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Are we related?

My grandparents. great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are at the top of the home page. If you have the same ancestor, then we are related!

Almost all of these people had other offspring, siblings, and cousins, so check out these family trees to see if there is someone you recognize!

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Comments on: "Are we related?" (14)

  1. Diane J said:

    What do you know about Michael Feduski? He is my grandfather.


    • Hello! My sister married your cousin, and her son has been interested in family history, so I have looked for information about the Feduski family. You have done a great job tracing the family here in America, but it has not been easy to go back in time. Changed names make it very difficult. Please keep us posted on your search!


  2. Michelle Kranz said:

    I have a Kalinowski who married Hedwig Szumilowski in the late 1870s or early 1880s in Sxembruk.. Trying to find out more. I also link to the Kalugiwicz family through the Cichocki family from Szembruk.


    • I do not recognize your names, yet. To see what I have found so far on the Kalinowski family in Szembruk, see “Kalinowska from Szembruk, West Prussia: Looking for Common Ancestors.”

      My great-grandparents Marcin Szczepański and Anna Kalinowska were married in Szembruk in 1878. The marriage register is available online at FamilySearch, at I looked before and after, but did not see Hedwig, which would have been Jadwiga in Polish. Some of the entries are very faded, though, and difficult to read.

      Good luck with your search!


      • Michelle Kranz said:

        I have found Hedwiga/Jadwiga’s Szumilowski/Szymilowski birth on the 22nd of Oct 1844 to Ludwig Szumilowski and Rosalie Macholz/owa. She then has an illegitimate child in 1881 called Rosalie. On her father Ludwig’s death record in 1884 in Szembruk she is noted as
        Hedwiga Kalinowski… I also have had no luck finding a marriage, I might have to check the surrounding villages. Thanks for your interesting site !


      • Michelle Kranz said:

        I have finally found the marriage of Hedwig Szumilowski and Johann Kalinowski. They were married in Morke/Mokrau 2 Sep 1868. They had 3 daughters that I can find the birth of Maryanna Kalinowski born 12 Sep 1869 Walddorf, Anna Kalinowski born 18 Nov 1870 Roggenhausen and Rosalie Kalinowski born 19 May 1873 Roggenhausen. From the marriage record of Hedwig and Johann, Johann was born abt 1841. In my search I have also found my 2nd great grandfathers brother Michael Cichocki born 1828 in Szembruk married Rosalia Klugiewicz, born 1828 Szembruk to Dominicus Klugiewicz and Marianna Szramkowska. It seems that some of their children ended up in Buffalo. I have ordered my DNA test from My Heritage so I will be interested to see if I find more links.


      • I am glad to hear it! I recently made a DNA connection to a Klugiewicz-Kalinowska descendant and wrote about “Finding Common Kalinowski Ancestors in Prussia!” Let’s keep in touch!


  3. Great job!


  4. Hello, I have used the Family Search links that you have to find many of my ancestors in Szembruk and the surrounding vicinity. Those records only go back so far. Have you found other resources that are of earlier dates? Thank you, Lin


    • Unfortunately, the records I found from the early 1800s appeared to be “catching up,” in which several children from one family were listed together. This seems to indicate that previous records had not been done or were not available. If you find any others, please share!


  5. Just an update since my messages from 2018 and 19. I have since done a dna test with Ancestry as My Heritage wasn’t really giving me good results. It turns out I have a number of dna matches along the line of Adelbert Kalinowski and Anna Szynkowski. I now suspect that either the mother of Adelbert or Anna would have had to have been a Cichocki. Personally I am inclined to think that Adelberts mother Anna who died in 1837 was actually a Cichocki.

    I hear from Barbara VR that you have a dna connection and as it turns out we are 4 th cousins through the Cichocki family. I’m loving the Ancestry dna !


  6. Brittany said:

    My grandfather, Richard Kapuscinski (brother of Jean) passed on March 31, 2022.


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