November 20, 2018

Art Buchwald — Thanksgiving Explained #Humor

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

In 1953 a young, twenty-eight year old, Art Buchwald was writing a humor column for the Paris edition of the New York Herald Tribune. He decided to write a column explaining American Thanksgiving tradition to the French, using a kind of mock-French patois, that today we would call “Franglais“.

This article which I read annually in my parent’s daily newspaper, The Detroit Freepress (@freep). So here my annual homage to Art Buchwald.


Le Grande Thanksgiving

By Art Buchwald

One of our most important holidays is Thanksgiving Day, known in France as le Jour de Merci Donnant.

Le Jour de Merci Donnant was first started by a group of Pilgrims (Pèlerins) who fled from l’Angleterre before the McCarran Act to found a colony in the New World (le Nouveau Monde) where they could shoot Indians (les Peaux-Rouges) and eat turkey (dinde) to their hearts’ content.

They landed at a place called Plymouth (now a famous voiture Américaine) in a wooden sailing ship called the Mayflower (or Fleur de Mai) in 1620. But while the Pèlerins were killing the dindes, the Peaux-Rouges were killing the Pèlerins, and there were several hard winters ahead for both of them. The only way the Peaux-Rouges helped the Pelerins was when they taught them to grow corn (mais). The reason they did this was because they liked corn with their Pèlerins.

In 1623, after another harsh year, the Pèlerins’ crops were so good that they decided to have a celebration and give thanks because more mais was raised by the Pèlerins than Pèlerins were killed by Peaux-Rouges.

Every year on the Jour de Merci Donnant, parents tell their children an amusing story about the first celebration.

It concerns a brave capitaine named Miles Standish (known in France as Kilometres Deboutish) and a young, shy lieutenant named Jean Alden. Both of them were in love with a flower of Plymouth called Priscilla Mullens (no translation). The vieux capitaine said to the jeune lieutenant:

“Go to the damsel Priscilla (allez très vite chez Priscilla), the loveliest maiden of Plymouth (la plus jolie demoiselle de Plymouth). Say that a blunt old captain, a man not of words but of action (un vieux Fanfan la Tulipe), offers his hand and his heart, the hand and heart of a soldier. Not in these words, you know, but this, in short, is my meaning.

“I am a maker of war (je suis un fabricant de la guerre) and not a maker of phrases. You, bred as a scholar (vous, qui t’es pain comme un étudiant), can say it in elegant language, such as you read in your books of the pleadings and wooings of lovers, such as you think best adapted to win the heart of the maiden.”

Although Jean was fit to be tied (convenable très emballé), friendship prevailed over love and he went to his duty. But instead of using elegant language, he blurted out his mission. Priscilla was muted with amazement and sorrow (rendue muette par l’étonnement et la tristesse).

At length she exclaimed, interrupting the ominous silence: “If the great captain of Plymouth is so very eager to wed me, why does he not come himself and take the trouble to woo me?” (Où est-il, le vieux Kilometres? Pourquoi ne vient-il pas auprès de moi pour tenter sa chance?)

Jean said that Kilometres Deboutish was very busy and didn’t have time for those things. He staggered on, telling what a wonderful husband Kilometres would make. Finally Priscilla arched her eyebrows and said in a tremulous voice, “Why don’t you speak for yourself, Jean?” (Chacun a son gout.)

And so, on the fourth Thursday in November, American families sit down at a large table brimming with tasty dishes and, for the only time during the year, eat better than the French do.

No one can deny that le Jour de Merci Donnant is a grande fête and no matter how well fed American families are, they never forget to give thanks to Kilometres Deboutish, who made this great day possible.

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November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving Traditions … — #Holiday #Tradition #Thanksgiving

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Thanksgiving


Stanczyk,  loves the traditions. The traditions help to demarcate the calendar year. They are milestones to our memories and family histories. For some reason, in my mind the memories are decorated with Robert Frost, or Clement Moore or Charles Dickens. But, Thanksgiving is all about Norman Rockwell & Lydia Maria Child. Huh?

Book, seriesThe poet of “Thanksgiving Day” [aka “Over the river and through the wood”]. Oh there’s turkey and trimmings, Thanksgiving Day Parade, there’s Detroit Lions Thanksgiving Football, and Art Buchwald (Le Merci Donnant) too. But this jester remembers my father and the way he used to read poems to us as he put us to bed. The poems were all from a 1935 The Collier’s New Junior Classics Young Folks’ Shelf of Books, a book, orange in color and loaded with artwork illustrations too.

Today’s poem was one I remember singing in school, though for some reason we sang “to grandmother’s house” instead of the original text.

 

Thanksgiving Day

by LYDIA MARIA CHILD (1802-1880)

Over the river and through the wood,
To grandfather's house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river and through the wood--
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river and through the wood,
To have first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
"Ting-a-ling-ding!"
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river and through the wood,
And straight through the barn-yard gate.
We seem to go
Extremely slow--
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river and through the wood--
Now grandmother's cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun!
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin-pie!

Yes, there’s a longer version. In the longer version there are dogs and there was one named Jowler …

Over the river, and through the wood,

Old Jowler hears our bells.

He shakes his pow, with a loud bow-wow,[1]

and thus the news he tells.

 

I like the version with the dogs. As cheery, as Finns raking their forrests and trolling the American President!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone and the next blog is my tradition of reposting Art Buchwald.

November 9, 2018

1918-2018 – Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Independence Day – #History, #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk, noted by the calendar that this Sunday, 11-November-2018 is a very important centennial. Sunday, marks a very important day in Poland’s history. It’s a time to commemorate not only the end of World War I, as is the case in western Europe on what is known as Armistice Day, but most importantly to Poles, their county’s re-emergence on the map of the world, it is Independence Day!

In America, it’s Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day). There is much to remember: our Veterans who served in war time, Poland’s re-emergence as a European nation on world maps, and to remember the last pandemic (of 1918). We ended WWI with success. We survived the pandemic. But now it appears that Nationalism and a Pandemic are possibilities in the very near future.

This jester would rather celebrate the veterans. Of course, the Polish-American veteran of WWI deserves some special attention. WHY? Because, the Polish diaspora in America found three ways to fight Nationalism:

  1. They enlisted and joined Haller’s Army (aka French Army / Blue Army).
  2. They enlisted to fight in the Canadian Expeditionary Force [Ancestry]
  3. They enlisted or were drafted and fought in the US Army [Transports] / WWI Draft

In the first two cases, the Polish-American soldier was ahead of the patriotic curve in fighting Nationalism. They joined and fought before America ended it’s isolationism. In the third case, they fought side by side with the rest of America against tyranny. It’s now been a hundred years in the War to End All Wars, and we know it did not end tyranny. Oh we ended it in the 1910’s/1920’s, we ended it again in 1940’s  and faced it many more times since.

This jester had ancestors serve in the World War I military all three ways (Haller’s Army, the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Library & Archives of Canada), & the US Army! Find My Past has Free WWI Searches November 9th-12th. Do not forget PAVA (Polish Army Veterans Association of America)  too. Many paths to search for your American heroes!

 

 

October 22, 2018

Genealogy, Genetic Genealogy & Politics — #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Genetic Genealogy proves claim!         Elizabeth Warren’s claim proves true

Stanczyk has seen a lot of genealogy. But in the last six years or so, genealogy has really become a big part of every day life & even the news. This is because it is one of the most popular hobbies (2nd to gardening), the new media shows on genealogy, genetic genealogy, and politics!

This bit of genetic genealogy seems to stir the American melting pot quite a bit. So, as a result this jester has felt the need to unpack this story and add my own opinion too.

This story became a big deal because Donald Trump (then a candidate) called Elizabeth Warren, a denigrative slur of, “Pocohontas”. He even went so far as to offer her a Million Dollars if she tested her dna and proved her heritage claims. Ms. Warren’s dna was tested by Carlos Bustamante, a well-regarded Stanford University geneticist. Impressive! The report said Ms Warren had 10 times more Native American ancestry than the reference set from Utah and 12 times more than the set from Britain. So contrary to @GOP snide remarks, Ms. Warren does indeed have more indigenous people dna than the average European descent American. Indeed this jester and my entire direct lineal tree has ZERO indigenous people DNA (unless an American Indian reverse migrated back to south-Central Poland. Now this should not have been surprising since Elizabeth Warren was born in  Oklahoma and in OK, more than 7% of Oklahomans have some American Indian ancestry (a fact that is NOT surprising since so many tribes are located in that region of the country).

Now there is a fair amount of acrimony on all sides. American Indians do not like someone claiming American-Indian ancestry unless they register with the actual tribe(s) they are from. They especially grate when Americans use that ancestry to get a leg up in the non-reservation area of American society. They see that a heritage their ancestors earned for those enrolled in one or more tribes. Similar to how most Americans feel that their ancestors fought in wars for this country and built up this country from a backwater European colony to a world power. Their American heritage was earned over the decades, possibly over a century or two. Same for American Indians who were here before Europeans, proper, colonized this continent and displaced the indigenous peoples.

