May 16, 2015
Stanczyk, was combing through genealodzy.pl (aka PTG). In their discussions they mentioned a new website with an interactive map of Poland from the 16th century. That was excellent and I will discuss it this blog article and continue in the next with examples. But I decided to see what else the website had and that is how this jester go to:
If you see the polish language version, merely click on the British flag to see English language. This site has seven assets worth perusing and examining in depth, including the interactive map of the Polish Kingdom in the 16th century (16w).
This blog is primarily about Kielce wojewodztwo (or gubernia) and some surrounding areas too. So while I dutifully inform my readers who are interested in other Polish Genealogical matters or Geographical area that there are Tax Registers for KALISZ or POZNAN. There are also a statistical record of ALL religions in the Polish Kingdom of the 18th century (very useful for classifying your ancestral parish’s congregation or identifying a synagogue location). Likewise, the register of PROTESTANT congregations in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth for 16th-18th centuries (16w-18w). This jester did not investigate the court records … yet. Lastly, the parish libraries of Wislica is heavy Latin lifting, so while I did peruse and find some possible future gems, I will skip this too. So I will return to the 1st item in the list, the interactive map which is a treasure for all wojewodztwa (provinces/states/voivodes).
Here is the link (using English, clicking above link will lead to an intermediate set of choices which uses Polish map):
You should see:
Let’s type ‘Pacanów’ (no quotes, and diacriticals are needed). Since it is inconvenient to enter diacriticals, you can start typing and let the software, autocomplete for you (thus supplying the necessary diacritical). Keep in mind that this what Poland looked like in the 16th century! So that is why you see Wislica ‘District’ and the Sandomierz wojewodztwo in the pop-up box — which you should promptly close . Next we need to zoom as, all you can see is the blue-green box that represents Pacanów (not the actual text). So in the lower left of your screen is the zoom tool. Click on plus 2-3 times or drag the little slider arrow or you can do as I did and enter ‘100000’ (no quotes) into Scale field at the bottom.
You should see:
Now you notice villages with green boxes (ex. Solec, Swiniary, Biechow, etc.). These are parishes that existed in the 16th century.
— — — — — — Diacritcals to Use:
ą Ćć ę Łł ń ó Śś Źź Żż
Next time we will examine the map further.
May 10, 2015
Olivier, first thanks for reading/writing the blog …
I’ve been reading your genealogy blog for a year now and I’ve found some nice infomration from and a lot of good humour as well, thank you and good job.
I trying to research my in-law’s side of the family. They come from Lomza and Grajewo region of Poland, I believe it is the Podlaskie District. The names are Bruszkiewicz and Jurkowski, and Trepanowski (a cousin).
I registered with GenBaza.pl and genetyka.pl and metryki but it doesn’t look as easy as how you made it look in your blog stories to find available scans. And then when I go to the Polish State Archives, well the short of it is I don’t read Russian (and I don’t read Polish either but I can read indexes, I can’t in Russian) and I don’t know how to spell Bruszkiewicz in Russian. So when I am faced with an index or i’m looking at a page of 4 birth certificates, i don’t even know what I’m looking at.
Then I will need to find help with translations.
Do you have any tips on how to translate a Polish family name into how it would be spelled in Russian? And written by hand in a civil register?
As anyone indexed these parishes?
Any encouragements or tips would be welcomed if possible :) The whole thing feels like a brick wall!
Thank you for any help, and good job on the blog!
Ok let me see in what ways I can help you:
- First I am self taught in Russian and Polish from books written by William F. Hoffman and Jon Shea. So I’d recommend purchasing & reading their books, “In Their Own Words …” . Volumes I & II.
