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 "
☩ UPDATE (5/22/2011) ☩
Stanczyk has now written twice before on these doomsday sayers. This jester’s past two articles:
Now we find failed prophet, Harold Camping (89 years old), predicting that Judgment Day is this Saturday (5/21/2011). They are even barnstorming across America trying to warn people and even buying billboards where possible. Now, I say failed prophet because, Harold Camping, once before predicted Sept. 6, 1994 as Judgment Day. The bible does tell us that any prophet from G-d would be correct in his/her prophecies and that failed prophecies are a sign of charlatans. Surely, they already know that the New Testament says in Matthew 24:36-44:
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, …”
So here are some of the failed predictions (or pending failures?):
- 1-September-1994 [Harold Camping, FAILED]
- 21-May-2011 [Harold Camping, FAILED, 2nd FAILURE!]
- 1806 – [Hoax of Prophet Hen of Leeds, FAILED]
- 22-October-1844 [William MIller, FAILED]
- 1891 or before [Mormon Armageddon predicted by Joseph Smith in 1835, FAILED]
- 1910 [Media frenzy about Halley's Comet return bringing cyanide poisoning, FAILED]
- 1982 [Pat Roberston 700 Club prediction, FAILED]
- 1997 Halle-Bop Comet return [Heavens Gate Cult, FAILED]
- 1999 August, [Nostradamus prediction, FAILED]
- 2008 Fall [Ronald Weinland prediction, including the fall of USA as a nation, FAILED]
- 10-October-2010 (i.e. 10/10/10) [FAILED]
- 21-December-2012 [Mayan Calendar runs outs ???, pending, probable failure as the mathematics are wrong]
So for those planning Rapture parties on 5/21/2011, you should move that up one day to make the sure the party happens and people can attend. Atheists and Agnostics can go ahead with their parties on Saturday. If the predicted calamity does not happen on Saturday, then perhaps, twice failed Harold Camping will be ignored by the Media (and indeed EVERYONE).
Here is a great page of failed doomsday prophecies from 30CE-present. It has more than I listed above. Please read this page which includes references to some materials for the reader to go deeper.
One interesting note on the Halley’s Comet prediciton. Why did nobody believe it happened previously since it happens about every 75 years? Indeed the famous Samuel Clemmons/Mark Twain was born during the 1835 arrival of Halleys and then proceeded to die as he prophesied on the 1910 return of Halleys.
Stanczyk promises to update this post, if he is not Raptured on Saturday, to reflect the second FAILURE of H. Camping. Have a Great Weekend everybody!
Well it was not doosmday. We are still here; even the cultists who promoted the latest doomsday fraud. Stanczyk’s heart goes out to the people who gave up their worldly possessions by believing this fraud. In California, one individual was going to euthanize his pets, before the local Humane Society intervened. Can you imagine if someone did this to their children or their elderly/invalided parents? I pray such a thing did not happen and never happens. I believe there is cuplability here and I hope people sue Harold Camping for inciting this madness upon a large number of gullible people.
May God Bless those who are in need: Haiti, Japan, USA-Tornado victims, USA-Mississippi flood victims. As one of my beloved wife’s friends said, now that the Rapture has not arrived, take this time do a good deed.
Today this Jester was moved to tears at the Mass of Beatification for The Blessed John Paul II. The Mass just completed was beautiful ! Bless His Holiness, Pope Benedict and all others whose preparation and works made today such a moving mass.
Today is Part Two – This is where Stanczyk wanted to write about Karol Józef Wojtyła‘s genealogical lineage. Blessed be those whose long lineage gave us this magnificent man.
Karol Józef Wojtyła b. 18-May-1920 in Wadowice. He was youngest of three children born to Emilia Kaczorowska + Karol Józef Wojtyła Sr. His beloved mother died in childbirth in 1929 and thus the 4th child within her too must have perished.
Karol Józef Wojtyła’s parents were as named above. Karol Józef Wojtyła Sr. was born 18-July-1879 in Lipnik (near Bielsko). His mother, Emilia Kaczorowska was born 26-March-1884 in Krakow. They were married 10-February-1906 in Wadowice. Karol Józef Wojtyła’s family died in 1914 (sister Olga), 1923 (grandfather Maciej Wojtyła), 1929 (mother Emilia), 1932 (brother Edmund), 1941 (father Karol) leaving him a solitary pilgrim throughout his life.
