"Thank you for the interesting info re: Polish ancestry. My Mom was all Polish. But he told Mom his parents were born in Lithunia. Maybe there was a name change..So I guess my next step would be to try and find the coal mining co. he was employed at…"
"A friend has just supplied this information:
The opening of the Susquehanna Coal Company, first colliery operating in Nanticoke, coincided with the arrival of five Polish families in 1869.The company's records for that year show three seemingly…"
"Hello and thank you William for the info from Wilks-Barre PA. I have been searching for so long trying to find information on my grandparents (John Douglas,Rose Hallick Douglas) and father. (George Anthony Douglas)Father was born in Wilks-Barre, Pa…"
"Welcome to our group, Laura.
I have just added a blog about an explosion in Oliver Mills in Wlkes-Barre which may have links to your family. Otherwise, I have not yet located anything about the Douglases in that area.
Near Wilkes Barre is Pittston. St. Casimir's lithuanian (catholic) church is there and they have a large cemetery. St. Casimir (1889) 301 Delaney St W-B, PA 18702 (717) 825-2598, also St. Francis of Assisi (1913) Merged with Blessed Sacrament W-B, Blessed Sacrament 213 E. Main St. W-B, PA 18705, (717) 822-3791
Thank you for the interesting info re: Polish ancestry. My Mom was all Polish. But he told Mom his parents were born in Lithunia. Maybe there was a name change..So I guess my next step would be to try and find the coal mining co. he was employed at in Wilks-Barre PA. My Dad also said he was made to work in the coal mine when he was in third grade..how sad! A trip to Wilks-Barre in is my immediate future.I'm new to this research so it's a bit awkward learning the terms..but I'm a quick learner(: Laura
The opening of the Susquehanna Coal Company, first colliery operating in Nanticoke, coincided with the arrival of five Polish families in 1869.The company's records for that year show three seemingly Polish names; Daniel Boniewicz, Edward and Joseph Ronsa (Rzasa). It is difficult to ascertain authentic and complete statistics of Polish mine workers from 1870 to 1890, because the names were garbled dreadfully. Louis Hajdukiewicz was listed as Louis Douglass, John Sosnowski as John Poland, Julian Pezynski as Julian Pease and Adalbert Wegrzynowicz became George Wintergreen, to quote a few; others were recorded by their Christian names with the pseudonym Friday or Monday attached to them. The surname depended on the day the workers with the unpronounceable names began work. The next year brought new workers in the persons of Joseph Krutski and John Retalik; the third year the number was increased by Andrew Kroski, John Karczewski, Joseph Graczewski, Paul Zachaniasz, John Tutaj, Joseph Dryer, Wilhelm Friday, John Framinski, and John Janus. By 1872 there were over one hundred Poles in Nanticoke.
The more information you can give about the people you mention, the more chance there is of someone else connecting with your family.
Dates and places of births, deaths and marriages all help to place families.
Professions also help.
'My great-grandmother mother was a Douglas from Montrose' does not give many clues to follow up! But a bit of flesh on the bones makes further research possible. But if we are told who she married, what his profession was and where the children were baptised, then we can get to work.
Maybe it is time to update the information in your profile?