Archive for ‘Musings’

May 19, 2019

#Meme — Things I Find Whilst Searching For Other Things

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Joseph Conrad — Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski

Stanczyk does intensive research. So what do you do when you find a treasure and its not related to your search? I guess I record it (for another time) and blog about it!

So here is another in my ongoing meme, “Things I Find…”. Perhaps you already know that this jester is a bibliophile. As a genealogist, I collect stories and their authors and retell the stories in my way.

So yesterday I was combing through historical newspapers, regarding the blacksheep, Stanley Gawlikowski (aka Gawlick, alias Gawley), who met his demise most unfortunately. That is why, I was reading the Toledo Blade newspapers from August 1924. So its funny or serendipitous when others share genealogical events contemporaneously with the denizens of my family tree.

As you may have surmised, I found an article on the death of Joseph Conrad (reported as from Asthma) on 3-August-1924. And, you would be correct. I found the obituary story, plus another story about the Polish boy AND a third story about Henryk Sienkiewicz whose remains were being exhumed from Vevey, Switzerland to be re-buried in Poland. I guess technically you should record two burial events for Henryk. He now lies entombed in Warsaw’s St. John’s Cathedral (Katedra sw. Jana).

So Stanczyk did not find anything about Stanley, but found August 1924 Polish genealogical events about famous Polish authors: Joseph Conrad & Henryk Sienkiewicz.

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May 11, 2019

Stanley Gawlick / Gawlik

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanley Gawlick (Gawlik)

Stanczyk almost always feels elated when you can find an image for one of your ancestors. It enhances the tree to see the person’s face. Lacking that I like to put a valuable document as the image for the person.

However, finding the only picture of someone in your tree from a newspaper article, above the fold, seems to be a bittersweet blessing to this jester. You see Stanley Gawlick is shown in the Detroit Free Press from 1927 with a few of his business associates. The bitterness is that and his associates are connected with a story on thugs/criminality (ok, bank robbery / rabuś bankowy).

So dear readers, do you have any blacksheep in your tree?

May 10, 2019

Castroregio — 1827 Marriage #Genealogy #Albanian #Italian

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Dateline: June 12th, 1827 Castroregio

Basile di Lazaro & Giovanna Donnangelo — their marriage record.

#Albano_Italians

#Skanderbeg

Stanczyk’s wife, Tereza Eliasz-Solomon, has Italo-Albano blood of Skanderbeg flowing through her veins! So it was a thrill when another Facebook genealogist passed along this marriage record for my wife’s 3x great-grandparents.

May 10, 2019

Duke & Duchess of Sussex Have A Boy❣️

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Baby, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, was born 6th-May-2019 at 5:26 (BST). He is now 7th in line to the throne.

HRH Queen Elizabeth has now been blessed with eight great-grandchildren!

🇬🇧

P.S. Uniting USA & UK ??? Where’s the USA?

May 8, 2019

Ancestry App v10.32 — #Genealogy #Software

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Ancestry updated their mobile app. The main feature is now you can view parts of your family tree on a map. So they added a 3rd “tab” at the top. It is after the  “Vertical”, “Horizontal” tree orientation, you now have a “Map” orientation of viewing your tree.

If you have NOT been thorough in your place name hierarchy, you may find a few interesting placements of events. It was easy to click on the event and correct the place name hierarchy. So it is a good thing to catch where your genealogy has been a bit sloppy. If your place name is missing or very non-standard (using an old country, ex. Jugoslavia, Czechoslovakia), then your ancestor will not appear on the map.

May 1, 2019

May 3rd 2019 — Constitution Day — #History

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Warsaw Gazette
May 3rd Constitution (see middle of Warsaw Gazette) / Konstytucja 3 Maja

The Constitution of May 3, 1791 (Konstytucja Trzeciego Maja) was drafted between October 6, 1788, and May 3, 1791, when it was adopted by the Great Sejm of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth . The constitution’s adoption was preceded by a period of agitation with the Convocation Sejm of 1764 and the election of Stanisław August Poniatowski as the Commonwealth’s last elective monarch.

The constitution had sought to prevail over and eliminate the anarchy, caused by the Liberum Veto, which had put the Country/King at the mercy of any single Sejm deputy who chose, or was bribed by an internal interest or external foreign power, to undo all the legislation that had been passed by the Sejm. The constitution’s adoption met with immediate hostilities, both political and military by the Commonwealth’s neighbors. In the War in Defense of the Constitution, the Commonwealth’s ally Prussia, broke its alliance with the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, which was effectively defeated by the three Empires: Russia, Prussia, & Austria-Hungary (aka Hapsburg).

[NOTE: the parallels between this Sejm’s use of liberum veto and the U.S. Congresses of 2008-present who have abused/utilized omnipresent obstructionist tools: filibuster and cloture to keep the Obama administration for achieving its goals.]
British historian, Norman Davies describes the legal document as “the first constitution of its type in Europe”; Other historians documented it as the world’s second oldest codified national constitution after the U.S. Constitution, which was effective on March 4, 1789 — just two years earlier.
The Commonwealth’s 1791 Constitution remained in effect for all of 14 months and 3 weeks. It would be a long time until the Second Republic would re-emerge after World War I and Poland would re-appear and be a free republic again.
[Source Material from Wikipedia]

Tomorrow is May 3rd and in Poland and Lithuania it is celebrated as Constitution Day (first celebrated jointly on May 3rd 2007). But Stanczyk is getting ahead of himself in this story.
This jester trusts by now that you know that Poland was country with the second constitution. I am also hopeful that you had read a prior blog article of mine: “Poland 1794, The Tempest, and Catherine The Great” . For the discussion on Poland’s Constitution, I’d like to try my hand at an even broader context.

1732

Stanczyk maintains that 1732 was a very bad year for Poland. On 17 January 1732 Stanislaw Poniatowski was born in Wolczyn (which is in modern day Belarus). If the year had begun badly, then it would get much worse. On 13 September 1732, the secret treaty was signed at the Alliance of the Three Black Eagles. This was a secret treaty between Prussia, Russia and Hapsburg-Austria Empires (all three had Black Eagles as emblems — in stark contrast to Poland’s White Eagle). They agreed to maintain Poland in their “status quo” suffering from a non-functional szlachta with a Liberum Veto — meaning a single veto could derail any new law, further meaning that laws almost never got passed [sounds like 2009-2012 Washington D.C. does it not?]
Now let me narrate the rest of the story, before I give Constitution Day’s Timeline.

In 1750 Poniatowski met his mentor, the Briton, Charles Hanbury Williams . Williams was the British ambassador to Russia. They met again in 1753. Now while the Poniatowskich were a noble family, their family fortunes were not so great as the great magnate families. So they had to align themselves and hope for a strategic marriage for Stanislaw to a wealthier family. None the less, Stanislaw’s father was able to procure him some nominal titles. In 1755, the elder Poniatowski got his son Stanislaw, the title of Stolnik of Lithuania. Stolnik was a court office in Poland and Russia, responsible for serving the royal table. Keep that image in mind.

