Where Julian Elijasz (aka Eliasz) fits
P.S. – updated 4/23/2017 for family tree
This blog post became necessary because blog topics overran my ability to write blog posts … so here is a bit of Bigos (a mishmash) / hunter’s hodge-podge of blog topics in minature, some of which foreshadow a larger blog post (or two).
Ancestry released version 8.2. Security & some bugs were addressed … but the big news is image/record viewer! For a long time I despaired over the inability of the smartphone app to display the images at full resolution necessary for detailed analysis. So Stanczyk tried the image at top that this jester received from third-cousin that became a seminal document for both of us genealogists! Wow! The image viewer was great!
In fact, I noticed a detail in the record as I was trying to detail the church record’s Polish for our shared ancestors. The image notes are below … (see Church Marriage Register)
One of the witnesses was a JAN ZASUCHA. It just so happened that I had an unfinished blog piece from mid December 2016 that was languishing in draft mode. It was upon Zasucha and how this affiliated family was related to me because my second-great-grandmother was Anna Zasucha. So here was another example that 100 years ago the Pacanów families in America were very close and related at some level to my Eliasz/Elijasz/Elyasz/etc. family. I will finish that blog. I am hoping there is a 3rd/4th cousin in Poland with images or info about Anna Zasucha. [Editor’s Note – published Zasucha article on 20-April-2017; URL: https://mikeeliasz.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/searchin-for-zasucha-genealogy-polish/ ]
I also have a new blog post in progress about a new Ancestry database that was brought to my attention by Chicago genealogist, Jennifer Holik. She is an expert on Military (especially WWII) genealogy records. So she had a brief piece on US Army funerial Transport ships and I noticed the database had WWI Transports and I wondered if some Haller’s Army troops were transported via that. (Spoiler alert … yes!).
Church Marriage Register – Roza Wleciałowski & Adam Gawlikowski
Adam Gawlikowski – kawaler, 27, syn Marcina i Maryanny Lisów z Opatowiec, Kieleckie
Rozalia Wleciałowska – panna, 20, corka Maciej i Kat. Eliasz z Pacanowa – Kiel.
sw. Marcoli Dusza, Jan Zasucha
— — — transcription above / translation below
Adam Gawlikowski – bachelor, age 27, son of Marcin (Gawlikowski) & Maryanna z. Lisów of Opatowiec in Kieleckie (Gubernia of Russian-Poland)
Rozalia Wleciałowska – maiden, age 20, daughter of Maciej (Wleciałowski) & Katarzyna Eliasz of Pacanow in Kieleckie (Gubernia of Russian-Poland)
witnesses Marcoli (spelling uncertain) Dusza, Jan Zasucha
Marriage #4 (of 1912) at Sweetest Heart of Mary, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan
Marriage August 19th
If you have a name of an ancestor who may have fought at Vimy , you should start by searching Library and Archives Canada’s online database of Personnel Records of the First World War.
The Personnel Records of the First World War database includes the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service files.
So far (1-April-2017), nearly 417,000 out of 640,000 of these full files have been digitized, with more added every two weeks.
The service files are typically 25 to 75 pages long and include records on enlistment, training, medical and dental procedures, disciplinary actions, payments, medals, discharges and deaths.
In cases where the full service file isn’t yet uploaded, you may still be able see digitized enlistment records that contain birthplaces, next of kin, addresses, religions, trades and physical characteristics.
Start by typing in the surname and hitting search on this page. Click on the name in the search results. You will likely see an uploaded image of their enlistment document that you can click on that to enlarge it.
If you also see the words “Digitized service file – PDF format” followed by a number, click on the number and the entire scanned service file will open. These files are very large so it may require a fast internet connection to download, or take minutes to appear on your screen.
For example, you can see the first nine pages of John Lescinski’s service record (top of blog). In thus case there were forty (40) pages in the accompanying PDF.
It’s not always clear in the service files whether a person served in a particular battle, like at Vimy Ridge. However, that may be found in the online database of War Diaries of the First World War, which include daily accounts of what troops did in the field. These diaries contain very little personal information, but do show where units were deployed.
Take care. It only showed my first two pages with a link to download the PDF (which actually had 40 pages).
