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Zakopane - Gubałówka Mountain

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Tatry Mountains from Gubałówka Mountain Got some sleep despite the partying going on right outside the window of the Hotel, but we knew that being at a Hotel right smackdab in the middle of the town we would get some noise. We started our day with a breakfast in the...
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Tatra region

Leon, I did not see any snow, I did not go to the peaks in the Tatry this time. I just did not have enough time, but with this he... Read More
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:48
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Zakopane

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Typical Home in Zakopane Today we went to Zakopane. On the way there we drove by Będzin Castle which I have visited before, so I did manage to capture a snapshot for everyone to see. A drive to Zakopane from Kraków should only take about 1 1/2 hours but with...
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Zakopane changes

Actually Jennifer, Zakopane has changed since I was there in 2004 & 2006, but the mountains have not changed!! This is one of my ... Read More
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 10:44
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Market

Yes Annette, I did get to the Open Air Market. It is right no the way to the Gubałówka Mountain tram. Lot of souvenirs to choose f... Read More
Wednesday, 12 August 2015 23:07
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Kraków

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Wawel Castle Because we returned home late last night from Żarki and it was Sunday, everyone slept in late, except for me, I still woke up at 5:30 am. That was OK, because it gave me some time to work on my blog posts. In order to keep on blog...
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Escaping the Heat

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Cooling Off Today's post may seem out of place, but since it was going to be one of the hottest days, there was no plan for any touring today. In the heat it would not be smart to exert oneself too much. Today it will get up to 96-97 degrees...
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Katowice Adventures

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Silesian Insurgents' Monument in Katowice After returning home from Oświęcim we had some lunch consisting of bigos, pork roast & kopytka (small potato dumplings) (sorry no food photos.... JUST KIDDING!) and then relaxed at home to stay out of the heat of the day. On Saturday we will be going to...
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Trip to Oświęcim

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A Typical Polish Breakfast The day began with what you may find as a typical breakfast, which consisted of coffee or tea, sliced meats & cheese, bread & butter, tomatoes, a vegetable salad,and some eggs (in the photo they are deviled eggs with a dill filling). Normally they will make...
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Safely in Poland

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After a non-eventful flight I safely arrived in Poland on Thursday. My cousin Łukasz and his wife Ania met me at the airport inKrakow. We stopped to pick up their son Jakub & went to his parents home in Dąbrowa Górnicza where a wonderful meal was waiting to be consumed. his...
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Blogging in Poland

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I am leaving today for one month visit to Poland & Czech Republic to see family and take in the sites. I have tried to Blog before with poor results, but despite that I will again make an attempt to allow you to follow my adventures. Posts may be short with...
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I will do my best

Leon, I have collected over 35,000 photos from my previous 3 trips to Poland. I will do my best to put something up.
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 05:11
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Using Indexes To Find Misspellings For Research

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Online documents are great, but if you don't know how the name was spelled, how can you search online? Online databases are indexed by human beings, not some magical force. People come from all number of countries and differences in their languages introduce spelling variations in official documents in addition to...
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DNA Confirms I Am a Bond Family Descendant

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My grandfather William D Bond This Blog post is the culmination of a long search for my biological grandfather, and the results are so wonderful. For those that have not followed this story of my search for my mother's biological father, you can read the full series of 11 Blog...
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Thanks

Thank you!
Thursday, 23 July 2015 07:07
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Persistence Pays Off!

This should be a motivator for those who have their own brick walls. Be patient... persistence pays off!
Thursday, 23 July 2015 07:21
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Glad to be welcomed! :)

Thank you Melissa. I look forward to a future meeting!!!
Thursday, 23 July 2015 08:37
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My Mother Meets Her Sister Maria

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As you read in my last Blog Post , my mother finally was able to connect with family from her biological father! You may be wondering why I had not written a post when this happened before Memorial Day. There is a good reason for that as you will soon learn....
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My Mother Connects With Her Half Sister!

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GREAT NEWS! My mother has finally been able to connect with family from her biological father! It had been a while since I have made a post, but that's what happens when you are busy. I had to take some time to write this Blog Post as a follow up to...
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I'm Polish, but Today We Can All Be Irish

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     HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY! My father was born in Poland and I have Polish ancestry, but today I am going to be Irish. Given the fact that it is St. Patrick's Day, I thought i would share a story about my discovery of a real 4 leaf clover when...
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A Genealogy 101 No No

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     While at Rootstech, a woman asked me for some help with a problem in her research. I took a look at what she had and although her question was related to finding a newspaper. I thought it would be good to see the documentation she had on the person in...
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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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Sherlock at FGS/RootsTech 2015

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     Well, after a number of delays flying to Salt Lake City, Utah from Manchester NH, I finally arrived in Salt Lake City for the FGS/RootsTech conference on February 10th.      It was my hope to be able to make Blog posts while the events were happening, but along...
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RootsTech & FGS 2015

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Its that time of year again and I am headed to the RootTech genealogy conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. RootsTech is now the largest genealogy conference in the world and it is estimated that there will be well over 10,000 people in attendance. This year FGS is having its annual...
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Philately - Learning about the World

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I was writing my 2014 Christmas cards and I was remembering my first learning experience about the world. When I was a boy, I had discovered the joy of Philately (Stamp Collecting). At the time, I was fascinated mostly with the graphics and variations of stamps from around the world, but now...
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Forward into the Past

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Last week my father Eric Walter Firkowski passed away and for this weeks Blog, I thought it was appropriate to share this story which he wrote 10 years ago of his memories returning to Poland after being away 62 years. I had the opportunity to record some of the stories from my father...
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Niewodna

Karen, I am sure I can help you out if you need it. I have been to the parish in Niewodna. I have sent you an email.... Read More
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:32
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Back home

Al, it is wonderful that you have been able to go back to the homeland. I know you had a wonderful time.
Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:33
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Father Walenty Waloszek's Historical Impact

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From L-R: My Father - Eric Firkowski, Grandmother - Zofia, Grandfather - Wladysław (Walter), Father Walenty Waloszek & Aunt - Anastasia in Ludwigsburg, Germany 13 March 1950 Who was Father Walenty Waloszek and why is he important to a family's genealogy? He is important to my family history because he...
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Sherlock's Latest Blog Post

 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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