So armed with his new title of Stolnik of Lithuania, Stanislaw accompanied the British Ambassador to Russia, where the young Poniatowski met the also young (but very formidable) Catherine who had not yet become Empress of Russia (nor yet earned, her appellation, “The Great”). Stanislaw Poniatowski was only at the Russian court for one year. By 1756 Poniatowski was ordered to leave the Russian Court amidst some “intrigue”. It is thought that this intrigue resulted in the birth of Anna Petrovna (by Catherine the Great) on the 9th December 1757. It is also said that Stanislaw always hoped his bedding of Catherine would result in a future marriage for him. This jester thinks that Stanislaw deluded himself to think he had successfully wooed Catherine and that marriage was possible for the two of them. This jester also further thinks that Catherine, used this virtual “apron string” to manage Poniatowski to do her Russian bidding in Poland.

In 1762 Catherine used her new position as the Russian Empress and she was able to get Stanislaw to be elected King of Poland on 6 September 1764. It has now been 32 years of managing Poland’s status quo by the Three Black Eagles. So by 17 February 1772 the Three Black Eagles agreed to partition Poland. On August 5th, 1772 the occupation manifesto was issued and foreign troops entered Poland’s sovereign territory and forced a cession Sejm to convene with King Poniatowski and agree to the partition manifesto (probably Stanislaw thought it was best to go along with Russia in this matter and that this obedience would be rewarded) on 9/18/1773. Not much leadership in this jester’s mind was exhibited, but opposition to three Empires was probably futile anyway.

Life goes on for another decade. Stanislaw uses what little wealth of the Kingdom to foster arts & science, but with Prussia’s control of the Baltic Ports, and using its control to extort high custom duties from Poland on 80% of Poland’s economic trades to further collapse Poland’s economy and that limits Poniatowski’s wealth/power. Poniatowski also continues his hope for a noble marriage, but he does engage in a morganatic marriage to Elzbieta Szydlowska in 1783 and thereby maintains his options for a royal marriage.

In 1788 the Four Year Sejm convenes and Stanislaw thinks he can help Catherine The Great in her war with the Ottoman Empire by raising an army in Poland — which Catherine quickly squashes, but leaves the Polish Sejm alone while she wars with the Ottomans. Left to their own devices, this “Enlightened” body of lawmakers passes a constitution on 3rd May 1791. Even King Poniatowski celebrates this event. If you have read my prior blog article listed above, then you know this will NOT end well for Poland (or Poniatowski who is forced to abdicate the Polish throne 11/25/1795).

I think you can see that Poniatowski, Stolnik of Lithuania, served up Poland as a feast for Catherine The Great to enjoy repeatedly until even she was forced to make him abdicate and spend the remainder of his three years of life as a nominal prisoner in St Petersburg, Russia (so he could not meddle further in Russian affairs). Poniatowski died 2/12/1798 in St Petersburg, Russia. Poniatowski’s remains were removed and re-buried in Wolczyn, Belarus — until that church fell into disrepair. Poland reclaimed Poniatowki’s remains and he was buried a third time (14 February 1995) in St. John’s Cathedral in Warsaw, Poland — the very site where he had celebrated the Polish Constitution on May 3rd 1791.

Timeline of the Constitution:

May 3rd, 1791 – Constitution is Passed (2nd in the world).
May 1792 Constitution Day is celebrated.
July 1792 King Poniatowski joins the Targowice Confederation against Poland and his own nephew (and Kosciuszko too) who were fighting the War To Defend The Constitution with Russia and Catherine the Great who was now freed up from warring with the Ottomans and now able to show her displeasure.
1793-1806 – Constitution Day is banned during the the 2nd/3rd Partition years.
1807-1815 – Constitution Day is celebrated in the Duchy of Warsaw thanks to Napoleon.
1815-1918 – Constitution Day is unofficially celebrated / discouraged in Congress Poland
April 1919 – The re-emerged Polish Republic celebrates Constitution Day again until 1940.
World War II – Constitution Day is banned again.
1945 – Constitution Day is celebrated.
1946 – The Communists cancel Constitution Day. They substitute May Day (May 1st) as an attempt to replace the Constitution Day celebration.
April 1990 – Poland out from under the Communist yoke celebrates Constitution Day again.
May 3rd 2007 – Poland & Lithuania celebrate Constitution Day jointly echoing their former Commonwealth days. This is the first jointly celebrated Constitution Day.
Perhaps one day, the USA will celebrate with Poland on May 3rd as the two countries with the oldest constitutions. [Now, please I know Polonia all over the USA, but most notably in Chicago mark May 3rd annually.] Indeed you are reading this blog about May 3rd. So Polonia still mark the day, the old country adopted the second oldest constitution.

Happy Constitution Day!

 

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

But that is another story.

April 28, 2019

8th Annual Czesław Miłosz Festival — THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 – SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Milosz in Krakow

Ooooh Stanczyk adores Miłosz! Has it been 15 years since Czeslaw Milosz passed?

Born: 30 June1911; Szetejnie, Kovno

Died: 14 August 2004 (age 93);  Kraków, Poland

So mark your calendars:

THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019 – SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2019

Krakow again becomes the center of new & exciting contemporary poetry.

Where:

Stary National Theatre, ul. Jagiellońska 1, Krakow, Poland 🇵🇱

Read More:

http://karnet.krakow.pl/en/31842-krakow-milosz-festival-2019

April 25, 2019

The Historical Description of Churches … in Stopnica — #IndexOfParishes

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Yesterday, Stanczyk wrote about the historical book:

A Historical Description of Churches, … in Stopnica

Web Link (URL): http://sbc.wbp.kielce.pl/dlibra/publication/7191/edition/7053/content?ref=desc

Today, I wanted to mention that Biechow & Pacanow have now been done. The following image (Index page) however, shows the other parishes covered. Perhaps one of these are yours? Then click on the link above and read the book about your parish. It will give you some background on your ancestral parish.

Note, the page numbers at the right of the image are about 15 pages less than the image numbers, so add at least 15 to get closer to your parish without a lot of NEXT-NEXT-NEXT sequential scanning.

You will notice, that a lot of these parishes have been a part of this blog’s articles. Post your parish’s pastors or send me an email!

