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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Thanksgiving 2019: I want to thank my ancestors for…

November 26th, 2019

 

 

This year, just before Thanksgiving Day, I have asked our guides and tour managers what genealogy means to them and for what they would like to thank their ancestors.

 

 

 

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PolishOrigins and PGSA Galicia Tour, Sept. 22 – Oct. 3 2019

November 19th, 2019

Phyllis Zych Budka, Editor

Fifteen people met in Krakow to start on a PolishOrigins / Polish Genealogical Society of America Galicia Tour September 22 – October 3, 2019.  Reflecting Galicia’s complex history, some ancestors identified as Polish, others as Ukrainian.  The group included a mix of people at the start of their genealogy quest as well as others filling in some missing details.  Below are short summaries of our 12 day trip experience which we share to encourage others to follow in our path.

 

In front of the State Archive in Sanok

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Successful Family Search

September 13th, 2019

 

My four grandparents were born in Poland in the late 19th century and immigrated to America in the early 20th century. I only knew my maternal grandmother well, because the others died when I was young. Unfortunately I did not take advantage of the time I had with her to learn more about her life in Poland.   

I have always admired my grandparents for their courage and I am thankful to them for the life they made possible for me. I became more interested in my family history several years ago and I began investigating by searching Ellis Island records. Over the years in an on and off effort, using available online records in the US and from Poland, I have been able to trace three branches of my family back to the late 18th century. I have also been able to find the names and birth dates of all my grandparents’ siblings. But, I had reached the limit of records available to me. I did not know if I had any relatives in Poland.

In late July, my wife and I joined a tour to Kraków with a group from an alumni association. We took the opportunity to add on five days for a genealogy tour with PolishOrigins. Using the family information I provided, Magdalena Znamirowska did a great job arranging the tour itinerary, as well as booking all our hotels. Zbigniew Stettner, the genealogist working with us, worked tirelessly to uncover as much family history as possible. 

Through their efforts the trip far exceeded my expectations. We visited all the villages which were home to my grandparents and saw all of the churches they attended. 

 

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Little miracles and fortuitous coincidences in Brzózki, 2018.

July 30th, 2019

Blog by Sharon Schoen.

 

I cannot recommend Polish Origins highly enough. In June 2018, I spent a week touring Mazovia, the place from which four of my great-grandparents and three of my grand aunts emigrated to New York around the turn of last century. The week was exceptionally well planned by Aga, and Daniel was our guide and translator. Daniel is incredibly adept at quickly establishing rapport with people and assessing options for which leads to follow, and this led to learning so much more than I’d have imagined possible and experiencing very many unlikely moments, including some adventures.

 

According to US census and naturalization documents, the village of Brzózki was where my Serafiński grand aunts and their parents were living when they left Poland, but despite prior attempts with multiple researchers, I could not locate any documentation of them in Polish archives. So I was fairly sure—but not one hundred percent certain—that this was the correct village, and I was hoping to find some verification.

 

 

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PolishOrigins’ field reports.

July 25th, 2019

 

We have been pondering for some time now about the best way of sharing the adventures and emotions our guests experience on their genealogy tours. Many of them write short testimonials or longer stories later published on our blog. But we came up with another idea of short, a few sentence reports, enriched with a picture or two, which will be sharing with you here.

Of course, nothing will replace the actual feeling of discovering family roots, finding family land, or meeting with newly discovered cousins. Yet, we hope this way we will manage to give you at least the taste of what’s going on the ancestral trips. (The pictures and descriptions will follow all the privacy rules and we will not reveal any personal details nor faces without the explicit permission of our guests and families in Poland.)

See The first PolishOrigins’ field report ‘Grandfather with granddaughters in the parish office.’ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PolishOrigins/photos/a.10151634539758900/10157673867163900/?type=3&theater and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0V0KNHHtSi/

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Follow the oak trees (part 3)

July 10th, 2019

The next day we drove to Wesiory, the Polish Stonehenge. The stones mark a Goth burial ground from about the first to the third century. We touched the stones and Daniel read us some history on Wesiory. The sizes of the burial mounds vary from four to sixteen meters. The creation of the burial grounds is connected with the so-called Wielbark culture. It was interesting to see the Polish Stonehenge nestled right beside a lake.

 

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