How to navigate this site

This website is in its early days of construction and is a huge work in progress. Each name entry in the surname index leads to a page about that individual’s family that includes what I know about the family, such as: charts, pictures, relationship notes or naturalization records. Here’s an example of the surname index:

I’ve started by including families that are my ancestors. Next, I will add families that I have information about, but that I’m not yet sure of the connection. Whenever I know the relationship to my grandfather, Richard Sanetra, I will include a simplified chart showing the relationship on the family page. Example of relationship chart:

whole life in Poland


whole life in USA

back & forth, or returned to Poland

Circles with a blue edge are always a clickable link. I’ve made four types of name buttons. The ship icon is used for someone I know immigrated to North America. The eagle symbol is used for people who remained in Poland. The earth picture is for people who lived in the United States, then moved to Poland, or people who moved back and forth. Those that were born in the United States, will have a graphic showing the state where they were born.

The above image shows my new family page design. This is at the bottom of each family page. The gold area tells marriage information, house number and parents’ names for the bride and groom. The duration of marriages that I’ve found information about, generally wasn’t very long. Many people’s spouses died young, then they remarried. Most of the families I’ve been studying, each person was married two or three times and had children with each marriage. I haven’t yet learned why so many people died young, but I’m wondering if childbirth and military conflicts were big factors.

The black rectangle, (below the gold rectangle), lists children that grew to be adults. Each clickable circle in the section leads to a page with that individual as the head of a household. I want to show all of the family on the same page. There are many children that died as infants or very young children. This family above shows six children, but Francizka Gowin actually gave birth to thirteen children. The children who died young won’t be linked to other pages, but they are still listed on their family page, represented like this:

I continue to update these families in FamilySearch, and will include links to where these people can be found in FamilySearch. This will assist everyone in seeing how we relate and connect to each other. See the green highlight in the image below which is the link for viewing relationships. The orange highlight shows the person’s identification number in FamilySearch.

Clicking on the area highlighted in green leads to the image below.

I’m very grateful my new friend sent me these pictures of Żywiec. She visited the summer of July 2021 and took these pictures for this website. I love them and feel these pictures help me visualize the area where my ancestors lived. She also sent me the picture at the bottom of the home page.