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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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

#WordlessWednesdayJózef 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 (as of)

  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
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.

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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!


 

Prior Blogs:

May 3rd is also Feast Day of Mary Queen of Poland!

But that is another story.

May 2, 2018

1916

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

1916 Busko parish book of marriages

Busko – 1916 Marriages

Stanczyk, always thought that while Poland was partitioned (1772-1918) and from 1868-1918 that the vital records and other “official” documentation in the Russian partition (zabór) were written in Russian / Cyrillic. Perhaps that is not PRECISELY true.

Consider for example the image with this article. In fact let us examine marriage #4 (at the bottom image), bewteen Waclaw Balabanski & Maryanna Zwolska. All of the text is written in Polish (not Russian, nor Latin). Even the index for 1916 was written in Polish/Latin characters. However, in 1915 the records were written in Russian/Cyrillic characters. Now this is a rural part of Poland and perhaps lacking in oversight, but cognizant of the politics/war raging.

What may be happening and reflected in the church records is, that in 1915 a temporary client-state was setup by Germany & Austria-Hungary due to the Russia’s  withdrawal from the World War (I) and the chaos in the Russian Empire (with the Bolshevik revolution in 1917). So the Russian-Poland partition was not so obliged to write in Russian any more now that there was no more Russian hegemony in Poland.

What lovely information these books show, besides the marriage in 13-February-1916, we also see the death dates for the bride groom in 1951, 1979. We also get precise birthdays for the newlyweds as well as their ages.

May 1, 2018

HRH Prince Louis Arthur Charles — #Birth #Certificate

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

HRH Princess Charlotte — Birth Certificate

We have the young Prince Louis ‘s Birth Certificate!

Compare to (his siblings ) …

  1. HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana
  2. HRH Prince George Alexander Louis

 

 

HRH Prince George - Birth CertificatePrince Louis Arthur Charles - Birth Certificate

April 29, 2018

Mrs. Darwin, A Subject To Let — #Milosz #7Of40 #Books

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Mrs. Darwin
Stanczyk

Mrs. Darwin was of course Charles Darwin’s wife. Judging by the story recounted by Milosz, she was a devout soul. So was Charles Darwin, at least until he came up with his opus on Evolution. Evolution led Mr. Darwin away from his faith. He could not reconcile how God and Evolution could both co-exist.

Let this jester start by stipulating:

Isaac Newton was religious & spent many years in its intellectual pursuit. Albert Einstein famously believed in God. Kurt Gödel proved God exists. Gödel also believed Religions are bad, but religion is not.

Permit Stanczyk to quote Einstein a few times. He was adamant about his religion saying, “I am not an atheist”. In his research & learning, he said, “When the answer is simple, God is speaking”. Lastly, on morality, “A people that were to honor falsehood, defamation, fraud, and murder would be unable, indeed, to subsist for very long”.

If you want to learn science read Einstein. If you want to learn religion read Einstein. If you to read science & religion and to know both, read Einstein.

Now we can forgive Darwin his fall from religion. For he was after Newton, but before Einstein & Gödel. So I believe Darwin was in error (not about evolution which is a fact), but in eschewing religion based upon the discipline/philosophy science or by mistakenly thinking he could only pick one. In this matter we hold Mrs. Darwin in higher esteem.

Let me add one last post script. The “atheist” who is like Dawkins (meme, “Selfish Gene”) but their belief in ethics/morality is embedded in humanism (or secular humanism) is believing in a religion. They are not irreligious, just godless. Therefore, his endeavor as spokesman for humanist funerals merely parallels Newton in later life; if we admit, Christianity = Humanism = religion

(for other religions just substitute your religion for either Christianity or Humanism in the above tautology.)

April 23, 2018

Duke & Duchess of Cambridge — #3rd #Baby

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Royal Genealogy update … HRH Queen Elizabeth has a new great-grandson (son of Duke William of Cambridge and Duchess Kate Middleton). The baby’s name will be announced in two days!

• New Prince of Cambridge born at 11am weighing 8lbs 7oz

• Mother and baby ‘doing well’, Kensington Palace says

Birthdate: 23-April-2018

Birthplace: St. Mary’s Hospital, London

[update: 4/27/2018 —

Name: Louis Arthur Charles

(Prince Louis the Vth in line for the throne).

Video

Line of Succession for the 92 year old HRH Queen Elizabeth


April 20, 2018

Joan Miro — April 20th #HappyBirthday

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Today is Stanczyk’s date of birth. I thought I’d chronicle others born the same day, hence Joan Miro.