My link (John Lescinski):
Things Found Whilst Searching For Other Things — #Genealogy #History #Obit #KingJanIIISobieski #Meme
Stanczyk ‘s favorite meme is Things Found Whilst Searching For Other Things .
Today’s blog may be my greatest unexpected find. This day (26-Mar-2017), I found the obituary of King Jan III Sobieski (King of Poland & Lithuania – The Commonwealth).
I was searching Latin church book entries for:
« alias »,« seu »,« vel », « genantt »,« zwany »
But what I found instead in 1696 in Świniary parish book astounded me. It was by far the longest latin entry I ever found in parish books… then I looked at the top of the page, “Obitu Joannis III Regis Polonii 1696″ ! My latin being somewhat limited, I scanned the obituary of Jan III King of Poland until I could pull the obligatory genealogical data from the 3-4th lines from the bottom: “30 June 1696” [sic actual death date, 17-June-1696].
If my research/understanding is correct, the obituary was written by Jan de Małachowice (Małachowski), the Bishop of Kraków.
The Funeral of Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland …
Other Blog Post on Jan III Sobieski:
Stanczyk is binge reading Dame A.S. Byatt‘s books. This jester neglected reading Chabon & Byatt for far too long and I am remedying those omissions before the weather gets too nice.
By my birthday I will have read a dozen books in 2017.
As this jester read earlier in the week in a European journal about an article on family names and how they change. I knew I had to blog about this name topic.
Stanczyk wants you to know that when you read the church records, particularly the Latin paragraph form (prior to 1800) you need to look for these clues … these key words that signal name evolution:
« alias », « seu », « vel », « genantt »,« zwany »
(‘other’, ‘or’, ‘or’ (latin), ‘called’ (ger.), ‘called’ (pol.) )
For Elizabeth E. (on ancestry).
Record Date: 21-March-1885 Parish: Pacanów
Father: Józef Babiarz of Rataje, age 30
Witnesses: Walenty Madej, age 26, Walenty Czapliak age 46
Birth Date: today? (21-March-1885)
Mother: Marianna (née) Smystek age 25
god parents: Józef Plakta(sp?) & Salomeja Wybraniowa
Stanczyk has the instincts of an hard-boiled detective. Now this is not the story of forensic genealogy. Nor am I infringing on Tim Firkowski (Genealogy Assistant / Family History Detective). I guess my hard-boiled detective work stems from my reading Michael Chabon right now.
No I am investigating / researching an affiliated family of my ELIASZ /ELIJASZ ancestors: the ZASUCHA. You see, Anna Zasucha, is my 2nd-great-grandmother and wife of Marcin/Martin Eliasz. She is a part of my direct DNA. Like in DNA, the ZASUCHA are a genetic marker for my Eliasz family of village Pacanów. Hence, my curiosity.
Now for a while this jester has noticed the Zasucha were engaged in some chain-migration genealogy involving many families from Pacanów to the USA, including among others, my Eliasz family.
So I find Zasucha in many of the same locales as my Eliasz:
Buffalo, Syracuse, Niagara Falls, Cleveland, Toledo and Detroit.
But there was NO family memory of ZASUCHA among my direct Eliasz family. Indeed, nobody knew Anna Zasucha was our 2nd-great-grandmother.
But I notice things and patterns and I have employed SNA (Social Network Analysis), aka as cluster genealogy before and made breakthroughs in finding out more about my direct lineage by studying these genetic markers (affiliated families) as they immigrated to the USA in a chain-migration fashion. Whole branches have been discovered. I would welcome geneslogists with:
Kędzierski/Kendzierski, Pieszczachowicz, Fras/Frass, Hajek, Zwolski, and Zasucha (all affiliated to Eliasz/Pacanów or Leszczyński/Biechów).
You will be happy I have connected back your families to those two ancestral parishes(Biechów and Pacanów) whence my paternal grandparents originated from. Indeed, I have found many 2nd/3rd and further distant cousin-genealogists via this blog’s research. However, I am still waiting on a Zasucha genealogist.
So this blog is about a lovely couple: Feliks Zasucha & Antonina Łuszcz Zasucha (both from Pacanów).
I want to end this blog with the Zasucha in my tree and pick up in the next blog article with my struggles to find data on Feliks & Antonina.
