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31-05-2011

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Franciszek (Jan?) Wajszczuk 0234


We are presenting here the information gathered from the family and obtained from the archival sources in the USA. Unfortunately, until now we were not able to find in the Ellis Island Archives (http://www.ellisisland.org/; http://search.ancestry.com/search/default.aspx?cat=40&o_xid=21837&o_lid=21837) any infomation regarding Franciszek Wajszczuk and his arrival in the USA. The only entries found in the immigration records were those concerning Franciszek (first name was mis-spelled) Waszczuk (see). We considered initially the possibility that they may describe "our" Franciszek, but there were too many discrepances between the written records and information obtained from the family in the USA. The only possible similarity was the year of arrival to the USA (1910) and possibly - age. The discrepancies were: place of birth and residence prior to arrival to the USA - Kopczanin in the records and possibly Żebry-Laskowiec, according to the family, and the name of his mother - Ewa in the ship records and Waleria Sawicka (?) according to the family. It should be noted that, neither Franciszek's family members, at the time of their visit to Zebry-Laskowiec a few years earlier, nor we, at the time of our visit there in 2000 (see), were able to find any information about Wajszczuks ever living there. We found only a large family of Waszczuks (see). Review of the NUR parish records from the last few decades of the XIX century and from the beginiing of the XX century revealed only the name Waszczuk. Neither the parish priest nor the record keeper-organist ever encountered or heard about the name WAJSZCZUK.

A few years later we received an e-mail from Marianna Masiejczyk. She belongs to a Waszczuk family, whose members live until present in Kopczany, Suwalki county. Details of information about Franciszek obtained from her agreed fully with the ship's records - therefore the information, which we have gathered previosly, did not describe "our" Franciszek.

We also know, from the information obtained previously from his descendants in the USA that Franciszek's sister - Józefa (0233) arrived in the USA a few years earlier and probably brought him here. Józefa was married in Poland before coming to the USA and her husband's name was Stanislaw Bocian. More recently, we were contacted by a member of the Bocian family in the USA but he did not have any pertinent information.

Recently, we have found in the Internet new information and documents concerning Franciszek and his family. It became obvious that the inaccurate spelling of his last name (see below) was a major cause of our difficulties. We will resume now our search taking into consideration this unanticipated major obstacle.

Letters were also sent to the High School administration, Roman-Catholic Parish in Glen Rock, NJ, the Polish-American Club of North Jersey, where Sophie, Franciszek's daughter belonged and to the family's original parish in Jersey City asking for information regarding Franciszek's place of birth and residence in Poland, if such information were available in their files.
 

1930 – US Federalny Spis Ludności – 1930 United States Federal Census -
 http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?rank=1&new=1&MSAV=0&msT=1&gss=angs-c&gsln=Wajszczuk&msrpn__ftp=Jersey+City&uidh=000&gl=USFEDCEN&gst=&ghc=20&fh=20&fsk=BEFmZmYIgAAYUAbjQdE-61-

 

Name: 

Frank Wajozczah

Spouse: 

Victoria Wajozczah

Birth: 

abt 1888 - location

Residence: 

1930 - Jersey City , Hudson, New Jersey

Name:

Victoria Wajozczah

Age:

36

Estimated Birth Year:

abt 1894

Spouse's Name:

Frank Wajozczah

Name: 

John Wajozczah

Birth: 

abt 1915

Residence: 

1930 - Jersey City , Hudson, New Jersey

Name: 

Charles Wajozczah

Birth: 

abt 1918

Residence: 

1930 - Jersey City , Hudson, New Jersey

Name: 

Sophie Wajozczah

Birth: 

abt 1921

Residence: 

1930 - Jersey City , Hudson, New Jersey

1942 - United States, World War II Draft Registration Cards, for Frank John Waiszczuk

https://www.familysearch.org/search/recordDetails/show?uri=https://api.familysearch.org/records/pal:/MM9.1.r/16GM-L3Z/p1


At that time Franciszek was employed as a machinist by the Central Rail Road of New Jersey.

http://www.google.com/search?q=New+Jersey+Central+Rail+Road%2C+employment+files+&rlz=1I7GGIH_en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7

The Great Search-Finding Railroad Employment Records - http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sponholz/railroad.html
"Employee "personnel files" are virtually non-existent, as can be expected ... "
The Erie Railroad, Linking Chicago and Jersey City-New York
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~sponholz/erie.html
Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission - http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/prr_(the_pennsylvania_r_r__co_)/3853/other_prr_record_holders/426214
"New Jersey State Archives Minutes and board papers of predecessor and subsidiary lines in New Jersey including:
Camden & Amboy
Delaware & Raritan Canal
New Jersey Railroad (...)"
http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/railroad_records/3187/anthracite_railroad_records/948281


Prepared by: Waldemar J Wajszczuk & Paweł Stefaniuk 2011
e-mail: wwajszczuk@comcast.net or wajszczuk@onet.pl