Maciej WOJTYLA (paternal grandfather) was born 01-January-1852 in Czaniec. Anna PRZECZEK (paternal grandmother) was born 03-September-1878. Maciej also had a second wife: Maria ZALEWSKA born: 01-February-1861 in Lipnik , the daughter of Jozef ZALEWSKI. Feliks KACZOROWSKI (maternal grandfather) was born 26-June-1849 in Biala. Maria Anna SCHOLTZ (maternal grandmother) was born circa 1853.
The Wojtyła line continues backward with: Franciszek WOJTYLA + Franciszka GALUSZKA and one final generation: Bartlomiej WOJTYLA born circa 1788 Czaniec + Anna HUDECKA born 1792 Bulowice. The Wojtyła family are purported to be from Czaniec originally (near Biala in the south of Poland).
As a genealogist, I should point out that all of this information is not sourced and should be verified by church records.
Stanczyk honors, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II, who is being beatified tomorrow (1st-May-2011).
I want to write two parts upon this pope. Part One, is I want to write about his religious lineage. Part Two (on 5/1/2011), I want write about his genealogical lineage. The parallels to that statement should be obvious, so I will not draw it. If you do not get it, then read a good book.
Both parts will start with Karol Józef Wojtyła‘s birth. If you look at the prayer card to the left, you will see:
Birth-Priest-Bishop-Cardinal-Pope-Deceased-Beatified. That is the timeline: 1920-1946-1958-1967-1978-2005-2011, a period 91 years. If canonization occurs then we may well be speaking about a century or more. The dates are to the left (uh, or above) on the prayer card. But that is not what I meant by the great pope’s religious lineage. What I mean is right here (Catholic-Hierarchy.org). So here is his religious lineage:
Episcopal Lineage / Apostolic Succession:
- Pope Karol Józef Wojtyła † (1958)
- Archbishop Eugeniusz Baziak † (1933)
- Archbishop Boleslaw Twardowski † (1919)
- Archbishop St. Józef Bilczewski † (1901)
- Jan Maurycy Pawel Cardinal Puzyna de Kosielsko † (1886)
- Mieczyslaw Halka Cardinal Ledóchowski † (1861)
- Camillo Cardinal Di Pietro † (1839)
- Chiarissimo Cardinal Falconieri Mellini † (1826)
- Pope Annibale Francesco Clemente Melchiore Girolamo Nicola della Genga † (1794)
- Henry Benedict Mary Clement Cardinal Stuart of York † (1758)
- Pope Carlo della Torre Rezzonico † (1743)
- Pope Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini † (1724)
- Pope Pietro Francesco (Vincenzo Maria) Orsini de Gravina, O.P. † (1675)
- Paluzzo Cardinal Paluzzi Altieri Degli Albertoni † (1666)
- Ulderico Cardinal Carpegna † (1630)
- Luigi Cardinal Caetani † (1622)
- Ludovico Cardinal Ludovisi † (1621)
- Archbishop Galeazzo Sanvitale † (1604)
- Girolamo Cardinal Bernerio, O.P. † (1586)
- Giulio Antonio Cardinal Santorio † (1566)
- Scipione Cardinal Rebiba †
There is also another religious lineage. The great pope is the 264th pope in direct line back to Saint Peter (the Apostle). John Paul II, was not the longest reigning pope, nor was he the oldest pope. That is his papal lineage (also a religious lineage).
The known Catholic lineages are:
Stanczyk has a question for the vast army of Genealogists out there on the Internet. Today’s blog has a picture of my deceased grandfather’s social security card. This card is brass (I think). Here’s the question: Did the U.S.A. ever issue metal social security cards ? Does anyone else have a metal social security card ?
Does anyone else have an oddity from an ancestor that you are puzzling over? Send me your comments and pictures.
Laugh and the glad world laughs with you,
Weep and the sad World will sigh!
Mirth is our Life’s true Elixir;
It shows you’re a “Regular Guy!”
There’s nothing so banishes worry,
nor puts such a big crimp in sin;
Nor smooths out the wrinkles of trouble,
Like a jolly old Jesterman’s grin!
It rolls off the years from your shoulders,
You’ll forget that you’ve grown to be men!
