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

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

Today we have changed our plans since Halina is in the hospital we will leave Ostroleka returning later in the trip. After breakfast we drive to Suwalki to visit with my grandmother’s side of the family. We drove from Ostoleka thru Augustow arriving Suwalki .

Our first stop was the church to check records hoping to find my Great Grandmothers birth records. The priest was very friendly agreeing to search for these very old records. He searched for only a few minutes finding a record he thought was my Great Grandmother. Zenon carefully reviewed the record realizing it was not my Great Grandmother. The Priest did not have more time to search however he would be available after mass at 1800.

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My new name is Janina Kruk. 2014 and I am back! Zakon Felicjanki Sisters?.

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Today is Zakon day, which means convent in Polish. Today Zenon and I will meet for a few hours to visit with Anna’s a Felicjanki Sister residing in Wawer, Warsaw. I had sent a X’mas card informing Anna I would be arriving in May for a second visit. I decided to return to Poland because the relatives are up in age before the history is lost.



My new name is Janina Kruk. 2014 and I am back! Day 2.

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

My second day in Poland I awoke to day light around 5 am. The sun rises much earlier in Poland than in Ohio. I made my own breakfast of fresh:  eggs, kielbasa, sausage and ham.  I had purchased my breakfast items in the market the day before. After breakfast I walked to the Old Town market square, which was a 15-minute walk from my apartment on Tamka Street. I exchange dollars at the Kantor located at the tourist information shop in Old Town. This Kantor has good exchange rates.

 I then made my way to the Zygmunt Waza III statue in the center of old town to begin a free 3-hour walking tour of Old Town called, Orange Umbrella Tours.


Zygmunt Waza III statue in Warsaw Old Town


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.


My Genealogical Quest. Tuesday and the Race is On!

Friday, December 20th, 2013

After a very long drive from Tarnów to Warsaw the night before, we piled back into the car for another 4 hour drive to Lipsk and Kopczany to visit Wojtek and his family. Wojtek and I were put in touch a few years ago by Joe Baxer who visited the family about 20 years prior. Wojtek and I are not related by blood, but share family connections through Antonina Danilczyk, my great-great grandfather’s second wife. Joe recently visited them again this past spring. For the last few years, Wojtek and I have been exchanging information on family members over the internet and have been eager to meet each other in person.


My Genealogical Quest. One Step Closer.

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Well, it’s official now. We have a guide for the Polish portion of our trip – Mr. Zenon Znamirowski! I have been filling his email with family trees and copies of more records that he probably cares to see at this point.


My Genealogical Quest. Part 1: In the Beginning…

Monday, December 9th, 2013

The series of blog posts was originally published on Mike’s blog:

After talking about this for a long time (begging Amy to let me use our vacation on this), in June, Amy and I finally took the leap and bought tickets for us to travel to Poland and Lithuania this fall. This is not going to be like any other vacation/sightseeing trip we’ve taken before.

This trip is centered around my ongoing genealogical research. We will be visiting villages where my ancestors once lived, churches where they worshiped, and cemeteries where generations of family members are buried. Of course we will do some site seeing, but we’ll also visit cold, dusty archives in order to research my family history in centuries old books and visit with distant relatives who I have connected with.Unfortunately, I think that buying the tickets will be the easiest part of this trip. I quickly realized that I still have a lot of work to do when my first stab at plotting our travels required approximately 40 hours in a car! Not including travel days, we are only there for 8 full days. This equated to about 5 hours in a car each day which hardly left me the time required to visit AND research – back to the drawing board.

I ended up on this preliminary itinerary:

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The Three Sisters Trip. Sat July 13th to Sun 14th.

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

Carol, Virginia and Geraldine during their tour.

We all met at JFK (NYC) and waited on the very long LOT Airlines line.  The line did go fast and the employees were very nice.  Going thru security was fast and easy and we boarded the plane with no hold ups.  There were a lot of kids on the flight, half of which were on a school trip.  The plane was a 787 the new dreamliner and we loved it!  Aah, the food.  It could have been better.

>We landed in Warsaw and proceeded thru security to catch our plane to Rzeszow.


My new name is Janina Kruk. Day 8. Relaxation.

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

After breakfast at the Hotel Hancza I took a stroll through Suwalki while Zenon continued to work on the computer searching records. Before we departed Suwalki we stopped by the Archive building to search for the marriage record of my  great grandparents Antonia and Leon.

Zenon was able to locate the record within 20 minutes.  I now know the names of their parents – my tree is continuing to grow. Zenon has taught me how to search records however even with my magnifying  glass I will never be as good as him.  🙂

In the archives.

In the Suwalki State Archives.


My new name is Janina Kruk. Day 5 – Treblinka Concentration Camp.

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

After breakfast at Hotel Relax we were on the road to Treblinka. Treblinka was a penal labor and extermination camp formed in 1941 near existing gravel pit. The grounds covered 17 hectares. In the beginning there were mostly Polish and the Jewish people mainly from Warsaw sent there.