In 2017, I hit a brick wall when trying to trace the Polish ancestry of my maternal great-grandmother (Agata Kolanko). I have her parents’ names and birthplace, but not much else. However, thanks to FamilySearch, I found passenger tickets for ships bound for America for a Kolansko and a Kolano in the early 20th century. Both were from Austrian Poland, as was my great-grandmother, and since the names are similar, they may have been related.
The ticket from 1903 belonging to Josef Kolansko:
The ticket from 1912 belonging to Stanislaw Kolano (Kalano?):
A great find! Both arrived in the port of Philadelphia, as my great-grandmother had in 1899. (I enjoy the Philly connection, as I lived there after college and through grad school, and I still feel some emotional ties to that city.)
I also found records for other Kolano relations, including Aniela Kolano and Amiela Kolano — since their birth years are very close (only one year apart), I thought maybe it was the same person, but the immigration records are quite different. However, both (?) emigrated in 1913 from Galicia and came through Ellis Island.
More records were unearthed for immigrants named Kolanko, who resided in Równe or Krosno (in present day Poland), as did the Polish ancestors on my family tree. Are they also my ancestors? More research is needed in order to reveal the truth and (hopefully) expand the Kolanko family tree.