April 24, 2019

Pacanow Pastors (Plebani) — #Genealogy #Church #Polish

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

A Historical Description of churches, cities, monuments & memorials in Stopnica

Stanczyk wrote about Biechów’s Historical Pastors. That was from a book:

A Historical Description of Churches, … in Stopnica

Web Link (URL): http://sbc.wbp.kielce.pl/dlibra/publication/7191/edition/7053/content?ref=desc

 


 

 

It occurred to this jester that I needed to do the same for Pacanów (adjoining parish) which was my grandfather’s birth parish. It is especially true since vital records (Birth / Marriage / Death) recorded in the parish only go back to 1875 and that is also true in the Polish Archive (AP Kielce) and sadly also true in Diocessan (Church) Archive (AD Kielce). So sad that backup copies of the church records were not sent to the Diocese (like Biechów). 

 

In some cases they overlapped. In other cases we see gaps. So information may be incomplete.

 

Pastors / Plebani, Deacons, etc.

1326 Rudolf ?

1440 Jakob Wislicki

1550 Stanislaw Bzowski

1552 Bartolomej Gantkowski

1599 Wojciech Krakowiec

1610 Tomasz Bucki

1630 Wojciech Kruzel

1632 Walerjan Wilczogorski

1650 ? Rucki (vel Rudzki), Jacek Mokrski

1675 Jozef Zebrzydowski

1712 Kazimierz Siecinski, Piotr Tarlo

1728 Albert Pruszak Bieniewski (died/zm. 1731)

1729 Tomasz ?

1731 Antoni de Klezczany Kleczynski, Andrzej Zaluski

1743 Seweryn Michal Biedrzycki

1759 Walenty Olseinski

1762 Franciszek Pacowski, Marcin Rozwadowski, Jakob Wadas, Jozef Raczowski

1765 Tomasz Nowakowski

1769 Albert Wojna

1772 FIRST PARTITION of POLAND

1778 Stefan Komorowski

1779 Karol Stobiecki

1780 Jan Kanty Soltyk

1783 Stanislaw Nawrocki

1787-1817 Michal Soltyk

1788 Jozef Kedzierski

1793 SECOND PARTITION of POLAND

1795 THIRD PARTITION of POLAND

1795 Prussian Soldiers who died in Pacanow:

17-April Jozef Habro ze Malkowic in Slaskie age 40,

26-April Andrzej Was ze Golsmide in Slaskie, age 34, 

02-May Marquentis Franz Eufricht, ze Slaskie, age 27 

02-May Jakob Welsch ze Lotaryngii, age 21,

02-May Daniel Warkus ze Slaskie, age 32,

16-May Krystjan Seiffert ze Slaskie, 

All (above) were Catholics buried in cemetery.

16-May Gotlieb Kabs lutheran, ze Ramesin in Wroclaw. age 23

28-May Krzycz ze Giedsorfu in Slaskie, age 36,

            Gotlieb Kamter., age 26, evangelical,

01-June Gottfried Klinnert, ze Derenfort in Slaskie, 29 evangelical

             Fridrych  Urlvich, ze Steintrendorf, age 21 evangelical

21-May Frido Hejbel de Mattien, evangelical

 

1807-1815 NAPOLEON DUCHY of WARSAW

1815-1915 CONGRESS POLAND, Polish Kingdom, Russian-Poland Partition

1817-1837 Jakob Eljasz Gogulski

1837-1864 Benedykt Nowakowski

1874-1908 Wawrzeniec Nowakowski

1908 Adam Jozef Badowski, Franciszek Rajski

1918 2nd Republic of Poland (aka Interwar Poland)

1923 Pawel Rotter – a very much accomplished Pacanow  (and surrounding areas) administrator.

I think we have a hint (by red arrow in picture). In Pacanow, he built 5 altars; 4 of those altars burned. So this hint, may explain why no church records exist prior to 1875. Why 1875-1918 church records (and presumably so on) were saved is not known.

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 

April 20, 2019

Pacanów Deaconate … A History

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Pacanow Deanery — Church Censuses

 

By 1326 the Pacanów deaconate (aka deanery), consisted of 13 parishes:

Beszów, Biechów, Kargów, Koniemłoty, Kotuszów, Książnice, Oleśnica, Pacanów, Staszów, Stopnica, Szydłów, Tuczępa, and Zborówek.

During 1326-1470 two more parishes were established: Kurozwęki and Strzelce.

In the later days, up to the 20th century, no new parishes were created and in fact, the Strzelce parish disappeared in the second half of the 16th century.
In the 20th century, two new parishes were created: Szczebrzusz (1925),  Rytwiany (1936). Please note these two as they happened in the last 100 years and they will be listed in the archives.
In the second half of the 15th century, out of 15 parish churches, 5 were wooden: in Biechów, Książnice, Strzelce, Tuczępy, and Zborówko;     8 brick: in Beszowa, Kargów, Kurozwęki, Oleśnica, Pacanów, Staszów, Stopnica, and Szydłów; in relation to two building materials we know only from the second half of the sixteenth century; in one case it is a wooden church – in Kotuszów, in the second one – in Koniemłoty.

 

In the 18th century, out of 14 parish churches, the number of wooden churches amounted to 3, bricked churches 11. The change from a wooden church to a brick one took place in Kotuszów (in 1635-1661) and in Tuczępy (in 1674).

 

The sixteenth century sources recorded only 4 hospitals; in the seventeenth century 10 hospitals and in the eighteenth century 14 hospitals. In the parish of Kotuszów in 1748 there was no hospital, however, the table from the same year recorded the existence of 2 poor {houses?]. Hospital chapels are in Pacanów, Staszów and Szydłów from the end of the 16th century.
In the sixteenth to eighteenth century, in the Pacanów deanery, there were 26 chapels or private oratorios (excluding hospital chapels) in 10 parishes. In the sixteenth century there are 6 chapels, in the seventeenth century 12 chapels, and  in the eighteenth century 18 chapels. Of these chapels, 6 are from the 16th to the 18th century: in Kurozwęki, Pacanów, Rytwiany (Staszów parish), Szklanowie (Stopnica parish) and 2 in Szydłów; two are available from the seventeenth to the eighteenth centuries: in Łubnica (Beszów parish) and in Szczebrzusz (parish Zborówek); ten occur only in the 18th century: in Wolica (Beszów parish), Grzybów (parish Koniemłoty), Kurozwęki, Borzymów (Oleśnica parish), in Bydłowa (Oleśnica parish), in Staszów and Czyżów {parish. Tuczępy), Strzelce (Oleśnica parish).

The Polish word ‘cech’ means guild (a kind of professional union). The other word of interest is ‘Bractwo’ meaning brotherhood (but church society might be a better understanding).

As it can be seen from the image on the left, in the sixteenth century, we find the existence of 5 brotherhoods and 5 guilds, in the seventeenth century – 9 brotherhoods and three guilds, in the eighteenth century – 15 brotherhoods and one guild.

 

Keep these in mind as you search through fonds in the National Archives in Kielce or Sandomierz. For example, this jester’s  great grandfather, Tomasz Leszczynski was a shoemaker, so the ‘cech szewcow‘ might be a focus for me.

