What has gotten me off my royal jester duff ? The baptism of bonny Prince George of Cambridge, of course. I was keeping abreast of this genealogical event. But the interest in this baby is phenomenal ! Blog readership is up over 250% and most of that increase is International.
I’ll come back to the God Parents (all seven of them) in a minute.
First, I want to comment on the four generation photo of HRH Queen Elizabeth and her three generations of heir apparents – Prince Charles, Prince Andrew and Prince George. Why the focus on a family photo? This is extraordinary in British History – only once before has a four generation picture happened and that was 1894 !
The parallel is obvious – baptism is a time of whole family gathering and when it’s a future monarch, it is historic.
Prince George who was born 22 July 2013, had his christening and (23 October 2013, Chapel Royal) was attended and sponsored by no less than seven God Parents – And neither Prince Harry nor Pippa Middleton were god parents.
God Fathers — William van Custem, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, Hugh Grosvenor, Oliver Baker
God Mothers — Zara Tindall, Julia Samuel, Emilia Jardine-Paterson
#GoodGenealogy = #GoodHistory
Prior Story …
British Royal Family Tree — 27 July 2013
(LOC) has published a finding resource listing 71 links to the 50 states, online digital collections. That is found here .
The PA State Library — Has a digital collections, very similar to the digital collections found at seekingmichigan.org [Editor: also in LOC list for MI].
From Abe Lincoln, to Ben Franklin, to Coal Mining History, to WWI there are many PA treasures here:
I chose to start in their WWI Collection, which had a few choices to pick from, so I chose the top pick (Mahanoy City):
American Red Cross. Pennsylvania Chapter. Mahanoy City. In Memoriam Of Those Who, Coming from the District within the Limits of the Mahanoy City, Red Cross Chapter, Quakake to Girardville [inclusive] Made the Supreme Sacrifice in the Great War for Democracy, known as “The World War” 1917-1919. Mahanoy City, Pa., 
This is a six page memorial to the fallen veterans who lived in Mahanoy City in the anthracite coal region of northeastern Pennsylvania.
In truth the PA State Library’s digital collection is large enough that this jester will need to spend some time exploring, but I thought I would share my initial impression.
So LOC, a tip of the jester’s hat to you for compiling a very useful resource of state libraries who have online digital collections. These are historical in nature, but the obvious application to genealogy make these valuable resources to the genealogical researcher too.
Stanczyk just loves the artistry and historicity of heraldic symbols. But, it was a bonus! At the site was a 1764 map of the Poland/Lithuanian Commonwealth.
As a double bonus, I looked at the whole website:
http://www.wawrzak.org/news_updates.htm and it is a site dedicated to Szlachta (Polish Nobility). It has Polish/English text. Very nice find for those with blue blood coursing through their genealogical veins.
The 1764 Map is shown on the Maps Page.
100 years ago today my paternal grandmother Walerya Leszczynska Eliasz came to the USA with my four year old aunt Aleksandra (Alice) in tow on the SS Prinz Adalbert. She arrived in Philadelphia (for some unknown reason) and went to Buffalo to join my grandfather, Jozef and her two brothers and a sister. She arrived on the SS Prinz Adalbert from Hamburg, Germany (port) and her last residence was Pacanow.
So it is safe to say that Stanczyk would not be here today if Walerya had not come to the USA when she did.
SEE other related posts …
The Ship manifest was also very helpful with its markings that indicated citizenship papers and also showing she came from her father (Tomasz in Pacanow) to her husband (Jozefin Depew, NY).
The Depew, NY address was actually her brother Teofil’s address. According to my aunt Bernice, my Busia’s brothers had to go get my grandfather (whom I assume was working in Detroit). My grandparents were reunited in Depew and I have their century old photo in an antique oval/bubble frame with “1913″ inscribed on the back. It must have been a happy reunion, because my aunt Kitty was born in 1914 in Depew.