Now from Elizabeth Warren’s side we see a vindication of her heritage. Her family genealogy, including the family lore of an American Indian ancestor was proven by genetic genealogy! So, she must have felt that Trump’s misogynistic slur was refuted and indeed she claimed the $1Million dollars for an American Indian women’s charity. Not only was the slur a slap against women, it was a shameful burden imposed on all of America when Trump called her Pocahontas from the @Whitehouse in front of American-Indians on TV! So this slur was doubly slurring of women (Ms. Warren in particular) and of American-Indians. Indeed if you read the newspaper account (in the pic at the top), American Indians felt doubly slighted. Now it was not Ms. Warren’s heritage claim (using what they felt was their heritage, since she was not enrolled), but now the President of the United States was using a racial slur that was demeaning to the indigenous people of this continent in front of them, on TV, in the “People’s House”??? Trump of course wants to maintain the misogyny and welch on his pledge  (has he ever done that before? YES!) to save face and bolster himself with his fanatic base. So Trump and indeed, the GOP made light of her 6th-10th generation ancestor (or ancestors) proven claim for political purposes. This of course, rankled many genealogists, including this jester.

After all, the GOP have maintained their lunatic belief of birtherism (anti-Obama) probably rooted in their racism. Indeed Donald Trump (and his wife) are the main propagandists still clinging to this long disproven idea. Indeed, you can read the proof in THIS blog. One should be surprised by Trump doing this when his own grandparent was deported from Germany for not serving in Germany’s military (a family trait apparently). Or perhaps his 3rd wife’s violating her visa terms prohibiting working in the USA to work in the USA. Under her husband’s regime she would have been deported as a criminal for violating her visa. But his/her lawyers got her citizenship under the “Einstein” visa (as if she was exceptional in any way like Albert Einstein). Her family then used her ill-gotten citizenship to do chain-migration immigration and naturalization against what the President rails against in those who are not related to him by marriage. So even genealogists love our hobby and its discipline resent politicians trying to abuse their hobby to harm others. Most genealogists have family lore: a long-lost royal lineage, an undocumented historical figure, a blacksheep figure of some reknown (eg. Jesse James). These may take years or decades to prove. Perhaps genetic genealogy may break down some new walls. But we don’t denigrate other genealogists who tell these family stories. We may smirk and say, inside our heads, good luck proving that. Genealogical Proof is a hard thing; But if the courts accept dna proof and genealogists use dna as a valid technique to connect family trees, and genetic genealogy is now used to solve cold-case crimes, then maybe its time the GOP/President accept this proof and stop denigrating women and American Indians and stop welching on their pledges!

To us genealogists, Elizabeth Warren proved her claim! Now pay up Donald Trump. I don’t expect that, but maybe you could and should shut up if you cannot man-up and pay your bets (debts)!

October 8, 2018

Swiniary — Genealogy Resources Redux #Genealogy #Polish #Kielce #Gubernia

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk, back in August (25-Aug-2018) wrote about Swiniary parish. Through the help of a lovely woman (Marlene Hardman), I was able to view some images from that parishes indexes (1879-1884). I did find a handful of family names that need some further research.

But today I wanted to put a quick blog and let people know that you can take a peek too here. Going forward, this jester will try to compile a list of names from the marriage indexes in case others have family from Swiniary!


SzukajWArchiwach additions to Kielce (AP Kielce)

P.S. I updated my Kielce inventory with the new SzukajWArchiwach scans for Kielce that are now online. The updates were ate the old blog article here.

October 5, 2018

Genetic Genealogy & Polish Family Tree

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk, like most family historians is proud of his heritage and research. Today’s pics are just a small part.

Martha – via Siwiec, Wojtys, Lewinski, Eliasz

Jon/Jan – via Marzic, Zasucha, Eliasz

The two pics represents two wings of this jester’s family tree.

This jester does not employ genetic testing for a variety of business/legal reasons.

However, now twice genetic genealogists have used my tree to solve their genetic mysteries.

Now this jester has maintained that the people (osob) of Biechow, Pacanow, Zborowek, Szczebrzusz, Olesnica, Stopnica, Beszowa, Swiniary, Solec(-Zdroj), and Dobrowoda parishes (parafia) including their surrounding villages are inter-related.

So I have been only too happy to work with other genealogists. Genealogy is easily the best suited field of study for crowd-source solutions and collaborating on family tree & histories. My feeling is that I am helping others who are connected to me and through our mutual research we will discover those connections. Indeed that is the raison d’etre of this blog. Its meant to be a cousin magnet. I have benefited as much as the other genealogists. Sometimes I get pictures of distant cousins, sometimes pictures of myself or my father or grandmother that I did not know existed (and obviously did not have). Often I get get new avenues of research in branches that were long lost.

Back to the pictures. John Marzic (right pic) is a person from an affiliated family of an affiliated family (Zasucha). I worked with a genetic genealogist, Kathy G. and we found her cousin’s cousin who was adopted as child and we found his birth family. John Marzic turned out to be the missing father and through extensive testing of many people not shown, the genetics provided the info to connected John Marzic to myself. I did not even know John’s son’s name, just that he grew up Michigan and was connected to Pacanow (my grandfather’s birth village) and might be related to a Zasucha. Remember a blog “Searchin’ For Zasucha”? It and a few other Zasucha blogs drew Kathy’s attention. We worked together, me using geneteka and genbaza and aiding on the USA side in odd bits here and there. Kathy did the suspected families (from Pacanow to Niagara Falls(NY) to Albion(MI) to Nevada). She did the genetic testing of the probable branches and we succeeded. I did NOT know her “cousin’s cousin, the adoptee”!

The left picture shows a FB genealogist who worked with me to connect our trees! Martha had so many wide branches I had no idea of. Through her I even found Eliasz that I did not know of connected to her ancestors (through marriage). We did connect our trees. I like to add the branches leading to the genealogists connected to me. So I was surprised when Martha messaged me recently about a SF person who was highly connected to her genetically (long cm strands and many strands). Martha started describing to me and I knew at once she was connected to my Marzic/Zasucha branch (so yet another path to Martha and me). They are at far branches and yet they are connected via genetics. But it was my branches (and I suppose my untested genetics too) that connected them. Through her MRCA numbers from her to him & vice versa (slightly different 3.4 generations & 3.6 generations), I was able to count up my tree from her and from him and tell her the most likely branches she needed to pursue. In her case it was her Lewinski branches & Wojtys branches (oddly enough not the Eliasz nor the Zasucha).  Counting back from John Marzic (or really his son) I ended up at Lewinski & Wojtys the same as for her. The Eliasz & Zasucha are merely stepping stones between these two families. Kathy G, if you are still reading my blog, then look at Martha (left pic with arrow). Her DNA is up on some genealogy website(s). Your cousin’s cousin has another set of family branches to add to his tree.

By the way, Martha & Kathy, I have a friend, Louis Kessler who is a genealogist, blogger, & a programmer who does genetic genealogy. He has some excellent dna triangulation software  on his website.

October 4, 2018

New In The Polish Archives … — #Genealogy #Polish

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk woke up this morning (angering the devil & his daughter 😇), to see that SzukajWArchiwach.pl (Kielce AP) added 2 Million more scans to bring their archives’ total to 34 Million scans online!

A portion of the details are below 👇🏻

The complete list (PDF) is here:

https://www.nac.gov.pl/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Aktualizacja-SwA-09_2018.pdf

 

I guess this jester will be updating my inventory of Kielce online scans in the near future!

September 17, 2018

Unfit For Office … — #Karma Karma Kavanaugh

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

KavanaughThis is not instant Karma, its his cousin delayed Karma!

This alleged sexual assault of Professor Christine Blasey Ford (research psychologist) was 36 years ago (Summer 1982) by #Kavanaugh (Georgetown prep boy) when a 17 boy allegedly attempted to rape a 15 year old girl. He locked her in a room and attempted to silence her screams by putting a hand over her mouth!

Fast forward 16 years to 1998 and this abhorrent excuse for a man tried to apply his sexual rage against the President of the USA for lying about oral sex with a consenting adult woman. Ken Starr had to reign in his attacks against President Clinton.

(I know in the #Trump age lying about getting oral sex seems tame.)

But that was 20 years ago (and 16 years after Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault). No Karma then.

Now fast forward to 2018 and Kavanaugh is nominated for the Supreme Court. He has allegedly lied 4 or 5 times to get judge jobs under oath to Congress. He is being vetted. Kavanaugh mentions 1982 to Grassley and/or GOP vetters. These GOP Geniuses pre-stage a 65 woman letter to clear Kavanaugh in case the allegation evers comes to light!

Diane Feinstein surfaces a letter she received from Christine Blasey Ford. The next morning Grassley deploys the 65 woman letter like a fungus mushroom sprouting overnight after a rain. In the next 24-48 hours Kavanaugh denies this happened in high school or ever. This denial is NOT under oath … yet.

(However, Delayed Karma, says, “Hold my beer.”)

The lie is evident by the immediate letter of 65 women attesting to Kavanaugh. Meaning the letter was pre-staged (remember the vetters & Grassley prepared the letter ahead of time).

So 36 years later, #Karma shows up and says…

Kavanaugh, you just lied about sexual assault! Remember the 1982 sex assault? Remember your hypocritical, gross behavior towards President Clinton in 1998? Well now I (Cousin Delayed Karma) am here to collect my due. If it were not another  #MeToo moment, it would be funny!

It has now become readily apparent why Grassley has buried so much material from Kavanuagh’s past from being seen by the Justice Committee, the Full Senate, and the American people.

Kavanaugh should withdraw, he is unfit for any office, much less as a justice for The Supreme Court of the United States.