Your youth turns once again to embrace you,
For you’ve grown to be schoolboys again!
So, if you’ve got grouches, don’t bring ‘em,
It’s your laugh and your joke that we need;
For Mirth is the Doctor of Trouble,
And Laughter the Jesterman’s Creed.
– author unknown (to Stanczyk)
In 1926, on the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the United States of America, the children and government of Poland had undertaken a massive effort of friendship with their Polish Declaration of Admiration & Friendship for the USA. Poland had only re-emerged 8 years earlier at the end of World War I, from nearly a 150 years of occupation! Imagine if you will, a nation occupied nearly the entire history of these United States of America who with the help of the Allied Powers in World War I (including the USA) and with the aid of Americans (USA and Canadians) who formed an expatriate army, known as Haller’s Army or the Polish Army in France. These Allied Powers through 1918 and Haller’s Army through the early 1920 skirmishes, re-established the borders of Poland between the two World Wars and bottled up Communism for another two decades.
You will be forgiven gentle reader if you have never heard of this gift from the people and government of Poland to the people and government of the USA on their 150th Anniversary of our nation’s founding. President Calvin Coolidge received the gift and placed it into the Library of Congress (LOC) where it was forgotten until 70 years later in 1996 when it was re-discovered. The LOC has digitized 13 of the 111 volumes which has the signatures of approximately 5.5 Million Polish school children. There is also an index to the location names of the schools in the other volumes that have not yet been digitized. The main LOC page (also reachable from the index page above is here):
The LOC has not produced a searchable index person names from the digitized volumes. Fortunately, there exists a web app with nearly 3,000 pages scanned to produce a person name index of nearly 250,000 people by the the PTG (Polish Genealogical Society) with a summary of the project so far here. The PTG searchable index is reachable from their main page:
and clicking upon ‘Declarations‘ on the left side of the main page. The page is in Polish. ‘Tom’ = Volume (type 1 – 13) and ‘Strona’ = Page. You can use the LOC website to locate the volume and page of interest to you and reach the same page here at PTG. You enter the TOM and the STRONA and click on the ‘Pokaz’ button to go to the image of that volume and page to read the names. Remember that most schools have more than one page. PTG however, also has a way to search on the names. In the first field (no name) you can type a last name and click on the ‘Wyszukaj’ button to search on the name. The check box (‘dokladnie’) should be left unchecked (to avoid having to enter diacritics) for the name you are searching on. Many American Polish names are spelled differently from their original names in Poland. You can overcome this somewhat by using a wildcard character at the end. For example, if Stanczyk wanted to search for ELIASZ or ELIJASZ or ELJASZ, he could enter ‘EL%’ and click on the ‘Wyszukaj’ button to search for those possible spellings.
The wildcard can also be used in the middle as shown in the picture below:
Stanczyk got all good matches except for number 2. In particular, matches 3,4,5 are probably Stanczyk’s ancestors, since Tom/Volume 13, Strona/Page 419-420 is for the school in the village of Pacanow from whence Stanczyk’s direct lineage comes from. Now I could use those Tom’s and Strona’s to bring up the image of the page with those signatures and save the image in my family history.
There is also a nice web page in the LOC, called Emblem of Goodwill with many details of the friendship between Poland and the USA. It also includes pictures of the artwork in the volumes and even a few photos of two classes.
On March 22, 2011, The United States Holocaust Memorial museum, announced a new program: Remember Me? Their press release statement can be read on the web site here .
They are trying to use the Internet and Social Networking to reunite families / genealogies separated during by the Holocaust and Displacements that occurred during World War II. Already they have had some success. Stanczyk was deeply moved about this program and its connection to history and genealogy. This is a blessing for the Jewish peoples and perhaps other Europeans who were displaced during the war. That was 66 years ago. Why did this idea take so long to be conceived? More importantly, why did I learn of this from the BBC America Network’s World News program? It has been over two weeks since this release came out. How did my links to various genealogical web sites and blogs and other tricks I use fail to inform me of this such that I was bowled over by the TV being my first source of this information?
Three children (uh? seniors) were identified in the first 48 hours of the website and three more have been identified today (6th-April-2011), including Michel Sztulzaft, who was on the BBC news segment Stanczyk watched. PLEASE everyone take a look!
