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Kowalski; Arizona, California, and Hawaii

Updated July 4, 2006

Jennifer J. Kowalski

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My mother began researching my fathers family background in 1976. After she passed away, I decided that I would try to continue what she had started. My fathers name is Theodore A. Kowalski, born in Pearl City, Honolulu, Hawaii on Sept. 25, 1939. His mothers name was Julia Kowalski. She was around 20 years old at the time of my fathers birth, putting her year of birth at or around 1919. I'm not sure of the location of her birth, and I'm not even total sure where she immigrated from before having my father. It is suspected that she immigrated from Czechoslovakia, but I've yet to obtain proof. In 1942, Julia gave up parental rights of my father to her father, Adam Kowalski. He was born in Poland, March 22, 1881 and died in California, October 8, 1955. Burial was held on October 15, 1955 at Golden Gate National Cementary in San Bruno, California, San Mateo County. Adam served in the Polish army before immigrating to the U.S. Once in the U.S., he enlisted in the U.S. Army in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. He retired from the U.S. Army around 1941-1942, where he was then stationed at Schoefield Barracks, Honolulu, Hawaii. Adams adoption of my father, Theodore (Ted), was finalized in 1942 through the Territory of Hawaii. Julia disappeared shortly after that, but my mother had obtained evidence that Julia remained in Hawaii, had two more children named Sherry and "Kit" around 1942-1944. There is a possibility that she may have still been living in Hawaii clear into the 1950's. After leaving the U.S. Army, Adam and Ted moved to California. Adam then placed Ted into foster care, although he still supported him financially. Ted remained in foster care, bouncing from 6 different foster homes until Adam died in 1955. Ted went to school in Felton, California until he quit in the eleventh grade. He enlisted into the U.S. Army September 28, 1956 but was discharged for bad conduct October 12, 1957.

Other misc. information and facts:
Julia wasn't married when Ted was born, so his father is unknown
Adam was widowed either just before immigrating or just after
immigrating to the U.S. so spouse is unknown
Adams parents names are Vincent and Julia, both lived and died in
Poland, not sure if they were born there
Julia, Teds mother, might have married Sherry and "Kit's" father
but would have been divorced in the 1950's
Adam retired from the U.S. Army as a Master Sergeant, serving in WW1 and possibly WW2.

If anyone has any other information that could help me in this search, I would forever be greatful. I can use all the help I can get. I can be e-mailed at

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