Why God Is Laughing at Brett Kavanaugh

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/09/17/kavanaugh-supreme-court-ford-sexual-assault-219983

65 Woman Letter

2018-09-14 65 Women who know Kavanaugh from High School – Kavanaugh Nomination

More…

https://hillreporter.com/court-employees-ready-to-come-forward-about-brett-kavanaugh-but-fear-retaliation-7492


August 25, 2018

Swiniary — What Genealogy Resources Are Available #Genealogy #Polish #Kielce #Gubernia

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Świniary is an important parish to Stanczyk. The reason is because the earliest mention of an Eliasz from Pacanow is found in Swinary parish marriages in the year, 1797. This jester has written two articles on this:  1797 Marriage in Swiniary parish, Jakob Eliasz  and Jakob Eliasz, The 1st Pacanow Eliasz .

Now I wondered why Swiniary is NOT in Metryki.genbaza.pl (AP Kielce) only in the AD (diocessan archive). So I went to FamilySearch.org catalog  (Swiniary – Busko). There were two listings:

Author: Kościół rzymsko-katolicki. Parafja Świniary (Busko Zdrój)

Księgi metrykalne, 1668-1865

Author: Kościół rzymsko-katolicki. Parafja Świniary (Busko Zdrój)

Use @ FHCUnfortunately, you need to be at FHC or FHL (Salt Lake City) to use the digital records for Swiniary.

Luckily for this jester, a Marlene Hardman (Polish genealogist) was a volunteer for her local FHC and she graciously provided this blog with the images of the indexes for 1878-1884. So I will be updating this blog at some point to link to their location on a public Google Drive in the cloud for those who also wish to have a look for an ancestor of theirs. Bless Marlene for RAOGK to this jester!

If the folks over at Geneszukacz would like me to index these indexes for their online database, I would love to pay it forward and provide such. Just let me know!


Resources:

  1. Genbaza — Świniary (1668-1865)
  2. FamilySearch.org (1668-1865, 1878-1884)
  3. Pradziad — Świniary (catholic, 1875-1913, in Archiwum Państwowe w Kielcach¹
  4. Parish (Parafia)  St. Stanislaw (sw. Stanislawa) —  (Birth 1860– Present?, Marriages 1885– Present?, Deaths 1880– Present?) [Source: parafie.genealodzy.pl]
  5. SzukajWArchiwach.pl online archive for AP Kielce (only metadata, no scans, for Swiniary)
  6. Swiniary Parish via Diocese (info, history)

¹ – Archiwum Państwowe w Kielcach
25-045 Kielce, ul. Kusocińskiego 57
tel: (41) 260-53-11 lub 17
fax: (41) 260-53-10
email: kancelaria@kielce.ap.gov.pl
http://www.kielce.ap.gov.pl/

August 18, 2018

Book Review — Origin by Dan Brown — #Books

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Origin by Dan BrownStanczyk, Adores the Dan Brown techno-thrillers. I especially love his main character, Robert Langdon. The Origin is the fifth book in the series. Where does this story rank in my favorites (top #1 to bottom #5)?

  1. Angels & Demons (the magnum opus)
  2. The Da Vinci Code
  3. Inferno
  4. Origin
  5. The Lost Symbol

I might be the exception, but I prefer Inferno to Origin although both are excellent and very close in quality & entertainment.

Dan Brown has grown in his embracing the technical world. He has created websites to complement the book. Consider his “ConspiracyNet.*” or other oddments that bolster they experience of the book outside the book’s pages itself. A Multi-media presentation like no other. I like Dan Brown the person and Dan Brown the author, creator.

I know I am not the only one who obsesses on Robert Langdon & Dan Brown. Consider this website:  sites.middlebury.edu/origin . These people really add to the Langdon series mythos. They gather the proper nouns in each chapter and provide background material, kind of like Dan Brown must do for his research. Click on “Resources” to view the same treatment for other books in the series.

Dan, has created a new techno-thriller mystery replete with exotic locales. His use web press releases with faux web links adds to the immersive effect just like his use of external websites. He interleaves a kind of travelogue and art exposition, sprinkled heavily with technical buzzwords. That is the comfortable API to his mystery writing with well developed characters and fast paced writing style to add action & suspense.

Stanczyk is a #STEM worker himself. So I have collected the buzzwords / concepts from Origin. These make the novel so NOW! I am not certain if this will hold up over the decades,  but it will serve to place his works in a timeframe & context for future readers.

Buzzwords:

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July 26, 2018

Rootsweb … Still Dead 💀 but Coming Back — #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk, is impatient. But Rootsweb has been down a LONG time! I see you have noticed by my logs (going to Dziennik Polski App, etc.).

So this jester decided to see where they stand. This is what I found out…

Mailing Lists are sort of back. But you need to create a new login. Do you have to resubscribe to your mailing lists again? Who knows? I tried to create a new login, but their service was not available.

The Rootsweb Wiki and Ancestry Wiki are now the same?? That functionality does work.

Obituary Daily Times also works, but it feels different and you go to a site: http://sites.rootsweb.com/~obituary/

that looks different from rootsweb. Still the data seems as before.

Hosted Websites, the free web pages provided by rootsweb are NOT back. But they are bringing back the approximatrly 600 USGenWeb pages first , before the user pages. That sound encouraging. You can request they restore your website. They have a form you need to fill out to make that request. This jester requested his stuff (7/26/2018). They also provide a mechanism to download your website assets. It says it will take 2-4 weeks to zip up your website and send it to your email associated with the rootsweb account. Hmmm? What happens if because of their security problem you had to get a new email? I do NOT know. Request your zipfile here.

Family Trees / World Connect , they are trying to figure out how to upload and host GEDCOM files SECURELY. So its not back yet either. They appreciate your patience.

 

Well there you have it! That’s why some of my links do not work. I’d request your website be recovered or to download it if I were you.

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July 23, 2018

#Ancestry Widget for iPhone — #Genealogy #Polish

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Ancestry widget for iOS/iPhone

Genealogy Today:

Mary Eliasz (Elijasz) Gronek died 1976

Stanley M. Sobb (Sobieszczanski) married 1949


 

July 20, 2018

A Polish-American Perspective of #Trump Part I — #History #Polish #Politics

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Secret Mtgs - Trump-Russians

Top Oval Office (May 2017), Middle (July4th2018), Bottom(July16th2018)

Stanczyk, has been ruminating about what is making him disturbed about our American government’s recent behavior.

Recently, President Trump had a secret meeting with Putin in Helsinki (7/16/2018). Now the meeting was not so secret, just that the two men met alone away from prying eyes. Now that stuck in this jester’s craw! After all, this is the second time that American’s were dis-invited from Trump meeting the Russians!

The first time was 5/10/2017 in the Oval Office, when American Press and Security Council Members were dis-invited. But Russian Press and even the arrested spy, Maria Butina was there along with Russian diplomats, Lavrow and Kislyak. Again, our American Russian Diplomat, Jon Huntsman was not invited.

The Secret Meeting in Helsinki comes on the heels of the even more secret meeting on 4th of July in Moscow by 8 GOP Congressmen (actually 1 Congresswoman & 7 Senators) all GOP. The Democrats were dis-invited, as well as the American Press. Why were Democrat’s not allowed? Why no American photographer? I am sensing a pattern.

After Helsinki, America arrested Maria Butina before she moved away. After her arrest Trump started talking about sending the former American ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul and an American ex-pat, now Brit, named Bill Browder whose efforts led to the Magnitsky Act (sanctions). This attempt at deporting Americans and a British citizen ??? Well, it was puzzling and again roiled the American politicians and public.

Here’s what I immediately thought:

In the dark cold winter nights of February 1940, the deportations of Polish inhabitants of the eastern borderlands of Poland began. Many of them were veterans of the Polish – Soviet War of 1920 who were granted land. 1.7 million people would be deported by the Soviets with roughly 1/3 of them dying in or on the way to Siberia.

Source for blockquote: http://www.hallersarmy.com/

Why would a patriotic president seek to deport American heroes? That made about as much sense as the president saying, “I meant wouldn’t not would”. Neither make sense in the context of: freedom, democracy, the rule of law & patriotism. Who deports patriots to Russia? Why did Russia never deport Edward Snowden spy, traitor, & data thief back to America? It i shard to understand, especially in light of the fact that Russia has attacked us in cyberspace and continues to attack us. If we are NOT enemies then why does Putin order the GRU to do this? If we are not at war then why did Putin’s chef order the attack by Russians in Syria against Americans? It was a surprise attack too!

Now the former American head-spy John Brennan called, Trump a TRAITOR! That changed my entire way of seeing this 45th President. I no longer saw him as an imbecile, but a traitor who was intentionally dismantling our freedoms and protections in order to intentionally bring harm to America and provide succor to Russia/Putin.

Now there are ramifications of thinking of your president as traitor. So now I had to step back and refactor my thinking about Trump and those directly connected to him, those being charged & imprisoned in the Mueller Investigation. I also had to factor in the recent Maria Butina arrest and the secret meetings in: Helsinki, Moscow, & the Oval Office. Perhaps these are all connected. I also had to consider who was supporting these obvious treasonous actions too. Anyone at the secret meetings or who “befriended” Butina (and I put that in legal quotes, since she stands accused of using sex to gain access to power). There were so many pictures of Butina with GOP and NRA. All this from a woman here solely on a student visa??? This jester does not know about you, but I was getting education how GOP abused immigration for SLAVIC women (some of whom may be spies or traitors). It seems we have not seen Mrs. Trump’s immigration & naturalization papers. Is she a US citizen and did it happen legally. Should her, her baby, and parents be deported under new, harsher ICE  dictates: One crime, while non-citizen and you are out.

