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Aga Pawlus
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Post Posted: Thu May 29, 2014 9:17 am      Post subject: "3 Men and a Mom: Finding our Polish Family"
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Today we started publishing new blog: "3 Men and a Mom: Finding our Polish Family" written by Brian.
Brian and his family were our guests in April.
This is how their story begins:

“Up until about 4 years ago I knew very little about the Polish side of my family, my mother’s parents and their ancestors. My Mom is the youngest of her siblings by 11 years, and her mother died at a young age so she didn’t learn much about her family while growing up. Even the older relatives didn’t know many details when I began asking - so much of our family history had been lost over the past 100 years…”



Read the whole story and see the great pictures on our blog: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/05/29/3-men-and-a-mom-finding-our-polish-family-introduction-leaving-for-poland/
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Aga Pawlus
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Post Posted: Fri May 30, 2014 5:06 am      Post subject:
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"We drove just under 2 hours to Posadowa, where Mom's grandmother Anna was from. Very small village - it was just a few houses along the narrow road, with lots of open space. We drove to the neighboring town of Mogilno which is where the parish church is located..."



Read Brian's blog: "3 Men and a Mom: Finding our Polish Family"
http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/05/30/3-men-and-a-mom-finding-our-polish-family-day-1/
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 1:53 pm      Post subject:
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Day 2

"We walked down a very wet hill and across a large field - maybe 15 minutes of walking. Got to the house and the men working outside talked to Zen quite a while, looking at our family charts and trying to understand the relation..."

http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/06/02/3-men-and-a-mom-finding-our-polish-family-day-2-april-26/



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Zenon
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Post Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 2:09 pm      Post subject:
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Day 3

"Today we are headed to our next destination, the village of Jaszczew where our Twaróg (Mom’s father) side of the family is from (...) Upon arriving, we stopped by the church and looked through the old cemetery - lots of Twarógs there but we’re not sure of the relations to us, if any..."


http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/06/03/3-men-and-a-mum-finding-our-polish-family-day-3/



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Post Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 6:27 am      Post subject:
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Day 4 and we discover a lot more cousins Smile.

"The whirlwind of new cousins began… suddenly people emerged from everywhere to greet us. These were the families descended from Michal Twaróg..."

http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/06/04/3-men-and-a-mum-finding-our-polish-family-day-4/



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Post Posted: Thu Jun 05, 2014 7:31 am      Post subject:
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"When we arrived late this morning, wonderful aromas drifted from the kitchen and we learned we were in for a real treat: Bernarda was serving home made pierogi..."

Brian Minnie's blog is getting more and more engagement and comments Smile : http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/06/05/3-men-and-a-mom-finding-our-polish-family-day-5/ .



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Post Posted: Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:30 am      Post subject:
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We meet a 97 years old aunt.

"She shared an incredible story of her family home being occupied by the Germans, with 11 enemy soldiers living in their house at one point. She also told the story of her future husband, who was captured by the Germans and escaped multiple times. At one point he took refuge in a large pile of hay nearby the family home, where food was sneaked to him when possible..."

And I meet my friend from college in the old house of Brian's ancestors ... Smile

http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/06/06/3-men-and-a-mom-finding-our-polish-family-day-6/



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"I did have one possible lead for finding Struziak relatives. A few years ago during my research I had searched the internet for “Struziak” and “Bór Gradzki”, and the name of Dr. Krzysztof Struziak came up with his email address. Krzysztof is the head of the local school and we exchanged several emails using Google translate. We weren’t able to find a common ancestor, but we agreed to meet when I was in Poland."

http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/06/09/3-men-and-a-mom-finding-our-polish-family-day-7/



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"Armed only with old family names from the late 1800′s, we headed to the town archives to try our luck locating relatives still living in the area. Luckily the clerk was cooperative and..."

We are meeting with cousins from the last, fourth branch.

See the next part of one of the most often comment stories in history of our Blog: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/06/10/3-men-and-a-mom-finding-our-polish-family-day-8/



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"The district was especially busy today because it is a national holiday: Constitution Day. The holiday celebrates the declaration of the Constitution of May 3, 1791..."

Back in Kraków: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/06/11/3-men-and-a-mom-finding-our-polish-family-day-9/


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 5:14 am      Post subject:
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The last day day in Poland: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/06/12/3-men-and-a-mom-finding-our-polish-family-day-10/

"We were fortunate to hear the Kraków trumpeter at noon, even though we didn’t plan it. I found the Bolesławiec pottery I wanted and bought some cups for use at home - they will remind me of this wonderful trip every time I use them."

Thank you again: Jean, Mark and Brian for being our guests and for sharing your story.


But don't worry, in a few days we will start publishing new blog by Carol entitled: 'Wanderlust: Polska 2014'.



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