Welcome!

Welcome to my Polish blog! My Polish great grandpa was orphaned during the Chicago flu epidemic of 1918 & spent his life looking for all of his siblings. Some family stayed in Chicago & some returned to Poland. Some family was Catholic, & some are believed to be Jewish. I post the things I learn in efforts it may help someone else in their research. I also hope this blog helps me connect with others that know about the people I'm learning about. Digital images of records or links are put inside most postings so you can view records full screen. I encourage comments. Feel free to sign the guestbook, stating who you're looking for. Maybe we can all help each other out this way, because there are many challenges with Polish research. I hope you enjoy learning with me. And I hope to be taught more about my Polish heritage.
I have added a few languages to this blog through Google translate. I hope that it may be accurate enough with the communication of ideas.
Thanks! -Julie

Witam! (Polish translation of Welcome)

Witam w moim polskim blogu! Mój pradziadek został osierocony w czasie epidemii grypy w 1918 roku i spędził wiele lat poszukując swojego rodzeństwa. Część rodziny pozostała w Chicago a część wróciła do Polski. Część rodziny była katolikami a część, jak przypuszczam, wyznania mojżeszowego. Piszę w moim blogu o rzeczach które odkrywam i o których dowiaduję się mając nadzieję, że pomogą one wszystkim zainteresowanym w ich własnych poszukiwaniach. Wierzę, że ten blog pomoże mi w skontaktowaniu się z ludźmi którzy wiedzą coś na temat osób ktorych poszukuję. Zdjęcia cyfrowe lub linki umieszczone są w większości moich komentarzy i artykułów, można więc otworzyć je na cały ekran. Gorąco zachęcam do komentarzy. Proszę wpisać się do księgi gości i podać kogo Państwo szukacie. Może będziemy mogli pomóc sobie nawzajem, ponieważ nie jest łatwo znaleźć dane których szukamy. Mam nadzieję, że zainteresuje Państwa odkrywanie ze mną tajemnic przeszłości. Mam rówież nadzieję poznać lepiej moje polskie dziedzictwo.

Dodałam do mojego blogu automatyczne tłumaczenia poprzez Google. Ufam, że będą wystarczające w zrozumieniu o czym jest mowa w artykułach i komentarzach.

Dziękuję! - Julie

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07 September 2013

Sometimes things aren't in the country where you would expect to find them!

This was actually written March 2012, but it somehow went into draft mode after two days, and stayed there. Just noticed, so re-posting it now.

This post is a bit more indirectly about Żywiec-Zabłocie, Poland. I'm about to celebrate my 16th wedding anniversary with my husband. We love to celebrate by visiting a city and seeing the history, museums and art in that city. We are going to Washington DC again and were making decisions on places to visit. This place is at the top of our list: http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/welcome.html click on that link to see a video about the place, Hillwood Museum. It is about 16 minutes in length, and I found it all fascinating. Lots of footage of the house, the gardens, a daughter talking about the house and others explaining what the museum is. Here is another link about the woman who created the museum then donated the whole museum to the public. There's several other links at the top of the page: http://www.hillwoodmuseum.org/mmp.html Marjorie Post, was heir to the Post cereal company. In the video it tells about Marjorie went to Russia and bought chalices and crowns thrown in shops so badly tarnished she didn't even realize they were silver. But she knew they were good art. A lot of Russian royal and religious things were destroyed and gotten rid of during revolution and war times. But Marjorie Post purchased and fixed up a lot of things and they are on display in her house. She bought this house to be a museum to display all the things she had to share with the public.

I can't wait to explore the museum! Then I  started thinking, who would have thought, a woman in the United States would have Russian royalty and religious things in her home? ...And who would have thought the Soviets would have had those records that are now in the Auschwitz? (See blog post 29 Aug 2010 or see tag Auschwitz.) I was also surprised that Stanley Sanetra who lived in Minneapolis, then moved to Chicago and worked there, that his retirement record was stored in Atlanta, Georgia. The reason is because the collection got large, so the National Archives moved Chicago railroad retirement records for the Chicago area to Atlanta, Georgia.

So my point in making this post today is, that things are often not where we expect them to be. War, revolutions, or just simply needing more space for record collections can move where things are kept.

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