You see Melanie Knauss Trump was a Slovenian immigrant that violated her visa to be in the USA. She broke the law and stayed in America when she was not allowed to be here?? Trump, (the president), has now said naturalized citizens can be deported if they committed a crime. Well, Melanie committed at least one crime (violated visa). According to ICE protocol, she needs to be separated from her child and one or both should be deported. Since she did not come here legally, then her parent’s chain-immigration is defacto illegal too, since she never have been here to sponsor her parents. The parents should immediately be deported!

So we have an awful lot of dis-invited meetings with Russians that had no transparency to Americans. We have illegal forced deportations, we have new rules for deportation that are NOT being followed in the case of Melania Knauss Trump, her son, and her parents. No one is above the law. The law must be applied equally to all … no exceptions!

Are we to accept these egregious violations of our Constitution by our elected politicians in violation of their oaths? I say, NO, HELL NO!

Now I am going to apply my SNA methodology to Trump and those connected to him directly that are supporting his treasonous actions or have had contact with an arrested spy in the last 3 years. I am a genealogist, an American and a PATRIOT who believes in and protects the Constitution.

Who else is interested? Please keep reading my series in this blog or in Facebook or through Twitter or your subscriptions. God Bless you, my dear readers this is not pleasant work. Bear with me!

I asked a lot of questions, rhetorical questions, not because I expect answers, but to get you thinking 🤔 and to provide a contrast that highlights the treason!

Please tell your family & friends and for America’s sake VOTE 🗳 , November 6th, 2018 like our country depends on it.

This jester hopes you’ll be part of the blue wave that makes Congress Democrats to provide the checks & balances to this traitorous president and his enablers.

Footnote: The red head woman in oval office is purported not to be Butina. However, the Whitehouse in this administration makes their visitor log secure unlike the Obama administration where you could view ANY day’s visitor log on the Internet via your browser 24×7.

So we are left without real confirmation. The Whitehouse said it was duped by the Russians over the photographer and often lies 6-7 times per day by the President alone. So credibility is strained on the Oval Office. Why not open visitor logs? Why not have US press photographer in there too? How did they NOT know Kislyak (connected to guilty Mike Flynn) was going to be in the office? How did they NOT know the Russian photographer was a security risk? No. Too many lies to disbelieve the Butina gloss. There were spies in the Oval Office, the question seems to be how many. On Butina, I disagree with Snopes who relied on administration for its answer. Why not the visitor logs SNOPES?

 

P.S. — Definition of Treason is USA Constitution, Article 3, Section 3:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort. No person shall be convicted of treason unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.

The Congress shall have power to declare the punishment of treason, but no attainder of treason shall work corruption of blood, or forfeiture except during the life of the person attainted.

July 17, 2018

Alegata Stamps – #Genealogy #Polish

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon


Link:

 

http://metryki.genbaza.pl/genbaza,detail,95466,26

From Stopnica parish, 1923 Alegata book

 

I think 5,000 Marks (Marek). Some stamps were tucked into page crease on the image. But, this is surely a record # of stamps (if not the actual amount).

 

Whoops I wrote too soon, the back of 2nd page was loaded with stamps (2nd picture on right), 32 more at 50 Marks each = 1,600. So that makes a grand total of 6,600 Marks!

 

I did find a 30,000 Mark alegata (thankfully s/he used 5,000 & 3,000 Mark stamps for that Marriage bann alegata.

 

 

 

 

 

July 16, 2018

Kensington Palace Release Louis’ Christening Pictures

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

PrinceLouis


PrinceLouisChristening


July 9, 2018

Prince Louis has God Parents ❣️ — #Genealogy #Royal

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Prince Louis son Prince William

Prince William has named the God Parents for his son Louis’ baptism.

The six God Parents are:

  1. Nicholas van Cutsem
  2. Guy Pelly
  3. Harry Aubrey-Fletcher
  4. Lady Laura Meade
  5. Hannah Carter
  6. Lucy Middleton
July 7, 2018

Florida, Passenger Lists, 1898-1963 — #Boleslaw #Wlecialowski #Polish #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

 

 

 


Stanczyk is constantly learning & relearning genealogy. I realized I wanted/needed a WWI draft registration that was updated and clearer. Well I logged in to the database (Ancestry). Instead of putting my ancestor’s name in (often misspelled) I thought I’ll use a wild card search: ” W?ecial* “. I wanted to get back: Wlecial, Wlecialowski and the many permutations of bad spellings and mistranscriptions. Oh, I got those alright. I also found a database I had never queried before because my ancestors settled in the Great Lake States (Michigan, Ohio, New York, Illinois, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Indiana; none in Wisconsin) for the most part. So I completely ignored the database: “Florida, Passenger Lists, 1898-1963”. So I was caught off guard when Boleslaw Wlecialowski was arriving 7th-March-1926 at Key West,Florida from CUBA???

You see, Boleslaw (or Bill or William) really arrived in 1910 from his father and went to Cleveland to his uncle Jan Elijasz (my great-grand-uncle came to the USA???, possibly a language problem and it was his cousin Jan Elijasz). At any rate, Boleslaw was in Niagara Falls in 1912 when his sister Rosalia arrived. The Wlecial/Wlecialowski quickly moved to Detroit in 1912. Boleslaw volunteered to fight in Haller’s Army (yes, he was registered for USA Army in WWI Draft too). He fought in WWI apparently went from France to Poland and fought the Bolsheviks before returning in 1920 on 7th July 1920 from Danzig according to “U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939“; Yes the USA paid part of the costs of the returning US citizens who fought in Haller’s Army. At any rate, this 1920 year was used on the Immigration forms (not the 1910 year). So I had his Naturalization Papers too. In fact,  I had Detroit City Directories and knew he was in real estate in the 1920’s. So the ONLY new fact I had was he returned to the USA  in 1926 after spending 3 days in Havana Cuba in 1926!

Wow! Why was my father’s uncle in Cuba in 1926? Well it turns out that Cuba in the 1920’s was a thing, … a big thing! In the Roaring 1920’s money was plentiful and Americans luxuriated in Cuban resorts. I assume to enjoy the posh life, drinking, gambling, etc. I guess Boleslaw had some discretionary income before the Great Depression. Of course there was that Volstead Act (a follow-up to 18th Amendment) that prohibited alcohol. So I guess going to nearby Cuba for a drink was viable even for Polish-Americans.

I learned/relearned: use wildcards (especially for my earliest ancestors, whom I thought I already had everything), rescan new databases (even if you think they don’t apply) and do so periodically for newly added data.

Oh, this was a two page manifest. Be sure sure to check forward AND backward one page for the complete data.

July 7, 2018

Christopher Robin — A Subject To Let #16Of40 #Books

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk enjoys this post… whimsical yet deep! Its been 22 years since Christopher Robin Milne died. His father, A. A. Milne died 62 years ago.

“Beyond our garden, Time begins, and that is an awfully deep well.”

[— Owl]

 


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Winnie the Pooh has always lent itself to philosophical interpretation. Those of a certain age will remember the 1982 book, The Tao of Pooh. In Miłosz’s subject … that I let, are many whimsical & deep elements in his short essay. It reminds me a bit of Schrodinger’s cat paradox. So I see the quantum aspects. A well as a metaphor for time is kind of philosophical or religious. Is this a reincarnation story. But Christopher was aware of his past & transition to reincarnation. That has been studied and always past life memories come away unconvincing. There is an element of Peter-Pan-Theory whereby a person (so often male) refuses to grow up & mature. I think A. A. Milne’s remarkable work with Pooh is that its very deep matter that can be derived for whatever bent you bring to “bear” on the stories. And that, is the charm and I think the appeal to the Nobel Prize author and probably to all the readers of A. A. Milne about his son.

July 4, 2018

Among People — #Books #SubjectsToLet #15Of40

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk — At one time or another this jester, who is also a genealogist has marveled at the miraculous odds that we overcame to be. Not just I, but anyone of you, my dear readers, the odds are almost incalculable. So I think Milosz with his religious bent would have marveled at that or the fact we are all of us made of star dust.

But we are not each the sum total of the human race. We are each extant branches of that human race are lost in the ravages of time and the savagery of our species. Some DNA has been lost. We are all much more alike because we descend through the few branches that were dramatically pruned from our species long history. Think of how many humans have been eliminated. A good bit of our diversity has already been eliminated. That is why variance between any two humans is less distance than between the variance of say any two Great Ape species. Forget the evolutionary aspects. We are less diverse than the great apes.

So perhaps the lesson here to the orange buffoon in the Whitehouse is that by eliminating diversity we are subjecting our species (the homo sapiens) to a possible extinction event that might have been survivable if we were MORE diverse.

But we are not the summation of our species, but we are more a delicate thread of Y-DNA or MT-DNA back to the last extant branch. Do not risk the thread!