At some point the deanery shifts to Stopnica. I assume that happened as Pacanow’s fortunes declined and its importance lessened after many Tatar raids and wars (before the partitions).

I wonder why almost all of the guilds are “associated” with the Szydlow parish? Anybody know? Write this jester or post a comment.

 

Next: The Plebani (Pastors) of Pacanów parish

March 27, 2019

Pacanow

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Pacanow – St. Martin 1918

Pacanow – St. Martin 2018


Stanczyk ‘s paternal / ELIASZ grandfather (and great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather) were born in Pacanow.

There are online records in metryki.genbaza.pl for Pacanow:

1875-1917 (inclusive). The 1909-1917 are very recent additions! [editor’s note: this is why this blog article was delayed.]

Also recently, a third genealogist contacted this blog about our shared ZASUCHA (from Pacanow) research. This genealogist confirmed to this jester that Pacanow-Niagara Falls-Cleveland-Michigan were Pacanow/Zasucha enclaves for her family.

Besides the normal genbaza church records (Pacanow), the Ancestry/Family Search/Ellis Island (USA records), https://fultonsearch.org proved very useful for the NY Zasucha.

This jester is now in a massive Social Network Analysis research in an effort to sort the Zasucha trees in order to merge the complete Zasucha into the Eliasz/Leszczynski et. al. Family Tree.

Let me leave you readers with a 1930 Poland Business Directory page for Pacanow.

 

 

From Genealodzy.pl we can find parish holdings at https://parafie.genealodzy.pl/index.php?op=pr&pid=6067

Miejscowosc Parafia pod wezwaniem
Pacanów św.Marcina
Wyznanie Wcześniejsza parafia Diecezja Dekanat
rzymskokatolickie
Erygowana Województwo (stare) Województwo (nowe) Powiat
XIII w. kieleckie świętokrzyskie buski
Kod pocztowy Poczta Adres Telefon 1 Telefon 2
28-133 Pacanów ul.Kościelna 24 041-3765442
Indeksy w zasobach internetowych
Portal Narodzin Slubów Zgonów
Geneteka 1875-1903,1905-08 1875-1903,1905-08 1875-1903,1905-08
Ksiegi w parafii
Narodzin Slubów Zgonów
1910   1945   1945  

February 21, 2019

Serendipity Continued … — #Polish #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Alegata page 1

Alegata page 1

Alegata page 2

Alegata page 2

Stanczyk, wanted to discuss further the serendipitous alegata found last time.  So the two page alegata needed translating. So I translated the pertinent parts from Polish & Russian as shown below …


Akt 11 1887 (Alegata)

Gubernia Kielecka

Uezd Stopnica

Parish Biechów

It happened in Biechów the 31st day of January 1864 at 5 o’clock in the evening. He appeared Józef Leszczyński, the townsman, wheelwright who lived at the Inn, age 20 (=>b. 1844) , with witnesses, Maciej Kopra, age 46 & Wojciech Fortuna, age 50 of Piestrzec who presented a female baby born in Piestrzec on the 30th of January, this year at 5pm to his wife, Agnieszka zd Godowska age 19, given two names, Marianna Apolonia , the godparents were, Marcin Major Of Piestrzec & Julianna Leszczynska of Biechow

Biechów 26th January 1887

Father Michał Królikowski


Well that was some excellent serendipity. I not only got my 2nd-great-grandfather (Marcin Major), but the godmother is my great-grandfather Tomasz’s first wife (Julianna Leszczynska nee Kordos). I also decided that the father, Jozef Leszczynski was the wheelwright (carter) living at the Inn in Piestrzec (aka Piersciec). The Inn owned by his brother (?) Tomasz Leszczynski.

So I went and added Jozef Leszczynski & his wife Agnieszka Godowska and their 10 kids to the family tree. As a result of that work, I also found that Jozef later on (1879) owned his own Inn in Szydlow. This is very interesting as it appears that my Leszczynskich were, if not a szlachta/magnate family, at least fairly well off. This confirms other family lore about owning a mill.

February 19, 2019

Making Some Serendipity — #Polish #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Last year, Stanczyk noticed that the site metryki.genealodzy.pl had added Stopnica to their collection and in particular, a long list of Alegata for the years 1887-1913. This jester adores alegata for finding echoes of lost genealogical records.

 

So in a case of making your own serendipity, this jester was sequentially scanning all of the above alegata looking for potential relatives, when I noticed a Leszczynski being born in Biechow. That caught my eye. My grandmother, Waleria Leszczynska,  was born in Biechow. So I downloaded the two pages of the alegata and the marriage record they went with. It was a goldmine! The years 1849-1874 are lost/missing from Biechow. So when I found an alegata, detailing a birth from 1864, in that lost range, I was ecstatic!

Let me provide some context. Dateline 1887, Stopnica, a marriage was recorded for Marianna Apolonia Leszczynska, the daughter of Jozef Leszczynska & Agnieszka Godowska. This is a family I have had my eye on, but could not gather enough genealogical proof to say they belong in my family tree, due to the lost records in this region of Russian-Poland. So, since Marianna Apolonia was born in Piestrzec (Biechow parish), she needed an alegata to proof she was able to be married in Stopnica (a nearby parish). So this jester was scanning alegata in Stopnica when her birth popped up. She was born in my grandmother’s parish, Biechow in 1864.  Her father, Jozef,  was a wheelwright for the Innkeeper in Piestrzec (my great-grandfather Tomasz?). Now I was really interested in that occupation because of the possible tie to my great-grandfather, Tomasz (the Inkeeper).  So I examined the birth record from the alegata. On the second page of the alegata, I noticed the godparents and I saw my great-great-grandfather, Marcin Major was the godfather! Ok I now know these Leszczynskich are my family! In fact, Jozef Leszczynski is probably my great-grandfather Tomasz’s brother (less likely a 1st cousin). Did I mention that the Godowskich are an affiliated family? There is enough circumstantial evidence to convince me to add some new relatives from whom I might one day find my 2nd-great-grandparents Leszczynskich.

The search goes on, but now I have new clues.

 

January 31, 2019

Polish Genealogy Tools in Columbus Book

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

The 17th Chapter provides (unsourced) genealogical tree and a timeline:

January 30, 2019

Columbus Was Polish — A Genealogical #Book Review

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk’s readings have converged. I was reading the book in picture, by author (historian, researcher), Manuel Rosa. This topic has re-occurred, quite a few times. My blog articles on whether Columbus was Polish are here:

Columbus: The Untold Story

Christopher Columbus Discovers … He Is Polish  [12/02/2010]

Wladislaw III, Father of Columbus?  [12/27/2010]

Cristobal Colon Discoverer Formerly Known As Columbus is Noble Born Polish [3/26/2013] 

Columbus’s Author Rediscovers America  [12/18/2014]

Columbus is Polish, Who Knew? [4/7/2016] 

There were a few other references in my blog beyond those. I even traded a few emails with the author too! So I guess I am obsessed with this topic.

