After waking up early in the Platan Hotel in the Rynek of Chrzanów, Poland, I met with my Piwczyk relatives for breakfast and then we headed out for some sightseeing.
I enjoy all the old churches here in Poland and we went to the Monastery of the White Friars (Discalced Carmelites) which is not far from Chrzanów in the town of Czerna. The monastery's history goes back to 1629. The whole complex of buildings and woods covers 200 acres.
In the photos you will see the old well which of course is no longer used, the old entry into the monastery. The buildings include the monastery, Shrine of Our Lady of the Scapular and St. Rafal Kalinowski, Carmelite Vocation Centre, Pilgrim House in Czerna, Carmelite Museum, Outdoor stations of the Cross & a Cemetery.
I have been doing genealogy research since 2002 & have worked full time as a Professional Genealogist since 2008. I specialize in Polish and American-Canadian Genealogy. As a member of APG, I was the 2010/2011 President of the New England Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists (NEAPG). I have Certificates of Completion for studies in "Foundations of Forensic Genealogy" and "Advanced Forensic Genealogy Techniques". I have been a volunteer librarian at the local Family History Center, and a genealogy research consultant at “Ask the Expert” Ancestry Road Shows. I have traveled to Poland numerous times & researched in churches and archives. At conferences and special events, you may find me dressed up in my Sherlock Holmes outfit, or my Kujawy (the folk costume from the region in Poland where my ancestors came from).