Ancestry.com has updated their app to version 5.0 (iTunes App Store). I like their newest effort. It looks nice and the User Experience (UX) is improved for the most part. I miss having a button for showing just the lineal line (not siblings) to save space on the iPhone. Also the UX does not provide ways to go up or down your family tree other than what is displayed on screen (5 generations on iPhone). Why no arrows on top/bottom rows. You can of course click on someone higher up in the tree and see further back generations from that person, but you may not realize that there are prior generations unless you know your tree well. No visual key that more generations exist.
When you upgrade you will need to download your whole tree again (does that imply their local db changed and needs to be reloaded?) and that takes about 30–45 seconds for a tree of 1,142 people. Small price to pay. I do wonder if the new app is causing problems for the Ancestry.com web site. It has performed slowly and sometimes the app says Ancestry.com is not available. Perhaps mobile app users are putting a bigger strain then online users.
It integrates more closely with Facebook. That did not appeal to me, but for some people it may be just what you want. As a result I do not know what happens when you connect your Facebook profile to a person in the tree (does it post the timeline to your Facebook timeline?).
Besides, Facebook, the app now integrates with Ancestry.com more completely. The app now works a lot like the web site. It does not appear to be missing any features. I like the new Timeline view of a profile … very nice.
The Gallery button on the bottom of the profile view quickly loads your images (much faster). It also automatically searches for hints too. Finally this view has a new feature to find sources (from Ancestry.com?) for your facts. Very nice.
The tight integration to the web site does mean the app switches control to a Safari web-app but the integration is so tight you might not notice the switch to Safari and back to the App
In Stanczyk’s first genealogical examination on Ayn Rand’s genealogy:
Ayn Rand – A Genealogical Examination — 15th-August-2012
I omitted publishing her citizenship papers, which I am now including in this article.
“Alice” applied for citizenship on 29th June 1929. She declared herself to be a Hebrew (i.e. that she was Jewish), not Russian. She also said she emigrated from Mexico (clearly a lie) and that her last residence was Petrograd, Russia. Her occupation was ‘clerk’.
I say clearly a lie, since her Ship Manifest that records her REAL arrival on, 19-Feb-1926 as Alice Rosenbaum arriving in New York City, NY on board the SS De Grasse. I just wanted to emphasize that she was a liar on numerous occasions when it suited her purposes. So I guess I can conclude that Objectivism includes a tenant of lying – tough to base a philosophy/economic theory on lies. That is not intellectualism, that is an academic fraud.
On March 13, 1931 she was granted citizenship. You can see her citizenship is 5 years after her REAL arrival. So what was June 29th, 1929 if not an arrival date? It was a return from her honeymoon vacation! Do you see how she twists things to suit her purposes?
In the original article I did mention that she collected Social Security & Medicare to pay for her lung cancer surgery & medical bills. I forgot to mention that she had applied for Social Security before 1951 (probably in the 1930′s like our ancestors) when she lived in CA. You can get her SS5 application if you are so inclined. I chose not to spend the $35 for that document but you can go to Ancestry.com and order the SS5 there easily enough.
— — — — — — — — — — Two more images of Alice O’Connor (Ayn Rand) :
So far the college football season has been great: Clemson-Georgia, Georgia-SC, Michigan-Notre Dame, Florida-Miami, Texas-BYU, plus a few FBS teams beat FCS teams. Its early but how are things shaping up relative to inter-conference play ?
So far the Big 10 (which as twelve teams in contrast to the Big 12 which has ten teams — but ignore the names).
Big 10: only three losses
ACC: only five losses, beat the SEC in two head-to-head, two ACC-on-ACC, so three losses really
PAC 12: only four losses, one of which was PAC12-on-PAC12, so lets call it three losses
SEC: only six losses, two of which were SEC-on-SEC contests so lets call it four losses
Big 12: only five losses, one of which was BIG12-on-BIG12 so really four losses
So Big 10, ACC, and PAC 12 are the leaders so far in inter-conference play. Who are soaking up the losses? American Athletic (9 losses, really 8), Mid American (15, really 14), Conference USA (16, really 15), and the Independents (including Notre Dame) with only six teams have seven losses.