Today’s blog originates because I was reading Manuel Rosa’s book and I was also looking a wikipedia article about early Poles in America.  In the wikipedia was one Franciszek Warnadowicz who arrived 1492??? Warna as in Battle of Varna/Warna and owicz as in: of, from, or connected with. So we have Franciszek who is of/from/connected to Warna. Franciszek moved/lived in Cadiz, Spain. According to materials Franciszek or his son Franciszek/Francisco was enrolled as a member of Columbus/Colon’s crew in 1492. Franciszek Warnadowicz has the dubious distinction of being the first European to die in the Americas (at Hispanola).

 

 

So my book review ensues…

I was reading “Columbus: The Untold Story“, by Manuel Rosa.  The book has 17 chapters & an Epilogue spanning 325 pages. It also has an appendix and a Notes Section that is 12 pages of very interesting citations/notes. So this is no fluff book. It has stretches that are a bit pedantic but over all the author conveys how he reached his conclusion that Christobal Colon was Polish and was in known as Wladyslaw IV a Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth noble (Jagiellonian Line).

 

Mr. Rosa is trying to overturn five centuries of misconceptions, with his thesis that Wladyslaw III, survived the Battle of Varna 1444. History built a tomb for Wladyslaw III and named him Wladyslaw Warnensi (or Warneńczyk). So when I saw that Christobal Colon had a Polish crewman named Franciszek WARNAdowicz with him in 1492. I had an Eureka  moment. Suprisingly this historical footnote was missing from Manuel Rosa’s anecdotal arguments in the book, as I think this is another circumstantial argument that supports the author’s claim!

The book has lavish illustrations and pictures to accompany the author’s text. The narrative while not always exciting, is at least compelling. But as a genealogist, Chapter 17 (Son of The Hermit King) was all I really needed to see. Genealogy is History for this jester. I agree he needed to make the detailed and well researched arguments of the the first 16 Chapters and I understand as a Portuguese native these are the compelling part. I mean honestly how could the Polish family, under its pseudonym (double pseudonyms) have such privilege if Columbus were a commoner? He makes the excellent argument of the names (pseudonyms) and the secrecy required by both Wladyslaw III and his son(s) to remain safe. These were marriages of nobles, educated nobles. Poles, Portuguese, Spaniards. They were all royals!

Many Chapters are focused on Spain & Portugal and they too include genealogies and histories. So if you you are Spanish or Portuguese then these first 6 Chapters will be of interest (really the whole book). It is after all Portuguese-centric. The early books were in Spanish, Portuguese, and Polish. So this jester was glad they got around to an English translation. The book is filled with symbols and their decoding. It’s kind of like a real live, Dan Brown tale. There was also an argument about distances and the mathematics and I being an engineer loved that discussion. The double-swapped identity to protect Wladyslaw (III & IV) from the Ottomans or Muslim assassins was a bit beyond Occam’s Razor. I would have loved to see some work on Wladyslaw IV’s brothers and their genealogy. Also, with all of the Genetic Genealogy, why has no Jagiellonian DNA been tested against Christobal Colon? The book seems to rule out Italian ancestry via DNA, but what holds back the Polish confirmation.

 

Still I believe Christobal Colon was Polish and a noble. But belief is not proof. Manuel Rosa, get some Polish DNA to prove Christobal Colon was Polish. The Slavics have distinctive haplotypes. It should be easy to determine if he’s Polish/Lithuanian (as any Jagiellonian would be) and he has done enough to prove nobility from circumstantial evidence. I do so love the era of #Genetic #Genealogy!

 

P.S. 

I am now reading a book on Colon’s last voyage (the Vizcaina), so I hope to get more info about Warnadowicz.

January 8, 2019

Ten Years A Blogger! Who knew? — #Musing

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

10th Anniversary of BlogAs of, January16th, 2019 , Stanczyk ‘s blog turned ten and I am  celebrating its 10th anniversary!

So my birthday wish is for more readers such as you … you know who you are. Most of you are fans of genealogy, family history, Polish culture & history. Perhaps, you may be a bibliophile or a fan in general. Thank you all of you!

I also hope to solve a riddle about my second great-grandfather, Marcin Eliasz and his (or his father’s) barn in Pacanów.

Who knows what fancies 2019 will bring and inspire for a blog or two.

God willing, more good stories, news, info, & discoveries will find their way here. Finally, may God bless me with another decade of blogs and blog readers!

December 27, 2018

2019 #Genealogy #Goals — AP Kielce (Polish Archive)

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

AP in Kielce (via SzukajWArchiwach)AP in Kielce

Stanczyk is always looking for information about his paternal 2nd-great-grandfather (prapradziadek), Marcin Eliasz or his great-grandfather Tomasz Leszczynski.  So it is not a surprise that these two ancestors would top my list of 2019 genealogy goals. I would also like to find my aunt Alice Eliasz Stickney’s (Aleksandra Elijasz) birth record from Pacanow parish in 1909 or 1910. So those would be my heartfelt desires for my genealogical research.

So my best bet may be utilizing the AP in Kielce.

Now most people probably think of finding parish church metrical records or USC record in the archive and these are undoubtedly the most popular use of the online version of the archive (szukajwarchiwach.pl). Of course, at present,  very little of the archive is actually online, beyond its metadata.

I clicked on the one in the red box. Oddly, the text appears to be Czech. It’s not Polish and Russian has no diacriticals. When I clicked, I got the details (shown below). I also highlighted some pertinent areas in red.

At the top, we see “21/145/0/-/1189” that is the full reference #, if you needed to request this from an archivist. I also highlighted the “1189” the last part as it is a kind of file #. I know the year is important for my research, hence the “1886”. I also knew that the # of pages (strony) of “26” would be important too. Finally, at the bottom, I pointed an arrow to the Polish text for the description (that I thought was Czech—).

You could translate the Czech or the Polish, but my understanding of Polish/Polish genealogy, led me to use that instead. So, I went to Google Translate and pasted the Polish (that I selected and copied – not shown).

Now it became really interesting to me. It appears to be about my great-great-grandfather(prapradziadek), Martin Eliasz who died in 1879 and who lived/died in Pacanow. Readers of this blog may remember, a blog article back a bit, where I found an historical newspaper account in “Gazeta Kielecka” from 1879 where my 2x great-grandfather was attacked by horse thieves and there was a mention of his father’s barn in the crime story.

So perhaps by emailing the archive, I will try to acquire the file, with its 26 pages to see if there is a bit of probate history  on Marcin Eliasz (show above) and at least inquire about Aleksandra Elijasz (my aunt / ciotka), daughter of Jozef Elijasz & Waleria Leszczynska born in either 1909 or 1910.

