Tag Archives: Carnival of Genealogy

It’s Time for the 5th Annual iGene Awards

The Academy of Genealogy and Family History (aka The Carnival of Genealogy) has once again requested that bloggers select the best of the previous year’s articles for iGene Awards. iGene Award Alas, I should have expected this!  Best Picture I … Continue reading

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History of the Holy Cross Church in Warsaw, Poland

Holy Cross Church in Warsaw, Poland has been noted for its prominence for over six centuries. Over the course of time, the church structure was demolished and rebuilt several times.  The first mention of the church dates from 1510 when … Continue reading

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A Beginner's Guide to Eastern European Genealogy – Part 3

By far, the most easily accessable and useful records for Eastern European genealogy are the records of Birth/Baptism, Marriage, and Death. After the Council of Trent, Roman Catholic parishes were expected to maintain records of the sacraments, and it is these records that are the earliest extant records for most Eastern Europeans. Continue reading

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A Beginner's Guide to Eastern European Genealogy – Part 2

When researching Polish genealogy, researchers will find a study of Polish history helpful in understanding the changes in the borders and administrative structure of the country over time, the changes in the languages in which genealogically relevant records are written, and the formats of the records themselves. Continue reading

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A Beginner's Guide to Eastern European Genealogy – Part 1

Genealogical research in Eastern European countries is frequently approached with uncertainty, if not outright dread. The prospects of trying to find and understand records written in a foreign language coupled with the relative inaccessibility of many of the records in Eastern Europe is certainly reason to give many people misapprehensions of starting to research ancestors from Eastern Europe. Continue reading

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Genealogical Resolutions for 2010

It’s time, once again, to make some genealogical resolutions for the New Year. I was able to complete two of my resolutions for 2009: complete the requirements for a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS) and travel to Poland. Both were rewarding experiences. Continue reading

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How the Carnival of Genealogy Makes the World a Better Place in which to Live

Well, maybe the Carnival of Genealogy (COG) doesn’t make the whole world a better place in which to live, but I’d like to think it does. It certainly makes my world better. Let me give you a little history and tell you why. Continue reading

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I Once Had a Horse

I once had a horse. OK, it was only a hobby horse, but it was still a horse. SOURCE: Hobby Horses 1 (Albany, Albany County, New York). Photographed by Jane A. Danko in 1958 or 1959. My sister had an … Continue reading

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Polish Influences in my Family's Language

I grew up as the grandson of four Polish immigrants. By the time I was born, my family was well integrated into American culture and language. My sisters and I were not taught to speak Polish, although we heard our relatives use … Continue reading

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Source Citations for Polish Parish Records

On Wednesday evening I spent a couple of hours at my local Family History Center to browse through the microfilmed parish records of Szwelice, Poland. I had been waiting about two months for these films to arrive and was happy to learn that they are now available. Continue reading

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