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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 Trip 2015. Part 3. Skulsk, Warzymowo, Konin & Licheń Stray Sanctuary of Our Lady

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Traveling to Skulsk.

(…)The following morning, we drove to visit some landmark locations I had on my check list. It included the cemeteries, churches, and villages where I had located birth, marriage or death records on my grandmother’s family. I guess you could call it a bit of a historical tour of my ancestral stomping grounds.

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Skulsk Lake

(…) This was a very difficult and emotional part of my trip. As Denise and Zbigniew stopped at the post office in town to mail some postcards, I stayed outside and wandered the streets to take in what I believe will be my last visit to Skulsk. Skulsk will always hold a special place in my heart, but there is clearly no one left there for me to find.

I’ve paid my respects, kept my promise and left there felling like I’d completed my journey. I’m sure my grandmother is looking down on me, smiling, happy and amazed at what I’ve accomplished. Thank you Busha, without you this would have never happened!

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A Poland Family Adventure. Day 6. AHA! moment.

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Attractions near Poznan, like the Sroda Treasure  museum and Beekeepers museum were not open the following day so we opted to return to the family village and get better photographs.  The pastor was not in the village until supper time so our attempts at church research were postponed.  This day the fog had lifted and we were amazed to see a restored palace in the park beyond the church.  Yesterday we saw a large building inside an entrance gate along a driveway.  We imagined the large building was the remains of a noble’s country home, a dwor.  Today we realized that the building was only the carriage house and stable for the palace!  The multi-storey palace sat opposite, across the park.  It had been shrouded in fog the previous day.  Following the fall of communism, an heir of the Bninski family reclaimed the property then willed the estate to the University of Poznan,  including the grounds with a lake, extensive fields and landscape acreage, palace structures and the carriage house/ stable building.  The buildings are now leased for overnight stays and conferences through the university.

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The former Bninski palace.

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A Poland Family Adventure. Day 5. Confession with a translator? No way!

Monday, November 30th, 2015

We drove south from Bydgoszcz to reach the Iron Age site of Biskupin.  On a very foggy Sunday morning we walked through the replicated wooden village of an ancient settlement; the oldest archaeological excavation in Poland.  Wood structures were exhibited showing many primitive styles of lean-to shelters, log homes and multi-family long houses that were constructed using ancient tools.   Ancient man appeared to have rather sophisticated skills.  Movies have been filmed at this site.

Further south we visited the former, noble-owned village of Gultowy near Poznan.  The church was shrouded in mist this afternoon, located on a small rise in the center of the village.  It was bordered on two sides by an iron-picket fence that separated it from a park with a lake.  Being inside the building was a moving experience. It was the parish where my maternal grandfather was baptized only months before he was carried by family on a ship to America. The old baptismal font was located and photographed.  The church was constructed of wood; with interior whitewashed walls, plank floors and ceiling.  Softly painted religious paintings with border painted, rococo styled,  gilded “frames” decorated the paintings and Latin script drawn on surfaces.  White porcelain statuettes adorned shelves and side altars.  A raised stone grave stood along one wall, holding the remains of one of the noble Bninski family’s deceased.  (More graves had been found under the floor of the church during renovation.)

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Ray from Minnesota: His Family Search. Part 1.

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Finding an ancestor is quite difficult, especially for those of us whose ancestors came long before the time when the U.S. Citizenship papers required specific information on the town in Poland from which the ancestor came.

My story which begins in 1976 might be of some help to others in their search.

My great-grandfather, Jan Marszalkiewicz and his older brother, Andrzej, emigrated to Duluth, Minnesota, in 1872.  All I knew about their life in Poland, through my Dad, was that they were from “Poznan”, and that Jan had served in the Prussian army in the Franco-Prussian War, had been at Paris at the end in 1871 (date determined by history books) and soon after emigrated to the U.S.

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My Big Fat Polish Trip. Part 4.

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

Back north. Torun and Poznan.

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Left for Warsaw in the morning, stopping only for water and gas.  We all had dinner at the Holiday Inn where we spent the night again. I had to wash some laundry by hand.

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We headed straight for TORUN and took many photos, saw the Copernicus house and his statue, bought a small snow globe of said person, found some very delicious gingerbread, and also what I thought was another fabulous church turned out to be the city hall in the middle of the square.

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1. Sitting Down In My GGGrandfather’s House.

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

The main reason I went to Poland was to meet the descendants of my grandfather John’s brother, August, who stayed in Poland in the town of Dabrowka Dolna.  I had been corresponding with the family for about 15 years. But I also wanted to visit the towns of all my grandparents. Zenon picked me up at the airport and we drove to Kobyle, the ancestral home of my grandmother, Mary Deja.

 

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3. Leonore’s Tour. Gniezno and Broniszewice. The last day.

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

In the last day of our tour we left agritourism house where we stayed for two days for the first Polish capital Gniezno. This is the place where traces of the earliest Slavonic settlements were found and a very important town for the beginnings of Polish nation identity and Christianity in this part of Europe. You can read more about Gniezno in wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gniezno .

Gniezno old town

Gniezno old town

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2. Leonore’s Tour. Wągrowiec area. Day 2 and 3.

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Yesterday and today I found very exciting to walk where family lived even I don’t find traces here. It is sill very exciting to be in theses places. The churches are beautiful.

Smogulec Church1

Smogulec Church1

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New Tour with Leonore and her family.

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

In a week we start another Tour this year. We will be traveling throughout large area of central and northern Poland, what you can see on the map below (you can enlarge it to see more details by clicking on +):


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