#Genealogy – #Historical #Newspapers – Philadelphia Inquirer 9/15/1913

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Philadelphia Inquirer 9/15/1913

Stanczyk, loves using newspapers for historical research or genealogical research. Most of the time I am doing genealogy research. So I look for vital records in marriage announcements or birth announcements or perhaps death notices / obituaries. But there are so many other reasons  to use historical newspapers.

Today I wanted to give you an idea for using the historical newspaper in the port city where your ancestor arrived.

My grandmother, Walerya Eliasz, arrived in America on the SS Prinz Adalbert on 15th September 1913. I have a picture of the ship, but then the thought occurred to me, what if I get a copy of the newspaper from the day my Busia arrived in Philadelphia! It would make a nice graphic image in the story of the ELIASZ family in America.So that is my tip for another use of the historical newspaper to tell your family history. Use it to find the “Ship Arrivals” in the port city where your ancestor(s) arrived.

SS Prinz Adalbert

Walerya arrived that day, age 27 with her four year daughter Aleksandra in tow. They were coming from her father Tomasz Leszczynski in Pacanow and going to her husband Jozef Eliasz in Depew, NY.  [Can anyone tell me why she did not get off in NYC and take the train to Depew from NYC?] This ship departed from the port of Hamburg and I am pretty sure it stopped at NYC before arriving in Philadelphia.

So Walerya was born and married in Biechow, Poland. She got married there in 1907. She had her first two children there in 1908 and 1909. Her husband Jozef Elijasz came to the USA in 1910 from Zabiec. She left Poland in 1913 from Pacanow. She arrived in Philadelphia and went by train to Depew, NY. She had a daughter Catherine (ok really Casimiera) in Depew. Moved to Toledo, OH where she gave birth to Stephen, Joseph, and Bernice. Immediately after Bernice was born , they moved to Detroit, MI (1920) where she had Thadeus, Henry, and Chester. She was widowed in 1930 (bad time to be a widow, during the Great Depression). She remarried in 1947 and moved to Beech Grove, IN. She was widowed again in 1953 and her children helped move her back to MI, to her seven acre farm in Macomb Township on Fairchild Road — which is the only home I ever remembered my grandmother living in.

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3 Responses to “#Genealogy – #Historical #Newspapers – Philadelphia Inquirer 9/15/1913”

  1. What a good idea!! I never thought to look at newspapers from the time of my family’s immigration. Newspapers have been used for obituaries and for a few hard and fast facts, but I never thought about looking to see if there were immigration-related information there. Thanks for the tip.

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  2. Donna,
    I am glad my musing inspired you. It is odd where we get our inspirations from (especially in genealogy).

    Do you know what else I have stumbled upon: High School graduations / class pictures. I am originally from Michigan and there was a Polish newspaper the Dziennik Polski (Detroit) and I found the most amazing class pictures from Catholic high schools. These were in the 1920’s and 1930’s before newspapers had better things to do.

    My thoughts are, the reason today’s newspapers have less readership is that they have gotten away from the types of events that connected communities — publishing class pictures (I bet families purchased the newspaper just for that). When I was growing up they used to say, “If you’re lucky, you get into the newspaper 3 times during your life: at birth, when you marry, and when you die. If your unlucky, then a few more times.”

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