My name is Ronald Kantowski, age 62 and I live in Oklahoma. I belong to the Galveston branch of the Kantowski tree. (Oklahoma has Kantowskis from more than one branch of the Kantowski tree.) I am a grandson of a John Kantowski (Sr.) born July 6, 1884 in Danzig Prussia (Germany)and Margarethe Elizabeth Patze born Jan. 14, 1887 in Bremen, Germany. I have a copy of his naturalization papers (signed Dec. 21, 1905 in Galveston TX) stating that he entered the USA April (10th-19th ink smeared) 1903 at Port Author TX.
These two started the Galveston TX branch of Kantowski family tree; they had 6 living children.I am in the process of putting together all of that branch and should succeed, enough info is available. However, I cannot find good (e.g., written) information about John Kantowski's parents, siblings etc. or his whereabouts between birth and 1903.
With the help of two aunts and some photos I can trace Margarethe Elizabeth Patze back to her parents, sisters, brothers etc. in Gremany but have not found many names or birth dates there, including her parents'.
When I have a good draft of the Galveston branch I will make it public. If you have any info about either of the above pre-Galveston (or even pre 1920) I would love share it.