2014 New Years Resolutions … How Did I Do? #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Now that the year is almost 11/12ths over I thought I would reflect back upon my genealogical goals for 2014.

What did I get  accomplished from my …

2014 Resolutions

  1. Rejoin or Renew my genealogical society memberships.  PGSM, PGSA, PGSCT&NE look for my membership fees. I think I will also join WNYGS (Western  NY Genealogical Society) in hopes of doing some Buffalo area research in 2014.

[ 3 for 4; Not Bad. Next Year WNYGS ! ]

  1. Nice segue. I will research the tombstone I found of “Frank Leszczynski” 1866-1943. His birth year and death year are very close to my Frank Leszczynski. How many Frank Leszczynski born in 1860’s can there be? When you factor in he was buried in the St. Augustine cemetery in Lancaster, Erie County, NY then that ratchet ups the probabilities as he lived in Erie County, NY the entire time he lived in the USA and St Augustine was a family church. He was alive in the 1940 US Census so I knew he died after 1940. This tombstone fits the known facts for my Frank Leszczynski — so I resolve to call St Augustine and get the info for this gravesite/tombstone at their cemetery and verify one way or the other if Frank is my grand-uncle.

[ I called (716) 683-5031. No further info beyond tombstone inscription  and grave location:    Row 8, Grave 29; I think I still want to visit the cemetery in 2015. ]

  1. I want to find any info on Frank’s brother John/Jan Leszczynski. He too lived in/around Buffalo. That WNYGS is looking more vital to my needs in 2014.

[ Thanks to Ancestry.com I was able to locate Jan Leszczynski’s son: Jan P. Leszczynski, whose name was so badly mangled I would not have recognized him as an ancestor, except on the form his next of kin was a brother I knew living at an address I knew. So now I knew that Jan served in the Canadian AEF in World War I. I did not expect that. He may have also spent some time in Toledo with his brother Wladyslaw too, away from  Rochester, NY ]

  1. I will register for the United Polish Genealogical Societies too. I miss all my genealogical buddies.

[ Registered and attended thanks to my wife Tereza, who made this trip happen for me! Met old friends, made new friends, made some new finds in Gawlikowski, Kedzierski, Leszczynski, Gronek, and Vespek lines. ]

  1. I want to take some info from Roots Tech 2012 and look deeper now that I have other online resources available. Specifically, the GRONEK and Ozarow/Uzarow families. As a result of Ceil Wendt-Jensen mentioning a FamilySearch.org database having more records than were in Ancestry, I was able to find some new MI records from the Old Man’s WWII Draft. This led me on the GRONEK record to cross-analyze with GENETEKA indexes for STOPNICA and what do you know I confirmed that generation and added/confirmed the names for two more generations of GRONEK. I now realize that I had noted a Piotr GRONEK in LDS microfilm that pertains to this research from the 2012 Roots Tech research trip. I know the Microfilm #, the parish, the year and the Akt#. I just need to get the picture.   [STOPNICA, 1880 Births, Akt # 191, Piotr Gronek, MF# 1807635 in Russian/Cyrillic]

[ Actually thanks to GenBaza, I was able to push back Gronek line two more generations. ]

  1. Ola Heska mentioned on Facebook the need to make a donation to the PTG. I love those guys and their website and databases. So I will make a second donation to them. I once donated 10 $USD to them before METRYKI and GENETEKA. This year I resolve to donate 100 PL  to the PTG for METRYKI. I will beg them to add Pacanow and Stopnica to METRYKI too.

[missed]

  1. Visit Buffalo, specifically the Grosvenor Room of Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

[missed]

  1. Try to get some USCIS papers (A/C files) for my Eliasz grandparents and maybe a couple Wlecial too.

[missed, although I do have the process down]

  1. Go to Poland. A Genealogical Trip to Kielce (AP and Diocessan Archive too), Biechow & Pacanow villages/churches. I know this one is a bit of a stretch, requiring  good timing and a lot of things to fall into place between now and the trip.

[missed]

  1. Find Walerya Leszczynska ‘s birth record in Biechow? Her brother Michael (aka Mikolaj). Church records for Frank and John (the ones above) too!

[ Huge Success found my grandmother Walerya, her brother, Mikolaj/Michael in Biechow, and marriage record for their half-brother  Jan/John in Stopnica, and Franciszek/Frank’s marriage in Biechow,  all in GenBaza. ]

  1. Find my wife, Teréza’s,  paternal grandparent’s marriage records. I am hoping to find their Ketubah (marriage contract) … at Rodeph Shalom.

[missed]

  1. Assuming, I am successful on #11, then I want to learn to read Hebrew, so I can translate, my wife’s grandparent’s Ketubah for her and our sons. Heritage!

Ok,  I did pretty well on my 2014 resolutions; now lets see how many resolutions in 2015 I can keep. I will probably carry some of these over to 2015. How did you do? Only six more weeks to go people !  I am thankful for my gains.

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