First, let me start-out by saying that many of our Polish ancestors would list the (nearest) larger Polish province or city instead of their actual village as their last residence or place of birth.Some from the Russian partition of Poland would list Warschaw (Warsaw) as their place of birth.My great uncle listed Warsaw as his place of birth even though he was born 177 kilometers northwest of there.And, he was a pretty with-it guy.
So, instead of wasting a lot of your time plowing through Warsaw, Poland records (a city of about 2 million people), I suggest you do a little more research of U.S. genealogy records to narrow the search for Stanley Lewandowski’s Polish ancestral home.
I located a December 28, 1909 New York (Ellis Island) arrival record for a Stanislaw Lewandowski.He was born about 1891 in Niesazawa, Warschaw Russia.He listed his father Josef Lewandowski in Nieszawa Warschaw as his nearest living relative in his native land.Stanislaw’s destination was Detroit MI where he was going to join his cousin Josef Kwiatkowski.Does the cousin’s name sound familiar?
The 1920 and 1930 U.S. census records for Stanley indicate that he immigrated to the U.S. between 1909 and 1910.
He applied for his U.S. citizenship papers in the Eastern District of Michigan, Southern Division, Detroit, MI.He was assigned petition #55318 and was admitted on November 20, 1930.
You will want to get the detailed documents for Stanley’s U.S. Naturalization process.
Stanley also was the recipient of Social Security benefits.That means he filled-out a Social Security Application Form SS-5 that asked for his place of birth.I must caution you that sometimes our ancestors only indicated the country (Poland) and not their specific village or town on the application form.
Here is a sample of the SS-5 form
To get a copy of the Social Security Applications, go to this site:
As an example, on this screen type in Lewandowski for the LAST NAME, Stanley for the FIRST NAME and then type in his Social Security Number 371-09-5437 for SSN, next click on SUBMIT.
The next screen will produce the Social Security Death Record for Stanley Lewandowski.
Next click on SS-5 LETTER in the TOOLS column.
The next screen will produce a computer-generated letter to the Social Security Administration that requests a photocopy of Frank Wisniewski’s actual Social Security application.
As indicated in the letter, the fee is $27.00 for a copy of each Social Security application.The backlog for application requests is about 3 to 4 months.
As I indicated earlier, Stanley’s U.S. Naturalization documents will also have information about his ancestral home and immigration process.
Here is a link to the State of Michigan Department of Education which seems to be the archive for U.S. Naturalization documents that took place in the State of Michigan.
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) Great Lakes Regional facility, located in Chicago, IL, maintains a copy of the Soundex Index to Naturalization Records for U.S. District Courts (RG 21) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin at the National Archives and Records Administration Great Lakes Region.
You can request a free name search via email, but all the responses of the searches are sent back to the requester through the U.S. mail. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
They ask for the following information: 1) Name of naturalized individual, 2) Date of birth, 3) Country of origin, 4) Date of immigration, 5) Place of naturalization and 6) Date of naturalization.
Indicate in your email that you are particularly interested in the following documents: Petition for Naturalization, Declaration of Intention and/or Certificate of Arrival.
Finally, you must include your mailing address and other contact information in your email request.
Within two weeks to a month, you should receive a reply from the NARA, which, if successful, should include a copy of the INDEX CARD for the requested individual. The INDEX CARD will contain the individual’s name, address, date of naturalization, country of birth and the certificate number (or volume and page) for the recorded document.
In all likelihood The NARA will then tell you that they do not have any Wayne County, MI court records and will probably refer you to the Office of the Clerk of Wayne County, MI or the
State of Michigan Department of Education.
I will email you copies of the passage and other U.S. records for Stanislaw.