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Applying The Scientific Method to Genealogical Research (Part 4)

My cousin and I attempted to use The Scientific Method to answer the question of where Bertha Danko is buried. In the first iteration of The Scientific Method, we tested the hypothesis that Bertha Danko is buried in an unmarked grave in Hope Cemetery, Worcester, Massachusetts. We were not able to prove the first hypothesis, and so we conducted a second iteration where we tested the hypothesis that Bertha’s death record includes her place of burial. We were not able to prove the second hypothesis, but we learned that Bertha Danko’s name was actually Bronislawa Danko, and that Bronislawa was buried by the undertaker Lucian Karolkiewicz. Continue reading

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Applying The Scientific Method to Genealogical Research (Part 3)

My cousin and I attempted to use The Scientific Method to answer the question of where Bertha Danko is buried. At the end of the first iteration of The Scientific Method where we tested the hypothesis that Bertha Danko is buried in an unmarked grave in Hope Cemetery, Worcester, Massachusetts, we concluded that either Bertha Danko is not buried in Hope Cemetery, there is an error or omission in the cemetery records, or the clerk at the cemetery did not conduct an accurate and thorough search. Continue reading

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Applying The Scientific Method to Genealogical Research (Part 2)

I started off this series with a description of The Scientific Method and posed two questions. When should a genealogist apply The Scientific Method to a genealogical research problem? How does one go about doing so? What follows is a description of how my cousin and I used the scientific method to answer a question about our own family: Where is our Aunt Bertha Danko buried? Continue reading

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Applying The Scientific Method to Genealogical Research (Part 1)

Kimberly Powell described genealogy as “North America’s Fastest Growing Hobby.” While that is probably true, I personally consider genealogy to be more than just a hobby. When considered as an academic discipline, genealogy is generally classified with the humanities (studies of the human condition). Academic studies in the humanities often rely on observation, analysis, and speculation to achieve their goals and, indeed, genealogy appears to fall into that category. Continue reading

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Approaching Ellis Island

All four of my grandparents were immigrants and all four entered the United States through Ellis Island. For that reason, the Ellis Island processing center holds special meaning for me as a significant location in my family history. Continue reading

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My Genetic Ancestry

Late last year, I ordered several DNA tests from Family Tree DNA. Not all the results are in yet, but the results so far have provided good start on understanding my genetic ancestry. At the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, I was able to meet with two of the folks from Family Tree DNA who were kind enough to help explain the results obtained so far. Continue reading

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Dinner with My Grandparents

My paternal grandfather, Michał Dańko, died in 1953. I never met him because he died before I was born. His wife, Marianna Dziurzyńska, died in 1969. We called her “Nanny”. My maternal grandfather, Konstanty Niedziałkowski, died in 1978. We called him … Continue reading

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Map My DNA

Inspired by John D. Reid of Anglo-Celtic Connections (as mentioned by Blaine Bettinger of the Genetic Genealogist), I’ve used Google Maps to plot the earliest known locations of the contributors to my DNA. Continue reading

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The Year Was 1908

Lisa at 100 Years in America wrote about where her ancestors were in 1908 – 100 years ago. She then challenged others to do the same. In 1908, only one of my ancestors was in America. The rest were still … Continue reading

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The Biography of Wiktor Dziurzyński

Wiktor Dziurzyński was born on 15 September 1906 in Sanok, Galicia, about 15 miles south of Sielnice and Dylągowa where his parents were born. Helena continued to write to Wiktor from Kazakhstan. She didn’t hear back until, in 1941, she received a postcard with a notation in Russian that read “addressee departed”. Those killed in the Katyn Forest Massacre included about 15,000 officers and soldiers in the Polish army, members of the police force, educators, and others. Continue reading

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