Posts Tagged ‘Lithuania’

We will take you ANYWHERE in Central Europe.

Monday, December 17th, 2018

 

In the correspondence with our future guests, a few questions and doubts repeat frequently. Let me answer to some of them today:

“Do you travel to Ukraine?”

“Do you do tours in Vilnius?”

“My grandfather emigrated from Silesia, will you travel there with me?”

We are based in Kraków, so I understand your doubts. But: We will take you ANYWHERE in Central Europe on the tailor-made genealogy tours. By Central Europe I mean: the whole territory of today’s  Poland and our neighboring countries: Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania. Those are the most popular destinations, where we organize trips regularly.

 

(more…)

Pocket

Looking for Great-Grandpa Ludwik. Part 2. We return with mom to discover even more!

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

This is continuation of the first visit of Abraham in Poland in 2014. You can read it here: https://blog.polishorigins.com/looking-for-great-grandpa-ludwik/.

In 2015 Abraham returned and took his mother to show her newly-found family in Poland and to discover more family in Lithuania. Our team was again privileged to organize the tour.

The blog is adapted with permission from Abraham’s FB entries when he was relating ‘hot off the press’ the adventures they were experiencing :-).

Kamianka, Poland

Mom meets her family in Poland. Sharing family stories and laughs with some homemade cakes in the Polish countryside.

Back in Kamianka with Polish family, mom and Meghan.

(more…)

Pocket

My new name is Janina Kruk. 2014 and I am back! Visit with Cousins.

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Today we will visit with family of my Grandmothers sister Kamila. We began the day at Marian house. His mother is Sophie who we visited yesterday. (She was married to a son of Kamila).

halina

The letter to Janina’s Grandmother with the photo of Helena

(more…)

Pocket

My new name is Janina Kruk. 2014 and I am back! Lithuania.

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Today we will travel to Lithuania with Antoni to visit with another cousin and his wife. They live in the town of Wisztyniec (or Vistytis in Lithuanian), which is less than 20 minutes from the border of Poland. On the way to Antoni’s house, we stopped at the area were Poland, Lithuanian and Russian meet. See picture. The Russian sign clearly states, “Visitors no pictures.” After a few pictures on Poland and Lithuanian soil we were on the way to Lithuanian.

DSC02285

(more…)

Pocket

My Genealogical Quest. This Is It…

Monday, December 30th, 2013

Friday morning was our last day in Lithuania. How could our time here already be at an end? Again, two main things on today’s list. The first was an item that I had been looking forward to for weeks. Our guide had located the author of the 2-volume Nemunaitis collection and had arranged for us to meet with him directly. In addition, Thursday night, Albertas had called our guide again and was disappointed that we didn’t have much time to spend together during our day in Vabaliai. He offered to show us around Friday afternoon after our meeting with the historian.

item that I had been looking forward to for weeks. Our guide had located the author of the 2-volume Nemunaitis collection and had arranged for us to meet with him directly. In addition, Thursday night, Albertas had called our guide again and was disappointed that we didn’t have much time to spend together during our day in Vabaliai. He offered to show us around Friday afternoon after our meeting with the historian.

Friday morning we were scheduled to meet Sigitas at 11AM. With two hours free in the morning our guide gave us a tour of a few of the highlights of Vilnius. I honestly have to say that of all the days that we were with him, these two hours were his best. He brought us to a lookout spot where we could get a great view of Vilnius and take some pictures. He also gave us a tour of Uzupis, which is a small section of Vilnius that is its own republic and reminded me a lot of the North End of Boston, but with an artsy flair. Lastly, he gave us a tour of the Cathedral in Vilnius and a quick drive by of a few other sites on our way to the restaurant to meet Sigitas.

 

IMG_5494

(more…)

Pocket

My Genealogical Quest. Thursday, October 24th (only two more days left)

Friday, December 27th, 2013

On Thursday, we had only two items on our to-do list. First we would go to Kalvarija where I suspect one part of Amy’s family is from. We would visit the local church and ask around for any leads about the family name: Jeseliunas. Second, we would go into the “Old Town” of Kaunas and meet a friend of mine for lunch. At the end of the day, we would make our way to our final hotel in Vilnius.

 

IMG_5473

(more…)

Pocket

My Genealogical Quest. Into Lithuania We Go!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Last night, before we were dropped off at our first Lithuanian hotel by our guide, we had to drive from the border to Alytus. Although he was quirky, our guide was pleasant. I was most excited when, within minutes of getting in the car, he handed me a plastic bag containing two books. These two books were written by a historian who lived in Vabaliai (the village where my Maslauskas ancestors had lived).  Two, 600 page books, specifically written about the Nemunaitis Parish. The only downside – I now had 1,200 pages of information written in Lithuanian. Well, you can’t expect everything, right?

(more…)

Pocket

My Genealogical Quest. Habemus Papum… I mean Lithuanarum Dux!!

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Excuse my Latin. That’s right, you read correctly (perhaps). Today’s update is that we now have a Lithuanian guide to accompany us on our travels. We will be using Ancestral Attic to organize our days and guide us through Lithuania. Now that one more detail is taken care of, I can concentrate on getting copies of records to our guides for their preliminary work. This means that we now have tickets, guides, and some semblance of an itinerary. That’s a good start!

(more…)

Pocket

My new name is Janina Kruk. Day 7. An incredible trip to my grandmother’s land.

Monday, September 30th, 2013

During breakfast Zenon and the owners’ of B&B mother discussed Murawski side of the family. We learned about a Szylkowski family living in Wizajny. Szylkowski was marriage name of my grandmother’s sister Stefania. We left the B&B and rode to the Szylkowskis farm. I didn’t have any expectations if I would discover living relatives.

We arrived at the farm we were warmly greeted by Jagoda. After short conversation we learned that this place was owned by grandson of Stefania Szylkowski nee Murawski! We then met Krzysztof, the owner of the original farm of Stefania and Wincenty. Krzysztof was amazed to see visitors in his kitchen. When he learned I was the granddaughter of Wiktoria Murawski he was so happy.

During our conversation we learned Antoni, Piotr and Anna were still alive. In the letters I have, it tells briefly about their live as children. Jagoda telephoned Antoni, Stefania’s son, that Wiktoria’s granddaughter was at their house. Antoni informed Jagoda that Anna, his sister, was still at the farm. Anna had been visiting Jagoda the week before and had extended her stay to visit longer with her brother Antoni. I was surprised that Anna was still at the farm. Jagoda even thought that Anna had returned to Warsaw Friday. Coincidence? I don’t believe in coincidences.

(more…)

Pocket