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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

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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).

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