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October is Polish Heritage Month

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October is Polish Heritage month. Celebrate your Polish Heritage! Many Poles and Polish American groups celebrate this month to remember the contributions that Poles have made to this country. Beginning in 1981 Polish Americans have set October to celebrate. The beginning of the largest immigration of Poles took place in the...
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What is a Repertoire?

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When we think of the word "Repertoire" we may normally think of a musical composition, but in French-Canadian genealogy this has another meaning. The English dictionary defines "repertoire" as a collection of works performed by an artist in his respective field. The English version of the word was taken from the...
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Mushroom Hunting in Poland

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Photo courtesy of Ligia Freyter - Poland  Mushroom hunting (Grzybobranie) -You don't need a gun for this type of popular activity in Poland, but you may find some folks shooting mushrooms with their cameras. The weapon of choice is usually a nicely sharpened knife. You may find a few edible...
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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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You are correct Danuta. I have learned that almost everyone now uses "wujek"(wuj) to describe both conditions that you mention. In... Read More
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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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In Their Words - Translation Guides for Genealogy

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Most of us encounter languages other than English when we are doing our ancestral research. For those brave enough to tackle translating these documents, I would highly recommend a series of books called "I n Their Words - A Genealogist's Translation Guide to Polish, German, Latin, and Russian Documents ". These guides...
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Where's The Deed?

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Records Room of the Belknap County, NH Registry of Deeds Are you trying to find the Deed that goes with the land that your ancestor owned, but your search comes up empty in the Deed Registry Office? Consider this... There may not be a Deed if the land was transfered...
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What The Hell Is A DIT Name?

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Lower Quebec City OK, now that I got your attention with that strongly worded title, it's time to explore "dit" names. To explore the "dit" name we must now enter.... The Twilight Zone . For those that have been doing any French-Canadian genealogy research, you are no stranger to "dit" names,...
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Croisetière Name Variations

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Book by: Gaston Croisetiere In genealogy research we almost always find surname changes that happen over the years. Most of these name changes are minor or are anglicised. French Canadian research often gives us more problems than we bargained for with their "dit" names, but "dit" name discussion is another...
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Grande Bibliothèque in Montreal, Canada

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Entrance to the Grande Bibliotheque in Montreal Canada I do plenty of French Canadian genealogy research, but have yet to write anything about it. It has been three years this month when an amazing event occured for me, which required a trip to Canada. I live in New Hampshire now...
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My Biological Grandfather and DNA Results

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In my previous Blog post about my research into identifying my biological grandfather, I had found the smoking gun which I had been able to find the proof to my grandfathers identity. I wanted to make sure that I covered one more base before my final conclusion. My mother had agreed...
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Święto Konstytucji 3 Maja - May 3rd Constitution Day & Polish Reunification in Germany after WWII

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Constitution Day in Poland is a national holiday that celebrates the declaration of the Constitution on May 3, 1791. The Constitution of May 3, 1791 is considered one of the most important events in Poland's history, despite the fact that it was only in effect for about one year, until the Polish-Russian...
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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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Forensic Genealogy Institute

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Leslie Lawson presents the certificate. Last month I attended 6 days of training in Forensic Genealogy and earned two Certificates of Completion from the Forensic Genealogy Institute in Dallas, Texas, held March 24-26, 2014. The first Certificate of Completion I recieved was for attending " Foundations in Forensic Genealogy." I also earned...
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History of Dwór Czarne (Black Manor) in Jelenia Góra, Poland

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Lithograph from about 1850 by E. Sache A number of Blog posts ago I wrote about Dwór Czarne and the search for the Polish Manager after WWII. In this post I will present a history of Black Manor. When it comes to the timeline of this interesting and still very mysterious...
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DNA - What is Genetic Genealogy?

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Image used from Wikipedia under GNU Free Documentation License Genetic genealogy is the application of genetics to traditional genealogy. Genetic genealogy involves the use of genealogical DNA testing to determine the level and type of the genetic relationship between individuals. From wikipedia. With all the mystery that had surrounded who...
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I Found My Biological Grandfather - The Smoking Gun

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Photo of William D. Bond from his Naval Personnel Records I have long sought to locate my biological grandfather. My search is finally over. After finally finding clues to who he might be, I acquired the Naval Personnel Records of the person I believed to be my biological grandfather and...
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Grandfather William D. Bond - Obituary & Service Records

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I had begun looking for the obituary of William D. Bond. Since I did not know where that obituary would be, I contacted the library in Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia, which was where he was living when he died. Beth at the library was very helpful. I told her what I...
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Grandfather William D. Bond - Collecting Evidence

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Now that I have located some records to corroborate the verbal story of my biological grandfather, it is time to start collecting evidence that will show who he is. I went to Ancestry.com and did a search for his full name "William D. Bond" and located a Photo used with permission...
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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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