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Rodziny

Rodziny is the title of the quarterly magazine published by the Polish Genealogy Society of America. ‘Rodziny’ means ‘Our Family’ in Polish. This magazine is circulated to the members of the society and publishes articles and information that is informative about genealogy research, particularly as it applies to Polish ancestry.
Last year after my visit to [...]

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This is what I asked myself when I got the results of my FamilyTreeDNA ‘Family Finder’ test: who were the Orcadians?
When people mention the Orcadians today, that term is linked to the people living in the Orkney Islands just north of Scotland. The Orkney Islands are part of the British Isles.
The first inhabitants of Orkney [...]

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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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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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I have often said that one of the most interesting parts of having a blog is connecting with others who are interested in sharing information about the same subjects that I am writing about. I have had quite a few comments from readers who are obviously on the internet searching for information about American Gypsies…it [...]

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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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I have never heard of a ‘Gene-O-Rama’ but there is one happening in Ottawa, Canada on March 26-27.  The subject of the conference will be Researching Female Ancestors. The program is jointly presented by the Ottawa branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society and the Library and Archives of Canada. On-line registration can be done by [...]

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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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Through the Red Tambourine, I have connected with a man who was born and raised in Telluride. Although he no longer lives there, he has many fond memories of having been raised in the mining community, with the hard-working and good moral values of the Finnish miners. He speaks of his Finnish grandfather as the [...]

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On October 31, 2009, President Bush (senior), Mikhail Gorbachev, and Helmut Kohl met in Berlin to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany in November, 1989, which eventually led to freedom for many millions of people living behind the Iron Curtain. Gorbachev said in his remarks,“The [...]

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