Now about that star dust, if the DNA is remarkably NOT diverse, think about how little diversity of star dust we are each made of. The odds of other intelligent life occurring and still existing such that our civilization’s electronic signature (or noise) being detected or us detecting another civilization’s noise is even longer in odds than for anyone of us to have existed. We’re pretty special right now but in a million years or a billion years our entire civilization just just be so much star dust, without a signature left to be detected. Extinction appears to be more common than creation.

 

If we wish to be Among Other People for longer than this short moment in time, then we better start valuing the diversity that is left and start cooperating for mutual survival of our species.

July 4, 2018

Dziennik Polski Detroit — #Polish #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

#WordlessWednesday Józef Maciejewski — Ortonville, Mich.Józef Maciejewski was my aunt Kitty’s (Kazimiera née Eliasz) second husband. Here’s Funeral Card posting from 11-November-1968, Dziennik Polski (Detroit).

June 28, 2018

INVENTORY: Polish Kingdom / Russian Poland partition (Kielce Gubernia) — #Genealogy #Polish

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk felt it was time again to survey the gubernia, Kielce Gubernia (Kieleckie). This jester was surprised at the number of new scans made available since the last survey/inventory.

To use these sources, you need to have a user-id/password and be logged in…except the SzukajWArchiwach requires no authentication to use. These are the Kielce Gubernia records that ARE ONLINE! There may be other records available in the parish, the USC, the National Archive of Poland or in the Church Archive (Diocessan).

 

First, let me make a list of my Internet sources (please email any more that you know):

2-July-2018 06-October-2018 (as of) [additions from SzukajWarchiwach]

Additions

A total of 14,370 more scanned images (approx. 60,000-140,000 new records in Kielce gubernia).

https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/21/str/1/50?filtr=Bialaczowie#tabZasoby Bialaczowie

https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/21/str/1/50?filtr=Bialobrzegach#tabZasoby Bialobrzegach

https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/21/str/1/50?filtr=Bebelnie#tabZasoby Bebelnie

https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/21/str/1/50?filtr=Bedlnie#tabZasoby Bedlnie

https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/21/str/1/50?filtr=Bejscach#tabZasoby Bejscach

https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/21?filtr=Biechow#tabZasoby Biechow

https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/21/str/1/50?sort=syg_order&filtr=Bielinach#tabZasoby Bielinach

https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/21/str/1/50?filtr=Skrzynnie#tabZasoby Skrzynnie

https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/21/str/1/50?filtr=Skrzynsku#tabZasoby Skrzynsku

https://szukajwarchiwach.pl/21/str/1/50?filtr=Smogorzowie#tabZasoby Smogorzowie

 

 

  1. AP-Kielce
  2. AD-Kielce
  3. AP-Sandomierz
  4. FamilySearch-Czestochowa-Kielce
  5. FamilySearch-Evangelical-Kielce
  6. FamilySearch-Evangelical-Radom
  7. FamilySearch-Lublin-Kielce
  8. FamilySearch-Radom-Kielce
  9. SzukajWArchiwum-Kielce (pages 7, 18, 19, 20)
  10. SzukajWArchiwum-Sandomierz (no pages had scans)
  11. Geneteka-Metryki-SwietoKrzyskie

 

 

 

 

Sources <Notes> Counts By Source
AD-Kielce 128
AP-Kielce  10 jewish congregations 180
AP-Sandomierz  16 jewish congregations 121
Czestochowa 8
Evangelical-Kielce Marriages 1914 0
Evangelical-Radom Births 1866-1872 0
FamilySearch-Lublin-Kielce 1
FamilySearch-Radom-Kielce 287
SzukajWArchiwum-Kielce 35 pages (100 lines/pages) 18 28
SzukajWArchiwum-Sandomierz 13 pages (100 lines/page) 0
Geneteka-Metryki-SwietoKrzyskie 14 powiaty 72

 

The next table is 815 rows [2-July-2018 (as of)]

 

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June 27, 2018

Some Subjects To Let … Returned #12, #13, #14 out of 40.

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

A Certain Poet

Even Stanczyk must admit to some hubris. When I started this journey to Let all of Milosz’s Subjects (from his Road-Side Dog), I had intended it to be a lesson for me in writing –  In reading, analysis and writing. Now I see my error. How can I let all that Milosz had? I have the discipline. I am skilled at research and well read, but I am not Milosz (God bless him). I had thought I could easily consume all his pastiches and with some analysis, dash off a missive or small pastiche. I had envisioned it a task of standing upon a giant’s shoulders and seeing a bit further. It was not arrogance, but perhaps a bit of ignorance. I was not privy to all things Milosz. Alas, some of his pieces elude me … they seem to be a bit too insider-ish.

So I am returning three pieces and will continue on from there. I relinquish my let of:

A Certain Poet (#12), Father’sWorries (#13), and Oeuvre(#14).

Next Subject To Let: Among People

June 22, 2018

Alegata As TimeMachine – Part 4 — #Polish #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk wanted to give you a list of some typical and a couple atypical alegata that you might encounter through your research. This is a pictorial list to help you recognize what you are viewing.

The other three parts in this series: Part-1 , Part-2 , Part-3

Marriage

This is the typical marriage alegata. It repeats data in the actual marriage

record for this year. #BRAK

You need to look for Russian / Cyrillic that looks like the handwritten (cursive) version of:  брака

 

 

 


Death

This is the typical death alegata. Its proves the participant is widowed and thus eligible for remarriage in the church.  #CMERT

 

 

 

You need to look for Russian / Cyrillic that looks like the handwritten (cursive) version of:  смерт

 


Birth - Dual Language Side by Side

This is a birth alegata. It proves the participant was baptised in a remote parish. This one has birth record in both Polish (right side) and Russian (left side)! This can be helpful if you read both languages in case one side is hard to read.

You need to look for Russian / Cyrillic that looks like the handwritten (cursive) version of:  роджение

 


Birth - Polish
In the upper left corner you will often see the administrative heirarchy written. In this example,  we see…

Келецкая   гыберния

Сторницкий   Уездъ
Пруходъ   Солецъ
Which in this case means:
Kieleckie Gubernia
Stopnica Uezd
Parafia Solec
It will be different in your case, depending on where you are researching and what you find. Notice the birth record is written in Polish (1848 year record in 1878 Alegata).

This another birth example. Be sure to record  the village (Oblekon) The Akt#(record#, in this case 24), the parish (Swiniary), and the year (chopped of in the image 18×7). Since the language is Polish you know its 1867 or 1857 or 1847, …

 

 

 

 

 

 



Galicia Birth

  1. These next two pictures illustrate alegata between two empires. Yes marriages happened across the border between the Russian Empire and The Austrian Empire (Galicia Kingdom). It was somewhat common along the Vistula river border separating these empires that were occupying a partitioned Poland (no longer shown upon European maps).

 

 

 


 


  1. Pay close attention to this alegata type. It is again across empires. It is not the Latin Box form that the prior example was. This a paragraph form. So the language is neither Polish nor Russian. It is in fact written in Latin.

Notices you have a Russian stamp and an Austrian stamp! This shows that both empires were collecting their fees on these cross-empire marriages.

Another useful piece of information to take note of, is that this document has the civil administrative hierarchy on the top left and then you see the religious hierarchy (Diocese, Deaconate/Deanery, Parish) across the top right.,/p>

It is important to know both the civil and the religious heirarchy. You may need to search in civil archives (AP). You may also need to search in religious archives (AD) for copies. In Poland (as in most nations with Catholic dioceses), you will find that duplicate copies were usually (sometimes, but always) made and kept in the diocessan curia. SO this may help you if records were destroyed, as is soft often the case in the border lands between empires (or future nations formed after wars).

 

 

 


This alegata uses a modern form from 1987 for a birth in 1904. Located in a parish alegata book from 1904 (a request from the future)!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


This alegata request is from 1939 for a 1904 birth. These may be invaluable as they appear right before WW2. The alegata that preceded wars may act to preserve potentially lost records from elsewhere! Notice how the forms change over time. Alegata after 1918 are all in Polish (unless they come from outside Poland).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



A rare alegata from a court that is a name change request. Leon Pieszczochowicz probably used the name change as a part of his passport / ship ticket process. Thus he had to correct the church birth record.

June 19, 2018

Save The Innocents — #SaveTheChildren #TrumpPolicy #WarCrimes

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

I can no longer stand idly by. This story has to be told and people called to act!

About 2,000 children have been separated from their parents who, for the most part, were seeking asylum. It is now estimated that by August /September, there will be 30,000 separated children.

1st Sexual Abuse by Ice Agent

1st Sexual Abuse by Ice Agent

This should be obviously seen as obscene immorality tilting America towards NAZIism. In fact, Catholic bishops/nuns have protested. Franklin Graham (Billy Grahams’ son) has separated himself from the Trump administration over this immoral act (these acts). The Baptists through their society of 1.7 Million had their Secretary General write and deplore these actions. Indeed this jester has NEVER seen the verses of Matthew quoted in such abundance.

I predicted that this fast doc / no doc collection of children would lead to child-abuse, possibly white-slavery and sexual abuse. It has now happened, barely one month into the Trump War Crime operation. This man was arrested for sexually abusing a separated child and black mailing the mother into keeping her mouth shut (or else … what is worse? Murder).


How Did This Happen?

