March 11, 2012
Stanczyk, was not aware that the US Government once contemplated the sale of Ells Island.
Slav Invasion ???
The 9 Feb 1958 article (from Daytona Beach Morning Journal — in Google’s Newspaper Archives) spoke about the condition of Ellis island and some of the cost drivers. Then the author diverges a bit into opinion and claims Ellis Island was a “scandal ridden bedlam” and that between 1900-1914 was the great “Slav Invasion apparently from Southern Europe and the Balkans — whew, for a minute there I thought they were talking about Czechs, Poles, and Russians.
Still this besmirching of the Southern Slavs in 1958 seems to be similar to today’s brand of xenophobia and is even filled with speculation … “How many persons turned away were lunatics?”. No, who-what-when-where-and-why in that journalism.
Dick Eastman‘s Online Newsletter also had a blog on Ellis Island recently (3/9/2012) … The 9 March 2012 MailOnline (UK periodical) had a article on Ellis Island with some eerie photos of before the island was made into a National Park. Please do go take a look at the pictures.
These two articles provide quite a context for Ellis Island after it was retired and before it was to become a National Park.
November 6, 2011
Polish Genealogy Notable News
On Wednesday (November 2nd), Family Tree Magazine released their 101 Best Genealogy Websites. Their email newsletter had the link for 2010 unfortunately — which Stanczyk only just noticed as I was writing this article. Here is the link to their 2011 version of the 101 Best Genealogy Websites. This 2011 article did NOT have a printable list of URL’s/LINKs, but here is the PDF from last year .
On Monday (October 31st), The Gen Dobry newsletter came (always a monthly highlight) and there was a mention of the United Polish Genealogical Societies Biennial Conference in April 2012. For more info on this conference, go to: http://upgs.eventbrite.com/ .
Stanczyk’s own Dziennik Polski (Detroit, MI) Historical Ethnic Newspaper page had many updates this week. Most importantly, the Dziennik Polski Names Index Page now has nearly 31,000 names (and dates and whether it is a birth, marriage, or death or other event).
South Florida’s Sun Sentinel published an article November 1st, on a remarkable story of how genealogy connected a Jewish Polish-American with the rest of his Holocaust survivors family. This is genealogy at its most poignant.
Blessings for the new week!