April 16, 2015
Today … a little over an hour ago, Israel commemorated the Holocaust. At sundown last night and beginning with sunrise, the Israelis remember. They remember so that it, The Holocaust, will never happen again. If you were in Israel you would see at 10:00am local time, a siren sounds and that everything comes to a stop. Pedestrians stop walking. Cars halt … people get out of their cars (some) and it is silent. Last evening … candles & lights. Today, silence and commemorative events.
#Remember what happens when a people ignore the rights and dehumanize a small segment of their own society. In the 2oth Century it was the Nazis. Today, who are engaging in similar atrocities?
If you have eyes to see, then you know who. Remember. We should all remember!
April 15, 2015
The newest version of the Ancestry App 📱 (6.5) is here. Genealogy on the go has reached a new level of portability for those with an Apple Watch⌚️ !
Lets see if the optimized matching is like MyHeritage or exactly what “enhanced search results” entails (more to come).
Option to delete trees within the app seems risky with touch screens. Caution would be advised and practice on a test tree before doing this for real.
🇵🇱 — I hope your using iOS 8.3, otherwise you may be seeing aliens (instead of iPhone, Apple Watch, Polish Flag)
April 7, 2015
Stanczyk is BIG on collaboration on genealogical research. So, let me start by thanking Donna Keicher (FB) genealogist, Western NY Genealogical Society member, etc. Thank you Donna!
Donna was going to Buffalo & Eric County Public Library (BECPL) and she graciously agreed to donate some of her research time at BECPL to helping others from outside the area in their Western NY research. Stanczyk loves RAOGK (receiving and giving) as a collaborative pursuit. The BECPL is on my wish list (again) this year to visit and do some research in. Any way, Donna was able to get me a complete death date for Frank/Franciszek Leszczynski and she sent me an image from the Buffalo Evening News newspaper from 25-JUNE-1943.
Stanczyk also did a RAOGK for another researcher by visiting Great Valley Baptist Church Cemetery (Devon, PA). It was for a James Davis (1784-1852) and was through, Find-A-Grave. I took a shot of his tombstone. While there, I also did some shots that added to memorials that were missing pictures and added a few new memorials (18th century) that were missing from Great Valley Baptist Church Cemetery on Find-A-Grave. I noticed an interesting tombstone (Phyllis Burr) who had a bit of a story about her slavery past. I learned a bit about Philadelphia’s abolitionists and the US Warship Ganges that rescued over 100 people from slavery (to indentured servitude/apprenticeship). Along the way, my social wife, spoke with the pastor John Loring (of The Baptist Church in the Great Valley). The good pastor had some materials that he mailed, to this jester, about his historical cemetery and its occupants. Thank you Pastor John Loring.
Now this jester would like to hasten to add that he has done a lot of contributions to genealogy at Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz ‘s FB Group, Polish Genealogy. In particular, I like to help people with their translations or even just reading the handwriting in their research finds from Poland. I also like to help genealogists in the group locate their ancestral parishes in Gazetteers or on current/historical maps. Everyone is always sharing expertise, tools or web sites to aid each other in furthering their genealogical research — this jester gets a kick out of brushing shoulders with the many talented/knowledgeable people the world over.
Let me conclude today’s blog by mentioning that ALL links today are to Facebook pages. The people & pages on Facebook have grown into a tremendous collaboration opportunity and also a learning tool as well.
March 25, 2015
#Muse Ted Cruz #2016Rhymes
#2016Rhymes The news makes me wax poetic …
I REALLY do like Green Egg and Hams
As do most all us Cuban-Can-Ams
You know to my family I am fair
So I’m signing up for ObamaCare
I, like Millions others now can
And it is the law of this Am-lan’
You know I shut down this gov
It REALLY is because I love
My family’s Canadian Moose
And Rhymes by Dr Seuss
March 22, 2015
530 years after death, Richard III honored before reburial
Richard III finally is buried 22-MARCH-2015 in a marked grave.
Update your family trees Anglo Genealogists.