On May 7th, 2018 in San Diego, CA, the AG Jeff Sessions announced this policy: separate immigrant children from their parents. Here is the video of the announcement. It was designed to inflict cruelty upon immigrants to deter them from coming to USA. Never mind that under USA laws you cannot punish in cruel or unusual ways. This concept has been decided by the Supreme Court (Jul 3, 1978, 438 US 781 (1978)!

The Trump admin knew this would not pass constitutional review! They went ahead and implemented the POLICY! It is not a law. The 1997 law being abused is Flores v. Reno (aka Flores Consent Decree). It is Trump policy to separate the children. Announced 5/7/2018 by Jeff Sessions. Children must be taken care of and cared for in the least harmful way! This was to prevent cruelty or obscene abuses from being perpetrated against children.

Donald Trump immediately blamed Obama (a familiar ploy). For the record, the Obama presidency began January 20th, 2009 and ended 8 years later in 2017. So it was NOT Obama’s law. Obama NEVER separated children from parents! George W. Bush never did. In fact, no President before Trump ever had a policy to separate immigrant children. Then they denied the policy existed. Then they blamed Democrats. In fact, all Democrat Senators have signed a bill to make this policy illegal! Unfortunately, not 1 GOP Senator has signed. I find it amazing this is not a veto-proof bi-partisan bill signed by almost all (who would be against?).

All of a sudden, the ICE Border Patrol says they are forced to enforce the POLICY! Then Stephen Miller & Secretary Nielsen have claimed this policy as their own invention ??

By United Nations law, abusing asylum seekers and the separation of Children in particular is listed as an international War Crime!!

Now Secretary Nielsen in less than 7 days declared: its not an existing policy, then defended the policy, then said she would not apologize for enforcing the policy. For good measure she said the children were not being used as “leverage” for the wall, even though Donald Trump was saying PRECISELY the opposite in his sound bites & tweets!

So now we have not only cruel/unusual policy of the Trump administration, which is labeled a War Crime, now we have kidnapping/extortion/blackmail using the children as human shields for Donald Trump, Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller, & DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen!  PLEASE, do not forget the sexual abuse of the four year girl!

Call To Action

We must …

  1. Demand law(s) abolishing the policy & preventing it ever being done again.
  2. Tweet all GOP Senators or call them and demand they back the bill.
  3. Register to Vote.
  4. Verify you are registered (including long term voters).
  5. Vote in November 2018. Vote against Trump! Vote Democrats! Never accept a GOP candidate unless it is a woman.
  6. Vote in 2020 for the Democrat (no more Trump).
  7. Seek / Demand the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump.
  8. March in protests until Impeachment starts.
  9. Get Apps & Be Informed.

Questions?

Get Informed. Get these FREE apps for your phone or computer. They tell you who are your Representatives, what they are doing, what votes they made & how they voted, they tell you how to contact them too! For context, read the US Constitution. It is the foundation for our laws. It enumerates our rights too! LEARN! Be informed then VOTE as if your life depends upon it. Do not stay home, do not remain inactive or disinterested. This is getting critical.

June 17, 2018

Czesław Miłosz Poetry Fest — Kraków

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

To find out more about the Milosz Festival, June 7–10, 2018:

theculturetrip.com/europe/poland/articles/10-facts-about-the-life-and-works-of-polish-poet-csezlaw-milosz/

June 9, 2018

Part 3 of Alegata As Time Machine — #Polish #Genealogy #Russian-Poland #Partition #Church

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Biechow 1878 Alegata - Page 12 of Alegata for Marriage 15Stanczyk, welcomes you to the third part of this multi-part Alegata As Time Machine series. As the title suggests this is the third part.

Parts 1 & 2 can be reviewed below:

  1. Alegata As Time Machine — I
  2. Alegata As Time Machine — II

There have been some prior alegata articles (in case you are binging):

  1. 1878 Marriage – Russian Empire bride + Austrian Empire groom
  2. Another Alegata Article
  3. Clever Use Of Alegata

Today’s article is we are going to dissect a typical article and see what we can expect to find. In the fourth part we will look at many sample portions to see the type we might encounter.

First off, be aware that you can click on the images to see larger version of the images to see the fine details. Second, let me remind you, dear reader, that alegata are mostly found in Russian Poland partition but the general knowledge still holds, though the year and the partition may dictate a different language. In this series we will see Russian/Cyrillic, Polish (Latin alphabet), and Latin (the actual language) among the samples. In fact, you may see more than one language in an alegata.

1878 Alegata dissectedToday’s alegata is about the bride who was born outside the parish who is now living in the local parish (Biechów). So the bride is proving she was baptised to marry in the local church.

Let’s look at the various pieces and derive their meaning in this common sample.

Number (1) — It is in Russian. Its meaning is, “Record (akt) # 121, RZEGOCIN”. This margin note ties the data back the Ostrowce parish (in Kielce gubernia, Grotniki gmina). We will see the event type and the year of the remote record in a bit.

Number (2) — Do you see the light, pencilled, “12”? That is what the second bullet pertains to. This “12” indicates we are on the 12th page of alegata. The left side of the image is page 11 and the right side is page 12. The left side, is usually, the back of the prior page’s text.

Number (3) — The top header text, relatively bold in ink is Russian text indicating this is an alegata for an 1878 marriage, the akt #, in the local parish’s 1878 marriages. For the record we are looking Biechow parish (Kielce gubernia, Stopnica gmina), 1878 Alegata book on page 12 (this image).

Number (4) — The fourth part, we are calling out is the record # (akt #) that this alegata is for. In this case it is for Marriage Akt 15, in Biechow parish Marriages.

Number (5) — The fifth bullet is the top of the remote record. It indicates the event type from the remote parish that this alegata page is about. In this case we are looking at a birth record. In Russian/Cyrillic, “рождение” (birth).

Number (6) — The final bullet, (6), is about the birth record (in Polish) and more specifically, the year of that record, which in this case is 1861. Now this is fortuitous because, the online births end at 1859. So for birth years 1860 and forward you would normally have to write to the parish (Ostrowce, św.Jana Chrzciciela) to get this birth record.  At the bottom of the record is the date:

Ostrowce, 4/16th day of August, 1878 (the date this record was extracted from that remote parish’s books).

One final note. Did you notice that the birth was written in Polish (not Russian)? If the remote event record was before 1868 then it will be in Polish. Galicia records are in Latin.

To see the Alegata side-by-side with the Marriage record click on “Continue reading”

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June 4, 2018

Alegata As Time Machine — Part 2

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

I wanted to show the availability of alegata in parishes that were in or nearby my ancestral parishes. So the table below shows how common (or rare) alegata are.  They seem to range from about 1813 (before Napoleon’s final defeat, and the subsequent formation of Congress Poland / Russian-Empire Polish partition). The 1813 I saw was in Polaniec (and is not shown in the table below). The latest as we see in the table below is 1923. There may be more after that year but perhaps privacy rules prevent their being published until later. So we have about 110 year range to view alegata.

The time machine aspect comes into play because the alegata are recorded in the year they are for. The actual request may have been in 1989 and the earliest year for which the alegata gets data is 1720. So the time machine spans 269 years while the alegata only cover 110 years. So we are gaining 100 years on the early side and 66 years on the later side. While this time span is not complete (i.e. not everybody’s data is shown, it is extraordinarily helpful to those whose ancestor does have an alegata in reference to. Hence, why I call it a time machine. We might see a request from the 1950’s for a record in late 1800’s in an alegata book dated 1901. In some cases (particularly the earlier years), we may find a record that was subsequently lost, but due to an alegata request, it was saved in duplicate and thus preserved for some lucky genealogist even though the original book may have been lost/stolen/burned.

Parish Alegata Available (nearby parishes)

Parish Year Range Parish Year Range
Biechow 1875 — 1882 Opatowiec 1887
Biechow 1884 — 1893 Pacanow 1875 — 1897
Biechow 1895 Pacanow 1899 — 1905
Biechow 1897 — 1901 Pacanow 1907 — 1908
Biechow 1904 — 1908 Stopnica 1875 — 1878
Busko 1912 Stopnica 1887
Busko 1914 Stopnica 1889 — 1892
Busko 1916 Stopnica 1894 — 1897
Dobrowoda 1875 — 1894 Stopnica 1901 — 1903
Dobrowoda 1896 — 1898 Stopnica 1905 — 1906
Dobrowoda 1901 Stopnica 1909
Dobrowoda 1903 — 1914 Stopnica 1913
Olesnica 1875 — 1890 Stopnica 1923
Olesnica 1892 — 1913 Szczebrzusz 1875
Opatowiec 1823 Szczebrzusz 1877 — 1891
Opatowiec 1826 — 1830 Szczebrzusz 1894
Opatowiec 1832 — 1834 Szczebrzusz 1896 — 1900
Opatowiec 1839 — 1844 Szczebrzusz 1903
Opatowiec 1872 Zborowek 1875 — 1887
Opatowiec 1875 — 1879 Zborowek 1889 — 1895
Opatowiec 1881 — 1885 Zborowek 1897 — 1908

At present, I am compiling a spreadsheet from the alegata in the above table. I’ll probably publish an analysis of my findings. In some article after the findings, I may write an article on the stamps seen in an alegata and what their purpose was. But right now I wanted to answer again why is there an alegata.

Why an alegata?