Does anyone have any tips for bank wires or money transfers to the Polish Archives? If so please email or post a comment to this blog post. Dziękuję!

Good searches a Happy New Year 2019 / Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku 2019 r.


P.S.

Here are some other metadata that look interesting…

Fond #YearPagesDescription (in English)

21/40/0/6.2/3396
1904-1910n/a Biechów easement, village Wójcza – Joseph Eliasz  and the others  complaint against the Commissioner resolution of 9 August 1905 for No. 107
21/145/0/-/1139188527
 Investigation of Aniela and Kacper Pawłowski, Marianna Eliasz and Walenty Palucha with Antoni Wojtys for ownership of real estate in the village of Pacanów
21/2461/0/-/701910 (or possibly 1909).n/a
1875-1912 for birth, marriage, death, & alegata
 In particular, 1909 – 1912 [inclusive] since those are not available online.
21/1/0/-/62241822-1863n/a
1822-1863  Files regarding the cemetery in Pacanów
21/7/0/-/541854-1860116
1854-1860 Pacanów Cemetery burials,contributions – name list]
21/2519/0/-/151932-1948n/a
Register of inhabitants of the Pacanów settlement:  (various streets ref #14-#19.
21/1/0/-/25511817-1823n/a
[Detailed files regarding] Privileges of the city of Pacanów
December 24, 2018

Auld Lang Syne #2018 #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 2018 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 2018 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 Facebook,  and/or LinkedIn too.

Those are my closing thoughts for 2018. Better #Genealogy in the coming year to all genealogists!

Happy New Year 2019 !

–Stanczyk

December 15, 2018

Alegata Surprise

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Piotrkowski Gubernia

Bendin Uezd, Piotrkowski Gubernia

In the marriage of Wladysław Fras & Agnieszka née Leszczyńska Michniewska, Stanczyk found an unusual section of text not present in most marriage records.

Wladysław was born in Bendin uezd, Piotrkowski gubernia (south-west corner of map). So his ability to marry in the church needed to be verified with a birth/baptism (one alegata purpose).

From the marriage, I found an odd and difficult section of text to decipher (as if all old Russian/Cyrillic cursive handwriting were not enigmatic enough).

From this odd section, if I understand correctly, three things are made known:

  1. They could not locate Wlad’s birth metrical record in Uiejsce, Wojkowice Koscielne parish, Piotrkowski Gubernia.
  2. Wlad had an urgent requirement to serve in the army.
  3. Wlad’s mom & four witnesses had to attest to his birth on February 10th (after marriage performed January 26th, and before it was recorded February 12th).

So it appears the attestation was good and the marriage was good. Sadly, I never found Wlad’s birth record and my hope was to get it as an alegata at this marriage (I had his siblings’ birth, just not Wlad’s). Dad was dead. Mom attested. Now I wonder who the four witnesses were? Let’s see: Witness1, Witness2, the performing clergy, and ??? Perhaps the godfather was the fourth or the church organist [so many organists in my church records]. Alas, no record of the four witnesses or attestation. I have Wlad’s birth year (derived from age at marriage and fits between two siblings’s births) and that will have to do.

An interesting marriage record! So I ask you, “Do you have any military grooms that needed a quick marriage before shipping out to the Russian (|Prussian|Austrian) army?”   If so, please post a comment or email this jester.

Fras + Leszczynski

Akt 5 – The Full Marriage Record (left side)

December 12, 2018

Alegata Question – 26-Jan-1890 Marriage Of Wladyslaw Fras & Agnieszka Leszczynska

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

The last time we saw the record, Akt#5 in Solec 1890 Marriages bewteen Wladyslaw Fras & Agnieszka Leszczynska.

This is minus one unusual section that is hard to translate/understand.

Here’s an abridged translation:

It happened in Solec on 31-Jan/12-Feb 1890

Witnesses:  Jan Majczak 39 of Piestrzec & Jan Biernik of Kikow age 40

Groom:  Wladyslaw Fras bachelor, 32 in army born in Uiejsce, parish Wojkowice Koscielne, Bendzin uezd Piotrkowska gubernia residing in Kikow, parish Dobrowoda living with mother , Jan (father deceased) & mother Marianna née Bielasinska;

<additional text goes here>

to

Bride:  Agnieszka Leszczynska Michniewska widow of deceased Jozef died 1 year ago; age 23 born in village/parish Biechow & residing in Zwierzyniec, parish Solec daughter of Tomasz & the deceased Julianna Kordos legally Leszczynskich

3 banns:

read in Dobrowoda & Solec parishes on 31-Dec/12-Jan, 7th/19th Jan, 14th/26th Jan this year

The image is in my last blog post below 👇🏻.

 

Now given the above: Groom born elsewhere, Bride born elsewhere, Bride widowed, I would expect … about 4 pages of alegata to include Wladyslaw’s birth record, Agnieszka’s birth record, Agnieszka’s 1st husband’s death record and the image at the top of this blog post. But the reality is that I only received the image at the top.

 

Does anyone know why? Email or comment on the blog please.

 

My Guess

Agnieszka’s husband died in this parish and the death was last year (1889). I did confirm that the death record did exist in the parish (Solec) books for 1889 Deaths. Ok, the priest did not feel the need to include an alegata for the death. Agnieszka born in Biechow and now living in Zwierzyniec made her a known entity in the parish, even though she was born in Biechow and she married 1st husband (Jozef Michniewski) in Biechow. So the priest did not feel the need for her birth alegata either; Especially since she and her 1st husband had two kids and they were baptised and living in Solec. But what about Wladyslaw?

 

He was not just born in another parish. His parish was in another gubernia too! Why no birth alegata for him? Tomorrow, my guess about the puzzling text that was unusual in most marriage records. Also another question too!

December 11, 2018

New In Genbaza & Genealodzy (Metryki) — #Polish #Genealogy #Online #Databases

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Fras + Leszczynski

Akt 5 – Wladyslaw Fras & Agnieszka zd. Leszczynska Michniewski

Christmas came early for Stanczyk this year. The metryki at Genbaza & Genealodzy were updated.  This jester was able to find the second marriage of my great-grandfather’s daughter (not my grandmother, her half-sister, Agnieszka Leszczynska Michniewska Fras)!

 

At Genbaza they added Solec Zdroj (1875-1913). At Genealodzy they added Stopnica (1875-1917) to the Busko powiat. Now Stopnica was already at Genbaza, but Genealodzy added the years 1910-1917 on top of what Genbaza already had.

So I’ll be busy searching through the end of 2018! Next time, a question about the Alegata for the above marriage record.

December 4, 2018

Things I Find Whilst Searching For Other Things — #Meme #Epidemic

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk loves reading genealogy magazines / e-zines. In particular, William Hoffman’s monthly, Gen Dobry. This month(November 30th, 2018), had an email written about the Russo-Japan War 1904-1905 and this genealogist/tour-guide published his findings from “Kielce Gazeta” on his website which was informed to readers of Gen Dobry.