Joan Miro - Vincent Nubiola, The Giraffes , Carnival of Harlequin

• Joan Miro – Vincent Nubiola, The Giraffes , Carnival of Harlequin •

 

Joan Miró

born (ur.) 20 April 1893 – Barcelona, Spain
died (zm.) 25 December 1983 – Palma, Spain

It’s the 125th Anniversary of the Spanish artist’s birth. His vivid use of color and surreal style appealed to this jester’s eye & heart.

April 19, 2018

Archaeology, A Subject To Let — #Milosz #6Of40 #RoadsideDog #Books

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

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Ok now, this week and next are a couple of Let Subjects that this jester really likes. Archaeology & Mrs. Darwin (you know what that’s going to be about, right?): reading, writing, and science, it’s a good match.

I’ll forgive you now if you are thinking, “It’s Miłosz & his mortality again”. But you might be surprised that you are wrong.

In this essay, Miłosz says each era operates oblivious of what went on before (and alludes to what happens after as well). Man has no appreciation for those who came before. He even insists that those before and those who came after would not understand and therefore despise the other.

This jester is a genealogist. Researching and studying your family history you see how tenuous things were/are for us modern humans. Indeed, we genealogists say its miracle that we were ever arrived at. The string of ancestors is so fragile that one decision by one person can prune so many potential branches. Therefore the rarer it is that any one of us exists at all.

So a genealogist favors his ancestors and perhaps blesses God for them because he is. Against all odds we are. So now we have genetic genealogy allowing us a dim view of upto 200,000 years ago. Writing having arisen only a bit over 5,000 years ago means 195,000 of those earliest years are “pre-historic”, i.e. no record or history was written down or preserved. Can there be an oral history older than written history? I suppose so, but how reliable could that be?

My point is that we have no window into the first 195,000 years … except for our DNA. Those A-C-G-T , molecular bases are our only record of us in particular. But who reads DNA? Who writes DNA? I think it is a language. Can we marry DNA to fossil record and artefacts dug up from various strata? What bits of history can we divine or winnow out after these long eons? Even so that is so vague or imprecise and not specific to the individual person. How could we have feelings about such primordial times/places/people, even if we have their DNA? If I have any feeling it is, “Thankfulness” that ALL my predecessors were so clever or lucky to survive to bring about me! I am the culmination of about 5,700-6,000 generations surviving to replicate the necessary DNA to become, I. My family tree is woefully small in those terms!

So given all that, I think Miłosz believes not only that we’re connected (by definition), but that it is foolish to think ill of our pre-historic forebears. Their record is written in our DNA and without that I’d not be writing this nor would you be reading this!

But lets go easy on the future too we’re connected to that as well.

April 16, 2018

All Politics Is Genealogy — #Politics #Genealogy #USCensus #2020

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

When you’re a jester, you see politics from afar and for such a good many eras. Alas, this jester has typed truth to power for as long as blogs have existed. Still, the 2010’s have been an unusually busy decade (and we still have two more years) for politics & genealogy. Do you agree?

Let’s recount some from this decade:

Obama was not born in USA. Uh, yes he was. Birth Certificate from Hawaii and newspaper announcement substantiated to all but DJT. Oh, how about Trump’s genealogy? Ancestor kicked out of Germany (for illegal emigration). John McCain was born in Panama Canal Zone. American? Yes. Mitt Romney was born in Mexico. American ? Yes. How about Ted Cruz and his Canadian birth to a Cuban father & an American mother who renounced her citizenship and registered & voted in Canada … yet still he professes that he is an American. Me thinks he professes too much.

We also heard and continue to hear about Elizabeth Warner (dubbed Pocohantas by DJT) who talked about her family lore/genealogy including American Indian ancestry (Cherokee). So its 2018, DJT who dodged military service by bonespurs, like his banned ancestor (grandfather was it?) that was kicked out of Germany for not serving in the army before emigrating illegally. Now he wants to deport DACA (Dreamers), even though we have Ted Cruz as a Senator, and a FLOTUS who overstayed her visa and used the “Einstein Exceptional Immigrant” law to be admitted legally (and then chain migrated her parents) to the USA. Oh it does not end there, now the GOP want to bring back an old question on the 2020 census:  “Where were you born and/or are you a US citizen?”

The census genealogy is a new wrinkle in voter suppression and representation. But it also could affect health care & hospitals and all manner of government expenditures that are based upon census demographics. This is actually a very important issue. So let’s unpack the nuances about the census, that most valuable of genealogy documents.

US Censuses

There are a few states that have utilized censuses as well but that is another blog. The US Census has been going every 10 years from 1790-2010, the next being 2020. They do not occur on years ending in ‘5’ as the press secretary seemed to allude. They also have a 72 year privacy rule. So why not fill out the census? It is after all the primary and sole method for apportioning representation. Do not be scared off or representation will go elsewhere (primarily southward). These are precisely the states that have enacted voter suppression laws that discriminate against poor or non-white citizens. So in effect you will be limiting voting and representation to places that are NOT protecting the constitution or your rights given you therein. This is why the census brouhaha in 2018 is so contentious. 2020 Census is coming and what you are asked needs to be finalized … ASAP!

