Searching for DYDA ancestors from Ujazd, Poland (Galicia)
Aleksa (Alex) DYDA & Katarzina (Lazowski) DYDA
Searching for my DYDA ancestors of UJAZD village, Poland (Eastern Europe).
(In the 1800-1900's Poland may have also been identified as Austria-Hungry, Glazien (Galicia), Ukraine).
Birth 25 June 1879 Ujazd, Poland (Galicia)---
Death 20 Feb 1963 Wisconsin, USA
Departed in year 1907 from the port in Hamburg, Germany, aboard the ship Batavia, to Ellis Island, New York, USA.
A landsman (farmer), my Great Grandfather, Aleksa (Alexander) DYDA, was one of the first settlers in a little unknown village of Marathon County in the State of Wisconsin, in the United State of America, called Kronenwetter. The founding (1910) Worzella brothers printed brochures to advertise their new 26,000 acre community. They described the village of Kronenwetter as a Polish community, they printed the brochures in the Polish language and sent them to major US cities. They also placed advertisements in major US city newspapers, reaching out to Poles, advertising to them in the Polish language. The brochures and advertisements alike included pictures of beautiful farms, including buildings and livestock. Aleksa must must have been enticed, as he chose to settle in Kronenwetter where the Worzella brothers built homes for the settlers starting from $350 for a three room house and $450 for a five-room house. When Aleksa DYDA left Poland in 1907, he also left behind his wife, Katarzina and their first born child, Anna. They were not long behind, and joined him a few months later in their new village. He was a simple man, with a simple view, starting a new journey in his life, with his wife, and the many children that followed...
...Current day, my journey...105 years later! Instead of sailing to a new land, my search is taking me back to the old land, a land I have never seen, a land I have never really heard of. DYDA is an unusual surname, and to my dismay, even much more scarce than I ever first thought. So here in 2012 I search back, from the great big USA, far away from that little Kronenwetter village that Grandpa Aleksa DYDA farmed all of his years, back across the sea, back in time, to his first little village in Ujazd, Poland. I search my family there; for his and Katarzina's parents, and anyone connected to our DYDA name.
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