Posts Tagged ‘Małopolskie District’

My Genealogical Quest. What Comes Next?

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

As I sit here on my flight home to the United States cramped in coach seat 50A somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean, I can’t believe the events of the last 10 days. Even if I was an amazing writer (which I’m not), I could never fully express the feelings and emotions that I’ve felt during this trip. The connections that I have made with family and friends are mind boggling and I cannot express that in words.


The Three Sisters Trip. Tuesday July 23rd.

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

We took a short ride to another section of Krakow to see the Ethnographic Museum which presented the everyday life style of the Polish people.  Now, you may be thinking ?How many museums could we be interested in??  Each museum had a different presentation of homes, clothing, tools, occupations, etc. and was set up to keep you interested in each aspect.


Traditional clothes from Podhale region in Ethnographic museum in Kraków.


The Three Sisters Trip. Monday July 22nd.

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

After breakfast we headed to the Salt Mines.  Lots of stairs going down, but the views are worth it.  Don’t worry there is an elevator that takes you back to the ground level.  Zenon dropped us off to go shopping in Old Town after which we walked back to the hotel to rest.


The hotel in Kraków.


The Three Sisters Trip. Sunday July 21st.

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Today we head for Krakow.  We didn’t have to get up too early, but we had a full day.  There was a Folk Festival this weekend just outside of the city so we headed on over there.


My Big Fat Polish Trip. Part 2.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

My ancestors and relatives.

Day 4

Zenon stayed at the Rancho Palomino with us. Here, again, breakfast was not included in the price of the rooms.

We met with the family of Stanislaw Dulian, my cousin. Stanislaw’s mother was at home and when she heard that we finally made it, she was so happy to meet us that she gave me a very big hug and started to cry. She was very glad to meet someone from the U.S.A Stanislaw’s mother is a vibrant woman for 91 years of age. Stanislaw’s wife made soup, turkey, pureed pickled beets, potato, carrots, etc.

Stanisław and his mother Stanisława


My Big Fat Polish Trip

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Part 1. Polish Wedding.

Day 1

My son, Steve and I left our house at approximately 9:15 a.m. and arrived at the Charlotte N.C. airport at 9:50 a.m. We checked our baggage straight through to Warsaw. Our flight took us to JFK airport in New York City where we would change to a LOT plane.

The flight to New York was okay, 1 1/2 hrs. At JFK we were taken to the International Terminal by Airport Van Transportation Service.

Upon our arrival at the international terminal there was no one to help with carry-on baggage and the walk to the LOT ticket counter was hard. When we arrived at the ticket counter the line was already very long (winding around posts, similar to waiting in line to buy a ticket to a sports game).

Finally got our boarding passes and went to the proper gate (this time with help & wheel chairs) made it with about 1/2 hr. to boarding. Plane was delayed for takeoff due to the weather, rain & lightning; it was a 2 1/2-3 hour delay. Once in the air, there was so much turbulence we felt like we were on a roller coaster (up-down/side to side).


4. Sitting Down In My GGGrandfather’s House.

Friday, February 25th, 2011

We drove to Krakow and had a wonderful time just roaming the streets. There was a political rally commemorating the Russian invasion of Poland Sept 17, 1939. Zenon reminded me that Stalin had a deal with Hitler and when the war started to go bad for the Germans, Stalin changed sides. The city is beautifying itself and it is gorgeous. The streets are full of festive banners. Next to Paris, it is the most visited city in Europe because of its festive atmosphere. There is a McDonald’s somewhere on this street! (Driving can be dangerous in Poland, so don’t drive!)

Street scene from Krakow



11. Shellie’s Tour to Ancestral Places. Day1.

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

After an overnight stay in Brussels, we finally took off for Krakow. My first glimpse of Poland was from the air and I was surprised to see how the crops were planted. As far as I could see were long strips, making an interesting design of the land.

Polish farmland approaching Krakow

Polish farmland approaching Krakow

When we arrived at the Krakow airport, Zenon was waiting for us with smiles and quickly whisked us off to Old Town Krakow for a visit to the Ethnographic Museum. The museum was dedicated to the culture and ways of life in Poland, particularly the Podhale region. Here we saw a reconstruction of an actual home, mill, and school from the region, all from the original materials and items. We also saw many of the beautiful costumes worn in different regions.


10. Shellie’s Family History and Tour to Ancestral Places. Was my Great-Grandfather a gambler?

Monday, July 6th, 2009

When the death record microfilm arrived at my local LDS family history center, I searched for my grandfather’s oldest sister Anne, whom Dutchie said died of Diptheria when she was around 5 years old. There were no other Kulawiak families in this parish, so it didn’t take long to find a Kulawiak death in the index. The full record was in Latin, but something didn’t look right. As I slowly deciphered the information, I realized that this 1909 entry was not for a child, but for a 76 year old man… great-great grandfather Andreas Kulawiak! But my family was from Odrowąż, why wasn’t he there?

Andreas Kulawiak Death 1909 (click to enlarge)

Andreas Kulawiak Death 1909 (click to enlarge)


9. Shellie’s Family History and Tour to Ancestral Places. Lusławice, my grandfather’s birthplace.

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

From ship manifests, I knew that my family was from Odrowąż but they were living in Lusławice when they left for America. Like Odrowąż, there was more than one village in Poland with this name; so again, I had no idea where to start looking. In May of 2009, my uncle Teddy gave me the most important piece of family history that I’ve encountered since I began my research. When I told him that I was going to Poland to find our family home, he began to search for old documents belonging to my grandfather. What uncle Teddy found took my breath away. My grandfather’s Marriage certificate, naturalization certificate and a baptismal record showing his grandparents names Andre Kulawiak and Rosaline Pagac and his birthplace, Lusławice in Brzesko county, Zakliczyn!

My grandfather's baptism

My grandfather’s baptism (click to enlarge)