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Church Research in Maków Podhalański

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Church in Maków Podhalański My Blog Posts have not occured that often the past few days, as I have been busy doing some client research in the church office (Kancelaria) in Maków Podhalański. For those that wonder what it is like to do research here in Poland, you will gain...
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Adventures

I am happy to hear you are enjoying my adventures! Thanks!
Saturday, 20 August 2016 04:34
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Ivona - Hear Foreign Language Pronunciation

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If you have wondered what words sound like in another language, there are some tools out there to help you. I have found that I like ivona.com the best. Not only can you hear what the words sound like, you can pick a voice (male or female). In order to...
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Research & Travel in Poland 2016

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I will be traveling to Poland again this year. This trip will be a combination of work and fun as I have a client that needs research done in Poland. Since I was in Poland last year, I will again have the opportunity to also visit with family. This is...
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Some Upcoming Polish Genealogy Presentations in New England

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If you have been stuck in the house with all the snow we have had in the northeast, March is the time to get out and attend some free Polish genealogy presentations. FINDING THE FAMILY: Problems, Successes & Rewards Tim Firkowski POLISH TRADITIONS CUSTOMS and SUPERSTITIONS Aleksandra Kacprzak March 7th, 10am...
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Family Relationships in Polish

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Most people have a good understanding of basic relationships, but what about the relationship terms that we don't use in everyday speech? Terms like "second cousin" and "first cousin, once removed"? We don't tend to speak about our relationships in such exact terms, so most of us aren't familiar with what...
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I can help you find what you a...

Theresa, I can help you out. Send me a direct email and we can talk in further detail. tim@thegenealogyassistant.com... Read More
Wednesday, 10 September 2014 15:00
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Stryjek / Wujek

You are correct Danuta. I have learned that almost everyone now uses "wujek"(wuj) to describe both conditions that you mention. In... Read More
Monday, 06 October 2014 15:29
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Meet Me at the Warner Fall Foliage Festival

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The Genealogy Assistant will be at the  Warner Fall Foliage Festival  in Warner, NH October 11-12, 2014. In addition to general genealogical research, I have specialties in Polish and French-Canadian research. If you are in the area or plan on going to the Festival please stop by and say hello....
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The 25th Anniversary of the PGSMA This Weekend

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This year  The Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts (PGSMA) will be celebrating it's 25th year anniversary by holding a day long event entitled "An Eastern European and Polish Genealogical Roadshow" on June 21, 2014 at the Polish Center of Discovery and Learning in Chicopee, MA. You will find me there on Saturday...
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Fun at the Little Poland Festival in New Britain, CT

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On Sunday, I went to the Little Poland Festival in New Britain, CT. This is only the 3rd in a series of annual events put on by the Polonia Business Association . The Festival covered about 3 blocks along Broad Street which featured about 60 booths filled with great Polish food,...
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Dwór Czarne Pt 2 - Who was the Polish Steward after WWII?

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Story continued from Part 1 Here is how the process began for Jacek, in learning more about the unknown Polish manager of Black Manor. Lithograph from about 1850 by: Eduardo Sachse The unknown Firkowski/Wirkowski took over the management of not only the manor, but also, the entire agricultural property, which until...
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The Genealogy Assistant at the Warner Fall Foliage Festival

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The Genealogy Assistant will be at the Warner Fall Foliage Festival in Warner, NH October 6-7, 2012. If you are in the area or plan on going to the Festival please stop by and say hello. The booth will be set up at the Upton Chandler House Museum across from...
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10 Years Ago - The Moment My LIfe Changed Forever

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Today is the 10th Anniversary of a huge change in my life in every way imaginable. It was Saturday August 24th 2002 at 3:27 pm and I was using the chat program ICQ. I put in a search for users with my surname, as I had done many times before...
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Part 4 Travel and Research in Poland's State Archives

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Although I did not actually have any research to do in the State Archives in Poland, I did get to the Warsaw State Archives for Metrical records. I had actually been by this building a number of times during previous visits in 2004 and 2006 and never knew it was...
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Why learn Polish?

