Posts Tagged ‘Kujawsko-Pomorskie Disctrict’

A Poland Family Adventure. Day 5. Confession with a translator? No way!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

 

We drove south from Bydgoszcz to reach the Iron Age site of Biskupin. On a very foggy Sunday morning we walked through the replicated wooden village of an ancient settlement; the oldest archaeological excavation in Poland. Wood structures were exhibited showing many primitive styles of lean-to shelters, log homes and multi-family long houses that were constructed using ancient tools. Ancient man appeared to have rather sophisticated skills. Movies have been filmed at this site.

Further south we visited the former, noble-owned village of Gultowy near Poznan. The church was shrouded in mist this afternoon, located on a small rise in the center of the village. It was bordered on two sides by an iron-picket fence that separated it from a park with a lake. Being inside the building was a moving experience. It was the parish where my maternal grandfather was baptized only months before he was carried by family on a ship to America. The old baptismal font was located and photographed.  The church was constructed of wood; with interior whitewashed walls, plank floors and ceiling. Softly painted religious paintings with border painted, rococo styled,  gilded “frames” decorated the paintings and Latin script drawn on surfaces. White porcelain statuettes adorned shelves and side altars. A raised stone grave stood along one wall, holding the remains of one of the noble Bninski family’s deceased  (More graves had been found under the floor of the church during renovation).

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A Poland Family Adventure. Day 4. Our hearts beat a little faster- the beginning of search for ancestors.

Friday, November 27th, 2015

 

The city tour was over. Bright and early Zenon appeared to begin the drive through rural Poland. Driving the back roads is an adventure in itself. Narrow village streets and twisted bands of paved highway are framed by close set houses and thick trees, planted too close to the road! Cars, trucks of all dimensions, bikers with no reflectors and even pedestrians fill the roadways. Steep ditches fall away on either side of the roads in the country and spacious fields stretch out in all directions. A few hours outside of Warsaw we reached the first ancestral family villages in the Kujawy district. The topsoil in the fields was deep and black, freshly plowed fertile soil. Crops of sugar beets were being harvested and piled high along the roads throughout central Poland. Sugar refineries were seen in many communities.

My husband’s earliest known ancestors lived in hamlets that were part of the parish of Lubraniec. In the cemetery we saw the first evidence of our family’s surname (relationship unknown at this time). Our hearts beat a little faster as we searched for familiar names. Deaths before early 1900 were not shown on markers. However, we know that Conrad’s great-grandfather was buried in this parish cemetery.

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Tracing the Obiala and Samelko families. Day 4. Zaduszniki. The birthplace of our grandmother.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

As usual we started the day with a hearty breakfast. Afterwards we met with Pawel who was going to assist Zenon with directions and take us to places of interest of the Obiala family.  The first stop was at the cemetery where Wladyslawa and Zofia, sisters of our grandmother, are interred with their husbands.  It was a very moving experience as Jim and I placed lit candles at the graves of the deceased.  We purchased them as we entered the cemetery for the streets are lined with vendors selling items to show respect when you visit a relative’s grave.  Also, all the gravesites were very elaborate as to monuments with the flowers and such.

From there we drove to Zaduszniki, the birthplace of our grandmother, and Theodore’s mother, Helena, as well as her brothers and sisters.  We visited the church where the children were baptized and the family attended services.  Unfortunately, the Priest was not available and we could not get inside.

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My Big Fat Polish Trip. Part 4.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Back north. Torun and Poznan.

Day 7

Left for Warsaw in the morning, stopping only for water and gas.  We all had dinner at the Holiday Inn where we spent the night again. I had to wash some laundry by hand.

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We headed straight for TORUN and took many photos, saw the Copernicus house and his statue, bought a small snow globe of said person, found some very delicious gingerbread, and also what I thought was another fabulous church turned out to be the city hall in the middle of the square.

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A Prayer from Poland

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

(The article was originally published in a newsletter of the Downriver Genealogical Society: ‘The Downriver Seeker’)

My plans this summer were for a trip to Poland with my daughter Emily, my mother Doris, and my best friend Nancy.  I never thought it would turn into an experience of a lifetime.  After trying to get my Polish great aunt’s birth certificate transcribed for several years, I was finally successful.  After attending a program at DGS about Polish genealogy, I was guided to the Michigan Polonia Center where I found Kamila who, for a price, would ‘correctly’ transcribed the certificate.  I had been led in many different directions because my great grandfather’s immigration record was incorrectly transcribed and because there are only a dozen cities by the same name in Poland.  Now I finally had the location, Sarnowo, north west of Warsaw.  Once I had the correct location, I ordered the L.D.S. films for the parish of St. Joseph in Sarnowo, woj. Mazowieckie, Poland.

Location of great-granparents’ Sarnowo parish, north west of Warsaw.

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2. The long journey and unsolved mystery.

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Here is where the mystery begins.  Wladyslaw Penczak, the oldest son of Jan and Catharina, was born in 1891.  Jan, Catharina and Wladyslaw Penczak arrived in the USA at Castle Garden in April 1891.    According to US Census Records and Jan’s Naturalization application, Wladislaw’s birthplace is listed as Russia.   Jan (Johan) Pecak’s passport has entries written in Russian.  Zenon e-mailed a friend who is an educated expert in the Russian language and who has helped others in PolishOrigins Forum in translations of old Cyrillic hand-written records. Ryszard quickly replied.

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1. Leonore’s Tour. Brodnica Lakes area. Day 1.

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

Map of our today’s trip:

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New Tour with Leonore and her family.

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

In a week we start another Tour this year. We will be traveling throughout large area of central and northern Poland, what you can see on the map below (you can enlarge it to see more details by clicking on +):


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My Second Visit to Poland – Forefathers Traces Tour with James. The Last Days.

Monday, May 25th, 2009

This time this is Zenon only. James should be already back at his home in West Virginia. I am awaiting news from him about his journey back.

Because  James didn’t have Internet access from the hostel where he stayed in Warsaw (the computer was down there) we didn’t post any new articles through the weekend. We apologize for that all readers, especially the one who gave me a call asking  if everything was ok with us, because he hadn’t seen any updates in the blog :-).

So, a short update below.

On Friday, on our way back to Warsaw, we stopped for a while in Włocławek to meet again with Jozef. He had even more interesting information for James about their common ancestors. Among other things, Jozef  showed us a map with a few settlements in Włocławek where their both family houses where standing long time before! (We new the numbers of houses from other records found before by James and Jozef).  James was especially happy of the map and Polish pottery set given to him as a present by Jozef.

After this meeting we safely arrived to Warsaw. James checked in again in the same hostel he stayed before and I came back to my family to Pruszków.

James' hostel (where he stayed in in Warsaw).

James’ hostel (where he stayed in in Warsaw).

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My Second Visit to Poland – Forefathers Traces Tour with James. Day 7.

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Busy day. We met James’ 3rd cousin Jozef, currently living in Włocławek.

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First we visited a big Włocławek municipal cemetery, where Jozef showed us several gravestones of Cybulskis. As of now we do not know if they are relatives of James’. However, we took pictures for further reference.

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