- Also it is helpful to know Polish and learn the families and village names in Polish as this will help when you learn to read Russian. Translating names back & forth between Polish & Russian is more art than science. So knowing family names before tackling helps. Lets try a few names: Eliasz became Elijasz under Russian (1868-1918) in Russian-Poland partition. So I was expecting to see: елиашь or элиашь but was surprised to see it as: елияшь or элияшь in Russian/Cyrillic. So learn the Cyrillic “alphabet” and the sounds of those letters so you can transliterate Polish/English/Latin letters into Russian/Cyrillic. SteveMorse.org has a good English-to-Russian (and vice-versa) tool at: http://stevemorse.org/russian/eng2rus.html
So if we try, “Bruszkiewicz”, we get (try the first one, but keep in mind that you are liable to see any below):
Брушзкивич, Брюшзкивич, Бружзкивич, Брюжзкивич, Брушжкивич, Брюшжкивич, Бружжкивич, Брюжжкивич, Брушзкиевич, Брюшзкиевич, Бружзкиевич, Брюжзкиевич, Брушжкиевич, Брюшжкиевич, Бружжкиевич, Брюжжкиевич
- You are correct about Lomza/Grajewo current wojewowdztwo. Both appear to be indexed in Geneteka. You can try the website: http://www.ksiegi-parafialne.pl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=236&Itemid=331
- Grajewo is in Szukajwarchiwach (1890-1912): http://szukajwarchiwach.pl/5/525/0/str/1/15?sort=4&ps=True#tabJednostki . Have you read my documentation for using Szukajwarchiwach?
- Let’s see what “Bruszkiewicz” looks like in 1890 index in Cyrillic cursive writing: … ok I could not find Bruszkiewicz in a handful of years that I searched in both Grajewo and Lomza. Perhaps you need to verify the locale.
- So I went back to Geneteka and found a Bruszkiewicz in the index that I could locate online. I wanted to show you what it looks like in cursive Cyrillic:
May 5, 2015
Today the Queen met her newest great-grandchild, HRH Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana of Cambridge . The Duke of Cambridge signed the official birth certificate today.
From earlier accounts we know that the royal baby was born at 8:34am (local time) on the 2nd of May.
May 2, 2015
Monarch Wait Time, Reign Time by Century
The British Royal Succession — #Royalty #Genealogy
Duke/Duchess Cambridge had a 2nd child this morning, an 8 lb. baby daughter. No name yet.
The blessed queen now has quite a large retinue of heirs (roughly two dozen). Click on the link above for the Royal Succession chart (source USA Today).
🃏 — Stanczyk is hoping for: “Aleksandra Diana Wiktoria” for the spare heir’s name.
Let’s the sports bettors collect their date winnings whilst the bets on names hangs in the balance for a few more days!
April 16, 2015
Today … a little over an hour ago, Israel commemorated the Holocaust. At sundown last night and beginning with sunrise, the Israelis remember. They remember so that it, The Holocaust, will never happen again. If you were in Israel you would see at 10:00am local time, a siren sounds and that everything comes to a stop. Pedestrians stop walking. Cars halt … people get out of their cars (some) and it is silent. Last evening … candles & lights. Today, silence and commemorative events.
#Remember what happens when a people ignore the rights and dehumanize a small segment of their own society. In the 2oth Century it was the Nazis. Today, who are engaging in similar atrocities?
If you have eyes to see, then you know who. Remember. We should all remember!
April 15, 2015
The newest version of the Ancestry App 📱 (6.5) is here. Genealogy on the go has reached a new level of portability for those with an Apple Watch⌚️ !
Lets see if the optimized matching is like MyHeritage or exactly what “enhanced search results” entails (more to come).
Option to delete trees within the app seems risky with touch screens. Caution would be advised and practice on a test tree before doing this for real.
🇵🇱 — I hope your using iOS 8.3, otherwise you may be seeing aliens (instead of iPhone, Apple Watch, Polish Flag)
April 7, 2015
Stanczyk is BIG on collaboration on genealogical research. So, let me start by thanking Donna Keicher (FB) genealogist, Western NY Genealogical Society member, etc. Thank you Donna!
Donna was going to Buffalo & Eric County Public Library (BECPL) and she graciously agreed to donate some of her research time at BECPL to helping others from outside the area in their Western NY research. Stanczyk loves RAOGK (receiving and giving) as a collaborative pursuit. The BECPL is on my wish list (again) this year to visit and do some research in. Any way, Donna was able to get me a complete death date for Frank/Franciszek Leszczynski and she sent me an image from the Buffalo Evening News newspaper from 25-JUNE-1943.