Truth be told Stanczyk has been very busy the last two weeks on frantic matters related to my heart and family. But I just checked Tracing The Tribe, I did not see it there. Please write Stanczyk and let him know if you wrote about this important topic before the TV segment on the BBC or whether you too were just informed.
The web site for Remember Me?: http://rememberme.ushmm.org/
I will save a newspaper or magazine from your birth day, my sons, for you to reminisce about (G-d willing). I will also plant two oaks for my twin sons to grow along with you. Your matka (mother), will commemorate your birth in so many more ways, including planting trees in the Middle-East (i.e. Israel).
Я люблю свою жену, Тереза!
Kocham moją żonę, Teresę!
I love my wife Tereza!
♥ x ♥ o ♥
This jester always eagerly awaits, Fred Hoffman‘s Gen Dobry newsletter every month. As usual I was intrigued by an article. They wrote about Stan Musial and how on February 15, 2011 how President Obama presented him (along with others) the Presidential Medal of Honor. Like moje zona, I keep a database of my ethnicity in my head. This also intrigued me as the MUSIAL (or more likely, MUSIAŁ) name is also found in my grandparents parish and it is found in some abundance in Detroit / Toledo areas. In fact, there is at least one Musial-Eliasz combination from Detroit/Toledo, so I mused, “Was Stan the Man’s family from my ancestral villages?”.
That is the premise of today’s blog. I went to the Wikipedia link above and found out that Stan’s father was Lukasz and that Stan was born in Donora, PA (nestled on the banks of the Monongahela River in South-West corner of PA). Since Stan was born in Donora, PA, then perhaps it was his father who emigrated to the USA. So I went to Ancestry.com and searched their Immigration records for Lukasz. Of course, as most Polish names are, it was misspelled (Musial was correct, but Lukasz was spelled/indexed as Lukacz). Lukasz came from Myslowa and arrived in the US on 30th-January-1910 on the President Grant ship at the age of 16 (implies a birth year about 1894)! He was heading to Donora, PA. I’d say, I found my man. Oh Stan, if you are interested, your grandfather’s name is Piotr. Lukasz’s ship manifest said he was born in Myslowa. Stanczyk did not know the name of Myslowa, so I went to the mapa.szukacz.pl website tried to locate it. It came up with three possibilities in present day Poland and all were spelled Myslow. I did check the excellent reference by Brian Lenius and it did show a Myslowa and indicated its parish was: Podwoloczyska [the ship manifest did indicate Austria-Polish]. So no matter which of the four locales are correct, the MUSIALs were NOT from my ancestral villages.
But if you are related to “Stan the Pan” Musial, then perhaps this is the lead you need to follow up on. Congratulations Stan Musial on your well deserved Medal of Honor.
This fixation on Doomsday reminds me of the plethora or Protestant prophets who went around America, predicting the date of the end of the world. Some even re-computed and re-predicted when their doomsday rolled around and the world failed to expire.
This device to my left is an authentic doomsday device. It can be purchased here:
The good thing about this doomsday device, for budding megalomaniacs, is that when it fails to bring about the end of the days, you can still use it as a four port USB hub. Thus I find this more useful, then say, Glenn Beck ( a modern doomsday prophet), because it serves some other purpose besides what it purports to be.
William Miller was one such preacher. His predicted date was 10/22/44. 1844 that is. Needless to say, Miller and his Millerites were wrong! Do you know what 10/23/1844 was known as? “The Great Disappointment”. Perhaps we can re-purpose that label for Glenn Beck or any other of these modern day doom and gloom sayers. Here are 220 “Date Setters” all of whom were wrong.
Sadly, unlike the Hale-Bopp comet that came and went, Beck and his ilk have not made like Heaven’s Gate Devotees and disappeared. Perhaps in 2012 or in 2016 they will disappear from the airways when they will no longer have a Barrack Obama to rail against. Every yin must have a yang. And so it is true for every ding -dong.
Have a Happy 10/10/10! See you next year on 11/11/11 and by all means do not forget to look me up, 12/12/12. After that we should be good for another century.
Many of you may recognize the title date, as the day the world ends. This popular notion is from the Mayan Long Calendar. On 12/20/2012 we will be: 184.108.40.206.19 and rollover to 220.127.116.11.0 on 12/21/2012. Pretty nifty, right on the winter solstice. Now according to Mayan stories the last creation was on 18.104.22.168.19 the previous time. But what is the Mayan Long calendar and what do the numbers: 22.214.171.124.19 mean?
