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Our Genealogy Trip to Poland

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

blog by Chris Cronk


It was a wedding picture taken in Poland with my grandmother sitting next to the bride. This was amongst the 50 or so pictures from a fancy photo album that was left by my grandmother to my mother, and which I took when my mother passed away in 1994. Almost none of the pictures had information identifying the people in the them. And I had no idea who those people were. However, I did remember being told that we had another aunt, who stayed in Poland and about whom no one spoke.


Wedding in Albigowa, with my grandmother seated next to the bride (Genowefa). At the far right in the first row is my grandmother’s sister, Agata.



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.



Thanksgiving 2017.

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018


Forever more I will have the fondest affinity for red geraniums and white lace curtains…they are the welcoming symbols of every Polish living space.


Photo credit: our guest from July 2018, Dawn S.


When my childhood and lifelong friend, Sue, and I were chatting last fall she said that she hoped to visit Poland one day, I agreed and said, “Let’s go in July!” and so we did. Many of you have asked how my visit was. This is my story, and these are my memories.


Dawn and Walter’s trip to Poland and Slovakia. July 7, 2018 – Genealogical Tour Begins.

Monday, November 5th, 2018



I started off with a little bit of a nervous feeling in my stomach, I am pretty good at recognizing these butterflies and identifying what causes them, this time it was pulling Walter, my husband, into my hobby on a big scale. I had really pushed the idea of doing this type of tour on Walter and what if it was a bust? We had been having so much fun and seeing so many things up until this point.

Stop…take a deep breath…it is going to be fine.

We got moving early at 6:45, very early for anyone who knows me. This was the way it was every day, and Sue, my friend that we had been travelling with us up until this point, would be driving us from Kraków, to Kombornia Poland.


Route from Kraków to Kombornia.



The long put-off trip to Poland to search for my eastern European roots. Part 2.

Friday, October 19th, 2018

The next morning we were off to the Sanok archives—a smaller less formal center–where we would look through church documents of births, deaths and weddings.




The long put-off trip to Poland to search for my eastern European roots. Part 1.

Thursday, October 18th, 2018


The long put-off trip to Poland to search for my eastern European roots started September 18, 2018 with a flight from Chicago to Frankfort, Germany, and a Lufthansa flight to Krakow.


The next morning, we met our genealogy guide Zbigniew Stettner from PolishOrigins who came to pick us up in his Citroen C4 Picasso. Taking major Highway A4, we cruised along at 140 km per hour-about 85 miles per hour.


Arriving at the archives in Premysl, 11 km from the border with the Ukraine, we started our research.