Stanczyk also did a RAOGK for another researcher by visiting Great Valley Baptist Church Cemetery (Devon, PA). It was for a James Davis (1784-1852) and was through, Find-A-Grave. I took a shot of his tombstone. While there, I also did some shots that added to memorials that were missing pictures and added a few new memorials (18th century) that were missing from Great Valley Baptist Church Cemetery on Find-A-Grave. I noticed an interesting tombstone (Phyllis Burr) who had a bit of a story about her slavery past. I learned a bit about Philadelphia’s abolitionists and the US Warship Ganges that rescued over 100 people from slavery (to indentured servitude/apprenticeship). Along the way, my social wife, spoke with the pastor John Loring (of The Baptist Church in the Great Valley). The good pastor had some materials that he mailed, to this jester, about his historical cemetery and its occupants. Thank you Pastor John Loring.
Now this jester would like to hasten to add that he has done a lot of contributions to genealogy at Julie Roberts Szczepankiewicz ‘s FB Group, Polish Genealogy. In particular, I like to help people with their translations or even just reading the handwriting in their research finds from Poland. I also like to help genealogists in the group locate their ancestral parishes in Gazetteers or on current/historical maps. Everyone is always sharing expertise, tools or web sites to aid each other in furthering their genealogical research — this jester gets a kick out of brushing shoulders with the many talented/knowledgeable people the world over.
Let me conclude today’s blog by mentioning that ALL links today are to Facebook pages. The people & pages on Facebook have grown into a tremendous collaboration opportunity and also a learning tool as well.
March 25, 2015
#Muse Ted Cruz #2016Rhymes
#2016Rhymes The news makes me wax poetic …
I REALLY do like Green Egg and Hams
As do most all us Cuban-Can-Ams
You know to my family I am fair
So I’m signing up for ObamaCare
I, like Millions others now can
And it is the law of this Am-lan’
You know I shut down this gov
It REALLY is because I love
My family’s Canadian Moose
And Rhymes by Dr Seuss
March 22, 2015
530 years after death, Richard III honored before reburial
Richard III finally is buried 22-MARCH-2015 in a marked grave.
Update your family trees Anglo Genealogists.
March 18, 2015
Fold3 has a useful Infographic …
Do not forget Polish-American vets of Haller’s Army were World War I
March 15, 2015
Stanczyk wanted to check-in on GenBaza and what has been going on for the old Wojewodztwo/Gubernia Kielce.
Thank You Kornelia! So here are the GenBaza updates:
— in AP Kielce Kornelia photographed the parish, [sfotografowała parafię]
Michałów (1711-1904) and ready for indexing [i udostępnia indeksującym].
— in AP Kielce Kornelia photographed the Orthodox parishes, [sfotografowała parafię prawosławne]
Miechów (1892-1912) and also
Nowe Brzesko (1906-1908) and ready for indexing [i udostępnia indeksującym]
— in AP Kielce Kornelia photographed the Jewish congregation in, [sfotografowała parafie]
Sobków_moj (1810, 1826-1912) and ready for indexing [i udostępnia indeksującym]
— in AP Kielce Kornelia photographed the parishes, [sfotografowała parafie]
Waśniów (1890-1910) and ready for indexing [i udostępnia indeksującym] and also
Wiślica Gmina (1755-1825) and ready for indexing [i udostępnia indeksującym]
March 14, 2015
To the #STEM worker geek in me it is a most auspicious time. Stanczyk wishes to note that it is PI day:
3/14/15 9:26:53 (or perhaps you prefer 3.141592653 for short). I know this is irrational. PI is irrational too. An irrational number that cannot be expressed exactly as a ratio of two numbers in a fraction. Try with these fractions: 22/7, 333/106, 355/113, 52163/16604, 103993/33102, and 245850922/78256779
Last year (2014) a guy spent 208 days computing PI to 13,300,000,000,000 digits and then a little over a week to verify its correctness.
