Archive for October, 2018

October 22, 2018

Genealogy, Genetic Genealogy & Politics — #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 8, 2018

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

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

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

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


SzukajWArchiwach additions to Kielce (AP Kielce)

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

October 5, 2018

Genetic Genealogy & Polish Family Tree

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

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

Martha – via Siwiec, Wojtys, Lewinski, Eliasz

Jon/Jan – via Marzic, Zasucha, Eliasz

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 4, 2018

New In The Polish Archives … — #Genealogy #Polish

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

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

A portion of the details are below 👇🏻

The complete list (PDF) is here:

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

 

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

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