My great-grandfather Frank Ferguson born May 1865 in Austria Poland arrived in the US in 1886. He changed his name from the phone book to Ferguson and I am trying to find out what his original surname was. It might have been Lewandoski as he had 1st cousins living at the same address in Bloomfield, NJ in 1900.
His wife, Laura Zbikowski, born in March 1871 in Russia Poland, arrived here in 1884. It seems her family changed their name to Schill/Shields. I have just recently learned of her surname through relatives who have passed. Most of the relatives who would know more information have passed away. I did hear though that there were some disagreements in the families and they didn’t keep in touch very well. Many moved to the midwest.
They had 7 children all of whom can be accounted for except one.
I am really hoping to find out if they were married here as I can find no record of marriage in the Catholic churches in the Bloomfield, NJ area. And it would be so wonderful to know about where they came from.