Born post Holocaust - in the 1950's meant for me and other Jewish children an almost etched in DNA early knowledge of the Holocaust. Parents and teachers anxiously compelled to both inform and protect our youthful minds. No escaping the REAL facts that just a few years before our births there were those determined to annihilate our kind. So even today - as a Mother, Aunt and a friend to others children, I ask "
Every minute of Every day, you and I and the rest of the Internati produce data, big data in some kind of Internet colony. We email or blog or even a Facebook post or a 140 character tweet. Being genealogists we search databases and post trees with their connections and images like the 1940 US Census pages that hold our family members. And every day we post more data to the Internet. That is what the picture shows.
The pace of Big Data is increasing too.
Who backs up the Internet? Who archives the web? The “Wayback Machine” seems to record our civilization’s record so this work may last as long as Babylon’s cuneiform or Egypts hieroglyphs. Or will it? I know the Library of Congress is wrestling with Archival Issues of Digital works.
What is the disaster recovery plan of a sun spot interference or another magnetic burst? Books will survive and be immediately available but what about digital works? How do we backup all of this data exlposion?
Stanczyk, took note of when my friend and noted professional genealogist Ceil Wendt Jensen did an article for Ancestry.com magazine(2009, #3) on Martha Stewart’s ancestry. For a long time, I knew her maiden name was Kostyra. So when I noticed that Ceil had done an article and detailed much of Martha’s family tree, I asked her is she from Pacanow too? [Now you may not know that both Stanczyk and his friend Ceil have ancestors from Pacanow]. I had asked because, I had Kostyra in my family tree. Ceil told me, ‘No.’
So when I noticed that 5/6/2012 episode on Finding Your Roots, was going to have a segment on Martha Stewart, I watched again. It was interesting that Martha’s roots (and DNA) include Tartars and again they mentioned Kostyra and a few village names, but not Pacanow.
Now I read a column by the famous genealogist Megan Smolenyak (at Huffington Post??) on, “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Martha Stewart’s Family Tree – Huffington Post” on Martha Stewart. What caught my eye was …
If you have any of the following surnames in your family tree, you could be a cousin of Ms. Stewart’s: Adamczyk, Albiniak, Baran, Ciman, Flis, Grab, Grosiewicz, Grysztar Kak, Kielar, Kisielinska, Kiszka, Kostyra, Krol, Krukar, Krulicka, Kulpa, Lach, Lazinska, Litwin, Macuga, Misiak, Okon, Oleszko, Orzeł, Penar, Rajchel, Ruszkowski, Rygiel, Rzad, Siwy, Skubik, Strzalinska, Tomczyk, Wasi, Wojtan, Wolyniec and Zukowsa.
Now if you notice, I BOLDED, some of the above family names (many of the others I am not certain of) in the list of possible cousins. I cannot speak to the commonness of those names, but each one is from my paternal grandparent’s (Eliasz/Leszczynski) parishes and some of those are actually in my family tree.
By all means go read Megan’s article. It is another interesting piece on Martha Stewart (aka Jadwiga Kostyra).
So Martha perhaps we are cousins (albeit very distant ones). Any Eliasz/Elijasz, Leszczynski, Ozarow, Major, Wlecial, Kedzierski in your tree (Martha)?
How about you readers? Any of you have those names in your tree? Do you research in Biechow or Pacanow (villages in the old Kielce wojewodztwo)? Email me!
Stanczyk, was not aware that the US Government once contemplated the sale of Ells Island.
The 9 Feb 1958 article (from Daytona Beach Morning Journal — in Google’s Newspaper Archives) spoke about the condition of Ellis island and some of the cost drivers. Then the author diverges a bit into opinion and claims Ellis Island was a “scandal ridden bedlam” and that between 1900-1914 was the great “Slav Invasion apparently from Southern Europe and the Balkans – whew, for a minute there I thought they were talking about Czechs, Poles, and Russians.
Still this besmirching of the Southern Slavs in 1958 seems to be similar to today’s brand of xenophobia and is even filled with speculation … “How many persons turned away were lunatics?”. No, who-what-when-where-and-why in that journalism.
