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Gypsy Boy on the Run

Mikey Walsh has his own Facebook page, advertising his books. Evidently, he has also written a book titled Gypsy Boy on the Run. I just ordered it through Amazon. I think he wrote this book prior to the book Gypsy Boy, so I am curious to see what additional information might be included.
My real reason [...]

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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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Genealogical Tourism

On my New Year’s post, I shared with you one of my resolutions which is to travel to Poland on a genealogical tour in 2011. I want to do a personal trip to explore my ancestral roots. Evidently this is not a new idea, as I read an article about ‘genealogical tourism’ in Rodizny, the [...]

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Christmas 2010

Christmas is coming in just a week, and I find myself remembering Christmases from long ago — it is starting to be a long time ago since I was a little girl!  We celebrated Christmas in traditional northern European ways, probably handed down through both of my parents’ families.
My friend, Irina, is coming over on [...]

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Filtering all the different information about the Cossacks has been confusing…they were people of the steppes, perhaps the ancestors of the Ukrainian people. The name Cossack (Ukrainian: kozak) is derived from the Turkic kazak (free man), meaning anyone who could not find his appropriate place in society and went into the steppes where he acknowledged [...]

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Who are the Cossacks?

Who are the Cossacks?  When I spoke to Cousin Betty the other night, she mentioned again that Grandfather Repinsky had been a Cossack. I had heard this too since I was a child–my mother told me that according to family legend, he and two others rode their horses across a river, probably some sort of [...]

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Tonight I had a phone call from my cousin Betty. Betty is actually the first cousin of my mother, so she is a second cousin to me, but we are related. We seem to have a unique connection because I had been planning to call Cousin Betty for the last two nights. She beat me [...]

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Midwestern Roots

Although I have never lived in southwestern Pennsylvania myself, I feel very much at home there. Many of these small towns south of Pittsburgh are now bedroom communities for workers that commute to the big city. These towns saw their best days in the early part of the 20th century when the coke and coal [...]

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I am immersed in a big project. I found a book in August of last year at an antique bookseller’s stall in France titled ‘The Great History of the Gypsies’ (my translation of ‘La Grande Histoire des Bohemiens’)–the only catch is that this book is written in French. I speak passable French, but reading a [...]

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Drinking in excess is commonly a problem in communities that are remote, cold, and lonely through the long winter months. It has been a problem in countries like Iceland, Finland, and Russia for centuries. Northern Michigan is very similar to these countries in its isolation, frigid temperatures, and long winters. The mining companies in the [...]

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