Posts Tagged ‘Kujawsko Pomorskie District’

Solving the Confusion of Two Parisville Surnames: The Ciechanowski vs Smielewski Puzzle. Part 1.

Monday, March 26th, 2018

By Charles Ciechanowski-Chinoski-Chase


My great grandfather was Ambrose Ciechanowski (often mis-spelled as Cichanowski, Chucknowski, Chickenowskie, etc.).  He was one of the founders/pioneers of Parisville, located in Paris Township, Huron County, in the “Thumb” region of Michigan.

During my early research, I reviewed the June 24, 1880 Census for Paris Twp., Huron Co, Michigan.  The primary part of the listing (along with its mis-spellings) for the residence of Ambrose is shown below:


Peter (1)16Son
Julanna13 daysDaughter

(1) Peter was my grandfather


One of Michigan’s Polish Pioneers—Ambrose Ciechanowski

Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

By his gr-grandson: Charles Ciechanowski-Chinoski-Chase


Ambrose was born December 8, 1833 in Sliwice (Gross Schliewitz in German)–Tuchola, Bydgoszcz, Poland to Thomas (Tomasz) Ciechanowski and Francisca, nee, Dobecka. Ambrose had four siblings: Thomas (b. December 20, 1830), Josephine (b. March 16, 1832), Johannes ( b. May 5, 1835) and Theodora (b. May 14, 1837). Within a few years after the birth of Theodora, their father, Thomas, died. With a family of active young children, Francisca needed someone to help her raise these children and serve as a father figure.


Old postcard from Sliwice.



Poland Ancestry Tour in September 2017. Part 3.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

This is part 3 of a blog based on the photo presentation by Bonnie Lewis travelling with us in 2017.



Former historic check post for Russia, on the way to Bydgoszcz.



Poland: Traveling at the Speed of… My Parents!

Monday, January 9th, 2017


This is a story by Jennifer Shoer aka Scrappy Genwho runs genealogy services as Reconnecting Relatives, LLC,  based in the US. This is originally published on Jennifer’s blog: The Scrappy Genealogist. Jennifer travelled with PolishOrigins in September 2016. 

Jennifer is another professional genealogist we assisted in genealogy tour in Poland. A year before, Mike Mierzwa (and his wife) traveled with us and they plan to return this year for even longer trip.

Here are some selected parts from Jennifer’s blog:


Buckle your seatbelts! We are traveling at the speed of my parents. Oh, did you think that speed might be slow? Not with my parents. They may physically move at a slower pace than me, but they travel with the purpose and intensity of a rocket trip to Mars.


We spent two weeks in Poland and Germany with a small day trip to Austria. During that time, we visited eight cities and numerous villages; researched our family in archives in Płock and Włocławek (Poland); spent time with six new (to me) cousins (ages 8 months to 95 years); crawled through overgrown cemeteries and the locations of long gone villages; and even did some sightseeing.



Poland Trip 2015. Part 2. Toruń, Poland.

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Later in the evening around 6 o’clock we met my cousin Piotr Batlyn and his family for dinner at Pierogarnia, Stary Torun in Old Towne. It was great to see them again, and just as wonderful to get to introduce them to my new wife Denise. Later in the evening after walking around Torun, Peter, Zbignew, Denise and I stopped by an outdoor Polish bar to enjoy some of the fine Polish vodka. Peter recommended a vodka Zoladkowa, Gorzka. I can tell you I am not a huge fan of the vodka in the United States, but this was very smooth. If you’re going to go to Poland, remember they expect you to shoot the vodka not sip it.  It hurts less going down that way. After a great evening with Piotr and Zbignew, we had to call it a night as we were both exhausted.



(…)The breakfast at most hotels is amazing in itself. Generally, you can find numerous types of ham, eggs both scrambled and boiled, deviled eggs, salad, (yes you reading that right) sliced tomatoes, fruit, bread of many different styles, sausages-too many to list, soup, (again not a mistake, great for hangovers we were told) yogurts, cereal, coffees, juices, and desserts. If you leave the table hungry, there is something wrong with you.

PolishOrigins had set up a guide for us for Torun so we could see many of the sites we had requested, and hoped that our guide could show us more.

(…)What I learned from both my visits to Poland, is it’s not about what I get to see, but the people I get the meet and interact with. Family is important, and I’m proud to say that the Polish people haven’t lost that. The American people have in some regard. How many American people do you know that if you contacted them and told them that you were a cousin from a mutual great-great-grandfather, would invite you into their house or even talk to you. Thankfully the Polish people are not like this and I think that’s what I miss most in America.

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Tracing the Obiala and Samelko families. Day 5. Searching for Obiala’s family house and visit in Toruń.

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Returned to Zaduszniki and visited the parish cemetery, but could not find any Obiala’s.  Zenon spoke with some townspeople who vaguely remember an Obiala family, but could not tell for certain where the house may have been. With the priest not around, the church was not open, but mass was being held at 7:00 PM.

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Not wanting to spend the day waiting, we headed to Bakowo to seek Antoni Obiala’s birthplace.


Tracing the Obiala and Samelko families. Day 3. What a day!!!

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

What a day!!!!!!! It will live with us forever. After breakfast at the Hotel Herman, we departed for Wloclawek. And went to the archives to do research.  After much persistence by Zenon, the marriage record of Kazimierz Obiala and Agniesta Osielska was found. They were married in Zaduszniki, but did not live there. Therein, was the problem.  Tomorrow we are to go to Mokowo to search for their records.  After checking into the Hotel Aleksander, we all had lunch and relaxed to get ready for our next adventure.

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The Three Sisters Trip. Thursday July 18th.

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

Today we were off before 8 am and heading to Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains.  We had to be packed because we were going to be staying in a new hotel.

On our way we visited Carpathian Troy, an archeological site dating back to 2000 BC.  We started with a short movie and then our guide took us through the large site detailing everything we saw.

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The archeological exhibition in Carpathian Troy.