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February 15, 2018

40 The Number Of Preparation — #Books , #Writing , #Miłosz

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Subjects to Let

Two days ago it was Fat Tuesday the end of Mardi Gras and I decided that I’d feast upon and finish the book, Song of Achilles.

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, the forty days of preparation for Easter started & I wrote my book review for Song of Achilles and published it to my blog.

So today I needed a new book to read and none were readily available. So on a whim I picked, Roadside Dog by Czesław Miłosz from our bookshelf. As is my custom, I studied the book including its Table Of Contents. My eyes went to my favorite pastiches. I re-read a few. Then I saw his grouping: “Subjects to Let”. I counted these topics and there were forty! Aha inspiration from God himself. I should prepare myself to be a writer by writing my response to each Let Subject. I further thought I will do one per week and finish it this year.

So today dear reader, I pledge to respond to Miłosz’s Subjects, starting the week of March 25 and that week and the next 39 following, I will write a response & publish it on my blog. 40 weeks of preparation to be a writer. Why not write like Miłosz? We’re kindred spirits so embedded in our Polonian culture.

I know Miłosz by today’s borders he would be Lithuanian, but he considered himself Polish. I am hoping to discover that Polishness in myself by reading his 40 subjects & writing my response to them one per week.

Preparing to be a writer.

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February 14, 2018

Song Of Achilles — #Book #Review 📚

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Madeline Miller — #Achilles

Stanczyk has long been a classicist. Greek classics are an especial treat for me. I loved Greek Mythology as I learned it from my teacher, Claudia Nash. So I read the Illiad and devoured the Odyssey. Those books on my bookshelf impressed my Teréza who was smitten by my erudition.

So when I saw a book entitled CIRCE coming out this April 10th 2018. I knew I had to read it! But lo, she had previously penned Song Of Achilles. So I knew I had to “book up” and read that book before CIRCE came out. After all, the Trojan War before the Odyssey home. After all my dog Princess Java, an AKC pedigreed Lab whose 3rd name is Argus after Odysseus’s dog!

So I read Song of Achilles hoping to get a feel for the author (Madeline Miller / @MillerMadeline) and her writing style. I wanted Circe, but I admit I fell in love with the characters in Song Of Achilles. I was lured in by prose while Patroclus was just a boy. But I knew the author had an epic skill when I read her telling of Patroclus & Achilles meeting Chiron. Those chapters slew me and drew me in like no other author.

It was pure joy to read of Achilles and this telling of the Trojan War. It was easy to read a few chapters at a sitting. Hard to put down.

All along I knew how it was going to end. But that did not detract. I loved Odysseus’s cleverness at finding Achilles (after his god-mother, Thetis, not a god mother, a god for a mother hid her son). I too, like Patroclus and the other Greek kings/princes had a sense of dread whenever she appeared.

Patroclus was an artful narrator that set the tone and drew me in. His narration of Achilles’s rise from teen to hero and coverage of the Trojan War and its major combatants was thrilling. Patroclus was good, I forgot his narrative was Madeline’s narrative; That is the level of immersion she was able to acheive.

Alas I loved the book. I did not want it to end (especially two months before CIRCE arrives). I set it aside as Patroclus & Achilles set aside their child-selves. For 3-4 days I could not bear to pick it up and read. Finally, on Fat Tuesday I devoured the remainder of the book in a final three hour reading spree.

As I was reading I realized the narrator was going to die so my meta-reader-self was wondering who would narrate the ending when the narrator was dead. I will not tell you the spectacular brilliant choice she made for the final narrator of the final chapters. It is worth reading the book 📖 just to savor that transition alone.

So much pathos. So much love & hate and other emotions. Truly she captured the spirit of greek tragedy. Is this mythology or historical fiction? You decide the genre. Madeline you were so great I forgive you the detail of Achilles’s death. I accept your smart choices in retelling the Illiad. Somehow you enlarged the story. In fact it appears to cover at least 15 years of Achilles in a mere 369 pages.