Here is the 72 year privacy rule info:

72 year rule

The U.S. government will not release personally identifiable information about an individual to any other individual or agency until 72 years after it was collected for the decennial census. This “72-Year Rule” (92 Stat. 915; Public Law 95-416; October 5, 1978) restricts access to decennial census records.

After 72 years and then only under circumstances protecting against disclosure to the detriment of any individual according to  44 U.S.C. 2104  (from  Federal Records Act of 1950).

So protection safeguards are built in.

So a president that berates immigrants  (except those he’s married to) as criminals, he reneges on DACA, increases deportations and threatens to limit immigration to rules of his own choosing is talking about Census questions. Why? The answer appears to be, to intimidate naturalized citizens, permanent resident immigrants, visa visitors, and of course those who are not here legally or who over stayed their visas from being counted. As late as April 16th, 2018, the president was saying, the census would be used to prevent illegal voting!?! Uh, Mr. President, the census is private for 72 years, even if an illegal immigrant could vote illegally (not possible), he’d vote in as many as 18 Presidential elections before you knew HE did it. So that is another idiotic premise and fake justification for needing the census question. But it does show your intent to intimidate people, possibly legal citizens who were born elsewhere and became a naturalized citizen. That IS disenfranchisement of voters; voter intimidation. It is illegal. So that is the context on which the battle lines have been drawn.

But they should be counted. The naturalized citizens are entitled to voting (the other classes not). But each is entitled to representation in government as they are taxpayers. Additionally, funding for infrastructure or hospitals and other aid are apportioned by population. If you are not counted then you are losing out on government spending.  Now homeless or poor people who lack documentation or the means to get documentation may be afraid of the government. But if you are not counted then they too stand to lose from  social safety net programs be eliminated or moved to other population centers according to apportionment. So make sure you are counted in the census you are protected! Do not lose your government spending to another locale out of fear or intimidation.

There will be NO access to personally identifiable info for 72 years. The only access is too summaries and other aggregations of the numbers to study issues related to government budgets.

 

Census Questions

The questions from every prior census can be examined at: census questions . Now there are short forms and there are long forms, so there is no short answer to when was the last time a question about citizenship was asked. Before the Civil War the counting questions were more or less related to being male, female, black, white, free, slave.

1860 is the first time the question, “Where were you born?” was asked, including country if not USA. In 1900, they finally ask if you are a citizen or not (as well as where you were born and where your parents were born). So we see a new nuance of citizenship vs nativity. 1970 starts the concept of short form vs long form questions. 85% were short form. The short form did not ask where you were born. The long form asked both where and whether naturalized. 1980 short form merely asks if you are Spanish/Hispanic (not where born or whether a citizen). The Long form (every 7th person) does ask where born & citizenship. Its not clear but it appears as if households with fewer than 7 people just filled in short form.

Be a good citizen. Be an informed citizen and go to:

https://www.census.gov/history/

April 15, 2018

Poland Genealogy Between 1918-1939

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk has noted an uptick in interest in my Army Conscripts (poborowe) pages.

  1. Conscript Lists of Kieleckie Wojewodztwo
  2. Genealogy in Poland Between The Wars (1918-1939, Conscript Lists)

Here is a link to Google Doc (large PDF):

1932 Conscript List — https://drive.google.com/open?id=1AGfIiAjrkiwSvopGOBYSFx7W96-8jIR_

April 12, 2018

Facebook, Cambridge Analytica — #Contagion #MarkovChain #Network

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

#Facebook — The Markov Chain. The Cambridge Analytica (et.al.) 87 Million user PII data exploitation can be modeled using Markov Chains for Disease and Rumor Spreading in Complex Networks

Isomorphically, the info-wars/propaganda/fake-news/defamation-slander is the same as a pandemic in how it spreads in a complex network (human based or computer based).

According to : Guilherme Ferraz de Arruda, Francisco A. Rodrigues, Pablo Martin Rodriiguez, Emanuele Cozzo, Yamir Moreno

The states are:

(i) susceptible or ignorant (X)

(ii) infected or spreader (Y )

(iii) recovered or stifler (Z)

So which state are you?

Ignorant, Spreader or Stifler.

I believe my wife & I have worked very hard to become Stiflers (Z).

Unlike Mark Zuckerberg, I was not part of the 87 Million!

So I would like to thank my Facebook direct-connected friends. You acted as Stiflers. As such I was not infected/compromised. I could not have done that without you! Thanks!

