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gdeborski



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Post Posted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 4:31 pm      Post subject:
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Zenon,

My wife and I are considering a trip to Poland in the summer or early autumn of 2013. Recently, I found my first evidence of where my Polish ancestors originated in Poland. What sort of information will you need to help us arrange a tour?
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 5:09 am      Post subject:
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Gary,


First and foremost I need ALL information about your ancestors you were able gather so far. And this is not only official documents like vital or emigration records. Very important are also letters from and to family in Poland and pictures, especially if you are interested in search for living relatives. Very helpful is if you have your family tree already constructed, preferably in one of the many family tree software gedcom file, or on Ancestry.com (you can then share access to your tree with me).

When I have your family information I need you to tell me what are your expectations from the Tour. This is not necessary so obvious as may seem Smile. Some people are interested in genealogy research only, others just want to see the places: the ancestors' town, church, cemetery, and the others want to look for living relatives. Of course, many of you want to pursue all three goals.

Although this is a genealogy research tour some of you may want to see tourist attractions like Krakow, Zakopane or a concentration camp (although I don't feel comfortable to call the last one "tourist attraction"). Of course, I can take you there, but I WILL NOT BE your city tour guide because I am a genealogist and rather "country guide" operating mainly in tiny villages where usually your ancestors came from Smile.

Now, when I know all of the above and the planned date you want to dedicate for the Tour I expect you to make deposit for me to reserve my time exclusively for you. I have first inquiries for 2013 Tours but no confirmed reservations yet.
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:11 pm      Post subject:
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Zenon,

Thank you for the quick reply. Unfortunately, we have no letters or pictures from Poland. I have a lot of genealogy about my family in the USA. Through the Poznań Project I recently discovered information about the marriage of my great grandparents near Wągrowiec. Using Geneteka, I found references to the birth of another great grandmother and her brothers in a parish in Świedziebnia.  I will need to get to an LDS Family History Center and look at the microfilms to get copies/images of what they have.


I'll compile what I have and send it to you once I have the LDS information.


Best regards,
Gary Deborski
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:27 am      Post subject:
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See new "Tour Story" on our Blog: My Big Fat Polish Trip

This is the first episode, next coming soon Exclamation

Below one of the videos from Polish wedding included in this Story:


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:49 pm      Post subject:
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Second part of Josephine's story published: My Big Fat Polish Trip. Part 2. My ancestors and relatives..

In this part Josphine describes our meetings with her relatives. Today, when I was preparing this blog to publish, I received an email from Josephine. She just found out that 91 years old Stanislawa, her relative who we met, died less than a month ago.... I am very sorry for you Jo and your family in Poland.

If Josephine arrived in Poland only a year later they would never have met...
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:30 am      Post subject:
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'My Big Fat Polish Trip. Part 3. Colorful Galicia.' with lots of pictures and two videos just published.
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Post Posted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 2:52 am      Post subject:
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All 6 parts of 'My Big Fat Polish Trip' by Josephine are published on the blog: http://blog.polishorigins.com/category/josephines-tour/ or starting from part 1: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2012/03/09/my-big-fat-polish-trip/ .

I especially recommend to read it by those of you who look for practical hints about traveling to and throughout Poland and those who like watching pictures and videos Smile .

Paper version of Jo's story was published this summer in known to many of you 'Rodziny' magazine published for years by Polish Genealogical Society of America. You can find scanned version of it sent by Josephine in the attachment of this post.

Next week we start next travel diary from one of this year research trips. So visit the blog again soon: http://blog.polishorigins.com/ Smile .

And yes, we started to collect bookings for the next year Forefathers Traces Tours season. We will publish detailed availability calendar for 2013 before the end of 2012.



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Post Posted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:28 pm      Post subject:
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As promised, next blog: Trip of a Lifetime. http://blog.polishorigins.com/2012/11/27/1-trip-of-a-lifetime/ published. This is the first part of our research trip described by Michelle. Second and third parts will be published in the next two days.

Stay tuned Smile.
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Post Posted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 3:33 am      Post subject:
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Życzymy Wam Wesołych Świąt i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku z kraju Waszych przodków Exclamation

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the country of your ancestors Exclamation

And here is a gift for all of us - memories of Kathy Zaborowski: Wigilia with my great-grandmother.
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Post Posted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 7:38 am      Post subject:
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Richard is planning his ancestry trip to Poland in summer of 2014 so he started to prepare Smile. We just published first part of his blog: My Borek Family 7 Discoveries. So Far!
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:53 pm      Post subject:
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This time we publish not only written but also spoken words on our blog Smile.

Have a good time in reading and listening to Abraham Mahshie blog post describing family rediscovery after 67 years: Looking for Great-Grandpa Ludwik .

Direct link to all audio recordings you will find here: https://soundcloud.com/abraham-mahshie/sets/polish-letter-story/s-fvV0C



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