March 18, 2015
Fold3 has a useful Infographic …
Do not forget Polish-American vets of Haller’s Army were World War I
March 15, 2015
Stanczyk wanted to check-in on GenBaza and what has been going on for the old Wojewodztwo/Gubernia Kielce.
Thank You Kornelia! So here are the GenBaza updates:
— in AP Kielce Kornelia photographed the parish, [sfotografowała parafię]
Michałów (1711-1904) and ready for indexing [i udostępnia indeksującym].
— in AP Kielce Kornelia photographed the Orthodox parishes, [sfotografowała parafię prawosławne]
Miechów (1892-1912) and also
Nowe Brzesko (1906-1908) and ready for indexing [i udostępnia indeksującym]
— in AP Kielce Kornelia photographed the Jewish congregation in, [sfotografowała parafie]
Sobków_moj (1810, 1826-1912) and ready for indexing [i udostępnia indeksującym]
— in AP Kielce Kornelia photographed the parishes, [sfotografowała parafie]
Waśniów (1890-1910) and ready for indexing [i udostępnia indeksującym] and also
Wiślica Gmina (1755-1825) and ready for indexing [i udostępnia indeksującym]
March 14, 2015
To the #STEM worker geek in me it is a most auspicious time. Stanczyk wishes to note that it is PI day:
3/14/15 9:26:53 (or perhaps you prefer 3.141592653 for short). I know this is irrational. PI is irrational too. An irrational number that cannot be expressed exactly as a ratio of two numbers in a fraction. Try with these fractions: 22/7, 333/106, 355/113, 52163/16604, 103993/33102, and 245850922/78256779
Last year (2014) a guy spent 208 days computing PI to 13,300,000,000,000 digits and then a little over a week to verify its correctness.
Take a circle, any circle. Measure its circumference and its diameter. Now divide the circumference length by the diameter. What do you get? This precise moment! 3/14/15 9:26:53 . This moment will not occur again for another twelve hours (if you use a twelve hour clock) and then not again for another hundred years. It should have been known 26 centuries BC (when they built the great pyramid) and now its the 21 more times, so this precise moment has occured no more than 47 times since PI ‘s 1st known use.
Happy PI day and Happy Birthday Einstein too!
March 12, 2015
Needs a new meme. Hence “Techno#Genea” . I am putting my hashtags to work inside and not necessarily at the beginning. Software will just have to catch up.
Techno#Genea is my meme to talk about technology + genealogy – just lose the “logy”.
Today’s Techno#Genea is on G E N E T E K A . Geneteka added a new and I think very useful feature. Between the search fields and Search (Wyszukaj) button and the rows of data (i.e. result-set) are two lines:
‘Parafie w promieniu 15km:’ (Parishes within a 15km radius) of the parish you were searching within [in my case, Biechow] and ‘Lata: ‘ (Years). In the case of the parishes, it gave me six: Beszowa, Oleśnica, Pacanów, Stopnica, Szczebrzusz, Zborówek. These are actually clickable too. You can start by searching all places, in my case you’d find 3 pages of ELIASZ (155 results) in the result set of BIRTHS. So to limit what I am looking at, I can go back to the Ksiega field and select from the drop down menu, “Biechow (pow. buski) – (U) 1810-1820” to look at just the Births (U) for Biechow and I get a much smaller result-set of just 9 records. But look at the two new lines! I can click on PACANOW link and the result set changes to 58 (across 2 pages) births in Pacanow. This is #AWESOME ! Now you can do proximity searches, just by clicking on links of parish names. It also helps to teach you a bit of geography nearby to your ancestral village/parish.
Now just a word to the wise. This is only for records that have been indexed. It is not ALL records available and not all parishes are shown (just those with indexed records). So in the case of Biechow, you will not see Swiniary [today] as one of the parishes within the 15km radius even though it is only about 2-3km. This is because Geneteka has not indexed any records in Swiniary. So you can do proximity searches and see if there are any records in the surrounding parishes for your family name. Pretty cool feature for the tech-experts at: genealodzy.pl .
That’s my meme – Techno#Genea ™ and I am sticking to it.