Take a circle, any circle. Measure its circumference and its diameter. Now divide the circumference length by the diameter. What do you get? This precise moment! 3/14/15 9:26:53 . This moment will not occur again for another twelve hours (if you use a twelve hour clock) and then not again for another hundred years. It should have been known 26 centuries BC (when they built the great pyramid) and now its the 21 more times, so this precise moment has occured no more than 47 times since PI ‘s 1st known use.
Happy PI day and Happy Birthday Einstein too!
March 12, 2015
Needs a new meme. Hence “Techno#Genea” . I am putting my hashtags to work inside and not necessarily at the beginning. Software will just have to catch up.
Techno#Genea is my meme to talk about technology + genealogy – just lose the “logy”.
Today’s Techno#Genea is on G E N E T E K A . Geneteka added a new and I think very useful feature. Between the search fields and Search (Wyszukaj) button and the rows of data (i.e. result-set) are two lines:
‘Parafie w promieniu 15km:’ (Parishes within a 15km radius) of the parish you were searching within [in my case, Biechow] and ‘Lata: ‘ (Years). In the case of the parishes, it gave me six: Beszowa, Oleśnica, Pacanów, Stopnica, Szczebrzusz, Zborówek. These are actually clickable too. You can start by searching all places, in my case you’d find 3 pages of ELIASZ (155 results) in the result set of BIRTHS. So to limit what I am looking at, I can go back to the Ksiega field and select from the drop down menu, “Biechow (pow. buski) – (U) 1810-1820” to look at just the Births (U) for Biechow and I get a much smaller result-set of just 9 records. But look at the two new lines! I can click on PACANOW link and the result set changes to 58 (across 2 pages) births in Pacanow. This is #AWESOME ! Now you can do proximity searches, just by clicking on links of parish names. It also helps to teach you a bit of geography nearby to your ancestral village/parish.
Now just a word to the wise. This is only for records that have been indexed. It is not ALL records available and not all parishes are shown (just those with indexed records). So in the case of Biechow, you will not see Swiniary [today] as one of the parishes within the 15km radius even though it is only about 2-3km. This is because Geneteka has not indexed any records in Swiniary. So you can do proximity searches and see if there are any records in the surrounding parishes for your family name. Pretty cool feature for the tech-experts at: genealodzy.pl .
That’s my meme – Techno#Genea ™ and I am sticking to it.
March 10, 2015
Marie Curie: A Gift of Radium — #Polish #American #History #LOC
Madame Curie nee Skladowska two time Nobel Prize winner in two fields. the only woman to do so and only Linus Pauling accomplished this feat for the men.
Reblogged from The Library of Congress
March 7, 2015
Stanczyk loves using tech with genealogy to really engage the left brain in my research (even though the right brain loves the UX).
So I thought this being a big genealogy weekend, I’d point out Ancestry upgraded their App — a bug fix release, recommended for v6.4 users. You will be required to download your tree again. Not a concern — just a bit of extra time.
March 6, 2015
This weekend you can watch the premiere of Who Do You Think You Are? The first episode is Julie Chen.
You can also use, for free, Find My Past .
So be a genealogy lion, this March. Ramp up your genealogy for 2015 this weekend.
March 5, 2015
Catch-up by reading Stanczyk’s curated Flipboard magazine:
February 17, 2015
WWI Draft 1917
Pet. Natl. Granted 1918
Edward Joseph Pieszczochowicz –
Born: 16-OCT-1892, Stopnica, Kieleckie Gubernia, Poland (Russian-Poland partition); Akt #268 in Stopnica 1892 Births
Arrival: 28 May 1910, Age: 17; from his father Leon Pieszczohowicz in Busko, Kielce to his uncle Jan Pieszczohowicz in West Seneca, NJ on SS Kroonland
WWI Draft: 1917
Petition For Naturalization (Granted): 2-October-1918
Discharged From Military Duty: 21-December-1918
Edward gets his citizenship while he is still in the Army (Camp Zachary Taylor, KY)! Notice he did not need to file a Declaration Of Intent – another benefit of serving in the military.
World War I – Service Record