I think Madeline was Odysseus. After all his/her words about the changing feelings mankind will have for the characters will change over the centuries. In truth, my feelings for the main characters swirled like Charybdis’s eddies.

Read this book. I think we are witnessing the development of an unparalleled author / story-teller. Please CIRCE come quickly!

Rage of Achilles

Hector’s death by Achilles

January 3, 2018

Rootsweb Dead … Again? #Genealogy #Ancestry

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Rootsweb Dead? … #UnavailableStanczyk

is getting inquiries again. Is Rootsweb dead?

Yes …

Rootsweb d. 23-Dec-2017

Rootsweb Security Notification

It should be revived after some serious changes to the website and its security.

This jester originally thought it was “phishing” but quickly there was no Rootsweb website, just the notice and other genealogists were tweeting about this!

So I changed my concern to what is the exposure? Ancestry and Rootsweb accounts typically share a password! So I immediately changed my Ancestry password and I will verify its changed when Rootsweb is back, but at least Ancestry is safeguarded.

Stanczyk also downloaded my gedcom from Ancestry. This seemed a prudent thing to do. I routinely download it once a month or after a large series of updates (that I really do NOT want to repeat).

Please change your Ancestry password immediately (right after reading this blog)! If you use that Rootsweb password for many websites then update those websites as well.

Oh some of this jester’s data, like Dziennik Polski (Detroit) is unavailable until Rootsweb is back. The data is safe and backed up!

Be safe in 2018!

December 30, 2017

Auld Lang Syne #2017 #Tereza ❤️

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk is republishing his annual blog post:  Auld Lang Syne

Count your blessings my dear readers and take heart in that inventory.

So as we draw to a close this elder year 2017 AD, I take but a moments pause to wish my friends and good readers well and much happiness and wishes for a healthy and prosperous New Year.—

Verily, this jester says, “All Is Well, That Ends Well“. And 2017 has indeed ended well.

Let me endebt myself further and borrow again from the great bard to close out this year. In Shakespeare’s play, “All’s Well That Ends Well”, in the first Act, the first Scene is a quote that suits me well to use though I steal it from a woman’s lips:

That I should love a bright particular star
And think to wed it, she who is so above me:
In her bright radiance and collateral light.

My bright star is my much beloved wife, Teréza !

I love her so and our growing family and our friends too. Those who love her cannot be faulted for she is such a force of a nature and a wonder to behold. And those who fault her, do not know love. Theirs is a terrible loss indeed. Pity those fools for their jealousy and praise this jester for his steadfastness in the face of such folly. Bless my wife for her devotion made stronger and more holy for her mettle that was tempered by the trifles of miscreants.

I would like to thank my readers for another fine year. You, my good readers, are a part of that inventory of blessings that I have counted. Interact with me on FacebookTwitter (@Stanczyk_), and/or LinkedIn too.

Those are my closing thoughts for 2017. Better #Genealogy in the coming year to all genealogists!

Happy New Year 2018 !

–Stanczyk

November 23, 2017

🦃 T h a n k s g i v i n g 🦃

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Happy Thanksgiving 🦃❣️

Stanczyk needed a Thanksgiving tradition blog … something like my favorite Art Buchwald’s ” Le Grande Thanksgiving” piece on the Pilgrims (remember Kilometres Deboutish aka Miles Standish).

Here’s mine:

Me: Got the Red Horseradish…

Ok. Fill up the large serving spoon with a heaping full.

NonPolishFamilyMember: Now what?

Me: You eat it in one bite.

NPMF: Why do you want me to do this?

Me: I’m a genealogist Damn It. This is how we test for Polish DNA.

NPFM: ok. <shovels in the horseradish> 😭

Me: Oh, not so much. Sorry!

<exits NPFM seeking a beverage any beverage>

#ThanksgivingTradition

September 20, 2017

Meme: #Wordless #Wednesday — Polish Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

The above image is from an Alegata in support of an 1878 marriage where the bride was from out parish (Biechów parish / parafia, Kielce Gubernia, Russian-Poland; the bride was originally born in Dębica parish, Austrian Empire, Galicia Kingdom, Pilzno District, Tarnów diocese.