Dick Eastman‘s Online Newsletter also had a blog on Ellis Island recently (3/9/2012) … The 9 March 2012 MailOnline (UK periodical) had a article on Ellis Island with some eerie photos of before the island was made into a National Park. Please do go take a look at the pictures.
These two articles provide quite a context for Ellis Island after it was retired and before it was to become a National Park.
Stanczyk, wants to know if anyone else is having problems Exporting their GEDCOM from Ancestry.com?
This is what I see when I try to export my gedcom from the tree settings screen. It never gets past 0% complete.
I have tried to submit a Help Ticket for technical support and so far I have not received any response. What gives Ancestry?
I can still work on my tree and updates appear to be saved. I can synch to the Ancestry App (on the iPhone) and the changes are there too.
a minor or trivial detail(s, trifles)
Stanczyk has been mired in minutia or since it is a plethora of minutia, then perhaps minutiae is appropriate. However, I like the sound of minutia, while minutiae sounds like a Japanese anime character. You see, I am mired in a mountain of minutia — even my writing has been infected by the minutia.
I Tweaked the Blog Again …
- I deleted a redundant page and now have the TABs (really menus, although not properly used that way) at the top. Down the side I now have: About Stanczyk, Gazetteers, & Maps
- Gazetteers is now complete (or at least no longer under construction) and is a credible resource to start your work on gazetteers.
- The other two pages had slight tweaks to them.
- I am evolving the top TABs (Dziennik Polski, Biechow, Pacanow, etc.) in true menus, with menu items. I hope this will organize my materials for faster finding and utilization and to provide for more content, easily found and to make better use of that scarce real estate at the top.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Roots Technology …
Stanczyk has been trying to get his Roots Tech organized and ready to be deployed. As you know technology is slippery as an eel and hard to master/muster into a kind of electronic Swiss knife. My focus is portable genealogy — taking my research & tools with me into the field (uh, libraries, archives, churches/synagogues, courthouses, vital records offices, and cemeteries). So the smartphone and the cloud have been an emphasis. My latest tool in my bag of tricks is the iPhone app: ImageToText . This little application allows you to take a picture of a page of text, it recognizes the text (in the picture just taken), and then you can email that text to yourself (or anyone else really). So now you do not have to scribble down that paragraph of text or that page from a city directory. Just (1) start ImageToText, (2) Take a picture, (3) Send an email. What comes to your mailbox is NOT the image but OCR’ed (OCR is optical character recognition) text in the body of the email message. I like that a lot.
LDS Films Online …
I have mentioned this a couple of times before. It was a concept that was coming. It came. OK I tried it, but I could not use the first implementation because they could NOT return a list of MY Family History Centers (why would I want to order a microfilm that was only for other states, i. e. UT). Ok ,they have finally fixed their problems and I can now report that My Account is working. So go to familysearch.org/film and create an account, set it up and start ordering microfilm.
https://www.familysearch.org/films/customer/account/ - Keep this handy (Bookmark it / Make it a Favorite). This is the link to your Microfilm/Account Dashboard.
Here are the list of changes I have made today. Let me know if you think there are others that would be beneficial.
- Emails to me are easier. Just click on the pic [here in this post] or permanently on right sidebar.
- RSS subscriptions are more obvious – top right of the blog
- Access to other Pages moved up
- Thank You. – At the bottom (and here and now) I thank you for visiting me
- Previously I added my twitter feeds – mostly I announce new blogs posts, plus a few quips.
Stanczyk just read EOGN (Eastman Online Genealogy Network) and could not believe what he read. So I followed the source and read that and still did not believe. So I checked further – because I could NOT locate the benchmark/methodology of the survey which is NOT credible. I then Googled and found this source here: http://www.progenealogists.com/top50genealogy2011.htm . I certainly would agree with these rankings as these are what I use most often throughout the year.
Perhaps I am not Canadian as the source EOGN quoted was and perhaps the methodology was geographic based (in Canada, with UK add-in). Dick Eastman should do some extra checking rather than just re-broadcasting bogus news. That is my expectation for EOGN. Read the EOGN blog post that I am railing against here: http://blog.eogn.com/eastmans_online_genealogy/2011/09/genealogy-site-rankings.html
Certainly if I surveyed Polish Genealogy websites, my list would look differently too.
