Below are photos of searching the villages. Walking the ground that my grandparents walked!
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July 29th Zbignew picked us up again for another day of adventures. We sat in the hotel and went over a map of the places my grandparents and great grandparents Swiatek, Jasien and Balenski lived in the 1800’s. I had a record of the house numbers. We were on the road at 10a.m. and it was raining.
We headed first to Pieniazkowice looking for the home of my grandmother Tekla Swiatek. This is the spot where my grandmother’s home once stood. Notice the mountains in the background.
On July 28th, Zbigniew picked us up and we headed for the Town Hall in Czarny Dunajec to look for records of deceased members of my family. The clerk would not let us see any of them as she said, ‘it would infringe on the privacy of the dead people’. Although Poland’s law says we could look at them we did not argue with her. We then went on to Pieniazkowice, which has a population of approximately 800 people and is located about 200 miles south of Warsaw. This is the village of my grandmother Tekla Swiatek (Swietek).
What a trip PolishOrigins put together for us to find distant cousins, learn about where our family used to live, and see the sights! On my 75th birthday, my two boys arrived at my home to celebrate and told me to get ready to pack my bags as they had arranged a trip through PolishOrigins. I was speechless to say the least and I spent the next four months getting ready for the trip,which included many, many emails back and forth with Zbigniew. All along the way I was impressed with PolishOrigin’s and Zbigniew’s thoroughness and attention to detail.
The end of July finally arrived and I flew to Washington D.C. where I met my youngest son and grandson. We were quickly off to Poland! We first flew into Munich Germany arriving on the morning of July 26th where we had a six-hour overlay. So my son called for a taxi and had him take us to the Hof Bauhaus. After touring and enjoying a snack there we walked over to the Glockenspiel clock tower and watched as the hour struck and the figures appeared. From here we walked a few blocks and caught an uber back to the airport and boarded a plane for Krakow, Poland. We took a taxi to our hotel, had dinner, took a quick tour of the Basilica of Maria and then back to our hotel to rest up for the big days coming…