ZenonPolishOrigins Team Leader
Joined: 28 Apr 2007
Posted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:26 am
Post subject: Frysztak, podkarpackie province, once Galicia, Lwow province
When I am writing this in our Places database there are seven people (including yours truly) interested in this little town in southeast Poland: http://polishorigins.com/places/?place=frysztak&search=Search . Of course, I know there are many more descendants of people from Fryszatk out there and I know some of them personally
Although I was raised in a different town I was born in Frysztak. My first genealogy trip in 2004 included Frysztak http://www.nancy.polishsite.us/Gen5fr.htm . After that, I was there a few times with my guests. Last time was a year ago with a family of three sisters and their cousin.
It was on this last visit when I met Agata Zahuta. As we normally do during our genealogy tours we were ‘hunting’ for living relatives by engaging in conversations with local people. The problem was that the surname we were looking for is quite popular in Frysztak area. In one of the houses, a family invited us to their house, treated with drinks and sweets (If you had any doubts, this is what normally happens in the Polish countryside, people invite strangers to their houses to treat and entertain them).
Together we are trying to find family ties based on information we discovered earlier during our research in the parish office and comparing the information with what the family we visited remembered. Then one of the ladies said that her sister Agata has been working for many years on family and regional history. They called her. Agata was surprised but very excited. She decided that she would come to us from a town located about 16 miles from Frysztak.
Within less than an hour Agata arrived. We didn’t find any family connection with this family but we found later living relatives in different house thanks to Agata’s help (but this is a different story).
And then Agata told us about here passion and her book project.
I think her words translated from the attached booklet will describe best her project and mission.
“The Album I present is meant to show the world which no longer exists, people from old photographs, who already are gone. More than a ten years ago I started to collect first photographs. I started with family photos. Fate made me start working in the Ruthenus publishing house where I had an opportunity to deal with old photographs every day. With time it transformed into a real passion. In my job, I was often designing books in this subject. I fell in love with it for good and there was no way out.
So the book which is being created is the result of these interests, longing for watching the old times, but foremost an attempt to returning to the days which passed. All of that by means of the old photographs.
I pass to your hands' something what is invaluable - what you cannot buy, what is ephemeral, and in danger of losing it forever - memory about people who lived before us and about places they dwelled.
The book is more a photo album than a historical monograph. Short introductions to chapters describe what is in it and give an orientation about its content. The descriptions of the photographs are based on conversations with people were born and live here till today.
Here you will find sample of the book with a lot of pictures of old Frysztak and its people: http://polishorigins.com/pdfs/frysztak-book.pdf
Agata hopes that the book and the whole process of publishing it will be finished soon. I told her that I would share information about her album with our English speaking readers what I hereby do.