Here is the only credible 2011 Rankings:
Rank Website Coverage/Content
- Ancestry.com $ – Ancestry.com is the leading genealogical data site, and includes articles, instruction, and reference help.
- MyHeritage.com - Focuses on genealogy community building and networking.
- FindAGrave.com - This database of 57 million cemetery inscriptions adds about a million per month and often includes tombstone photos.
- FamilySearch.org - This major data website sponsored by the LDS Church includes the IGI, census records, the library’s catalog and a growing collection of historical records from throughout the world, along with instruction and reference help. (4>5>5)
- Genealogy.com $ – A major data site, includes family trees, instruction and reference help. (5>2>4)
- Geni.com – Free, with the world’s largest collaborative family. (31>8>18)
- MyFamily.com - Hosts family websites for sharing photos, genealogy, and more. (33>5>5)
- FamilyLink.com $ - One of the most popular FaceBook applications helps people identify and network with their family and search billions of records. (2>80>72)
- RootsWeb.com – One of the largest, free, user-contributed data sites, includes 575 million names in family trees, also instruction and reference help. (6>4>2)
- AncestorHunt.com – Free genealogy search engine linking to free data. (11>11>12)
- AccessGenealogy.com – Millions of names in 250,000 pages, along with links to free data; especially useful for Native American information, and some data. (13>14>13)
- SearchForAncestors.com - Interactive directory of free genealogy websites and data. (12>19>21)
- GenealogyBank.com $ – 1 billion exclusive records from 4500 newspapers and historical books. (19>31>41)
- USGWArchives.net – A large collection of free data, arranged by state and searchable across the entire collection. (8>not ranked)
- CyndisList.com – The best subject catalog of genealogy webpage links. (14>17>15)
- Interment.net - Transcribed and indexed cemetery inscriptions. (16>16>16)
- OneGreatFamily.com$ – A family tree sharing and collaboration website. (9>11>9)
- GenealogyToday.com - Includes instruction, reference articles, and some unique data collections. (10>12>11)
- SurnameWeb.org – A collection of surname website links; online since 1996. (48>62>26)
- FindMyPast.co.uk$ – (Back in) 650 million British records of many types [formerly FindMyPast.com]. (57>46>50)
- Geneanet.org - (Back in) A European collection of 400 million names in family trees, community, and submitted records. (58>42>36)
- DeathIndexes.com - Lists of links to United States death records, by state. (23>25>31)
- Linkpendium.com – Nine million genealogy links organized by state/county and surname. (24>24>35)
- EllisIsland.org - Database of 24 million New York passenger arrivals that is free to search. Actual passenger list images can be printed or purchased. (15>20>14)
- GeneBase.com - A DNA ancestry cataloguing project with 675,000 users. (21>24>24)
- GenealogyTrails.com - Five year old site with free U.S. data contributed by volunteers. (25>35>NR)
- GenealogyBuff.com – A free genealogy search site with hundreds of data sources. (27>134>NR)
- FamilyTreeMaker.com - Homepage for Ancestry.com’s genealogical software. (28>21>20)
- USGennet.org - Historical and genealogical web hosting service. (18>15>17)
- WorldVitalRecords.com $ – The data collection provided by Family Link, with over a billion records, as well as instruction and reference help. (17>13>10)
- FamilyTreeDNA.com - DNA testing service focused upon family history test types. (20>26>27)
- Footnote.com $ – In conjunction with the U.S. National Archives, Footnote offers data, original records images, and more. (37>9>8)
- KindredKonnections.com $ – Grassroots created data site with compiled family trees, and some extracted records. (29>22>19)
- CensusFinder.com - Links to free census records. (22>29>40)
- Archives.com $ – A major new subscription data site, launched in July 2009 and already with more than a billion names. (41>New)
- DistantCousin.com - An online archive of genealogy records and images of historical documents. (34>23>22)
- FamilyHistory101.com - Less than four years old and full of instruction and guidance for genealogists. (38>47>107)
