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My Biological Grandfather - WWII Navy Records, The Brick Wall Crumbles

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Uniform patch for those that served on the USS Raton in WWII Continued from After examining the clues I had put together over the years, I began to look for William D. Bond in US Navy Records from WWII on the Fold3 website. A general search for William Bond gave...
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Hi Lois, Thank you for writing. I will send you an email to discuss details of your research request. Tim
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TNG 10 Released

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The New & Improved version of The Next Generation (TNG) genealogy software was released yesterday as version 10. Darrin Lythgoe has done it again. Darrin has continued to improve his genealogy software for use on the web. All you need is a Web Host and the TNG software to get started....
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Dwór Czarne Pt 3 - Polish Manager of Black Manor Identified!

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Continued from Part 2 The next piece of evidence was found in the 2/1999 issue of the quarterly Skarbiec Ducha Gó r. The reader, Mr. Zbigniew Tomery, who is no longer alive, wrote a letter to the quarterly referencing an article about Black Manor from the December 1998 issue. Jelenia Góra,...
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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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Dwór Czarne Pt 1 - Genealogy helps Historian solve a mystery

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Your family history research may help more than your family. Normally history helps genealogists find their ancestry, but in this case, genealogy helped a historian. When Łukasz Firkowski and I began researching the Firkowski family in order to find out how we were related, I knew that the information that we...
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Who is my Biological Grandfather - Naval Clues

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This is the third in a series of Brick Wall posts about my Biological Grandfather (William D. Bond). You are invited to read the first and second parts. I contacted the County courthouse in Manitowoc, WI in hopes I may find the paperwork dealing with the childsupport case for my mother,...
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Who is my Biological Grandfather - Looking for Clues

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In the previous Blog post about my Biological Grandfather, I laid out the scenerio by which I had learned about him. There was very little information provided. Here is what I knew:  My biological grandfather's name was William Bond William was in the Navy He may have been from Georgia...
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Who is my Biological Grandfather - Background

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I am going to write a series of Blog posts under the Category of Brick Walls. Almost every genealogist will run into problems researching their family. This is due to little, poor or no documentation or inexperience in genealogical research. Many brick walls are solved easily once you know what...
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Wigilia - My Christmas Eve growing up.

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Being all grown up now and understanding more about my Polish heritage, I look back at how Christmas was celebrated in my home when I was young. I realize now that we were celebrating Wigilia on Christmas Eve, although variations had been made from the original Polish celebration. Christmas Eve...
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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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What is a Good Website Host?

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I have seen this question asked a number of times now on forums "What is a good host for a website?" I thought maybe now was a good time to post a blog about my host. There a multitude of options you have for a hosts to build your website,...
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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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Kresy Siberia Foundation & Virtual Museum

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When I was at "Who Do You Think You Are? Live" in London the end of February, I met a group who had a booth set up for the Kresy-Siberia Museum & Foundation. This group is dedicated to Poland's citizens who fought for freedom and survival in eastern Poland and...
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Mirka, It was wonderful to meet you and learn about all the wonderful things that the Kresy-Siberia Foundation is doing!
Friday, 15 June 2012 18:09
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Reunion 10 Released

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The long awaited release of Reunion 10 Genealogy Data management software for MAC finally was released last week. Most Reunion users love the platform, but had seen the need for some changes and upgrades and now it has finally happened. I have been a user of Reunion for many years...
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Śmigus-Dyngus, Easter Monday in Poland

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Easter Monday in Poland is a holiday and is called Śmigus-Dyngus (shming-oos-ding-oos) or Lany Poniedzialek (wet Monday). This is a wonderful day of fun. It was traditionally the day when boys tried to drench girls buckets of water. The more a girl is sprayed with water, the higher her chances are that she will get married....
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Wesołego Alleluja! Easter in Poland

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Easter is a big celebration in Poland for those that are Roman Catholic which makes up about 96% of the population in Poland. Easter in Poland begins on Ash Wednesday. Pussy-willows are cut and placed in the water, then they are blessed on Palm Sunday in church, as palms are...
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The 1940 Census Indexing

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The big news in the genealogy community has been the release of the 1940 Census. It's been two days since the first images for the 1940 census were released. From what I have read the servers that had the images for the first 5 states for NARA at Archives.com became...
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Travel Research Tips Part 3 - Getting around

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Once you have landed on the ground in Poland, how are you going to get around? If you will be meeting with family then this person will probably end up being your chauffer. Help pay for the fuel. Prices in Europe are much higher that they are here in the...
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Research Travel Tips Part 2 - Pamiątki (Souvenirs)

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The all important souvenir (pamiątki). When we travel somewhere we all want to get something to remember our wonderful time, but with the new airline regulations this does not allow us much, especially if you are at or near your limit for baggage. Of course if you have money to...
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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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