Witzany family

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I am looking for information about the Witzany family. The whole family immigrated to the US in 1855. I believe they may have stayed in Canada for a short period of time before moving to Minnesota. Census records show their birthplace as Bohemia, nationality Canadian. Jacob (father-born 1810), Johanna (mother-born 1816), Lorenz (born 1847), Louisa (born1853), and Joseph (born 1854) Any info would be appreciated. Thanks JoAnn winter



Hi Greg, I wish I had checked this message board earlier. Your history matches mine. When the Witzanys came to the US they came via Canada. I located one document showing they immigrated from Canada, but now I cannot find it again. Lawrence Witzany, the oldest child of Jacob and Johanna (aka Hannah/Anna) was my great-grandfather, and my great grandmother, Rosala, was his second wife after his first wife Veronica died. How is your family connected to the Witzanys? Thanks for your response. the Search goes on! JoAnn Winter

Hi JoAnn, my name is Greg Witzany and I am the great great grandson of Jacob Witzany, residing in NYC. The census takers misspelled our surname as Witzaney, Witzani, Witgang but the correct is Witzany. Gram and Gramps Witzany’s birthplace is indeed Bohemia but nationality is Austrian, not Canadian. My dad, Robert seems to recall learning of a small stay in Canada as well and I am unable to confirm or deny that after exhausting my search of records to determine port of entry to the US. Hopefull together we can find the answer. I am also trying to determine who Jacob’s mother and father were. Best of luck, Greg