- ThePeerage.com – A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe. (44>53>58)
- TribalPages.com - Family trees hosting with 300,000 members and 80 million names. (35>28>25)
- RootsChat.com – (New) Free family history messaging forum with almost 3 million mostly UK messages. (57>54>NR)
- HeritageQuestOnline.com $ – Census, PERSI (the periodical index), books, all free to you at many libraries. (32>39>39)
- NewspaperObituaries.net – (New) A directory of obituary databases and archives on the web. (91>84>126)
- AncientFaces.com - Share genealogy research, community pages, family photos & records more for free. (46>48>38)
- JewishGen.org - Jewish, reference, instruction, coordination, and databases. (26>32>28)
- PoliticalGraveyard.com - Comprehensive source of U.S. political biography that tells where many dead politicians are buried. (36>33>34)
- CousinConnect.com - A large free queries website. (39>27>23)
- DAR.org - Site of the largest lineage society; includes their library catalog and 32 million name index. (43>49>67)
- FamilyTreeMagazine.com – (New) Website for popular magazine that includes shopping, links, and research tools. (55>67>47)
- AmericanAncestors.org $ – (New) The new name for the NEHGS website and their 3,000 databases. (73>89>87)
- GenealogyLinks.net – 50,000 links to free sites, arranged by state and county. (53>50>43)
Dropping out of the top 50:
- GenWed.com- Online marriage records, where to order, some indexes, and more. (42>43>42)
- ObitLinksPage.com- State-by-state directory of obituaries and obituary resources. (47>not ranked)
- Genuki.org.uk- Large collection of genealogical information pages for England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Channel Islands, and the Isle of Man. (50>34>32)
- GenoPro.com- Genealogy software that produces genograms (40>37>53)
- US-Census.org- Census abstracts (U.S. GenWeb Census Project) (49>45>37)
- Genealogy.org– (New) A listing of 400+ registered websites, ranked weekly by hits. (45>69>56)
- FamilyTiez.com– (New) A site where families can establish their own pages to share news, photos, events and genealogy with each other. (30>not ranked)
Send Me your top 10 Polish Genealogy Websites. This will be a non-scientific survey and I will only publish my findings if I can get 36 emails and I will add in my own top 10 Polish Genealogy sites too. Do not include from the above “generic” genealogy sites. I will allow only Polish (or German, Russian, Austrian, Slavic, Czech, Ukrainian, Lithuanian, Jewish, or Hungarian genealogy websites that have ties to Poland).
Email your top 10 to: Stanczyk Email
A new take on Genealogy and a very polished blog to boot. Welcome to “The Catholic Gene“. Just look at these bloggers …
Jasia (Creative Gene), Donna Pointkouski who also writes What’s Past is Prologue, Stephen Danko, Sheri Fenley, Lisa (Smallest Leaf), Lisa A. Alzo, Denise Levenick, Craig Manson, and Ceil Jensen. That’s not a blog, that’s a full blown Polish Genealogy Conference!
I had seen mention of it via my rootsweb genealogy mailing lists, then I saw it pop up on my iGoogle Genealogy Page. I had to check it out after reading Creative Gene (see my blog roll — in fact most of these people are on it). Naturally, Stanczyk‘s curiosity was piqued by the blog roll entry, “The Curt Jester“ — clever.
Make this a part of your Sunday ritual, its good for the soul and should be good for your genealogy too.
You may have noticed that Stanczyk’s Blog Roll is heavily Polish Genealogy Blogs. That is because we should try to keep the pulse on news and ideas that other Polish Genealogists know or are struggling with. Polish Genealogy Blogs can be a valuable Reference Source for beginning Slavic genealogists as they struggle to come up the learning curve of dealing with Central/European branches in their family tree.
How can you Find Blogs of Interest to Your Research?
- Use search engines like Google or Bing – try searching on ‘Polish, Genealogy, Blog’
- Word Press has a tool called Tag Surfer - try using the tags: ‘Polish, Genealogy’ or use ancestral village
- Use Genealogy Blog Finder
- Use Yahoo Groups and visit ‘Polish Geniuses‘ [recently(August 2011) celebrated 10 year anniversary]
- Save the links to these Blogs in your Favorites or Bookmarks or at Delicio.us