The Mayans reckon their calendar into 5 parts (hence: 12,19,19,17,19). The last number is called a K’in and 1 K’in = 1 day. The Mayans being rather astute in their calculations use a system that is roughly base-20 (as opposed to our base-10). So they count from zero to 19. So K’in in their system would be the units. Next “digit” up is the winal which is equal to 20 k’in (or 20 days). After that, the next number is called a tun which is equal to … only 18 winals (or 360 days). Next, we have the K’atun which is equal to 20 winals (or 7200 days). Finally, we arrive at the B’aktun which equal to 20 k’atun(or 144,000 days). So, when they write the long date:
126.96.36.199.19 they really mean:
(12*144,000) + (19*7200) + (19*360) + (17*20) + (19 *1) days = 1,871,999 days or 5128.76 years. So they are counting from the date: 26-February-3117 BCE using the Gregorian calendar and projecting it backwards well prior to its creation. Ok, you might argue that is almost the vernal equinox. Hmmm. Wait what is the date of 12/21/2012 in the Mayan Long Calendar: 188.8.131.52.0 . This is not the end of their calendar, as has been commonly expounded by many people hyping new-age kinds of things or books or apocalyptic movies or Sara Palin as President. In fact, there are 7 full B’aktuns left in their calendar, meaning the human race can count on living another 33,139.73 yrs (no worries until the year 35,151 or so). While 12/21/2012 may appear to be an unlucky day to triskadecaphobiacs [people who fear the number 13], it does not mean an end to the Mayan calendar and certain doom.
Now wait a minute, the Mayan story said, that the last time, their calendar was 184.108.40.206.19 was the creation date. Ok, let’s ignore the fact that there must have been 1,871,998 prior days before creation (since we are not starting from 0.0.0.0.0). But lets go with it and see where we end up, shall we?
Let’s start at 12/20/2012 which will be the next 220.127.116.11.19 in the Mayan Long Calendar. Ok, we can now infer that the time prior must have been 38,268 years from 12/20/2012. So subtracting 38,268 from 2012 and allowing for the fact that there was no year ZERO, then in 36257 BCE, at or near the winter solstice, the world was created. Assuming 20 years per generation (as we established in a prior blog), we find that we each have 1913 or 1914 prior generations, that we will need to account for in our family tree [direct line backwards].
Well I have about another 1900+ generations to research, but at least I can now relax, now that I know the world will not end on 12/20/2012. I was feeling pressured to finish my research in the next 2.5 years. Now that I know the Mayan Calendar will not run out for another 33,000+ years, I know I have plenty of time to research and publish the family tree.
I am not certain why they broke the base-20 on the tun (it being only 18 times the winal). But the 360 days in a year is only an error of 1.4% which is as good or better than the Julian calendar and if we consider they started using their calendar 2/26/3117 BCE, then I think we can say they were pretty good mathematicians and astronomers.
Why did the Mayans and Egyptians orient their pyramids to point to Orion’s Belt? Could they possibly have known that our solar system is in the Milky Way Galaxy’s Orion-Cygnus spiral arm? Why did they pick 18.104.22.168.19 ( as the creation date)? That equates to Sagittarius which according to NASA’s website, the center of the Milky Way galaxy is in the general direction of Sagittarius constellation. Were they good astronomers or did they just believe that passing the winter solstice is when things get created?
I guess those will be musings for another time!
As you must know by now, Stanczyk’s paternal family is from Pacanow. I like to use the website: http://mapa.szukacz.pl/ very valuable. It helps you distinguish between same name villages by providing valuable info, like Pacanow’s, gmina, powiat, or wojewodztwo. It also says that is has a population of 1,275 people. If you read the church records from 1868-1918 (which are in Russian/Cyrillic) they describe Pacanow as a settlement. So in my mind’s eye, it is a small place.
So, when I find records of an Elijasz or other family from that village/parish (Pacanow is also the parish locale), I think they must be related to me. How then, can there be this whole little community of Pacanow Elijasz/Elyasz/Eliasz/Heliasz who came to be in Cleveland, Ohio and I and my family have no collective memory of them? So I have used the LDS resource, http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html#p=0 , and also the Cleveland Public Library’s Necrology database and collected much info which I have augmented with Footnote.com and Ancestry.com data. With that info I have built a profile of these people which I will list today in hopes that somebody who lives on the Internet will see their ancestor and contact this jester.
