 in Milwaukee, WI
Immigrated: 3-24-1905 through Ellis Island
Parents: John (Joannes)Obara and Katherine Durda
According to Baptismal records, (which were in Latin) her Godparents
were Josephus Durda and Agatha Durda. The midwife who delivered her
was listed as Marianne Obara. She was baptized in the parish of Wola
Baranowska, in the district of Tarnobrzeg, in the subdiocese of
Mielec, in the Diocese of Tarnow.
Also, I think I may have found a sister who also immigrated to the
United States. Her name is Justyna. She arrived in the US on 5-24-1911
through Ellis Island, at the age of 21 years. Her place of origin was
If any of you have any suggestions on where I can go from here or
think that you may be related in some way, I would greatly appreciate
any help that I can get.
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