The reasons are more varied then I had originally assumed. Here are some reasons, you will find an alegata:

  1. The groom (mostly) or the bride or perhaps both were born in another, remote parish.
  2. The bride or the groom  (or both) were widowed.
  3. The wife is notified in a letter(s) that her husband has died in military service and is now a widow.
  4. The far flung future requests a church record from the past.
  5. The future provides a court document of a vital record change or asks for information on an individual(s).
  6. A remote parish or USC notifies an original parish of a death or a marriage (see #1).

There may be other reasons too. But at any rate, if you see a marriage in your parish books and (you see the groom is from an outside parish or the bride was born elsewhere, then you should look to see if there exists an alegata. The alegata will provide additional data substantiating the marriage can take place.

I once found an alegata about an ancestor when there was only alegata online (typically not indexed). It had info about a marriage that was yet to be published online. Further more, both the groom and bride were widowed and hence I was also provided with death data on the prior spouses.  The marriage and the alegata taken together can provide you a means to track down your migrating ancestors and where they came from or where they moved to.

Also, please note, that as of the present (4-June-2018), no Alegata have been indexed. So that data is a complete mystery. So who knows what treasures you might find, just by doing an exhaustive search through alegata.

Next time, a sample of what alegata look like, so you know what you are seeing. It can be confusing due to the multitude of time eras involved (seeing multiple languages) or you may see many differing forms due to the various timeframes involved. We’ll break it down in a rather lengthy blog article with pictures and descriptions.

Continue reading

May 27, 2018

Carrying A Splinter — #Books #SubjectsToLet #11Of40

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Carrying A Splinter - Milosz, Subjects To Let

Carrying A Splinter – Milosz

Miłosz is he. That does not seem grammatical. Miłosz is referring to himself in the third person as he writes this Subject I Let. (That too looks ungrammatical). 🤭

In this essay of mine, I am going to diverge from my revered subject, whose Subjects I Let. He was thankful that there by the grace of God, he was exempted from the labor camps & mines of Vorkuta. Vorkuta for the rest of us was the largest gulag in the European Russia, up near the arctic circle.

But He got a “splinter”. It stayed under his skin for decades. Why did the West not bring Russia to task for its gulags. Perhaps you do not know that He was a diplomat for Communist-Poland and that He sought to defect during the Cold War era. He wanted asylum in the US but suspicion in the McCarthy era that He might be a soviet spy kept him from seeking & being granted asylum. In the mean time, He wrote “The Captive Mind” and other prose that marked him an intellectual dissident against Stalinism. These works led him to be welcome in the West and in 1960 He emigrated to the US to work at UC-Berkley as a professor.

He was a poet, a Polish (not Lithuanian) poet, who came of age in World War 2 era Europe in Wilno/Vilinius & Warsaw. A complex poet Polish culturally, Lithuanian ethnically, & Russian by oppression and extended sphere of influence.

He hated the Empire and his enmity against the West (for its inaction) made his splinter ache. Study the path He took, an exiled poet who the West saw him as a political tool, a role he eschewed when he defected. Nobody saw the poet despite his works & rewards. Only his memory of Vorkuta prisoners (some his friends) kept him able to discern good from evil. Nobody saw his anguish or cries to heaven (the poet). Yet He wielded his fame which was more powerful than the evil monster-state’s regiments & armies.

But why so angry against the West, Miłosz? It provided you the fame to wield. All of a sudden in 1980, you were part of a triumvirate: Catholic Pope, Solidarinosc-Leader, Nobel-Prize-poet that raised the Polish soul to new heights.

So were you a poet or a Cold War warrior after all?

Please dear readers, email Stanczyk & let this jester know … I am of two minds on this subject.

May 23, 2018

Transmission Of Acquired Traits — #Books #SubjectsToLet #10Of40

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Transmission Of Acquired Traits

Road-Side Dog — Transmission Of Acquired Traits

What a heavy meme this week. Its about religion & philosophy and the strange intersection faith had with humanity in the 20th century. The subject of the Subject To Let, is Father Stanisław, a child of what we call in Anerica, the “Greatest Generation” for their struggles against such dire straits. Father Stanisław was a child in raised during the evil police state that flourished post-World-War-2.

How could this Catholic boy, now Catholic priest, reconcile the horrors endured by his parents, and presided over by God? God & his parents had survived the haunting inhumanities of NAZI Germany and now the Communist Totalitarian state afterwards.

How had he acquired & preserved the traits we call faith or ethics or morality? Weren’t those traits lost in the survival by being unable to stop slavery & genocide? Aren’t they gone in the godless communism that has killed even priests & nuns? Is this an evolutionary trait (the unspoken question of the Subject)? Had Father Stanisław acquired this trait … via nature or nurture? How could he live with this stain?

It was only by turning to God’s willingness to sacrifice his son (himself) to the torture & degradation of crucifixion for his church and its sins. Oddly, Father Stanisław endured & persevered this severe philosophical enquiry. But he hated the symbol of the crucifix, an emblem of torture, even as his flock would paradę with them in celebrations or cling to them with their prayers. Such self sacrifice. This jester has no answer or even a reply. All I can do is propagate this meme and hope some good seed is planted somewhere and bears good fruit!

May 21, 2018

British Royalty Has Polish Royalty DNA — #19th #Cousins

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

19 Generations back to Wladyslaw Jagiello (from Prince Harry)

British Royal Family Tree

Prince Harry & Duchess of Sussex Meghan will have children who are 19th cousins to Władysław Jagiełło King of Poland & Grand Duchy Of Lithuania (& Queen Jadwiga)!

❤ 🇵🇱 🇲🇱 🇬🇧 💙

[Thanks to source: http://www.moremaiorum.pl]

Family Tree Pdf:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1hggrx3ZygJUKTHrc5Fz_kzrQTopjPWw6

May 17, 2018

Alegata Are Genealogy Time Machines — #Genealogy #Polish #ChurchRecords

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Early Alegata: 1823, 1826, 1827…

       Opatowiec Parish in Kielce Gubernia

Stanczyk loves alegata. Let’s see you have Birth (urodzony/chrzest), Marriage (małżeństwo/słuby, zapiowiedzi), Alegata, Death (Zgony/Śmierci). The cycle of life via church records (sacrements). Reading alegata are very interesting indeed. Sometimes its like gossip… “Do you know who is getting married here?” Other times its solemn, like the death of a soldier. But it is a time machine of sorts, that allows you to see backward and on rare occasions forward. It is this time machine capability that may help you locate missing records.

What are Alegata?

Alegat is a Polish word of Latin origin, from allegatio, “sending someone as an intermediary; a citation of proof; a submitted document.”

It is not only an interesting relic of phraseology from ecclesiastical language, it provides great potential genealogical documents of significance. This word, seemingly forgotten and archaic, is currently undergoing a rebirth, precisely because of genealogy. Many beginning researchers do not know about the existence and meaning of these documents. Alegata is the plural of Alegat. Sometimes they are found at the end of church books as loose pages. When they are found in their own books, they are called Alegata or Aneksy. They are most common in the former Russian-Poland partition. As is shown in the picture (by red arrows) they date to just after the Napoleonic Era.

What were Alegata Used For?

These are Polish Church documents to establish an eligibility for a church sacrament. Most often they are used for marriages. Their purpose is often to document a death and thus making the widow/widower eligible to remarry in the church. Sometimes its used where the groom (most often) if from a remote/foreign parish is a baptised Catholic. I have seen a few other purposes: name change, soldier’s death, etc. Often the inquiries in later years are from courts or remote Polish parishes and are forms.  However, for the genealogist, they can fill in the gap for a missing church record. Often because of the marriage aspect, they can help you (the genealogist) track movements of your ancestors across parishes. In the coming articles, we’ll look at a few examples.

May 16, 2018

CHUR – CHU – RAH — A Subject To Let — #Books #Milosz #9of40

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

CHUR CHU RAHMiłosz’s subject to let is about censorship of the media. Once again his essays pertain to today as well as to 1997 or his earlier years in Poland post World War II.

Stanczyk likes how Miłosz is able to work in folk aspects from his life into serious topics. CHUR CHU RAH is a kind of child’s magic word for becoming untouchable during their play/games. He applies it to the way that only a small few journalists knew how to publish unvarnished truth while remaining untouchable. He also remarked how that was a refreshing breath of fresh air to the everyday mandatory cliches or pronouncements in most articles, newspapers or scholarly works.

Today we have a President that attacks media. He hollers, “Fake News” at any article he finds detrimental to himself or his administration. He even tweeted that anything bad was equivalent to “Fake News”. This orange, buffoon President would even incite crowds against the media and say he should ask the crowd to attack them??? Although claiming in the next breath that he would not do such a thing. I guess that was the President’s use of a childish safe word, like “CHUR CHU RAH”. So he’d incite violence under the guise of he should but that he won’t. Sometimes, this President would call out by name a specific journalist, who often times was a woman in a thuggish, misogynist fashion. Just Kidding folks. I don’t REALLY want you to hurt the journalist(s). I wish we had a Miłosz or Zbigniew Brzesinski or some other Cold War era survivor who could compare this American Fascism to the mid-century 20th century Fascists of Europe in Miłosz’s time.

To this jester’s eyes & ears the evidence appears to be eerily similar. I wish I could utter, “olly olly umphrey” so that all the erudite politicians and journalists could out come out from their hiding places and provide the kind of relief that Miłosz cherished and that we sorely need  today!

What do you think? Email me.

