The Birth of Joseph Danko

The ninth child of Michael Dańko and Marianna Dziurzyńska was named Joseph.  He was born in Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts.  His birth is recorded on page 430 of the Birth Register for the City of Worcester for the year 1919, a copy of which I obtained from the Massachusetts Department of Vital Records and Statistics.

Canvassers Return of a Birth for Joseph Danko

Canvasser’s Return of a Birth for Joseph Danko

SOURCE: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Return of a Birth. City of Worcester. 1919. Joseph Danko. Volume Unknown, Page 430, Registered Number 3183. Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records And Statistics.

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Canvasser’s Return of a Birth for Joseph Danko.  The record states that:

  • Joseph Danko was a male child born alive at 19 Prescott Place, Worcester, Worcester Co., Massachusetts on 02 Sep 1919
  • His father was Michael Danko, a 43 year-old, white wiredrawer born in Poland and residing at 19 Prescott Place, Worcester
  • His mother was Mary Guginski, a 38 year-old, white woman, no occupation listed, born in Poland and residing at 19 Prescott Place, Worcester
  • Katie Tutudar personally attended the birth, no further information provided
  • The name of the canvasser and the date the return was obtained were not provided
  • The Canvasser’s Return of a Birth was filed in Jan 1920 as attested by W. Henry Towne, Registrar

The Canvasser’s Return of a Birth was used to record Joseph Danko’s birth because he was born at home and the birth had not been previously recorded.

The name of Joseph’s mother is listed as Mary Guginski.  Nearly every document spells Mary’s name differently.  Other documents list her first name as Maria, Marya or Marianna, and list her surname as Dziura, Dziurzynski, Dziurzyńska, Dziurznska, Ginsky, Dzevirzynska, Jusuka, Dzuizynski, Dziwrzynski, Durzinski, and Dzinski.  Whew!

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