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Kuras & Gulczynski 1872 Polish immigrants that lived in Toledo, Ohio

24 Mar 2012 #1
I'm looking for any information on my two great grandfathers. My Mother is now deceased and I'm trying to find info to pass long to my children and to my surviving relatives.

Here is what I of my Great Grandpa's name is John Kuras born 1861 and came to the US in 1872 and settled in Toledo, Ohio. His name could have been Josef or Janek maybe even something else. He is listed as Austrian/Polish on census records. I've researched old map and studied the backgrounds of the areas and understand why it was listed this way but need to narrow the location down more.

My other Great Grandpa was John Gulch(Joannes Gulczynski) who also came from Poland in 1872 and settled in Toledo, Ohio. I have no idea where he came from at all.

I would like some leads on websites or more, please help:)
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27 Mar 2012 #2
Have you tried the closest census records that are available to the time frame that is available for Toledo? The reason I suggest it is there might be something in it that might point you in the direction as to where they may have entered the states. Also, there might be some old records from the city from that time frame that could also indicate from where they may have lived before. Because of his age being 11 or so he no doubt came with his parents. So by starting with the census and city directoriesfor that time frame should get you started. Also, use the microfilm of the various local papers for death notices for their parents. Chances are, the death notices may be similar to ones of today and indicate where an individual immigrated from if they were not born locally.
27 Mar 2012 #3 it...can search most of the site for free. Knew a little about my relatives, but traced back to my great-great-great grandparents all the way to Danzig. Make sure you search rootsweb, not the ancestry side, if you want a free search to initially try things.

What I did was enter my great-great grandfather's name, as I was certain of this, then you can go from there by clicking on other relatives.

May also try familysearch. Another free service where you can find actual records (birth, death, army, immigration, church, etc.) of relatives.

Hope this helps. Good luck.
7 Apr 2012 #4
There is a John "Jan Gulczynski" Gulch buried at Calvery Cemetary in Toledo. If you look on he is listed with his wives and children. You can also go to the public library or local vital records and look up

birth and death records to find this info. If you have time on your hands and live close to his records this is perfect. Start from where you are and trace back. Public library may have obits that give info also. John Kuras' father is Michael. Good luck.
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8 Apr 2012 #5
Name: John Gulcz
Age: 58
Birth Year: abt 1862
Birthplace: Poland
Home in 1920: Toledo Ward 10, Lucas, Ohio
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1873
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Victoria Gulcz
Father's Birthplace: Poland
Mother's Birthplace: Poland
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
John Gulcz 58
Victoria Gulcz 42
William Gulcz 21
Matthew Gulcz 20
Bernice Gulcz 19
Josephine Gulcz 18
Helen Gulcz 17
Hedwina Gulcz 15
Clara Gulcz 12
Anna Gulcz 11
Leo Gulcz 9
Florence Gulcz 4
Max Gulcz 1

says he was naturalized in 1882 according to the cencus 1920, my thoughts are that you could try to find the original papers
via that local office. Naturalization Records
All naturalization records of persons naturalized in this Court prior to 1967 are stored at and are available through:

National Archives and Records Administration
Great Lakes Region
7358 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, Illinois 60629-5898

National Archives Website

To confirm dates of naturalization or obtain copies of name changes since 1967, contact the Clerk's Office Naturalization Clerk:

Phone: (216) 357-7014


Contact the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services at 1-800-375-5283 or view their website for information including:

I guess the older records are in chicago, I was able to get my grandmothers from our local office, but I havent tried my grandfathers

But you can get alot of information off the naturalizations, I am not sure about the year for your grandfathers cause that was really
early, but its worth a try.

it might give you some good information to lead you to the town he came from.

Name: John Kuras
Age: 28
Birth Date: May 1872
Birthplace: Ger. Poland
Home in 1900: Toledo Ward 8, Lucas, Ohio
Race: White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year: 1888
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Francis Kuras
Marriage Year: 1895
Years Married: 5
Father's Birthplace: Ger. Poland
Mother's Birthplace: Ger. Poland
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
John Kuras 28
Francis Kuras 25
Helen Kuras 3
Regila Kuras 11/12

for john per the 1900 cencus says he was born in 1872 and came in 1888 I will look again, see if there was another john can you match up the names of the family? is this the right John?
Rosemary C - | 1
7 Jun 2012 #6
Dear Sir or Madam Blample,
Concerning the Gulczynski family in Toledo:
I have much information about this family, who later changed their surname to Gulch. Maciej (Matthias) Golczynski was born about 1830 and married in 1855 in Izdebno, Poland. I am the author of Korzenie Polskie: Polish Roots (written in English), and Matthias is one of the 300 families in my First Families of Toledo, Ohio database, available online at the PGSA members-only website. I would like to send you more information, but privately by email. This is the first time I have used this forum, and am not familiar with such. If you can, please contact me by email. I see there is a box below this message (that I have checked) that will hopefully allow us to correspond via regular email.

Sincerely, Rosemary C.
OP Blample
12 Jan 2013 #7
Patricia.....Thank you so much....I have a lot of the info you included but you gave me so much more to research in respects to the offices to contact. I'm going to look into and will post more when I find out more. I'm so grateful and appreciate it.


Thank you Rosemary C....I'm going to look into the PGSA website and membership. I hope I'll find that information that you were referring to on that site.


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