Posts Tagged ‘Mazowieckie Province’

The Polish Brick Wall That Won’t Crumble. Part 4: Going to the Chapel – March 20, 2019,

Friday, March 13th, 2020

 

One the last day of the genealogy tour, we visit the Gąsewo cemetery. There has been cemetery chapel here for 1000 years.  We took photos of gravestones that had the surnames in my family tree surnames at the cemeteries we visited. My long-term goal to create family trees to see if I can discover a connection. Again, Daniel placed flyers on several headstones for any visitors to those plots to contact him if they had information regarding my ancestors. 

Gąsewo Cemetery Chapel

 

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The Polish Brick Wall That Won’t Crumble. Part 3: What’s in your cellar? March 19, 2019.

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

 

We started the day off in Kołaki, hoping to find a Budny family residing there. Unfortunately, a local informs us that the last Budny family moved away years ago. However, a descendant of that family lived in Sadykierz. Daniel and I make the quick trip Sadykierz to learn more about this family to see if they could be related to Adam Budny. Meeting with Jadwiga Budna didn’t reveal any connection. Jadwiga contacted her sister in Warsaw for us to visit. Jadwiga’s niece had done a family tree that went back several generations. Daniel and I were able to photograph the tree when we returned to Warsaw on the third day. Again, the brick wall keeps getting bigger. We can find no connection to my great-grandfather Adam.

 

At Chojnowski’s place.

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The Polish Brick Wall That Won’t Crumble. Part 2: Mamino, Poland – First day of tour, March 18, 2019

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

 

 

Daniel is already waiting for me in the hotel lobby in Warsaw. He arrived the night before, coming from Białystok to Warsaw. We quickly pack my belongings in his car and head out to the archive in Pułtusk. Daniel already identified a couple of records that might contain information regarding my Borucki, Budny, and Zabielski family surnames.

 

 

 

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The Polish Brick Wall That Won’t Crumble. Part 1: Preamble to my Polish Genealogy Tour

Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

 

My greatest aspiration for over 35 years is trying to identify the birth parents of my great-grandfather Adam Budny.  Not successful with records in the United States or with the Polish website Geneteka, I had to come up with a new tactic, crowd sourcing. I decided it was time to visit the ancestral villages that my great-grandparents lived. Maybe the individuals who lived in the villages were living relatives of my ancestors. Or, were able to provide historical or relevant information that would help me break down my Polish Brick Wall. 

It didn’t work. The brick wall got thicker. However, the new added bricks are intriguing. And, just might help in cracking my Polish Brick Wall.

 

 

 

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Little miracles and fortuitous coincidences in Brzózki, 2018.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Blog by Sharon Schoen.

 

I cannot recommend Polish Origins highly enough. In June 2018, I spent a week touring Mazovia, the place from which four of my great-grandparents and three of my grand aunts emigrated to New York around the turn of last century. The week was exceptionally well planned by Aga, and Daniel was our guide and translator. Daniel is incredibly adept at quickly establishing rapport with people and assessing options for which leads to follow, and this led to learning so much more than I’d have imagined possible and experiencing very many unlikely moments, including some adventures.

 

According to US census and naturalization documents, the village of Brzózki was where my Serafiński grand aunts and their parents were living when they left Poland, but despite prior attempts with multiple researchers, I could not locate any documentation of them in Polish archives. So I was fairly sure—but not one hundred percent certain—that this was the correct village, and I was hoping to find some verification.

 

 

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My family’s Polish wedding: vodka shots and midnight cake cutting

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

 

This is the continuation of the previous visits of Abraham in Poland in 2014 and 2015. You can read about them here: https://blog.polishorigins.com/looking-for-great-grandpa-ludwik/

and here: https://blog.polishorigins.com/looking-for-great-grandpa-ludwik-part-2-we-return-with-mom-to-discover-even-more/

The blog is adapted from Abraham’s article in “The Macon County News”, with his permission.

 

Little did I know five years ago when I first “re-discovered” my Polish family in rural Eastern Poland, that I would return to Poland for the eighth time on May 25 for the wedding of my third cousin, Monika. Nor did I realize that it was not through language, but vodka that I would strengthen those family ties.

 

Monika married Maciej in Eastern Poland May 25. In attendance were two American cousins she never knew existed until five years ago. At nearly midnight, the wedding party and guests were handed sparklers, providing a beautiful wedding scene of “cold fireworks.”

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Poland on a whim. Genealogy Tour with Denise in 2016.

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

 

Three years ago on a whim, I booked myself a ticket to Poland.  I then booked a tour with PolishOrigins. I hoped and prayed that they were everything they claimed. My prayers were answered in the most spectacular way.

 

Denise, Krzysztof and Zenon in Krzywa in 2016.

 

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Search for Pajek Family and 4600 miles trip to Poland. Part 9. Sadly time to leave Poland after magnificent tour.

Friday, April 1st, 2016

This was the day to head back to Warsaw.

We were picked up by Zenon at 9 am for our car trip to Warsaw. It was a great time in Krakow but it was sadly time to leave. The ride to Warsaw was very nice and we traveled the scenic roads and the country side was beautiful. After a little more than 4 hours we arrived in Warsaw. Zenon was gracious enough to give us a tour around Warsaw. We toured Wilanow Palace.

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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.

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A Very Rigid Search

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

(This blog post was originally published on the authors blog “no land foreign” http://www.nolandforeign.com/a-very-rigid-search/ . One of our guides (Zenon) was privileged to meet Alex, his mother and the family “at a local cafe in Warsaw” just before they hit the road to uncover their family roots in central Poland. Alex generously agreed to share with our readers his family story written in a very engaging way.)

I can remember clear as yesterday the day that Risa and I sat with Babci in her room at Rosary Hill Home in some of her final days, and she started speaking of these new, strange towns to us. Skarzyce, Winnica, Pultusk, Nasielsk. they seemed to come out of thin air and had nothing to do with the town we had always been told she was born and grew up in, Przemyśl. A map was drawn on a worn piece of paper showing the location of the towns. Skarzyce just to the west of Winnica, with their nearest major city of Pultusk in the distance.

Coming home soon thereafter, long before I embarked on my Polish citizenship quest, I googled the towns and was surprised to see them all 40 or so short miles from Warsaw. How did this relate to my Babci’s life? Did she simply remember some distant family from these places who were her closest relatives during the time she was in Warsaw alone during the war?

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