Baby: Marianna Czajka daughter of Joseph Czajka & Catharina Golec

Joseph Czajka son of Apolonia Czajka (Illeg. )

Catharina Golec dau. of Sebastian Golec & Sophia Bielacik

Born: 28-February-1854

Extracted: 5-January-1878 for alegata in support of 1878 Biechów Marriage Akt. 1

July 29, 2017

The Great Migration — #Genealogy #Ships #Immigration

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk thinks that the remainder of 2017 will be about working with distant cousins and on immigration, particularly what I can get from NARA/USCIS.

So today lets examine the immigration paths during the Great Migration (1880-1920, EUROPEAN IMMIGRATION: 1880-1920), when some 20 Million immigrants legally immigrated to the US. This is not to be confused with the waves of African American migration within the USA.

Today's map is of origin 1853 and comes from the US Library of Congress:

https://www.loc.gov/resource/g3701e.ct000244/

read more »

May 14, 2017

❤️ Happy Mother’s Day ❤️ — #DNA

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

To Moms and the greater, grander ones too …




Happy Mother’s Day to the SoloMOMS:

May 13, 2017

Genealogical Persistence in Pacanów = Serendipity in Zborówek — #Genealogy #Polish #Alegata

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

1885 Zborowek Births, Akt 27

Stanczyk believes in persistence and serendipity when it comes to genealogical research. This jester believes a genealogical researcher makes his/her serendipity through that persistence, the bull-dogged determinism and hard work that yields the sweet fruit. 

Oh and after a few years of experience THEN you may trust your instincts. First learn. Learn genealogical research. Learn your family including friends and geography; understand that social network then you play your hunches and trust your instincts in the face of scant or missing data. 

As usual, I have a personal story to demonstrate what I mean. This small story is part of a larger story which is part of an even larger story. But I will start with small story and roll-up fractal-like into the larger fractal pictures (uh stories).
I was trying to find Stanislaw Krzyzycki (Stanisław Krzyżycki po polskiu), specifically his birth record in Poland in the area of my paternal grandparents (cluster genealogy / social-network-analysis). That was my goal. I had many US documents and knew a lot about Stanley and his brother Walter/Wladyslaw and their life in Niagara Falls / Buffalo NY. I also saw a soft connection to my grandparents and to a Stanley Eliasz that for years I suspected was a cousin of my grandfather Joseph Eliasz. But Stanley Eliasz and Stanley Krzyzycki remained opaque to me. I tucked them into a virtual shoe-box that I would return to. This is a part of the next larger story/goal.

On the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, in the old country, “Poland” I had a parallel situation. I had an Antoni Elijasz who was married to Katarzyna Krzyzycka. With the launch of Genbaza (metryki.genbaza.pl) I had new avenues of research to connect America to Poland. I had a couple of Elusive Stanley Eliasz/Elyasz to resolve. 

Stanley Elyasz came to Detroit from Pacanów the same as my grandfather but there was no family memory of Stanley Elyasz. Stanley Eliasz in Buffalo was even more opaque. Eventually genbaza solved both puzzles. I knew Stanley Elyasz (Detroit) was the son of Marcin Elijasz & his 2nd of three wives, Agnieszka Skwara. I also knew that Marcin Elijasz and my great-grandfather Jozef Elijasz were brothers (two sons of Marcin Elijasz & Anna Zasucha my 2x-greatgrandparents). So I finally had Genealogical proof, not just a hunch that Stanley Elyasz was my grandfather’s first-cousin. 

I also connected Stanley Eliasz to his parents, Antoni Elijasz/Katarzyna Krzyzycki and his sister, Helena through genbaza birth records. Antoni Elijasz was still opaque and as yet not drawn as a son of Marcin Elijasz/Anna Zasucha (though that is a long held hunch). So Stanley Eliasz (Buffalo) I could not yet confirm as another first-cousin to my grandfather. But I now know his parents. 