Let me start with Agnieszka Elijasz (aka Eliasz). She came to Cleveland (which is true of the rest, so I will not mention this again). She married a Stanislaw Hajek. She came from her brother Roman Eliasz to a cousin Zwolski in the Pasaic, NJ, USA. So we have Elijasz, Zwolski, and Hajek and all of these are families from Pacanow. Because she names Roman Eliasz, my theory is her parents are: Jozef Elijasz (aka Heliasz) and Theresa Siwiec. She became more interesting recently because I received an email from a genealogist who named Roman Zwolski of Pasaic, NJ as a son of Petronella Elijasz (and a Jan Zwolski). I did find the birth record for this Roman Zwolski and confirmed that his mother was indeed Petronella Zwolski (a previously unknown Elijasz)! So Hajek-Elijasz from Cleveland let me hear from you.
One final aside, the Roman Eliasz named above from Agnieszka’s ship manifest, his granddaughter, Elzbieta (nee Heliasz) Kapusta, whom I met on the Polish social networking website, Nasza-klasa.pl, out the kindness of her heart, without any prodding from this jester, drove back to Biechow, and retrieved a copy of my grandparent’s marriage record from the church and also a copy of the civil record and mailed them to me — forever endearing her to me.
Now I have a long list so I will skip all the stories of the rest. But this next one is interesting because a L. Baran (from genealodzy.pl) emailed me from Poland having knowledge of Elijasz from Pacanow and she named an Anna Elijasz. This Anna I believe is the one that married Stanislaw Domagalski. I also think Domagalski is a Pacanow family too. So Domagalski from Cleveland let me hear from you.
I hope all of the rest also contact me. Tekla Eliasz & Alexander Musial. Musial is another Pacanow family name and some went to Michigan too. Antoni Boza & Franciszka Eliasz, or Paul Budka & Elizabeth Elijasz, or finally Ignacy Elijasz & Augusta Ciaplenska.
Now as you may have noticed, most in this blog were female Elijasz, meaning the family name going forward is something else. Indeed, even Boza, Budka, Hajek, Musial or Domagalski may not remain, but they are links in the chain. Those elusive female ancestors!
Just for good measure will the ancestors of Stanley Elyasz of Detroit (a first cousin of my grandfather) or the Stanley Eliasz (aka Ellis?) of Buffalo who are also Pacanow Elijasz also contact me. I won’t even go into the Elijasz from Massachusetts who I believe are a very far branch (and for the most part not from Pacanow, although I saw a Szczucin Elijasz in Massachusetts) of the family.
Jak się masz, Elijasz?
P.S. – I hope you noticed the several Polish websites mentioned. American genealogists need to get on these Polish websites and search for their families in Poland there too.
This is Mount Vernon cemetery. Now before you think this the George Washington’s Mt Vernon, it is not that one. This is a cemetery in Philadelphia nearly next door to Philadelphia’s famous, historical Laurel Hill cemetery that is on the hill above Philadelphia overlooking the Schuykill River (quite a lovely vista — in fact today the jester met an artist at the Mt Laurel cemetery painting a landscape on an absolutely beautiful day surrounded by these wonderful cemetery monuments).
Mount Vernon Cemetery to my horror is now a nearly defunct cemetery. There appears to be very little in the way of funds to maintain this lovely old cemetery. Overgrowth is obvious, the paths for cars is overgrown and truly I needed the caretaker to guide me through and not run over any tombstones. The picture at the top of this blog is obviously an old image. The entrance which is what the picture shows, is now very much overgrown and disheveled and looks nothing like the image. I spoke to Norman the caretaker and he said that almost all families are no longer providing for upkeep. I felt for Norman as he is very local and doing his best to keep this cemetery together on something less than a shoestring budget.
This cemetery has Drew Barrymore’s ancestors (find-a-grave) ! This jester does not have family interred here. I would however be willing to help Norman do a project to capture the genealogy from his records and the tombstones and develop some kind of saleable product to help sustain this cemetery. But realistically, unless the lovely Drew Barrymore were to provide some kind of endowment fund or help raise funds for this cemetery, it will become perpetually defunct and eventually go back to the state of Pennsylvania for guardianship. My guess is that if anything happens to Norman, this cemetery will die. Death of a Cemetery.
