Josephine Borkowiak came to America (Erie, PA) in 1908 with her four children, one of which was my grandmother Marianna, her older sister Hedwig (Jadwiga Ida) and oldest brothers Ignatius and Stanislaus. Josephine returned to Poland in about 1934 with her husband John (Johann in immigration records) Borkowiak. Hedwig, who married and had a son who also returned to Poland. I am looking for records for my family that returned to Poland before WW2 to learn what happened to them and to discover any living relatives.
This is what I have discovered from Szlachcin Civil and Winnagora Catholic Parish records: Josepha Antkowiak born ~1863 married Johann Borkowiak born ~1870 in 1894. I believe that my grandmother’s family came from a region around Poznan. A 1920 Census record in the US lists John and Josephine living in Erie, PA with their two daughters, Marianna (born 1900) and Hedwig (born 1899) Adamczyk, Boleslaus Adamczyk (husband of Hedwig born 1894) and Leo Adamczyk (son of Hedwig born in 1919). The people who returned to Poland are John and Josephine Borkowiak and Hedwig, Boleslaus, and Leo Adamczyk. Family lore states that John and Josephine died during WW2. I have not been able to find any records for my great-grandparents John and Josephine Borkowiak, their daughter Hedwig or her husband Boleslaus Adamczyk after 1920 (the US census record). I found a record for Leo Adamczyk (son of Hedwig and Boleslaus) in the German Foregin Persecutees Records that has him hospitalized in Germany in 1944. I am wondering if he was sent to Germany during the war as forced labor. The trail has run dry in my search for my family that returned to Poland.
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