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Aga Pawlus
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Post Posted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:32 am      Post subject: Polish Origins Adventure - blog by Adrianne
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Adrianne was our lovely guest on Genealogy Tour this summer. You can read her story now on our blog:
Today we published part 1: Introduction

"This trip was taken in honor of my mother, Wanda Wierzbicki Fortenberry. I wish she had been with me.

Between 1976 and 1984, my father and mother, with help from the rest of the family, researched and published a family history on my dad’s family, the Fortenberrys. During this time, mom would periodically attempt to research her parents’ Polish roots.

Because the internet and digitized records were still in the future, not much could be accomplished. So instead, she wrote the stories she had heard as a child. This is the story of my attempt to find the Polish roots of my grandmother, Pelagia Jaroszewska, from north of Płock and my grandfather, Rajmund Wierzbicki, from north of Łomza."


You can read the whole story here: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/11/26/polish-origins-adventure-part-1-introduction/
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Post Posted: Thu Nov 27, 2014 9:33 am      Post subject:
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"Both my grandparents immigrated through Ellis Island, New York and remained in Brooklyn, New York. Below is a photo taken in Brooklyn about 1906 and two photos taken on my trip showing the areas where my grandparents lived. It is hard to imagine how they must have felt leaving their homes in Poland forever.

It was probably terrifying and exhilarating at the same time! In 1913, Pelagia was 15 and traveled with an older teenager from the next village.
Rajmund was 17 when he left home alone in 1909."






Read part 2 of Adrianne's blog: Polish Origins Adventure. Part 2: My grandfather’s homeland.
http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/11/27/polish-origins-adventure-part-2-my-grandfathers-homeland/#more-4118
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"As we entered Kumelsk by way of the rock road, Zenon asked a man on a tractor a few questions which guided us to a house in the village belonging to someone thought to have Dąbrowskis in her family. As it turned out, the lady was working in her yard full of beautiful
flowers and came to the fence to talk to Zenon. She said her name was Ursula Żebrowska, she was 83 years old, and her maiden name was Dąbrowska. Since Rajmund’s mother was named Barbara Dąbrowska we were hoping for a connection."





Read part 3 of Adrianne's story: Polish Origins Adventure. Part 3: Kumelsk.
http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/11/28/polish-origins-adventure-part-3-kumelsk/#more-4127
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Post Posted: Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:42 am      Post subject:
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We added wo more parts of Adrianne's story:

Part 4: Meeting with Jadwiga
http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/12/01/polish-origins-adventure-part-4-meeting-with-jadwiga/

"We hit a genealogy jackpot! We begin talking, through Zenon’s rapid translations, and immediately learned we are both former school teachers! Before long, Jadwiga was sharing photo albums and seemed more like a sister than a distant cousin!"



and Part 5: Lachowo Parish Catholic church

"Zenon and I knew the birth, marriage, and death records no longer existed for this parish; but because Zenon believes in researching every possibility, no matter how unlikely, we visited the church office..."

You can read what happened in Lachowo parish office here: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/12/02/polish-origins-adventure-part-5-lachowo-parish-catholic-church/
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Part 6 of Andie's story is already available on our blog: My grandmother’s homeland.
http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/12/03/polish-origins-adventure-part-6-my-grandmothers-homeland/

"Now we move to my grandmother’s homeland located northwest of Warsaw. Pelagia was born in the parish of Łęg Probostwo but for many
years the family lived within the parish of Koziebrody."
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Part 7 of Andie's blog "A visit to Osiek Piaseczny".:
http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/12/04/polish-origins-adventure-part-7-a-visit-to-osiek-piaseczny/

"I was hoping a trip to Osiek Piaseczny would result in some great discoveries! Maybe evidence of the mill from family stories (and visible in the previous photo), some Cybulskis still in the area, an old house? Genealogical research always has surprises..."

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Today you can read the last part of Adrianne's story from her grandparents' homeland:
"It is hard to say goodbye"
http://blog.polishorigins.com/2014/12/05/polish-origins-adventure-part-8-it-is-hard-to-say-goodbye/

"Upon arriving we met the lovely lady shown below. Her name is Krystyna Frymarkiewicz, and is 83 years old. When she was shown the picture of the teen, she immediately began talking and smiling. It was HER. The 65 year old picture I had at my house was of HER!"

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