Posts Tagged ‘Russian Partition’

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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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.

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Poland Ancestry Tour in September 2017. Part 3.

Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

This is part 3 of a blog based on the photo presentation by Bonnie Lewis travelling with us in 2017.

Bydgoszcz

 

Former historic check post for Russia, on the way to Bydgoszcz.

 

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Poland Ancestry Tour in September 2017. Part 2.

Friday, January 19th, 2018

This is part 2 of a blog based on the photo presentation by Bonnie Lewis travelling with us in 2017.

Konin archives genealogy research

 

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Poland Ancestry Tour in September 2017. Part 1.

Friday, January 12th, 2018

 

This is a blog based on the photo presentation by Bonnie Lewis travelling with us in 2017.

 


 

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My Incredible Trip to my Grandparents Ancestral Villages. Part 4.

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Day 10 – Friday, May 13th – Gdansk

 

This morning we headed to the Archives in Pelplin to research more on my mom’s side of the family Melka.

We drove the countryside passing through the villages of Mieliczki, Osiek, and on to Skorcz to visit the church of All Saints.

 

All Saints Church.

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My Incredible Trip to my Grandparents Ancestral Villages. Part 1.

Friday, December 8th, 2017

 

We arrived in Warsaw, Poland on May 3rd from Atlanta, Georgia, USA for our 13 day journey which is shown on the map below.

 

 

 

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Poland: Traveling at the Speed of… My Parents!

Monday, January 9th, 2017

 

This is a story by Jennifer Shoer aka Scrappy Genwho runs genealogy services as Reconnecting Relatives, LLC,  based in the US. This is originally published on Jennifer’s blog: The Scrappy Genealogist. Jennifer travelled with PolishOrigins in September 2016. 

Jennifer is another professional genealogist we assisted in genealogy tour in Poland. A year before, Mike Mierzwa (and his wife) traveled with us and they plan to return this year for even longer trip.

Here are some selected parts from Jennifer’s blog:

 

Buckle your seatbelts! We are traveling at the speed of my parents. Oh, did you think that speed might be slow? Not with my parents. They may physically move at a slower pace than me, but they travel with the purpose and intensity of a rocket trip to Mars.

 

We spent two weeks in Poland and Germany with a small day trip to Austria. During that time, we visited eight cities and numerous villages; researched our family in archives in Płock and Włocławek (Poland); spent time with six new (to me) cousins (ages 8 months to 95 years); crawled through overgrown cemeteries and the locations of long gone villages; and even did some sightseeing.

 

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