Before we get to your family records here in the U.S., permit me to give you a short orientation on what to expect when you start to research family records in Poland.
First of all, there are no digitized indexes in Poland where you could perform a computer search of a family surname and locate a family record. All of the records in Poland are either kept by the family parish or a local village/town government in paper type registers or on microfilm. Therefore, before you can start searching Polish records, you must know the EXACT location and approximate dates of where your ancestors were born married and died just to get to the correct source document. Trust me, you don’t want to search through miles of microfilm merely hoping to find your relatives record.
I was able to locate 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940 U.S. Census records for the Gousheski Family. I was able to locate WW I and WW II Draft Registration Cards for John Gousheski as well as a marriage record for John and Bronislawa/Bertha ZABORNA.
The 1910 U.S. census is indexed as John “Gewasehetski” living on Fresh Meadow Road (now known as the Utopia Parkway) in Queens Ward 3, Queens County, NY.
The 1920 U.S. census is indexed as John “Gavasyeskie” living on Fresh Meadow Road (now known as the Utopia Parkway) in Queens Assembly District 4, Queens County, NY.
The 1930 U.S. census is indexed as John “Gousheski” living at 6212 172nd Street in Queens, Queens County, NY 11365.
The 1940 U.S. census is indexed as John “Gousheski” living at 6212 172nd Street in New York, Queens County, NY 11365.
The WW I Draft Registration Card is indexed as John “Gorashazski” living on Fresh Meadow Road in Queens County, NY.
The WW II Draft Registration Card is indexed as John “Gawsheski” living at 6212 172nd Street in Flushing, NY 11365.
John “Gousheski” (the correct Polish surname yet to be determined) was born on August 10, 1884 in Russia/Poland (died in 1945). He married Bronislawa/Blanche/Bertha Zaborna on June 2, 1907 in Queens County, NY (perhaps at the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Queens). Bronislawa Zaborna was born about 1884-85 in Luszewo Russia/Poland (died on November 1, 1969).
John and Bertha had thirteen (13) children, all born in (Queens?) New York: Benjamin (or Paul) born on March 16, 1908, Theresa/Tessie born around 1910, Adam born on February 20, 1911, Victoria born around 1915, Charlotte/Lottie born around 1916, Henry born on August 16, 1917, Joseph born around 1920, Johanna born around 1921, Helen and Eva born around 1922 (twins?), Florence born around 1925, Stanley born on January 4, 1926 and Chester/Alfred/Frederick born on October 1, 1928.
In 1910 and 1920, John was employed as a farm laborer. In 1920 and 1930, John was employed by the Mt. Haven Cemetery.
According to the census records, John immigrated to the U.S. between 1904 and1905. Bronislawa immigrated between 1903 and 1904.
It appears that the family spent its entire life in the same Queens neighborhood. Do you know which church the family attended in Queens? In all likelihood, this church would have the marriage and baptismal records for the family. As I indicated earlier, Holy Family Parish was near the Gousheski household. Here is their address:
Holy Family Parish
175-20 74th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11366
It might be worth a telephone call to see if the church has any records that match the above vital marriage and birth dates. As you go through this exercise with the U.S. church and local governments, you will get an understanding of how the Polish vital records are filed.
Zlatica provided you with the Hamburg departure and New York arrival record for Bronislawa ZABORNA. She left Hamburg on January 9 and arrived in New York on January 23, 1904 on Board the S.S. Graf Waldersee. Bronislawa was from Luszewo Russia/Poland. Her destination was 381 “Oklen” (Oakland Place?) in Brooklyn, NY where she was going to join a Wladysalw “Obermiski”.
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