So it is this jester’s opinion that the National polls are skewed to the SEC (which to be fair has won the National Title so many years in a row). None the less, the rankings need to be re-balanced upon this season’s truth not on last season’s results.
Next Week …
No. 1 Alabama vs No. 7 Texas A&M — Must see Game
A lot of Big 10 vs PAC 12 games this week.
My Picks …
Texas A&M over Alabama in an upset. TAMU is at home, but BAMA has had a week to prepare so it will be close. Alabama’s reign is over!
Nebraska over UCLA in a mild upset. Again Nebraska is at home and they have looked like a juggernaut. Nebraska has two games, but UCLA has two weeks to prepare. Stats slightly favor UCLA over Nebraska so I guess it is just the home field advantage I am hanging my hat on and Big Red having two games under its belt. Almost a toss-up.
Winners – Oregon, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Louisville,
Toss Ups – Washington/Illinois, Ole Miss/Texas, Boston College/USC
Wisconsin looks like Fielding Yost Point-A-Minute team, unscored upon so far. The biggest lock. It will be high scoring game (no defense played here unless it is by Wisconsin).
On the Toss-Ups take the home teams. USC must watch out for Boston College though.
Poland, Radom Roman Catholic Church Books, 1587-1966; http://bit.ly/X9qxJ8
Poland, Lublin Roman Catholic Church Books, 1784-1964 was also updated: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1867931
Also Czech Republic Censuses 1843-1921: https://familysearch.org/search/collection/1930345
Add Family Search Wiki Page if your genealogy research area is Poland:
Images and indexes of church books containing baptisms and births, marriages, burials and deaths for the parishes in the Radom & Lublin Roman Catholic Dioceses of Poland.
Births end in 1912,
Marriages endin 1937, and
Deaths end in 1982 due to Polish privacy rules.
Even though my husband and I believe our personal lawyer was indeed placed in our life by G-d, this New Year essay is not referencing that REAL gift. Instead is based on my being informed by one of my daily Talmud and Torah teachings - yes I study both each morning. So here I am beginning the Jewish New Year 5774…
Father: HRH Prince William Arthur Philip Louis
Mother: Catherine Elizabeth Middleton, HRH Duchess of Cambridge
Usual Address: Kensington Palace London
Filed 2nd August 2013 by William [signature]
Love the occupations !
Mom was born in Reading, Dad was born in Paddington, Westminster
See Also …
British Royal Family Tree - 27th-July-2013
Gesher Galicia has really been adding content and also a website redesign of late. I am planning on joining this genealogical society. The reason is their projects and current databases, maps, and variety of resources that can aid all genealogists and especially Jewish Genealogists with family from the former Galicia region (now western part in Poland, eastern part in Ukraine) of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire (aka Hapsburg). So Ukrainian and Polish genealogists take note!
This little tidbit was found because of a PGSCT&NE posting in Twitter/Facebook. So keeping tabs on events in social media (or reading this blog) can keep you informed on the latest contributions by genealogists, the world over. Follow these societies and join them and volunteer your time. I am sure Gesher Galicia members knew about this and active meeting goers may have been informed, but it is now the Internet/Cloud that keeps the vast majority of genealogists informed and involved. Keep up the good work!
