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Biographies

The following documents are rich with information and family stories.  Note that you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these files.  If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free.

Joseph and Frances Golla, by August Golla
Tells the fascinating story of how Joseph and Frances Golla emigrated to America at different times, then found each other in America thanks to a postman that recognized their names.  Also contains many other family details and stories.
Joseph and Frances Golla, by Joanna Orsie Gurneau
Contains another version of the Coming to America story, along with many other details and Golla family stories.
My Grampaw – Memories of Grandpa Golla, by Helen Hawk Metz
Memories of Joseph Golla by Helen Hawk Metz, an grand daughter of Joseph and Frances Golla.
Decision to Come to America, by Chuck Dennis
Another version of the emigration story of Joseph and Frances Golla.
Autobiography, by Joanna Orsie Gurneau – Part 1 (15 MB)
Autobiography, by Joanna Orsie Gurneau – Part 2 (15 MB)
Stories from the life of Joanna Gurneau, a grand daughter of Joseph and Frances Golla.
What’s New
  • January 2017 - Added obituary sources to Third and Subsequent Generations page.
  • January 2016 - Updates to Third and Subsequent Generations page to several Lesneski individuals
  • November 2015 - Updates to the Second Generation page
  • June 2015 - Updates to the Third and Subsequent Generations page
  • October 2014 - Updates to the Other Golla Families page
  • August 2014 - Added photo and sources for John William Lesneski.
  • July 2014 - Added details to numerous individuals, mostly related to Pennsylvania death certificates and FindaGrave.com references.
  • March 2014 - Details added to the Third and Subsequent Generations page.
  • October 2013 - Numerous updates and additional details added to the Third and Subsequent Generations page.
  • October 2012 - New page design, now available at gollafamily.org! Also added new content, including a new section for "Other Golla Families".
  • May 2012 - Added new content, primarily to the George and Veronica Golla Stojek family.
Privacy Policy
To protect the privacy of living individuals, I intentionally limit the details published about recent generations of the Golla family. Note that some details are published in cases where 1) information is already publicly available, 2) individuals were born before 1940, or 3) in cases where the individual is known to be deceased.