|About Milwaukee Polonia Project Tree
For over 150 years, Milwaukee has been home to a large community of people of Polish descent. The
Milwaukee Polonia Project hopes to show the interweaving, intertwining family trees that resulted in
this community. It is hoped that, eventually, all the families can be connected to one another. The
Milwaukee Polonia Project is also a means to explore our common history and celebrate our shared
ABOUT THIS DATABASE:
THE INFORMATION ON DECEASED INDIVIDUALS CAN BE ACCESSED WITHOUT A PASSCODE.
All the people on this tree are connected. In other words, it is possible to find a path from any
one person in this database to any other person in the database. In fact, because there are dozens
of "loops" in the database, there is usually more than just one path between two people. (For an
example, see the "Intra-Connections" tab at our blog listed below. It currently lists over 100
separate paths between two people on this tree.)
Most family trees are based along blood lines. In order words, they show all the people descended
from a common ancestor. This tree is based more on marriages. It is meant to show how all the
Polish families in Milwaukee intermarried with one another. At least that is the goal.
USING THE DATABASE:
1) Last Names. This database does not allow for more than one name per individual. Therefore, you
are advised to check the "Changed Names" tab on our blog (see link below) for changed names and
alternate spellings so that you may search those options. Also, the names of individuals who were
born in Poland may still have the gender-specific name endings.
2) First Names. It is not uncommon for individuals in this database to have more than one
variation of their first names. Church records in Poland often used names converted to a supposed
Latin equivalent of Polish name. Some other records, like steamship manifests, might use a German
equivalent. Of course, someone given a Polish name at birth (even when born in America) might
convert it to a more American name. Finally, someone born with an American name might have it
converted to Polish when it appeared in, for example, a Polish-language newspaper. Generally, this
database will use the version used in the source material because some names have ambiguous
conversions and we don't want to make incorrect assumptions (even if that assumption would just
falsely remove the ambiguity.) A handy table which lists different conversions for various first
names can be found at the website of the Polish Genealogical Society America. The link is given below.
3) Dates. The Index of Names may be misleading when listing a birth or date date. It shows a date
for that individual even if the actual records states the event occurred before or after the given
date. For example, if the actual record states that a Jan Michalski was born BEF 1870 and died AFT
1925, his name would still shown in the Index as: Jan Michalski (1870 - 1925).
4) Source Materials. Almost all the information on this database has one (or more) written
sources. However, this website does not offer an efficient means to document those sources.
Therefore, if you have a questions about a particular source, please contact the Administrator.
5) Place of Death. For most individuals, we do not have an verified place of death. The place of
death will be assumed to be the last known county of residence of the individual unless something
indicates this will not be correct.
PLEASE CORRECT OUR ERRORS!
The connections shown on the Milwaukee Polonia Project are the work of many genealogical researchers
across a large block of time. Inconsistencies are bound to occur. Moreover, all genealogy involves
some guess work and assumptions. Therefore, even when using the strictest research methods, mistakes
will happen. We apologize for this, but we also wish to make the tree as accurate as possible.
Therefore, if you spot an error in our tree, please notify us so that we may correct it.