The Gesher Galicia website has an article by Alexander Dunai. Alexander also has another, more complete article on his website which you should go read ( http://alexdunai.com/documents/item_11/) on Tabula Registers and their purpose, plus a list of towns is available with this genealogy resource at URL:
The list of towns from that article with Tabula Registers for the Villages and Towns of Galicia:
|Bandrow||Bania Kotowska||Belz (15 vols)|
|Bialy Kamien||Blyszczywody (incl. in Mokrotyn)||Bolechow|
|Bolehowce||Brody (32 vols, 1794-1884)||Bronica|
|Brzegi Dolne||Brzezany (12 vols)||Buda (incl. in Wysoka)|
|Busk (5 vols)||Cholojow||Chorocowa|
|Dobrohostow||Dobromyl (16 vols)||Dobrzanica (incl. in Uszkowice)|
|Dolhopol||Dolina (10 vols)||Dolina area villages (incl. in Lopianka)|
|Drohobycz & suburbs (81 vols)||Dunajow vicinity villages||
|Folwarki Wielke & Folwarki Male||Gaje Starobrodskie||Gerynia (incl. in Witwica)|
|Gleboka||Gliniany (8 volumes)||Grodek Jagiellonski (11 volumes 1797-1880)|
|Halicz (10 vols. 1753-1886)||Holowy||Hoszow|
|Hoszow (incl. in Stankowce)||Hrusatycze (incl. in Strzeliska)||Hubice|
|Huczko||Jagielnica||Jaroslaw (50 vols. 1792-1892)|
|Jaworow (9 vols. 1792-1893)||Jozefow||Kalusz (7 vols. 1758-1822)|
|Kamionka Strumilowa (21 books)||Katyna||Kimirz|
|Kniahinin (4 vols. 1801-1885)||Kniazpol||Kobasz|
|Kolomyja (30 volumes)||Kolpiec||Komarno|
|Krasnoila||Krechow||Kropiwnik Nowy & Stary|
|Krystynopol (7 vols. 1792-1883)||Kulczyce||Kulikow|
|Kurowice||Kuty (18 vols, 1781-1888)||Kwaszenina|
|Makow||Mariampol (3 vols, 1807-1855)||Migowo|
|Mokrotyn, Smerekow, Przedrzymichy, & Blyszczywody||Muzylowice||Nadziejow (incl. in Lopianka)|
|Neudorf (incl. in Bolechowce)||Niedwedza||Nojdorf (incl. in Zawidowice)|
|Nowe Miasto (1 volume)||Obersdorf||Olesko (3 vols, 1798-1882)|
|Prochnik (14 vols, 1814-1874)||Przerzymichy (incl. in Mokrotyn)||Przemysl with suburbs (56 vols, 1799-1894)|
|Przemyslany (11 vols, 1816-1881)||Radziechow (2 vols, 1827-1874)||Raniowice|
|Rawa Ruska (12 vols, 1796-1882)||Rodatycze||Rogozno|
|Rozenburg||Rozen Maly and Rozen Wielki||Roztoki|
|Roztoczki (incl. in Witwica)||Rudawka||Rudki (4 vols)|
|Rybno with Slobodka||Rybotycze||Rymanow with neighboring villages (6 vols, 1782-1888)|
|Sambor & neighboring villages (69 volumes)||Sielec||Smereczna|
|Smerekov (incl. Mokrotyn)||Slobodka||Smolnica|
|Smolno||Sniatyn (vols, 1791-1832)||Sokal (vols. with index)|
|Stanila with Stebnik and Kolpets||Stanislawow & suburbs (99 vols. 1784-1882)||Stankowce with Hoszow|
|Stare Miasto||Stary Sambor||Starzawa Sanocka|
|Stebne with Dolhopol||Stebnik||Strzeliska Nowe and Stare|
|Sulukow (incl. Lopianka)||Szmankowce||Tarnawa|
|Tartakow (1 vol. 1817-1883)||Tarnopol city (50 vols.).||Trebowla (12 vols. 1803-1886)|
|Truskawiec (incl. Tustanowice)||Tudiow||Tustanowice (1802-1889)|
|Untervalden (incl. in Uszkowice)||Ustrzyki Dolne (1855-1880)||Uszkowice|
|Witwica incl. Roztoczki & Gerynia||Wojnilow (3 vols, 1652-1839)||Wolica|
|Wysocko||Wysoka & Buda||Wyzniany & vicinity|
|Zablotow (3 vols)||Zaleszczyki (4 vols)||Zawidowice & Nojdorf|
|Zbadyn||Zbaraz (8 vols)||Zloczow (50 vols)|
|Zolkiew (24 vols)||Zoltantce||Zurawno (2 vols)|
|Zydaczow (8 vols)|
Thank you, Alexander Dunai, for this fine piece of research. I will be visiting your website and taking a further look at your other efforts too. Very nice website!
