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the Search for Thomas Kowalski

We knew that Thomas Kowalski was born in Poland sometime around 1875 and that when he came to the United States he first lived in Pennsylvania and then later Ohio where he worked for a steel company.

We first tried a Google search for "Thomas Kowalski" Pennsylvania and then for "Thomas Kowalski" Ohio but nothing in the results was helpful. So we searched the US Federal Census where we found a number of Thomas Kowalskis but there wasn't enough information in any records to indicate that we had found the Thomas Kowalski we were looking for.

So we went to the Card Catalogue at where we searched some of the collections. Here we found a copy of the US World War II Draft Registration Card (completed in 1942) for Thomas Kowalski. It indicates that he was born in Poland on December 22, 1877. At the time he completed the draft registration card he was living in Portsmouth, Ohio and working for Wheeling Steel Corporation.

Next we did another Google search and entered "Thomas Kowalski" Ohio Wheeling Steel. One result was a link to an obituary that was posted on the Kowalski Family Genealogy Forum at

The obituary indicates that Thomas Kowalski was born in Poland in 1877, became an American citizen in 1948 and died on May 21, 1960. He was survived by his his wife, Anna Marie, daughters, Mrs. Stella Hoberg and Mrs. Julia Ohda, sons, Joseph and Chester, a brother Lewis, 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

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Stan - May 31st, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Is Thomas related to Killer Kowalski the wrestler?

richard earl stare, hersey, pa - February 8th, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Charles Saylor - April 4th, 2012 at 8:46 AM

In 1951 I was borned an have been looking for my Dad for at least 30 years with no luck can someone help his name all I know is Chester Saylor an I was told that he was in the army in the 50's

Alois J. Nowak - April 9th, 2012 at 9:50 AM


arkus cole - April 14th, 2012 at 10:03 AM

dob aug 30, 1919 glendale az. looking for all information.
this is my husbands grandfather.

harold perry clinton me - May 24th, 2012 at 6:54 AM

james wheatley - August 18th, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Martin Bennett - September 7th, 2013 at 4:01 AM

is it possible that one of my ancestors was on board the mayflower ship sent over from the united kingdom with the first settlers to the united states of America

Robert Lewis Antioch Ca - April 3rd, 2014 at 3:31 PM

How do I find out if I have enlisted in selective service

Metro Detroit, Michigan - October 18th, 2015 at 1:30 AM

Hello. Katelyn Kowalsky here. I am the grand daughter of Chester Kowalsky (was Kowalski before enlistment where a mishap happened with name). I used to go visit his sister Stella with my Aunt and Uncle as a little girl. My father is Gregory Kowalsky. I would love any information anybody has about Thomas Kowalski or any of this family tree. Please contact me at Thank you and God Bless.

- February 22nd, 2016 at 2:20 AM


Metro Detroit Michigan - Pennsylvania - Ohio - April 10th, 2016 at 7:58 PM

Hi all - Kate Kowalsky commenting again. I wanted to let anybody know if they read my above comment and tried to contact me I am available at Typo error and dead email on last comment. Looking for family in Michigan area, great-grandaughter of Thomas Kowalski, grandaughter of Chester Kowalsky, daughter of Gregory Kowalsky. Thank you.

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