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Monthly Archive for April, 2011

Osiek

According to my grandmother’s birth certificate, Osiek, Poland was listed as my great-grandfather’s birthplace. Prior to my arrival in Poland, the genealogist had done some research to look for birth records in Osiek. The problem is that there are eighteen Osiek’s in the area that was previously known as the Russian Partition! The original meaning [...]

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Preparing for Easter in Poland

It is Easter weekend and the city of Warsaw is busy with preparations for this most holy of Catholic holidays. Last week was Palm Sunday but the flower vendors are still selling the ornamental palm fronds that are traditionally blessed on Palm Sunday, and then go back into homes as Easter decorations on dining tables.
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My Trip to Poland

I posted a couple of months ago that I was planning to go to Poland. By reading in the Polish genealogy magazine, Rodziny (Our Family), that it was possible to hire local genealogists to accompany you through the country, I decided that I would try to arrange my tour in that manner. I contacted the [...]

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As far as matches, I am a bit confused about how 23andMe determines a match. I think it is through the combination of your autosomal DNA which means that they are factoring in genetics from both your father’s and mother’s side. Many of my potential cousins are N1C1, the same paternal [...]

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Castle Garden

In researching my ancestors, I discovered that if they entered the U.S. before 1890, they entered through Castle Garden —NOT Ellis Island. I wondered, “Where is Castle Garden?” and I imagined it somewhere on the New York coastline near to New York City.
As we were sightseeing last week with the Kenyan girls who were visiting, [...]

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