The minions in the Email-Room dropped off a missive at my virtual cubicle today. Today’s question is about Polish Royalty & DNA as it relates to genealogy …
Hi, I stumbled across your blog and thought you might could help me. We are searching for my father’s ancestry and think he is a Poniatowski. My grandfather Andrzej changed his name when he came to America in 1909. The story we always heard was that he was royal. So I have my father’s yDNA markers but cannot find a surname project online for the Poniatowskis or other Polish nobles. Do you know of any? Maybe you can give me some advice? I sure would appreciate it! Thanks in advance for sharing anything.Sincerely,Kristian Krawford— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — —
Welcome to the blog. DNA plays a role in genealogy in some ways, but it is NOT for every genealogist. It is due the certainty factor (I favor >97% certainty) takes you back beyond the number of generations that most people tracing Slavic/Polish genealogy can do UNLESS they have royal blood. Your question gives me yet another reason to endorse limited use of DNA in genealogy. I am in favor of using DNA in your case because, you want to determine if you have royal blood or not and specifically whether or not you are related to Poniatowski szlactha (nobility).
Now to the crux of your question. You have your family DNA and want to compare it. Ancestry.com has some capacity, but perhaps because they have so little Polish emphasis in their data, their DNA may be lacking from Polish genealogists families. So…
You can Google:
Y-DNA project of Polish Nobility families
That led me to:
This web page had a very extensive list of family names with their DNA markers. I hope you can find your markers in these that are available. Notice that is “Y-DNA”. The mt-DNA will not work for you as that is the maternal/mitochondrial DNA that is passed from Mother to all children (relatively unchanged, except by mutation) and the Y-DNA is the paternal DNA passed from father to sons (23rd chromosome). The rest of the DNA is called autosomal / atDNA (see Genealogical DNA test). This link is a good link for introduction of DNA terms to the genealogist.
It is now 1 month away from PBS’s Genealogy Roadshow. The series initial program airs Monday, September 23rd at 9:00pm EDT (1am GMT). The show is based upon the Irish TV version of the same name that PBS optioned and is produced by Krasnow Productions in the US.
Every Monday, 9/23 (Detroit, MI), 9/30 (Austin, TX), 10/7 (Nashville, TN), 10/14 (San Francisco, CA) PBS will air the one hour shows that will embody, “part detective story, part emotional journey, combining history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans.” The PBS show uses science and history to tell/verify genealogical stories with the most compelling finds shown on air in historic local settings. The four cities were chosen for their diversity of the American genealogical experience. The producers are breaking new ground, with a format that features an expert team of genealogists investigating ordinary people’s stories and then presenting them to a live roadshow audience in an historical setting.
Stanczyk will be waiting … anxiously.
The Getty Museum released on 14th-August-2013 over 4,000 images into public domain (i.e. free). According to the ArtObserved article on the museum’s public release made public on their Getty Iris blog, this is part of their, “Open Content” commitment of their digital resources.
You can search these images using: Getty Search Gateway .
Stanczyk, knows what you’re thinking, “I am too busy on my genealogy to search through museum images”. But I politely urge you to reconsider. While I was searching their images, I found a genealogical family tree, of Duke Ludwig I of Brzeg (amongst many other images he commissioned). A Polish noble of house Piast. So if your family tree intersects, get thee to the Getty Museum. For those curious, I have posted the images to this blog. The text is Fraktur looking, gothic, German script.
Other Duke Ludwik I, Family Tree Images …
#Meme – Things I Find While Looking Up Other Things — #Declaration, #Independence, #History, #Picture
Wordless Wednesday — Enjoy this document, that I found at the Smithsonian. I do not think it dates back to the 1776 era, but it looks like late 19th century or early 20th century ephemera. It is beautiful. One question, though, “Why does John Hancock get billing on par with Washington and Jefferson?” The 13 original colonies are also pictured … just a beautiful replica of the U.S. Declaration of Independence !