Stanczyk wanted to pass along a tip from Ceil Wendt-Jensen! Its a good one too:
Go to the following website:
The images can be downloaded as PDF documents. This service is FREE!
Stanczyk is a very busy man these days. Work, Drs, getting some services performed and NANOWRIMO.
NANOWRIMO, for those who do not know, is a national event going on right (or is write) now … this November. In fact every November is NAtional NOvel WRIting MOnth (#NANOWRIMO).
This genealogist/blogger/reader has long watched while writer friends of mine toil in November. This year I decided to challenge myself. So I went to NANOWRIMO.org . I downloaded their writer’s advice guide and I am following L.Y. MARLOW’s chapter (which surprisingly freed me up to do this): “Write A S#!TTY Draft”. Heck, I know I can do that.
After all I am a blogger. I am also a great reader and overall Sherlockian-like observationist of the human condition.
Now who else is with me?
Word Count: 2,912
- my iPhone 6+
- MS Word
Let’s see how many words I get to!
Anyone else trying? Email me.
Stanczyk has written about this controversy three times … 2010, 2011, and 2013. But now we have for the first time Researcher & Author, Manuel Rosa ‘s magnum opus of Columbus (aka Colon) mythology debunked and rewritten as history.
Prior Blogs (Background):
- Christopher Columbus Discovers … He Is POLISH!
- Happy Columbus Day – Get Out Your Polish Flags
- Cristobal Colon (Discoverer Formerly Known as Columbus) … Polish-Lithuanian & Italian Noble — #Genealogy, #Polish, #Lithuanian
Now the Columbus Book for the 1st time is published in English!
This jester is going to add this book to his Wish List!
Nobel Peace Prize winner, Author, Holocaust Survivor/Educator, Philosopher/Professor, Activist, Elie Wiesel remembered at private service.
Note to genealogists: burial info provided in article
As a genealogist, one of our most sacred duties is the recording and memorializing a person’s death. It is always a solemn thing for me and I do it as soon as possible … to capture it in its rawest form.
Elie Wiesel died. September 30, 1928 — July 2, 2016. He died aged 87. He was Jewish (Romanian by todays borders) so for me the connection is not as deep or rich as for my wife, Teréza. Nonetheless, I yielded the intellectual high ground to Elie Wiesel whose thoughts I always admired for the deepness and completeness, like a grandmaster chess player whose knowledge of a line of play is so expansive.
Imagine my surprise today. For 21 years now I have always said, “The opposite of love is not hate … it is indifference.” This philosophy of mine was born as a result of living my life. So I was surprised that my thought was not original nor was it complete.
Elie Wiesel wrote …
The opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it’s indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it’s indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it’s indifference.
So it would seem that Elie Wiesel and I are connected in that thought and once again his thought was deeper and more complete.
Elie Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp. He spent much of his life as a dedicated Holocaust educator. He was also a prolific writer. His bibliography is too long to count especially if you include other wtitings beyond books or where he was a co-author. His bibliography can be found here.
Well Mr. Wiesel you will be remembered and your memory will be a blessing.
“We are currently working to move the entirety of RootsWeb to new machinery that can handle the load and be backed up in a consistent and reliable manner,” says Ancestry.com’s Anne Mitchell.
“Ancestry is making the switchover this week. During that time, you may notice short periods when RootsWeb is unavailable.”
Ancestry Insider believes that RootsWeb / Ancestry are making this upgrade to generate good will.
After the RootsWeb crash back in February, the RootsWeb community, expressed themselves effectively and Ancestry is responding! When Ancestry acquired RootsWeb, they said they would keep it running.
Thank you Ancestry for keeping that promise.
Rootsweb is a very old genealogy resource that just needed some love to keep and enhance its usefulness to the genealogical community.
Stanczyk complained and apparently other Rootsweb users were also complaining that new additions to RootsWeb were not being indexed. This includes GEDCOMs uploaded to WorldConnect, Obituary Daily Times, and mail archives. This jester had to drop my trees and move to Tribalpages.
So, after this upgrade is finished, Ancestry will have fixed that. If it is indeed fixed, perhaps Stanczyk can move a family tree back.
You may have experienced some data loss the last time RootsWeb went down. That will not be happening during the outages this week, as these are planned, controlled, outages.
Love this annual event. Last year the First Family was there. The Library of Congress blog link: