127. Births from the Baptismal Record of Saint Stanislaw Kostka
Church, 1879-1889. Thomas L. Hollowak 1992. 76 pages, indexed,
paper. & Polish Baptisms in St. Michael the Archangel Church,
1869-1890. Thomas L. Hollowak 2000. 61 pages, indexed, paper.
$7.99 [ISBN 1-8871-2432-2]
St. Stanislaw Kostka book is unique because it is not a faithful
transcription of the baptismal record, but an altered abstract.
The volume provides the names and dates of birth for individuals
baptized during the first decade of Baltimore's premier Polish Parish.
It is arranged alphabetically by family groups and includes the
names of parents and godparents.
the first Polish immigrants settled in Baltimore around 1868 they
attended the German parish of St. Michael's, on Wolfe Street, in
Fell's Point. The
first decade of St. Stanislaw Kostka was a tumultous period of protracted
struggles for control of the parish between the pastor and lay members
of the congregation. This would eventually lead to the formation
of the second Polish parish, but until that occured some of the
Poles returned to St. Michael the Archangel. After the death of
Holy Rosary's first pastor, Rev. Piotr Chowaniec strife arose in
that parish between the new pastor and the laity. Once again some
of the Poles returned to St. Michael's. Of course, there had always
been a small group of the early Polish settlers who had taken a
German spouse and remained at the parish during the entire period
covered by this volume.
the St. Stanislaw's book this volume is arranged alphabetically
by the father's surname and provides name of child, date of birth,
parents full name and their place of origin.