To those who would Twitter or Facebook shame the X or Y people, I say you are misdirected in your efforts. The ones who need to be held accountable are Cambridge Analytica (et. al. ) who intentionally released the contagion in Facebook’s network and the Facebook people who engaged Cambridge Analytica (i. e. took their money) & who failed to disengage Cambridge Analytica (et. al. ) in a reasonable timeframe. They inflicted the contagion upon X & Y.

The Z people (my Facebook friends) saved me and the other (330Million less 87Million) Americans from being exposed.

April 11, 2018

Fleas, Grizzlies, & Syphilis … oh my! — #Books #5Of40 #SubjectsToLet

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Milosz’s essay “Fleas”

Stanczyk’s writing fancy continues with Miłosz’s subjects to let. This article is “Fleas”. But a reading of Fleas and you get a sense that after Miłosz emigrated to the West and in particular his time at Berkley (CA, 1961-1998), he embedded himself in CA culture & history.

Last time it was the Amer-Indian Tassajara and this time its Spanish missions in California (CA). Czeslaw Milosz was a religious man, a good Catholic. So his pointed observation of early missionary life in CA is not a critique upon the church, so much as it was a criticism on missionary history. That despite the good that the missions brought, they also brought other unforeseen consequences too. Hence unpaved floors brought fleas and grazing cattle became larders for the eager grizzly. Of course, the consequences brought further consequences as a rippling effect. Grizzlies brought hunters & soldiers to protect and these brought syphilis. The syphilis brought death to the indigenous peoples.

Oh the unintended consequences of new regimes … even religious regimes. Is everything Milosz writes a metaphor? How is it his writings apply well after the poet, writer, academic’s lifespan. It is eternal. Even banal banter of Czeslaw Milosz can be dropped into any today’s conversation. But did he intend his writings as metaphor? Is Milosz a modern Aesop? I raise these questions for you to answer!

April 9, 2018

Swabian Germans / Donau Schwabians — #Genealogy #German #Croatian

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

All the way to the east (right) we see Osiek (by red 3. ), you will find Sarvas & Tenje and a bit further away west (left) & south we see Đakovo(aka Djakovo, Diakovo) written as “Diakovar” (near red 2.).

This is where a bit of my MT-DNA comes from. You see my Swabian German ancestors came from Baden-Wurtemberg Germany to Sarvas & Tenje about 1750. They were Catholic Germans.

These are the ancestral villages I am working with on my maternal side.

In Tenje we find: Gottler/Göttler, Eisenbeiser. In Sarvas, we find Vespek (aka Veszpek, Vesbek).

Recently, this jester made good head way into tracing genealogy in these parts. So I have my Swabian German from these ancestors (via Vendel born 1858) …

April 7, 2018

1808 A Jewish Conversion of Biechowska to Catholicism

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

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April 5, 2018

Croatia, German, Genealogy — #Sarvas, #Tenje, #Djakowo

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Kettler = Gettler (aka Gottler/Goettler)

One could be excused if you thought this blog was solely upon Russian-Polish partition genealogy. Well Stanczyk has another branch (maternal) that is German. I have been told they were Swabian Germans located in modern day Croatia in the Osiek-Baranja county, specifically: Sarvas, Tenje, and Djakovo. This area was Austria-Hungary, Jugoslavia and now Croatia, but there were German Catholic settlers here.


Today is a quick post on the area and the family names of interest. This database can be searched online at FamilySearch.org (Croatia). According to Google Maps it is only about 10 minutes (via car) or about 90 minutes on foot between Sarvas and Tenja.

Now this interesting to Stanczyk, because his maternal grandparents came from these two villages/towns. Vespek came from Sarvas and Gottler came from Tenja. As with other families, there are affiliated families that are “genetic markers” to my Vespek & Gottler families: Reiner, Reither/Rajter, Elter, Keller, Eisenbeiser, Kasper/Kaschper.

What I learned from other Gottler researchers in this area is that I should expect to see that Gottler = Gettler = Goettler. Think “get” not “got”. The ‘O’ has an umlaut over it. So Gottler. Now If you look closely at the image at top, we see the priest recorded Gettler in two ways (Gettler, Kettler). In fact he recorded that equivalence in the record! So now I have to keep Kettler/Kottler in mind as well.

Now the jester mentioned Djakovo (which is a bit west of the map’s left border) because my mother’s two half brothers (Joseph & Wendell) emigrated from “Jakovo” from an uncle whose last name was Rajter. Now I know their mother’s maiden name was Eisenbeiser, so I am expecting to find an Eisenbeiser + Rajter(Reither) marriage in one of these villages.

More later as my research firms up. But if you have an ancestor from Sarvas and in particular House #43 in Sarvas, then we need to compare family trees.

 

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