Through the Ancestry and Genforum message boards, I was contacted by Anna Kawka several years ago.She may or may not be a cousin; her (great-?) grandfather Michael Zieliñski came to the US and never returned to Helenków, Kozowa-Brzezony, Galicia.
He may have remarried.
Anna thinks he might be the Michael Zieliñski who is on board with my Great-Grandfather Adalbert back in 1907.
Through figuring out the numbers and codes written upon the original manifest, I’ve determined the “Michael from the boat” had the following numbers associated with his naturalization process.
Michael Zielinski 11-196822 11-19-1940
11 refers to Chicago, so his Certification Number is 11-196822;
and although the date jotted down for my great-grandfather doesn’t jibe with the facts, it would appear Michael applied for, or got, his citizenship on 19 November 1940.
I used that to find this:
Illinois, Northern District Naturalization Index, 1840-1950 Z-264 to Z-560 Irving, Part B (Image 94 of 5115)
Zielinski, Michael 730/ 297225 1230 W. 32nd Place Chicago, Illinois 11/196822
I don’t know what the other numbers mean.In St. Louis, I was able to access naturalization records via microfilm at the county library (years after I’d gotten some info directly from the National Archives branch).
For Chicago naturalizations…can someone tell me where and how I can access this record?As another clue, he arrived on the S.S. Samland from Antwerp, where he had embarked on 7 November 1907.
This will fill out my family story a little more if I can get his birth date off it…furthermore, it may confirm how Ms. Kawka and I relate, which is very likely given the name and the small nature of the “hometown.”
I figure the Chicago genealogical group(s) or libraries may be the best avenue, but I don’t get up to Chicago but once every 5-plus years.