Walerya & Jozef Eliasz from 1913

Anyway, this small story is about Stanley Krzyzycki. For a long time I suspected my grandparent’s picture from 1913 was taken by a Krzyzycki in Buffalo/Niagara area. So any way the documents in the US led me to believe these NY Krzyzycki (Krzyzyckich ?) were related to Antoni’s wife, Katarzyna Krzyzycki. With the websites: Geneszukacz & Genbaza I was able to locate Krzyzycki in Pacanow & Szczebrzusz (try and get those American teeth & tongues around those Polish phonemes!!).

I found Ludwik Krzyzycki & Franciszka Sikora. Easily enough I found Stanley Krzyzycki’s brother, Walter/Wladyslaw and his birth record. I also found Aleksander Jan Krzyzycki too. But no Stanislaw. I did see a few possible female Krzyzyckich who could also be siblings too. But I focused on a marriage record for a Joanna Krzyzycka because I knew if she was a sister then she would be older and would be a bookend child (along with Wladyslaw) and I would expect Stanislaw to be born between these two children. So I persisted. I read Joanna’s marriage record and yes she was a sister of Stanley Krzyzycki. She also married a man whose family name I did not recognize. So I looked at Joanna’s husband and indeed he was born outside the parish (Pacanów). Now from long experience I knew there would be an alegata or two about Joanna & her husband (Antoni Bąk). I found that Joanna’s age indicated an 1880 birth. Ergo, she was older. I had my bookend child. What I did not expect to find was an Alegata of Joanna’s birth. Great I had her exact birthdate. But wait that meant Joanna was born elsewhere too, another parish besides Pacanow. Joanna was born in Zborówek! Zborówek is an adjoining parish to Pacanów. 

Ok now its getting interesting. First, I confirm Joanna’s birth by finding her actual birth record (Akt42) in 1880 Zborówek. Good. Now I walk forward, 1881, 1882, 1883, 1884, …,bingo! In 1885, (April 12th 1885), I found Stanisław Krzyżycki and this date matches some of his US records too! Wow that is persistence! Oh and the serendipity of such persistence? It turns out that Stanisław Krzyzycki’s Godfather is Antoni Elijasz. 

Wow, Stanley Eliasz & Stanley Krzyzycki are 1st cousins (not proven but a 75% likelihood by my estimate). So Katarzyna Krzyzycki & Ludwik Krzyzycki are siblings. Now I had proven a hard connection between Eliasz & Krzyzycki who came to America. 

I also have Eliasz & Krzyzycki in:
Pacanów, Zborówek and Szczebrzusz.
This can lead to many new facts (with research):

  1. Krzyzycki photographer took 1913 Eliasz photo in NY.

  2. Antoni Elijasz is a brother of my 2nd greatgrandfather, Jozef Elijasz.

  3. Stanley Eliasz (son of Antoni) is a cousin of Julian Elijasz (son of Ludwik Elijasz). I already know that their two wives are sisters from Pacanów. These two Janicki sisters are a sister and a cousin of my two Dorota Elijasz 2nd-cousins’ grandmothers!

So oddly enough I have connected Stanley Eliasz (Buffalo) to my family tree via the JANICKI affiliated family.  

I have since found more Eliasz Godparents to Krzyzycki children. Thus the Eliasz-Krzyzycki connection was further strengthened.

But that is a part of the bigger next story and my connection to Nancy Langer. Well of course, today’s story is also part of Nancy’s story and it in fact grew out of her story and my long-term virtual shoe-box. It just turned out that both Julian & Stanley Eliasz were a part of Nancy’s family and I am her affiliated family! Or are we actually related? Her trip to Poland this summer may answer that question.

That is Stanczyk’s short (longish) story on persistence & serendipity. Go make some serendipity yourself. 

April 29, 2017

Dziennik Polski (Detroit) — #Newspapers #Genealogy #Polish

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk has been very busy! A long overdue update to my Rootsweb page on Dziennik Polski has been done … more to come!

