Frequently Asked Questions about our Genealogy Services

May 6th, 2020

It has been over a month since we started to provide Genealogy Services.

We are currently working on over a dozen research projects, several others are already completed.

There are many new queries and we have our hands full. Each family story is interesting and we always feel joy and excitement when it turns out that we can help in some way.

During this month of our communication with you, there are some questions that are often repeated. Therefore we have decided to answer the most popular and important.

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What would my ancestors do? Your response.

April 9th, 2020

 

We had an amazing response to our latest message ‘What would my ancestors do?’. I didn’t want your stories and comments to be read only by me and our team. They are so important that they just have to be shared with more people to raise at least the same feelings I had reading them.

These are not all and not full responses. I picked out for you these fragments which had the greatest impact on me.


I especially appreciated your comment:

“You are descendants of one of the bravest. You are descendants of those who were leaving their world, their tiny village far away from civilization, to travel to a completely new world.”

In what little research I have accomplished over the past couple of years, I have been left thinking of how fearless my grandparents must have been when, as teenagers and young adults they decided, individually, to pack a bag, leave their family, friends, and home towns/hamlets in southeastern Poland behind (Frysztak and Letownia), travel overland to the coast of Germany (about a thousand km away), board a ship and cross the Atllantic to start a new life in America.

Although I never knew my grandfathers (my dziadzius) – both had passed before I was born – I know that their life was no “bed of roses.” Each worked hard, long hours in not very pleasant factories that were full of men who had immigrated to the U.S. for economic opportunity. It was the way it was, the way it had to be in order to support the families that these men had started.

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What would my ancestors do?

April 1st, 2020

 

This question I‌ am asking myself especially when life gets harder. Now we live in an unprecedented time when world society globally faces the same challenge at the same time: “a sub-microscopic infectious agent”, or just “virus”.

Recently, when I‌ asked myself again the question: what would my ancestors do in this situation, my first thought was… would they be even aware of the problem?

 


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The Polish Brick Wall That Won’t Crumble. Part 4: Going to the Chapel – March 20, 2019,

March 13th, 2020

 

One the last day of the genealogy tour, we visit the Gąsewo cemetery. There has been cemetery chapel here for 1000 years.  We took photos of gravestones that had the surnames in my family tree surnames at the cemeteries we visited. My long-term goal to create family trees to see if I can discover a connection. Again, Daniel placed flyers on several headstones for any visitors to those plots to contact him if they had information regarding my ancestors. 

Gąsewo Cemetery Chapel

 

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The Polish Brick Wall That Won’t Crumble. Part 3: What’s in your cellar? March 19, 2019.

March 12th, 2020

 

We started the day off in Kołaki, hoping to find a Budny family residing there. Unfortunately, a local informs us that the last Budny family moved away years ago. However, a descendant of that family lived in Sadykierz. Daniel and I make the quick trip Sadykierz to learn more about this family to see if they could be related to Adam Budny. Meeting with Jadwiga Budna didn’t reveal any connection. Jadwiga contacted her sister in Warsaw for us to visit. Jadwiga’s niece had done a family tree that went back several generations. Daniel and I were able to photograph the tree when we returned to Warsaw on the third day. Again, the brick wall keeps getting bigger. We can find no connection to my great-grandfather Adam.

 

At Chojnowski’s place.

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The Polish Brick Wall That Won’t Crumble. Part 2: Mamino, Poland – First day of tour, March 18, 2019

March 11th, 2020

 

 

Daniel is already waiting for me in the hotel lobby in Warsaw. He arrived the night before, coming from Białystok to Warsaw. We quickly pack my belongings in his car and head out to the archive in Pułtusk. Daniel already identified a couple of records that might contain information regarding my Borucki, Budny, and Zabielski family surnames.

 

 

 

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The Polish Brick Wall That Won’t Crumble. Part 1: Preamble to my Polish Genealogy Tour

March 10th, 2020

 

My greatest aspiration for over 35 years is trying to identify the birth parents of my great-grandfather Adam Budny.  Not successful with records in the United States or with the Polish website Geneteka, I had to come up with a new tactic, crowd sourcing. I decided it was time to visit the ancestral villages that my great-grandparents lived. Maybe the individuals who lived in the villages were living relatives of my ancestors. Or, were able to provide historical or relevant information that would help me break down my Polish Brick Wall. 

It didn’t work. The brick wall got thicker. However, the new added bricks are intriguing. And, just might help in cracking my Polish Brick Wall.

 

 

 

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Through Patrick’s lenses – a Genealogy Tour to Poland

March 6th, 2020

blog by Patrick McCabe

 

In September 2019 the country of Poland became our family’s latest destination for
sharing a vacation together. The majority of our trip was indeed sightseeing,
however, the genealogy aspect of our family was the driving force for our visit to
Poland. Specifically, it focused on our mother’s side of the family…the Pilarski and
the Borkenhagen families. In 2015 we traveled to Ireland exploring our father’ss side
of the family. In essence, we have now completed an initial “full circle” of our
ancestors’ homelands.

 

 

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Genealogy research in Western Galicia.

February 27th, 2020

 

 

What you will find in this article:

 

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Our Genealogy Trip to Poland

December 19th, 2019

blog by Chris Cronk

 

It was a wedding picture taken in Poland with my grandmother sitting next to the bride. This was amongst the 50 or so pictures from a fancy photo album that was left by my grandmother to my mother, and which I took when my mother passed away in 1994. Almost none of the pictures had information identifying the people in the them. And I had no idea who those people were. However, I did remember being told that we had another aunt, who stayed in Poland and about whom no one spoke.

 

Wedding in Albigowa, with my grandmother seated next to the bride (Genowefa). At the far right in the first row is my grandmother’s sister, Agata.

 

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