In February we’ve had our annual meeting This time we’ve chosen the Białowieża forest. Those of you, who participated in our Kingdom of Poland tour know, that this is an extraordinary place and a real gem of Europe’s nature. It was a weekend full of walks, talks, delicious food and relaxing, before the Spring and Summer full of the hard work. It‘s only a pity that all bisons got hidden somewhere...
We came back with new ideas, inspirations, and enthusiasm before your arrival in Poland!
We have even recorded some small greetings for all of you
A few days ago, State Archives published the update on their online collections. Almost 3.5 million of new scans were added to Szukajwarchiwach website! Currently, there are over 37 millions of the documents available online: https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/
This is my personal selection of some great reads. I am aware that some of them might be hard to reach, but on the occasion, check the library in your local Polish community - you never know, what treasures are hidden there.
Last, but not least: We have a record number of queries for genealogical trips and only last few vacancies left for our September Galicia Tour! We are still collecting a group for Prussian Poland Tour.
Thank you for being with us, for all your kind words and emails that we receive after each newsletter. This means a lot.
We are wishing you a beautiful Spring and see you very soon in Poland!
Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2019 5:37 am
Post subject: Another look at the emigration - newsletter July 2019
"You often ask questions on how to better understand your ancestors. What history, emotions, and dramas are standing behind their decisions and choices.
Why they did not want to talk about the past? Why did they build their new life in a certain way? What were the reasons for their failures and what was the price of success?
I strongly believe that the key is to have deeper knowledge about the context. You have to escape from the records, papers, numbers and dry facts and think about the historical and cultural background.
Knowing the everyday life in Poland, its upsides and downsides, their way to settle in the new country and the hardships they endured at the beginning of building their new life."
This is the entry to our latest emailing. You can read there:
- reminder of our articles regarding the emigration on PolishOrigins' blog
- recommendation of a book about Parisville, the first Polish settlement in Michigan
- a few words about our new mini-series on social media: PolishOrigins field reports.
Last week we have released our monthly newsletter.
You can read there:
- What will be happening in PolishOrigins in the upcoming weeks?
- That we have planned the two editions of our Galicia Tour in 2020:
Spring Galicia Tour: April 19-29, 2020
Fall Galicia Tour: September 20-30, 2020
- What about Prussian Poland and Kingdom of Poland Tours?
- our latest idea: Polish Christmas tour that is planned for mid-December 2019
Posted: Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:04 pm
Post subject: Wesołych Świąt from PolishOrigins!
Traditional Polish “wigilia” (Christmas Eve) begins with the appearance of the first star, which is a symbol of the Star of Bethlehem.
Before we will share the Christmas wafer with our loved ones and seat at the tables with pierogi, barszcz, and carp we want to send our wishes to you…
May you have a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year!
Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
As usual, we would like to share with you a small summary of the past year.
In 2019 we started our Genealogy Tours very early, already in February. Since that time, until the end of October, we hosted 180 guests, during over 60 genealogy and history tours. We worked with Americans of Polish heritage, Canadians with German roots, Australians with Jewish ancestry, and many, many more.
We traveled from North to South, from West to East. We have been uncovering family histories in Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine, and Lithuania.
There were so many memorable moments: preparing an intergenerational trip for grandparents and granddaughters, taking our guests straight from the airport to a huge (120+ family members) and festive family reunion with their newly found relatives, reconnecting the first cousins, who did not know about their existence (read about it on our blog: https://blog.polishorigins.com/our-genealogy-trip-to-poland-by-chris-cronk/) or discovering our guest’s ancestors’ matzevah that survived the Holocaust. Apart from dozens of meetings with relatives and hundreds of kind strangers, we organized meetings with the local media, historians and activists.
I am sure that after each touring season, we could write a book
We wish you and ourselves, that the next one would be equally interesting, adventurous and successful!
Agnieszka and the whole PolishOrigins Team
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