March 10, 2015
Marie Curie: A Gift of Radium — #Polish #American #History #LOC
Madame Curie nee Skladowska two time Nobel Prize winner in two fields. the only woman to do so and only Linus Pauling accomplished this feat for the men.
Reblogged from The Library of Congress
March 7, 2015
Stanczyk loves using tech with genealogy to really engage the left brain in my research (even though the right brain loves the UX).
So I thought this being a big genealogy weekend, I’d point out Ancestry upgraded their App — a bug fix release, recommended for v6.4 users. You will be required to download your tree again. Not a concern — just a bit of extra time.
March 6, 2015
This weekend you can watch the premiere of Who Do You Think You Are? The first episode is Julie Chen.
You can also use, for free, Find My Past .
So be a genealogy lion, this March. Ramp up your genealogy for 2015 this weekend.
March 5, 2015
Catch-up by reading Stanczyk’s curated Flipboard magazine:
February 17, 2015
WWI Draft 1917
Pet. Natl. Granted 1918
Edward Joseph Pieszczochowicz –
Born: 16-OCT-1892, Stopnica, Kieleckie Gubernia, Poland (Russian-Poland partition); Akt #268 in Stopnica 1892 Births
Arrival: 28 May 1910, Age: 17; from his father Leon Pieszczohowicz in Busko, Kielce to his uncle Jan Pieszczohowicz in West Seneca, NJ on SS Kroonland
WWI Draft: 1917
Petition For Naturalization (Granted): 2-October-1918
Discharged From Military Duty: 21-December-1918
Edward gets his citizenship while he is still in the Army (Camp Zachary Taylor, KY)! Notice he did not need to file a Declaration Of Intent – another benefit of serving in the military.
World War I – Service Record
February 17, 2015
We are an immigrant nation and multicultural, diverse melting pot of people. So from the beginning we controlled the process of who is a citizen with full rights that accrue from being an American.
Citizenship & Naturalization —
Somewhere along the way, the USA developed a tradition of rewarding service in the defense of this nation with easy citizenship. So after almost every war, we amended our laws to allow the citizen-soldier a fast track to citizenship.
Military Naturalization –
Next … Losing Your Citizenship.
February 14, 2015
Stanczyk was taking a road trip last weekend.
I took a page out of Jonathan Shea’s book, “Going Home”. In an Appendix, he lists the Polish Cemeteries across the USA. So in a kind of RAOGK, and as a way to contribute to PGSCT&NE, I started to take pics of tombstones and transcribe the pics for an index.
In a single visit I was able to do about 40% of the cemetery. I of course, am sending my entire contribution to PGSCT&NE. But, two tombstones had pics attached to the tombstone and I admired these two tombstones so much, I also added them to FindAGrave.
#Volunteer genealogists; Its another way to collaborate.
Below is the one from the Maławski family (click to enlarge):
Marcin, Stanislawa Malawski
January 27, 2015
Today is the 70th Anniversary of the Anniversary when the survivors were freed from Nazi extermination camps around Europe. It is also the 27th Holocaust Remembrance day too [they coincide intentionally].
With the IS genocide and other crimes against humanity being performed by them and other terrorist organizations around the globe, it makes today more solemn, more imbued with God’s grace than usual. Remember WWII ‘s horrors and strive to prevent these terrors ever again to honor that sacrifice of innocents from WWII.
— Stanczyk [for my wife & family]
January 26, 2015
I read something said by the 6’7″ Quarterback from New Mexico and UM commitment (flipped from Texas), Zach Gentry who was so psyched when he received a very special phone call.
“When Harbaugh is calling, you’re excited”, was what the QB Gentry said that is going around sports writers laptops these days.
So Stanczyk, immediately thought, “There’s a meme here!” SO … what I want my friends to do is when you end an email or a Facebook or Twitter or even a blog post, write … ‘Gotta Go #JimHarbaughCalling’ — even if you are writing/emailing President Obama!!!
——- Gotta Go #JimHarbaughCalling 📱 ][v][ #GoBlue ——-