Is checking vital records all you can do?

August 26th, 2020

 

 

It’s been six months since we have introduced our Genealogy Services. Time for a quick look back and recap.

So far we have received over 200 inquiries, of which 67 developed into research projects. In many cases we are still waiting for some supplementary information or for the opening of specific institutions. Dozens of projects have been already completed, and you can imagine how many ancestors and relatives we have found!

There were many obstacles, especially those related to the pandemic, limited access to documents, and the inability to travel further, for example to Ukraine. Currently, the situation is gradually normalizing.

But let’s leave the problems, today we want to focus on some of our interesting cases and successes.

 

 

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Finding your ancestors’ place in Kresy (Borderlands).

July 16th, 2020

 

In our last video we have talked on how to find the geographical position of the town or village of your interest. We only talked about the area of modern Poland and today we want to add a short supplemental video, that will focus on its former Eastern borderlands.

 

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How to find the correct location of the birthplace of your ancestors?

June 29th, 2020

 

As a part of our Genealogy Pro Tip series, we created another video that can help you in starting or expanding your adventure with genealogy.

Even if you have learned the name of the town or village your ancestors came from, it still might be hard to determine where its geographical position is exactly. In some cases, there are dozens of places in Poland with the same name and they can be spread across the whole country.

Very often the names of the villages were misspelled by the immigration clerks and figuring out which one did the mean poses a different challenge.

This is why in our video we present you two tools that we use in our daily work and that can help you with this matter.

 

 

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Do you know to which parish your ancestor’s village belonged?

May 28th, 2020

 

A while back we have started sharing our genealogy knowledge throughout a series of Genealogy Pro Tips that are published on our Facebook page. You can find short and practical advice there, for example on how to find a place of your interest, the graves of your ancestors, or check the geographical occurrence of a specific surname.

Today, we would like to share something bigger with you. We created a video that can help you in establishing to which parish your ancestral village belonged. The history of vital records in Poland is different in each of the three partitions. The main thing they have in common though is that it was the parishes that developed vital registration first and that their documents remain the most important when beginning your adventure with genealogy.

In this video, we are presenting you three tools that we regularly use to determine to which parish a certain village or town belonged. Some of these sources are in Polish only, but inside the video we try to guide you through each step and help you to learn how to obtain the information you need from them. We hope that thanks to our film you will be able to kick start your adventure with genealogy.

 

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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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