So this jester, thinks I go looking through 1904,1905,1906 years of Kielce Gazeta looking for the pictures of these war time announcements. It is while doing this that I found today’s article whilst I was searching for those war announcements.

Scarlet Fever

It seems war & epidemics are the biggest contributors to genealogy events, in particular deaths!

So look back at the image, inside the red box. The word that caught my eye was: “Szkarlatyna“. It means scarlet fever. It also noted in the village if Beszowa. So both of these drew my eye since an epidemic in a nearby ancestral village can have repercussions. I noted how the 1831 Cholera epidemic in my grandmother’s village, Biechów was responsible for one in two deaths that year.

Here’s the translation:

In the village of Beszowa, in the last 6 weeks, 29 children were registered for scarlet fever. Of this number, 5 “oro”(??) children died. The district doctor has taken vigorous measures to stop this epidemic.

Perhaps oro was a typo. But 5 (or about 5) children died. This is from the, Kielce Gazeta, March 4th 1906 issue.

By the way, Stanczyk has seen these epidemic outbreaks in Kielce Gazeta before and in EVERY case, “The district doctor has taken vigorous measures to stop this epidemic.” That seems to be routine phrasing to keep the populace from panicking.

The point is if you research deaths in 1906 Beszowa, then keep an eye out for those five children. If they are yours then today’s image is for your family history!

November 20, 2018

Art Buchwald — Thanksgiving Explained #Humor

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

In 1953 a young, twenty-eight year old, Art Buchwald was writing a humor column for the Paris edition of the New York Herald Tribune. He decided to write a column explaining American Thanksgiving tradition to the French, using a kind of mock-French patois, that today we would call “Franglais“.

This article which I read annually in my parent’s daily newspaper, The Detroit Freepress (@freep). So here my annual homage to Art Buchwald.


Le Grande Thanksgiving

By Art Buchwald

One of our most important holidays is Thanksgiving Day, known in France as le Jour de Merci Donnant.

Le Jour de Merci Donnant was first started by a group of Pilgrims (Pèlerins) who fled from l’Angleterre before the McCarran Act to found a colony in the New World (le Nouveau Monde) where they could shoot Indians (les Peaux-Rouges) and eat turkey (dinde) to their hearts’ content.

They landed at a place called Plymouth (now a famous voiture Américaine) in a wooden sailing ship called the Mayflower (or Fleur de Mai) in 1620. But while the Pèlerins were killing the dindes, the Peaux-Rouges were killing the Pèlerins, and there were several hard winters ahead for both of them. The only way the Peaux-Rouges helped the Pelerins was when they taught them to grow corn (mais). The reason they did this was because they liked corn with their Pèlerins.

In 1623, after another harsh year, the Pèlerins’ crops were so good that they decided to have a celebration and give thanks because more mais was raised by the Pèlerins than Pèlerins were killed by Peaux-Rouges.

Every year on the Jour de Merci Donnant, parents tell their children an amusing story about the first celebration.

It concerns a brave capitaine named Miles Standish (known in France as Kilometres Deboutish) and a young, shy lieutenant named Jean Alden. Both of them were in love with a flower of Plymouth called Priscilla Mullens (no translation). The vieux capitaine said to the jeune lieutenant:

“Go to the damsel Priscilla (allez très vite chez Priscilla), the loveliest maiden of Plymouth (la plus jolie demoiselle de Plymouth). Say that a blunt old captain, a man not of words but of action (un vieux Fanfan la Tulipe), offers his hand and his heart, the hand and heart of a soldier. Not in these words, you know, but this, in short, is my meaning.

“I am a maker of war (je suis un fabricant de la guerre) and not a maker of phrases. You, bred as a scholar (vous, qui t’es pain comme un étudiant), can say it in elegant language, such as you read in your books of the pleadings and wooings of lovers, such as you think best adapted to win the heart of the maiden.”

Although Jean was fit to be tied (convenable très emballé), friendship prevailed over love and he went to his duty. But instead of using elegant language, he blurted out his mission. Priscilla was muted with amazement and sorrow (rendue muette par l’étonnement et la tristesse).

At length she exclaimed, interrupting the ominous silence: “If the great captain of Plymouth is so very eager to wed me, why does he not come himself and take the trouble to woo me?” (Où est-il, le vieux Kilometres? Pourquoi ne vient-il pas auprès de moi pour tenter sa chance?)

Jean said that Kilometres Deboutish was very busy and didn’t have time for those things. He staggered on, telling what a wonderful husband Kilometres would make. Finally Priscilla arched her eyebrows and said in a tremulous voice, “Why don’t you speak for yourself, Jean?” (Chacun a son gout.)

And so, on the fourth Thursday in November, American families sit down at a large table brimming with tasty dishes and, for the only time during the year, eat better than the French do.

No one can deny that le Jour de Merci Donnant is a grande fête and no matter how well fed American families are, they never forget to give thanks to Kilometres Deboutish, who made this great day possible.

November 9, 2018

1918-2018 – Veterans Day, Armistice Day, Independence Day – #History, #Genealogy

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Stanczyk, noted by the calendar that this Sunday, 11-November-2018 is a very important centennial. Sunday, marks a very important day in Poland’s history. It’s a time to commemorate not only the end of World War I, as is the case in western Europe on what is known as Armistice Day, but most importantly to Poles, their county’s re-emergence on the map of the world, it is Independence Day!

In America, it’s Veterans Day (formerly Armistice Day). There is much to remember: our Veterans who served in war time, Poland’s re-emergence as a European nation on world maps, and to remember the last pandemic (of 1918). We ended WWI with success. We survived the pandemic. But now it appears that Nationalism and a Pandemic are possibilities in the very near future.

This jester would rather celebrate the veterans. Of course, the Polish-American veteran of WWI deserves some special attention. WHY? Because, the Polish diaspora in America found three ways to fight Nationalism:

  1. They enlisted and joined Haller’s Army (aka French Army / Blue Army).
  2. They enlisted to fight in the Canadian Expeditionary Force [Ancestry]
  3. They enlisted or were drafted and fought in the US Army [Transports] / WWI Draft

In the first two cases, the Polish-American soldier was ahead of the patriotic curve in fighting Nationalism. They joined and fought before America ended it’s isolationism. In the third case, they fought side by side with the rest of America against tyranny. It’s now been a hundred years in the War to End All Wars, and we know it did not end tyranny. Oh we ended it in the 1910’s/1920’s, we ended it again in 1940’s  and faced it many more times since.

This jester had ancestors serve in the World War I military all three ways (Haller’s Army, the Canadian Expeditionary Force (Library & Archives of Canada), & the US Army! Find My Past has Free WWI Searches November 9th-12th. Do not forget PAVA (Polish Army Veterans Association of America)  too. Many paths to search for your American heroes!

