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Monthly Archive for July, 2012

My Visit to Osiek

As part of my general trip to Poland to visit key cities and learn about Polish history and culture, I made plans to spend two days in Osiek. We drove up after a visit to Warsaw, as this Osiek is located north and west from the capital. On our first day, we made some inquiries [...]

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Poland

After visiting Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, I knew my research would not be complete without taking a trip to Poland. I needed to understand the country where so many of my ancestors came from, whether they were Polish, German, or Gypsy. Last year, there were newly released records of Russian immigrants available. Since I had not been able [...]

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At the same time that I was researching information about South East Chicago, the birthplace of my grandmother, I joined the Polish Genealogical Society of American and the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International. Since I wasn’t sure whether my Bohemian ancestor were Polish or Czech, I joined both groups. I had read that joining genealogy societies [...]

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The Places I’ve Been

Doing all this work as a Genealogy Detective has made me curious about the other lines of my family. On my father’s side, I have discovered that my German family name actually is Jagusch, a fairly common name in East Germany and in Poland (there spelled Jagusz.) It turns out that the Jagusch family came [...]

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South East Chicago….and More

I had the opportunity to visit Chicago when my husband was going there for business; while he was working, I rented a car and driver to take me to South Side, where I walked on the street where my grandmother was born. Her home is not longer there, but it sat on the perimeter of [...]

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