Mount Vernon Cemetery Philadelphia 28-February-1856 – 2010?
Today’s musing comes from three tragic stories. There is a thimbleful of genealogy here. Stanczyk was perusing a tome in his library of a Norse saga. It struck me with the power of a missile how similar were these three stories and this jester was astounded.
Here are my protagonists:
Odin and Frigg had a son the beloved and good Baldur. Baldur was so loved by all, including his mother, Frigg. So Frigg extracted an oath from all manner of things not to harm Baldur. All things gave an oath, but mistletoe which was too young to swear an oath.
Genealogy: Odin + Frigg -> Baldur
Peleus and Thetis had a son Achilles. Thetis, the good Greek wife she was knew her son would grow up to be a warrior. So to protect her son, she took Achilles to the river Styx and lowered him into the waters whose miraculous properties would make Achilles impervious. Except, she dunked Achilles, by holding onto his left heel.
Genealogy: Peleus + Thetis -> Achilles
Adam and Eve had a son Cain. Cain after murdering his brother Abel was cursed by God to be ostracized and Cain was marked so that no living thing would kill him. The curse had a time limit, until the 7th generation of Cain.
Genealogy: Adam + Eve -> Cain->Enoch->Irad->Mehujael->Methushael->Lamech->son
In all three cases, (Baldur, Achilles, and Cain), they were shot and died. Baldur dies when Loki ferrets out that mistletoe is the only thing that did not give an oath and he fashioned a dart of mistletoe. While the Norse were having fun throwing things at Baldur who could not be hit or hurt, Loki directed, Hod, to fire the mistletoe dart at Baldur killing him. Achilles was killed by Paris with an arrow shot in the Trojan war, striking the only spot on him that was not impervious, his heel. Finally, we have Cain being shot by the blind Lamech, who was directed by his own son to fire at something in the woods. Therefore, Lamech’s son, the 7th generation of Cain caused Cain’s death. In two of the stories, a blind man is directed to kill the protagonist. All three protagonists die of a missile being fired at them. In all three cases, the protagonist was impervious except/until: mistletoe, unprotected heel, or 7th generation.
As I researched this blog, I was astounded a second time, that the story of Cain’s death is NOT in the Bible. Just Cain’s curse and his generations are recorded in the Bible. It is funny how this jester had joined two separate stories in his mind and then sourced it solely from the Bible.
Striking parallels indeed. Please do not shoot me any emails over this blog.
This jester was listening to NPR this morning on the way to the market. The show on “Speaking of Faith”: http://speakingoffaith.publicradio.org/programs/2010/alzheimers/
Spoke of the subject’s need to capture Alzheimers patient’s memories before they were gone. A tragedy that tugs at my Slavic soul. My aunt/God Mother Kitty suffered and died from Alzheimers, as did my younger brother’s, father-in-law. An awful fate, the loss of your memories. Now this jester has had many talks with his elders, some of whom were in their eighties and nineties. Another aunt died before she could capture her memories of my Busia. I had encouraged Aunt Bernice for years to write and to send me her drafts for me to edit for her. Alas it never happened and they were lost.
So this show tugged at my genealogical mind. I am sure all genealogists mourn the loss of valuable document or artifacts of their family’s history. I just want to encourage genealogist to do a few things:
- Capture the memories of your elders onto the page (or the computer)
- Backup your research; a backup copy onsite and another copy offsite.
- Write your Family History and publish it (to book would be best, but to the Internet at least, both is best).
In many ways we are recording the dying memories of our family, the same as NPR’s guest. The entropy of time acts as Alzheimers to each of our genealogies. We must work swiftly and surely to record the memories before they are lost. Feel free to edit and revise your “final work” to incorporate the latest research until you too can no longer do the work.
