Category Archives: Daily Journal

Thian Hock Keng Temple in Singapore – 1

Thian Hock Keng Temple in Singapore was originally built in 1821-1822 in honor of Mazu, the goddess of the sea.  The structure was rebuilt in 1839-1842 using traditional methods.  No nails are used in the building. Near the entrance two … Continue reading

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A Foggy Morning in Singapore

I arrived in Singapore early on the morning of 29 March 2013, slept for a few hours, and then woke to a hot and foggy morning.  A walk around the area near my hotel revealed that I was close to several of … Continue reading

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Breaking Down the Dziurzyński Brickwall with DNA

Way back on 13 June 2006, I wrote about the Dziurzyński brickwall.  My paternal grandmother, Marianna Dziurzyńska, was apparently born in Sielnica in the parish of Dylągowa.  I had previously found two other people who had Dziurzyński ancestors from Sielnica, but … Continue reading

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The Bennie Andruskiewicz Household in the 1940 United States Federal Census

Bennie [Bernard] Andruskiewicz [Andruszkiewicz] was enumerated in the 1940 US Federal Census with his wife Alice [Aleksandra] (née Sokołowska) Andruskiewicz at 40 Carpenter St, Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut, USA.  Bennie was the son of Józef Andruszkiewicz and Antonina Izbicka. The 1940 US Federal Census … Continue reading

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43 South Allen Street, Albany, New York in the 1940 United States Federal Census

In 1961, my family purchased the first floor flat at 43 South Allen Street in Albany, Albany Co., New York, USA.  Eventually, my family purchased the second floor flat as well.  The house remained in my family for over 46 years until … Continue reading

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Getting Ready for the Release of the 1940 United States Federal Census

On April 2, 2012, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration will release the 1940 United States Federal Census to the general public.  Working with several genealogy companies and societies, the U.S. Census Community Project will digitize the census and … Continue reading

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Wildlife of the Everglades

Finishing up my Caribbean vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I was able to snap some pictures of the wildlife of the Everglades.  Unfortunately, most of the pictures I took were from a moving airboat, so many of them were blurry … Continue reading

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Plants of the Everglades

At the end of my Caribbean Vacation, I stopped at Everglades holiday Park in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for an airboat ride through the Everglades.  Sawgrass (Cladium jamaicense) and spatterdock (Nuphar lutea) are everywhere, interrupted only occasionally by pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata). Vista … Continue reading

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The Ak’iin Beah Club in Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico

After touring through the Mayan ruins at Tulum, I stopped by the Ak’iin Beach Club for lunch and a chance to get my feet wet in the Caribbean.  The day was cool, overcast, and the skies were spitting rain.  Few people … Continue reading

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Final Views of the Mayan City of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico

The Mayan city of Tulum in Quintana Roo, Mexico is a compact site with only a handful of archeologically interesting structures.  The city is, however, located right on the Caribbean, lending it perhaps the Mayan city with the most beautiful … Continue reading

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