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What is the best language to learn? It is not the answer you might first think of. Let's say you are a native English speaker, therefore, lets rule out English. If you are not a native speaker of English, of course the answer is English! To learn Spanish, French or...
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American music is popular around the world. When i am in Poland I hear a lot of American music too, but I am not sure how that wou... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 13:05
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What is interesting to note is that in the areas that were occupied by Russia and Austria (Galicia) "Vital Records" where actually... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 14:09
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Letter from Russia to USA - A Three Year Journey!

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Friday I went to get the mail and saw an envelope from another country. This is not uncommon as I have family in 22 countries around the world. What made this letter much different from all others I had ever received is that it was from Russia. My excitement started before...
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Cathi, I am waiting for full translation of the Russian portion of the letter.
Monday, 12 March 2012 10:43
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Who or what is Julian and Gregorian?

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You should be aware that all calendars are not created equal. Throughout history the calendar has been changed, adjusted and tweaked. The calendar we use today is called the Gregorian calendar and was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in about 1582. This new calendar was a big change from the...
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Kluki- Historic Polish Village

dsc03159Have you ever wondered what life was like for your ancestors during the course of your research? It is easy to get wrapped up in the document research for your ancestors. Take a moment to examine how they lived. This will giive you a new persepective on their lives and may help your research.

While visiting with my distant cousin Tadeusz in Słupsk, Poland this summer I had the opportunity to see many places around Słupsk. One of the places that fascinated me the most was a historic polish village musem in Kluki. I think I took about 400 photos that examined all the details of the construction of each building.

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A Surprise in the Wrocław Cemetery

dsc03854I was visiting my cousin Adam in Wroclaw at the end of August during my stay in Poland this summer. Adam took me to the Wroclaw Community Cemetery to show me graves of some family members. Adam prepared ahead of time by calling the cemetery office and found out the location of the graves we were interested in. A smart move!

The person in the office surprised both of us with some information we were not expecting. There were two children that had the family name, but neither of us were aware of these children.

The Community Cemetery in Wrocław is VERY Beautiful, and also very large. This is not a cemetery that you want to just wander through to locate graves of your ancestors.

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Contact information for this cemetery is: Address: Zarząd Cmentarzy Komunalnych we Wrocławiu pl. Strzelecki 19/21 50-224 Wrocław P... Read More
Thursday, 15 March 2012 11:11
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So? What Cities did I go to in Poland?


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Research in the Diocesan Archives of Tarnów


dsc05936I had the opportunity to do some research in the Diocesan Archives of Tarnów when I was in Poland.

The process is simple... you must sign in the "guest book" and then if you have not been to the archives before, you will need to purchase a researchers id card which is good for that calendar year. Of course you must present some identification which for the foreigner would be your passport.

If I recall correctly it cost about 15 złoty which is roughly about $5 give or take depending on the exchange rate. Research time costs 6 złoty per hour.

The Archive is open Monday thru Friday 9 am to 3pm with a break for lunch from noon to 1pm. On Saturdays it is open for only 3 hours from 9am to noon.

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Hi Jo, Sadly I do not. It looks like Kempna would probably be served by the Rzeszów Diocesan Archives. I was at the Tarnów Dioces... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 15:17
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Digitized Records

Anna, Although I do not know the status of the digitization of the Tarnów area records, I know that the digitization process in un... Read More
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Digital Camera Technology - Sony DSC-HX7V

dsc04601hx7vI was looking for a new digital camera to take with me on my upcoming research / vacation trip to Poland for 2 months. I will be at repositories and churches and graveyards, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to get a digital camera that has a Geo-tagging function. After shopping around I purchased the 16.2 MP Sony DSC-HX7V. 

Being a previous Sony owner, it was relatively easy to maneuver through the menus. I was amazed at all the features... HD video, 3D photography (viewable on 3D TVs), Auto panorama photography, GPS & compass function & the list goes on. The unit is light and feels very sturdy, the back display is easy to see in the sunlight. 

This camera is going to be the perfect match for a genealogist. I will be able to mark the latitude and longitude of those gravestones I find. Never again will I return from touring and wonder where I was when that photo was taken. 

Mix this with Google maps tools and the world belongs to me!
 

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 T he long awaited day has arrived. The series of books that are guides to researching docments in other languages is complete. For awhile now, the translation guide books for Polish, Latin & Russ...

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