 

 

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!

September 17, 2018

Unfit For Office … — #Karma Karma Kavanaugh

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

KavanaughThis is not instant Karma, its his cousin delayed Karma!

This alleged sexual assault of Professor Christine Blasey Ford (research psychologist) was 36 years ago (Summer 1982) by #Kavanaugh (Georgetown prep boy) when a 17 boy allegedly attempted to rape a 15 year old girl. He locked her in a room and attempted to silence her screams by putting a hand over her mouth!

Fast forward 16 years to 1998 and this abhorrent excuse for a man tried to apply his sexual rage against the President of the USA for lying about oral sex with a consenting adult woman. Ken Starr had to reign in his attacks against President Clinton.

(I know in the #Trump age lying about getting oral sex seems tame.)

But that was 20 years ago (and 16 years after Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault). No Karma then.

Now fast forward to 2018 and Kavanaugh is nominated for the Supreme Court. He has allegedly lied 4 or 5 times to get judge jobs under oath to Congress. He is being vetted. Kavanaugh mentions 1982 to Grassley and/or GOP vetters. These GOP Geniuses pre-stage a 65 woman letter to clear Kavanaugh in case the allegation evers comes to light!

Diane Feinstein surfaces a letter she received from Christine Blasey Ford. The next morning Grassley deploys the 65 woman letter like a fungus mushroom sprouting overnight after a rain. In the next 24-48 hours Kavanaugh denies this happened in high school or ever. This denial is NOT under oath … yet.

(However, Delayed Karma, says, “Hold my beer.”)

The lie is evident by the immediate letter of 65 women attesting to Kavanaugh. Meaning the letter was pre-staged (remember the vetters & Grassley prepared the letter ahead of time).

So 36 years later, #Karma shows up and says…

Kavanaugh, you just lied about sexual assault! Remember the 1982 sex assault? Remember your hypocritical, gross behavior towards President Clinton in 1998? Well now I (Cousin Delayed Karma) am here to collect my due. If it were not another  #MeToo moment, it would be funny!

It has now become readily apparent why Grassley has buried so much material from Kavanuagh’s past from being seen by the Justice Committee, the Full Senate, and the American people.

Kavanaugh should withdraw, he is unfit for any office, much less as a justice for The Supreme Court of the United States.


Why God Is Laughing at Brett Kavanaugh

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/09/17/kavanaugh-supreme-court-ford-sexual-assault-219983

65 Woman Letter

2018-09-14 65 Women who know Kavanaugh from High School – Kavanaugh Nomination

More…

https://hillreporter.com/court-employees-ready-to-come-forward-about-brett-kavanaugh-but-fear-retaliation-7492


August 25, 2018

Swiniary — What Genealogy Resources Are Available #Genealogy #Polish #Kielce #Gubernia

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Świniary is an important parish to Stanczyk. The reason is because the earliest mention of an Eliasz from Pacanow is found in Swinary parish marriages in the year, 1797. This jester has written two articles on this:  1797 Marriage in Swiniary parish, Jakob Eliasz  and Jakob Eliasz, The 1st Pacanow Eliasz .

Now I wondered why Swiniary is NOT in Metryki.genbaza.pl (AP Kielce) only in the AD (diocessan archive). So I went to FamilySearch.org catalog  (Swiniary – Busko). There were two listings:

Author: Kościół rzymsko-katolicki. Parafja Świniary (Busko Zdrój)

Księgi metrykalne, 1668-1865

Author: Kościół rzymsko-katolicki. Parafja Świniary (Busko Zdrój)

Use @ FHCUnfortunately, you need to be at FHC or FHL (Salt Lake City) to use the digital records for Swiniary.

Luckily for this jester, a Marlene Hardman (Polish genealogist) was a volunteer for her local FHC and she graciously provided this blog with the images of the indexes for 1878-1884. So I will be updating this blog at some point to link to their location on a public Google Drive in the cloud for those who also wish to have a look for an ancestor of theirs. Bless Marlene for RAOGK to this jester!

If the folks over at Geneszukacz would like me to index these indexes for their online database, I would love to pay it forward and provide such. Just let me know!


Resources:

  1. Genbaza — Świniary (1668-1865)
  2. FamilySearch.org (1668-1865, 1878-1884)
  3. Pradziad — Świniary (catholic, 1875-1913, in Archiwum Państwowe w Kielcach¹
  4. Parish (Parafia)  St. Stanislaw (sw. Stanislawa) —  (Birth 1860– Present?, Marriages 1885– Present?, Deaths 1880– Present?) [Source: parafie.genealodzy.pl]
  5. SzukajWArchiwach.pl online archive for AP Kielce (only metadata, no scans, for Swiniary)
  6. Swiniary Parish via Diocese (info, history)

¹ – Archiwum Państwowe w Kielcach
25-045 Kielce, ul. Kusocińskiego 57
tel: (41) 260-53-11 lub 17
fax: (41) 260-53-10
email: kancelaria@kielce.ap.gov.pl
http://www.kielce.ap.gov.pl/

August 18, 2018

Book Review — Origin by Dan Brown — #Books

by C. Michael Eliasz-Solomon

Origin by Dan BrownStanczyk, Adores the Dan Brown techno-thrillers. I especially love his main character, Robert Langdon. The Origin is the fifth book in the series. Where does this story rank in my favorites (top #1 to bottom #5)?

  1. Angels & Demons (the magnum opus)
  2. The Da Vinci Code
  3. Inferno
  4. Origin
  5. The Lost Symbol

I might be the exception, but I prefer Inferno to Origin although both are excellent and very close in quality & entertainment.

Dan Brown has grown in his embracing the technical world. He has created websites to complement the book. Consider his “ConspiracyNet.*” or other oddments that bolster they experience of the book outside the book’s pages itself. A Multi-media presentation like no other. I like Dan Brown the person and Dan Brown the author, creator.

I know I am not the only one who obsesses on Robert Langdon & Dan Brown. Consider this website:  sites.middlebury.edu/origin . These people really add to the Langdon series mythos. They gather the proper nouns in each chapter and provide background material, kind of like Dan Brown must do for his research. Click on “Resources” to view the same treatment for other books in the series.

Dan, has created a new techno-thriller mystery replete with exotic locales. His use web press releases with faux web links adds to the immersive effect just like his use of external websites. He interleaves a kind of travelogue and art exposition, sprinkled heavily with technical buzzwords. That is the comfortable API to his mystery writing with well developed characters and fast paced writing style to add action & suspense.

Stanczyk is a #STEM worker himself. So I have collected the buzzwords / concepts from Origin. These make the novel so NOW! I am not certain if this will hold up over the decades,  but it will serve to place his works in a timeframe & context for future readers.

Buzzwords:

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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

PrinceLouis


PrinceLouisChristening


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