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Monthly Archive for February, 2012

Family Finder Test

With the encouragement of one of my most significant DNA matches, I signed up for Family Tree DNA’s ‘Family Finder’ test.
The Family Finder test uses autosomal DNA, that is dna inherited from both the mother and the father, four grandparents, eight great-grandparents etc., to provide a breakdown of your ethnic percentages. The test tries to [...]

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Noms de Guerre

Have you ever heard of a ‘nom de guerre’? A ‘nom de guerre’ is actually a pseudonym–a name that a person or group assumes for a particular purpose, which differs from his or her original name. Pseudonyms are most often used to hide an individual’s real identity. We are talking about writer’s pen names, stage [...]

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My Family in Kolonia-Osiek

Many of you who have been following my posts know that I took a trip to Poland last April. I contacted a Polish genealogist and traveled with her to Kolonia-Osiek, a small town northwest of Warsaw about two hours drive, where we met with a family named ‘Rupinski’. From old documents, we think that this [...]

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Becoming Americans

My youngest son, Chris, gave me a very thoughtful book for Christmas titled Becoming Americans. This is a collection of nearly 100 selections — poems, stories, novel excerpts, travel pieces, diary entries, memoirs, and letters. This book presents the full range of the experience of coming to America: The reasons for departure, the journey itself, [...]

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