I received a surprise in my email today – a message from my half-second cousin Piotr Dańko in Kraków!
If you listened to the recent Genealogy Guys Podcast from October 23, 2006, you’ll know that Drew Smith interviewed me over the telephone and we discussed, among other things, my trip to Poland in 2000. Drew asked me if I had met any of my relatives still living in Poland, and I told him that, although I met some of the Dańkos in Nienadowa, nobody there thought I was related to them.
In the end, there was a suggestion that I might be related to a Dańko living in Kraków.
I remember that my Aunt Helen told me that my Great-Grandmother Agnieszka Sowa fell while picking cherries and died. My Great-Grandfather Jakub Dańko then married Zofia Głowacz and the couple had a son. Further, one of the descendants of this line went to live in Kraków.
When I received the email from Piotr Dańko today, he provided me information that convinced me that he is descended from this line, the marriage of Jakub Dańko and Zofia Głowacz. This makes us half-second cousins. Jakub Dańko is our common ancestor – he is a great grandfather to both of us. However, we are half-cousins, because we have different great grandmothers.
I’m looking forward to exchanging information with Piotr. This is the first contact I’ve had with any relatives still living in Poland.
I’ve included in today’s post a photo of my grandfather, Michał Dańko. My grandfather Michał is the half-brother of Piotr’s grandfather. I don’t know the date of this photo. I guess it was taken on Henchman Street in Worcester, Massachusetts in the 1930s or 1940s.
Michał Dańko (Michael Danko)
Thanks to my cousin, Marguerite Martin, for providing me with this photograph.