May 14, 2018

CIRCE — #BookReview #MadelineMiller

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

CIRCE by Madeline Miller

Stanczyk loves the classics! So in January, when I read that local author Madeline Miller (@MillerMadeline) had a new book coming out called, “CIRCE“, I knew I had to read it. But the announcement said it would be published April 10th, 2018??? So I Googled her other works. I saw “Song of Achilles” and I thought, OK I need to read the Iliad before I read the Odyssey, so I’d go book up on her prior book (an NYT Best Seller) and wrote a book review too.

If you read this jester’s book review of “Song of Achilles” then you know I adored the story and the author too. So my expectations were high for “CIRCE” too. I craved more of Ms. Miller’s Greek hero narrative. I had thought Odysseus would be the narrator like Patroclus was in the prior book. I should not have been surprised when Circe was the narrator, but I was.  I thought the prior book had an #LGBT flavor to it and would appeal to that crowd. So then this book would appeal to the #MeToo and Feminists everywhere… I am sure of that. But both books were enjoyed by this jester ( a heterosexual male). Ms. Miller once again shows off her strong narrative style and flair for Greek Myth.

The prior book spanned a couple of decades, but CIRCE spans centuries. Given that vast timespan, we get to enjoy encounters with Daedalus and the Minotaur. Hermes and Athena appear as do quite a few Titans. Jason’s wife Medea shows up too. But in the end we are expecting Odysseus to appear on Circe’s island. We expect her to ensorcel our Greek hero. Oh, Odysseus does show up and regales Circe (and us) with his heroic tales. They become enchanted  lovers. Circe is a strong woman, an herbalist, witch with scant soothsaying skills and being a Titan deity, the endless lifespan to tell these tales to us. Circe evolves from a powerless nymph to a powerful feminist goddess in her enlarged lifespan. I guess you could say this a goddess coming of age novel. Ms. Miller is a master of the narrative style and the book is a compelling tale (s).

The span is so large not only do we get to view Odysseus, we also get to see his return home to Penelope and Telemachus. At this point, the classicist author turns the novel into Homer’s missing sequel (Telegony). You recall, that Odysseus unknowingly  fathers a son, Telegonus by Circe (her choice to let protective spells lapse). So we get a clever tale of Odysseus’s two sons (and wives?) interacting on Circe’s island. That was an unexpected treat. Indeed, before this book review, I did not know that Homer’s sequel was lost and that we find it herein told in the book Circe. I loved this novelty more in my review than I had as an unknowing book reader.

This book, if it has a flaw and most would say none, but I think Ms. Miller’s treatment of the hero Odysseus is harsh. This jester was always an Odysseus groupie (but always a died-in-the-wool Theseus fan). So I did not enjoy the feminist revision of Odysseus even by his patron god, Athena! Oh the horror. But even that I am willing to entertain. As this book and this author gets benefit of doubt for the rapt enjoyment bestowed.

Buy the book and read it. Indeed buy them both and read them both. Then email this jester and let him know which book  you prefer.

May 8, 2018

One Life, A Subject To Let — #Milosz #8Of40 #Books

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

One Life - A Subject To Let (Milosz)

Stanczyk has now made it 20% of my way through Miłosz’s Subjects To Let. This is an exercise in discipline and learning to read/write as well as Miłosz; not like Miłosz but as well as. His subjects permeate with mortality and impermanence. So today’s subject appears to dwell in that sweet spot. But appearances can be deceiving. My own żona, who tutors as if she were a rabbi and that tutelage informs my Catholic world view, says that her mother was fond of quoting, “Be careful what you martyr yourself for as you only have One Life”.

As is so often with sages their words are wise on multiple levels. Of course there was the obvious meaning of giving away your life and that such sacrifice should be for what you see as your penultimate value(s). But on another level it means spend your time in life wisely and take care that your expenditures are for worthwhile purposes.

But it is also about mortality and impermanence. I think we can also see that the woman subject receives Miłosz’s scorn because she not only rebuffed the poet/essayist Julius Słowacki ‘s petition for love, she also upbraided this great man. I can imagine that Miłosz identified with Słowacki since they seemed to be cut from the same cloth. The both were poets and essayists. They also continued to write poetry ’til their dying days. So I guess Miłosz sees her karmic retribution is the complete and utter lack of a memory of her (whose name I refuse to type) and her efforts. Read the three pages of the subject, “One Life“.

But let me honor Juliusz Słowacki, by leaving you, good reader, with Słowacki’s prophetic 1848 poem, The Slavic Pope.

Here comes our Slavic Pope to the rescue,

Brother of mankind.

Angel batallions dust off his throne with

Whisks made of roses,

While he pours lotion onto our bosom,

Pontiff   benign.

He will distribute love like a warlord

Passes out arms;

His strength sacramental will gather the cosmos

Into his strong palms.

Then will he send glad tidings to flutter

Like Noah’s dove:

News that the spirit’s here and acknowledged,

Shining   alone.

And we shall see angels part nicely before him

The sky above.

He’ll stand on his throne, illumined, creating

Both world and throne.

His voice will transform the nations to brethren.

Burnt  offerings

Circle the spirits in their march toward

Their final goal.

Strength sacramental of hundreds of nations

Will help our king

See that the spirits’ work overpowers

Death’s mournful toll.

The wounds of the world shall he cleanse, and banish

Rot.   pus and all —

He will redeem the world and bring to it

Both health and love.

He shall sweep clean the insides of churches

And clear the hall,

And then reveal the Lord our Creator

Shining   above.

May 7, 2018

Searchin’ for Sobieszczanski — #Genealogy #Polish

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Sobieszczanski ( собещаньский )

   114               Sobieszczanski        Jan

A ponderously long search for an ancestral parish is over!

Stanczyk was humbled. This jester could always find someone’s ancestral parish in the Russian-Poland partition (zabory). Yet in his own family tree the Sobieszczanski (aka Sobb) I was unable to locate.

Doubling the frustration is I had Stanisław (Stanley) Roman Sobieszczanski ‘s Naturalization papers. It plainly said Lesnik, Russian Poland.

Declaration of Intent

The problem? In the Skorowidz Miejscowości Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej there were 19 Lesnik/Lesniki and in the Russian-Poland Gazetteer there were another handful (some possibly overlapping as they were different time periods. There were no LESNIK. I had to consider diacriticals (accents). The L could be Ł and the e could be ę and the s could be ś and the n could be ń. Thankfully, the i and k did not have diacritics. But that still left a lot of combinations. But one-by-one I searched. I looked up in the gazeteers and found parishes. Some were not online, but many were. Alas, those online did not have any Sobieszczanski. I searched http://regestry.lubgens.eu/news.php  (Lubgens)  and there were Sobieszczanski, but I could not confirm they were mine. No Lesnik. I searched in geneszukacz.genealodzy.pl too and again I found Sobieszczanski but again no good matches and not good enough locations to believe that is what Stanley meant.

That’s when I thought to look at a map that indicated parishes. I still thought Lesnik was a parish. So I went to: http://ipgs.us/mapinfo/atlas1907/main.html . I looked at the Lublin powiat (map 31); nothing promising, but I did see a village on the border of an adjacent powiat named Sobieszczany, so I thought perhaps they came from there. So I looked in the adjacent Janow (map39) and I found a couple of Lesnik (duzy/maly) villages in B3 quadrant.

I could not find Lesnik Duzy or Maly in any gazetteer???. Frustration. In looking at map 39, I saw Marynopol looked to be near a circle with a cross that indicated a parish. But I could not find Marynopol in the gazetteer. Very puzzling. I tried to  find nearly named towns and I did find one but it was in Kielce gubernia, not Lublin. So I looked and saw GOSCIERADOW. I quick checked metryki.genebaza.pl and saw they had GOSCIERADOW in Kielce-AP Sandomierz. Only 1890-1901 but at least I could see if there were any Sobieszczanski and get my bearings as too what Sobieszczanski looked like in Russian/Cyrillic and in cursive handwriting. My first try I found Jan Sobieszcanski in 1891 (see top pic).  His record indicated he lived in LISNIK. Well what do you know Jan’s parents were Michal Sobieszczanski & Stanislawa Kowalska and these were the names I had from Stanley’s first marriage record in USA (Depew, NY). So I was pretty sure (99%) that I had my parish. But they did not go back before 1890 and Stanley clearly enumerated many times his birth year was 1886. However, his younger brother Tadeusz had come to the USA as well and I had his info, so I looked up the birth year and it was 1896! Ok, they had that year in the range 1890-1901, so I should find a Tadeusz in 1896 (+/- 1 year).  Ok, his birthday was in October (not December), but the year and the parent names were exact matches, the village a very close match. I was now 100% certain I had my parish and my family. Success!

P.S.

LISNIK DUZY was in the gazetteer and GOSCIERADOW was the parish.

May 3, 2018

Constitutions — The People’s Rights

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk,

has written about Constitution Day (May 3rd 1791 and continuing) before. Poland’s constitution was second, after only the United States Constitution. I think we should celebrate Constitution Day in the USA (like they do in Poland), perhaps on a shared day like May 3rd.

With the rise of nationalism & fascists again, it is important to remember our laws come from these documents. They protect the citizens. In the USA, the federally elected politicians take an oath to protect the Constitution. So take a moment and read some of my prior writings about Poland’s Constitution the second in the world and inspired by the USA!


 

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