Our history and our blogs are memes that function in much the same way as DNA does for life. We try to preserve biological diversity of animals or food crops by saving these “scraps” for a future so they will not be lost and can be enjoyed by the future. Does anyone backup the Internet? Are we just heading for another Library of Alexandria catastrophe? Write books on your family history; The books will last 500 years; The Internet or your computer media will not last anywhere near that long. Food for thought!
olish names are a bit enigmatic for those of us native English speakers of the Polish diaspora. Now let me hasten to add that Stanczyk is not of the Jewish faith, but is Catholic, but none-the-less there was a large Polish diaspora to many parts of the English speaking world, particularly my, corner America. Like any good Polish-American, I knew that our name meant, ‘Elijah’ like the prophet. This knowledge was deeply rooted in me by my Busia (grandmother), who used to show me her copy of the bible, which was of course written in Polish. Sure enough, in the Old Testament, amongst the books of the prophets was the story of Elijah and it was indeed written as ‘Eliasz’.
My family is from the Russian partition of Poland in the old wojewodztwo (or gubernia) of Kielce in the villages surrounding the Biechów and Pacanów parishes. So in the years from about 1868 to 1918 the church records were written in Russian using the Cyrillic alphabet. In Russian, Eliasz looks like:
Елиашъ Елияшъ Элиашъ
Over the years, I have found the ELIASZ name written as Eliasz, Eljasz, Elijasz, Elyasz, and Heliasz. Those are just the correct spellings. Now I know what you are thinking, how is ELIASZ Polish. It is only six letters long and half of those letters are vowels. This proponderance of vowels is very un-Polish. Any way, I was treated to a little lesson by one of my favorite Genealogy authors, lecturer, group members: Fred Hoffman. Fred is the Polish Surname guy and linguist extraordinaire in the Yahoo Group -> Polish Geniuses .
In an earlier post, this jester wrote about Ann Faulkner and how she found my great-uncle Jan (John) Eliasz death documents. Besides one entry written as Elijasz, it also listed my great grandparents names in particular my great-grandmother’s maiden name. It also listed a new great-uncle: Thomas (undoubtable Tomasz) Eliasz. Now flash forward a couple of weeks and I returned to a Polish web site: Nasza Klasa (“Our Class”), a kind of Polish Reunion.com — at least it is a social network site ala Facebook or MySpace. I had given up on Nasza Klasa due to my rather limited Polish language skills (Trojhe rozumiem po polskiu). I had managed to find Eliasz and Heliasz in Poland and near to my ancestral villages but nobody in my direct line. Well because of Fred Hoffman mentioning to me about consonantal Y’s and such polysyllabic linguistic jargon and due to the data Ann Faulkner had found, it finally dawned on me to search for Elijasz. Now I had never pursued this as I thought it was just a Russification of our correct name ELIASZ and surely after 1918, my family would have returned to either ELIASZ or HELIASZ and left that particular Russian transliteration in the proverbial dust.
Needless to say I was wrong. Recently, two Dorotas emailed me at Nasza Klasa. Dorota Blome (Elijasz) and Dorota Turner (Elijasz) both from Pacanów roots. These two lovely women are using friends and family to help me locate family records and are actually sending me scanned pictures of relatives. I think one or both of these may be direct line cousins of mine. Now in an even better chance of luck, I happened to meet Elzbieta Heliasz. Now Elzbieta’s family is from Biechów parish, but she speaks no English. Old Stanczyk speaks trojhe po Polskiu. Via google translators and such I was able to trade some emails and I think I determined she is from a line HELIASZ/ELIASZ that are cousins to my grandfather (not direct relatives, but close). Well fortunately, Elzbieta has a very clever son, Łukasz, who speaks pretty good English. Well this lovely duo of near ELIASZ relatives from the parish of the earlier ELIASZ family that may have seeded Pacanów ELIASZ family lines. They actually went to the Biechów priest and retrieved my grandparents marriage documents! Now I am not certain what marriage documents they found or are sending, but the excitement builds. It turns out that my Pacanów Joseph Eliasz and my Biechów Walerya Leszczyńka got married in Biechów, not Pacanów. This is not that surprising, since it is customary to marry in the bride’s village — but it is hardly definitive as I have counter examples in my family tree.
Well it is 102 years later, but here is to my grandparents and their marriage (28-January-1907) in Poland, without which I would not be writing these words today from America. Go to Klasa America, Nasza Klasa may hold the ancestors of your family that did NOT come over from the old country. Think Globally and work on the Internet.
May God Bless my new found Heliasz and Elijasz relatives for their kindness.