Also this jester has added 6,000 names to the Complete Index (nearly 42,000 Poles) including adding names (& relationships to deceased) listed on the Funeral Cards. The One-Step db app based on this data needs to be re-done. 

April 21, 2017

Zasucha Eliasz … Nancy Langer

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Updated 23-April-2017

Where Julian Elijasz (aka Eliasz) fits
P.S. – updated 4/23/2017 for family tree

April 21, 2017

A Little Bit of Blog Bigos … — #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

This blog post became necessary because blog topics overran my ability to write blog posts … so here is a bit of Bigos (a mishmash) / hunter’s hodge-podge of blog topics in minature, some of which foreshadow a larger blog post (or two).

Ancestry.appAncestry released version 8.2. Security & some bugs were addressed … but the big news is image/record viewer! For a long time I despaired over the inability of the smartphone app to display the images at full resolution necessary for detailed analysis. So Stanczyk tried the image at top that this jester received from third-cousin that became a seminal document for both of us genealogists! Wow! The image viewer was great! 

In fact, I noticed a detail in the record as I was trying to detail the church record’s Polish for our shared ancestors. The image notes are below … (see Church Marriage Register)
One of the witnesses was a JAN ZASUCHA. It just so happened that I had an unfinished blog piece from mid December 2016 that was languishing in draft mode. It was upon Zasucha and how this affiliated family was related to me because my second-great-grandmother was Anna Zasucha.  So here was another example that 100 years ago the Pacanów families in America were very close and related at some level to my Eliasz/Elijasz/Elyasz/etc. family. I will finish that blog. I am hoping there is a 3rd/4th cousin in Poland with images or info about Anna Zasucha. [Editor’s Note – published Zasucha article on 20-April-2017; URL:  https://mikeeliasz.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/searchin-for-zasucha-genealogy-polish/  ]

Jennifer Holik
I also have a new blog post in progress about a new Ancestry database that was brought to my attention by Chicago genealogist, Jennifer Holik. She is an expert on Military (especially WWII) genealogy records. So she had a brief piece on US Army funerial Transport ships and I noticed the database had WWI Transports and I wondered if some Haller’s Army troops were transported via that. (Spoiler alert … yes!).


Church Marriage Register – Roza Wleciałowski & Adam Gawlikowski

Adam Gawlikowski – kawaler, 27, syn Marcina i Maryanny Lisów z Opatowiec, Kieleckie

Rozalia Wleciałowska – panna, 20, corka Maciej i Kat.  Eliasz z Pacanowa – Kiel.

sw. Marcoli Dusza, Jan Zasucha

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sl. 19/8

o 9ty

Klęczu z.

— — — transcription above / translation below

Adam Gawlikowski – bachelor, age 27, son of  Marcin (Gawlikowski) & Maryanna z. Lisów of Opatowiec in Kieleckie (Gubernia of Russian-Poland)

Rozalia Wleciałowska – maiden, age 20, daughter of Maciej (Wleciałowski) & Katarzyna Eliasz of Pacanow in Kieleckie (Gubernia of Russian-Poland)

witnesses Marcoli (spelling uncertain) Dusza, Jan Zasucha

(marginalia)

Marriage #4 (of 1912) at Sweetest Heart of Mary, Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan

Marriage August 19th

9pm (time)

kneeling

April 3, 2017

Polonia In Canadian Expeditionary Forces in WWI — #Genealogy #Polish 🇨🇦🇺🇸

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon



How to find government military records.

If you have a name of an ancestor who may have fought at Vimy , you should start by searching Library and Archives Canada’s online database of Personnel Records of the First World War.

The Personnel Records of the First World War database includes the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service files.

So far (1-April-2017), nearly 417,000 out of 640,000 of these full files have been digitized, with more added every two weeks.

The service files are typically 25 to 75 pages long and include records on enlistment, training, medical and dental procedures, disciplinary actions, payments, medals, discharges and deaths.

In cases where the full service file isn’t yet uploaded, you may still be able see digitized enlistment records that contain birthplaces, next of kin, addresses, religions, trades and physical characteristics.

Start by typing in the surname and hitting search on this page. Click on the name in the search results. You will likely see an uploaded image of their enlistment document that you can click on that to enlarge it.

If you also see the words “Digitized service file – PDF format” followed by a number, click on the number and the entire scanned service file will open. These files are very large so it may require a fast internet connection to download, or take minutes to appear on your screen.

For example, you can see the first nine pages of John Lescinski’s service record (top of blog). In thus case there were forty (40) pages in the accompanying PDF.

It’s not always clear in the service files whether a person served in a particular battle, like at Vimy Ridge. However, that may be found in the online database of War Diaries of the First World War, which include daily accounts of what troops did in the field. These diaries contain very little personal information, but do show where units were deployed.

Take care. It only showed my first two pages with a link to download the PDF (which actually had 40 pages).

My link (John Lescinski):

http://flip.it/hPTIUh

March 26, 2017

Things Found Whilst Searching For Other Things — #Genealogy #History #Obit #KingJanIIISobieski #Meme

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk ‘s favorite meme is Things Found Whilst Searching For Other Things .

Today’s blog may be my greatest unexpected find. This day (26-Mar-2017), I found the obituary of King Jan III Sobieski (King of Poland & Lithuania – The Commonwealth).

I was searching Latin church book entries for:

« alias »,« seu »,« vel », « genantt »,« zwany »

But what I found instead  in 1696 in Świniary parish book astounded me. It was by far the longest latin entry I ever found in parish books… then I looked at the top of the page, “Obitu Joannis III Regis Polonii 1696″ !  My latin being somewhat limited, I scanned the obituary of Jan III King of Poland until I could pull the obligatory genealogical data from the 3-4th lines from the bottom: “30 June 1696” [sic actual death date, 17-June-1696].

If my research/understanding is correct, the obituary was written by Jan de Małachowice (Małachowski), the Bishop of Kraków.

 
Post Scriptum:

The Funeral of Jan III Sobieski, King of Poland …

The Funeral of King Jan III

 

Other Blog Post on Jan III Sobieski:

  1. https://mikeeliasz.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/jan-iii-sobieski-things-i-find-whilst-looking-up-other-things/
  2. https://mikeeliasz.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/in-prose-the-good-wife-love-literaturelost-womanofvalor/
March 26, 2017

Binging on Byatt — #Books

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk  is binge reading Dame A.S. Byatt‘s books. This jester neglected reading Chabon & Byatt for far too long and I am remedying those omissions before the weather gets too nice.

 

By my birthday I will have read a dozen books in 2017.

March 24, 2017

Polish Surnames & Their Evolution — #Genealogy #Poland

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Forysiowa

Forysiowa “seu” Pokorzonka


As this jester read earlier in the week in a European journal about an article on family names and how they change. I knew I had to blog about this name topic. 

Stanczyk wants you to know that when you read the church records, particularly the Latin paragraph form (prior to 1800) you need to look for these clues … these key words that signal name evolution:

 « alias », « seu », « vel », « genantt »,« zwany »

(‘other’, ‘or’, ‘or’ (latin), ‘called’ (ger.), ‘called’ (pol.) )

March 18, 2017

Libraries Infographic — #Books , #Reading

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

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March 18, 2017

Stanley Babiarz from Pacanów — #Birth

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Akt#50 (lower left corner of church register image):

For Elizabeth E. (on ancestry).

Akt#50

Record Date: 21-March-1885   Parish: Pacanów

Father: Józef Babiarz of Rataje, age 30

Witnesses:  Walenty Madej, age 26,  Walenty Czapliak age 46

Birth Date: today? (21-March-1885)

Mother: Marianna (née) Smystek age 25

Baby: Stanisław

god parents: Józef Plakta(sp?) & Salomeja Wybraniowa

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