Tuesday, November 21, 2017

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  • Warner Fall Festival 2017
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dsc04074 The Genealogy Assistant will be at the Warner Fall Foliage Festival in Warner, NH October 7-8, 2016. Stop by and see me at the Upton Chandler House Museum across from the Warner Historical Society.

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pgsctne headerText Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast will be having their 2017 Polish Genealogy Conference October 13-14, 2017 at the Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, CT. Click here for more info!
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Three Brushes with Death - Book for Sale

PrzezTrzyKacetyCover477a Read the memoirs of Mirosław Firkowski during his time in three Nazi concentration camps during his teenage years. Learn more about the book and how to purchase it.

Żarnów and Opoczno Churches & Cemetery

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St. Nicolas parish in Żarnów. My trip to Poland last year allowed me to learn more about my relatives in addition to the touring & client research I did. I have  only a few more blog posts to complete the documentation of  my travels. I visited Żarnów & Opoczno, which...
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Cistercian Abby in Mogiła (Kraków) & Wooden Church

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After our visit to the Home of Jan Matejko, Gosia & I went to see the Cistercian Abby in Mogiła (Part of Kraków). The Abby can bedated back to 1222 when it brought to Mogiła.  We were going to look around and take some photos, but as it turned out, one...
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Home of Jan Matejko

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There are many famous people who are from Poland and one of the well known artists in the world, also was from Poland. I had the chance to see his home in Kraków-Krzesławice, which included some of his works of art. The display of old furniture is fantastic and are really...
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Kraków Rynek in Daylight

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St. Mary's Basilica (Kościół Mariacki) I finally did have the chance to see Rynek (Marketplace) in Kraków at night during this trip, but it is still wonderful to see it during the daylight, so after the visit to the underground museum in Rynek, we took in the sights in daylight....
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Underneath Rynek in Kraków

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In 2005 archealogists dug up the Rynek (Marketplace) in Kraków to learn what was underneath their feet. Everyone knew that there was something under Rynek, but nobody knew what & finally permission was given to explore. I was there in 2004 & in 2006 & I never had known that it...
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Kraków Rynek at Night

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Sukiennice (Cloth Hall) I have been to the rynek (town square) in Kraków many times, but had yet to see it at night, so Gosia decided that we would goand see the night activity in Kraków. It had been a hot Saturday and the evening temperature was beautiful. Everyone was...
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Camaldolese Abby in Bielany

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There is a little bit of an interesting story behind this post. It has actually taken 5 years to complete my exploration into the Abby. In 2011, I was flying into Kraków & with the GPS camera I had I took a photo of an interesting structure on a hill. I...
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Przegorzały Castle

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Przegorzały used to be a seperate village near Kraków, but now it is a part of it. High on a hill while driving along the highway, you can see this large mansion which is called Przegorzały Castle. It was built during WWII in about 1 year for the governor of the...
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Kościuszko Mound in Kraków

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There is a man made mound built on top of a hill in Kraków. This mound is 35.5 meter high & is in the middle of an old fortress which it is one of four such mounds in Kraków. The mound is named after Tadeusz Kościuszko who is famous in...
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Pope John Paul II Center in Kraków

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Right near the Devine Mercy Sanctuary is Pope John Paul II Center. Just a short scenic walk along a paved trail takes you to the Center for Pope John Paul II. The main church is filled with very ornate tile mosaics of various religious scenes. If you only go to see these...
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Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Kraków-Łagiewniki

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Devine Mercy Sanctuary in Kraków Today is the day of visiting churches. First thing this morning after breakfast, we went to the The Divine Mercy Sanctuary in Kraków where there is a shrine designated by Cardinal Karol Wojtyła (Pope John Paul II) to Saint Faustina Kowalska who is buried there. The area...
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Leaving Maków Podhalański to Kraków

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Gosia Makes something healthy to eat My time in Maków Podhalański is finished. After I visited the priest in Żarnówka which was early in the morning, I returned to the Agroturystyka where I was staying in Sucha Góra. An Agroturystyka is a place that is like a small farm that has rooms...
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Kraków

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Wawel Castle Because we returned home late last night from Żarki and it was Sunday, everyone slept in late, except for me, I still woke up at 5:30 am. That was OK, because it gave me some time to work on my blog posts. In order to keep on blog...
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Escaping the Heat

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Cooling Off Today's post may seem out of place, but since it was going to be one of the hottest days, there was no plan for any touring today. In the heat it would not be smart to exert oneself too much. Today it will get up to 96-97 degrees...
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Safely in Poland

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After a non-eventful flight I safely arrived in Poland on Thursday. My cousin Łukasz and his wife Ania met me at the airport inKrakow. We stopped to pick up their son Jakub & went to his parents home in Dąbrowa Górnicza where a wonderful meal was waiting to be consumed. his...
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Forward into the Past

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Last week my father Eric Walter Firkowski passed away and for this weeks Blog, I thought it was appropriate to share this story which he wrote 10 years ago of his memories returning to Poland after being away 62 years. I had the opportunity to record some of the stories from my father...
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Niewodna

Karen, I am sure I can help you out if you need it. I have been to the parish in Niewodna. I have sent you an email.... Read More
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Tim Firkowski

Back home

Al, it is wonderful that you have been able to go back to the homeland. I know you had a wonderful time.
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Father Walenty Waloszek's Historical Impact

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From L-R: My Father - Eric Firkowski, Grandmother - Zofia, Grandfather - Wladysław (Walter), Father Walenty Waloszek & Aunt - Anastasia in Ludwigsburg, Germany 13 March 1950 Who was Father Walenty Waloszek and why is he important to a family's genealogy? He is important to my family history because he...
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Overseas Research Travel Tips

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I have an upcoming talk for the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts about my recent research trip to Poland. I thought that this may be a good time to blog about some of the ins and outs of the trip. This will be the first part in a series of...
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Sherlock's Latest Blog Post

 T he long awaited day has arrived. The series of books that are guides to researching docments in other languages is complete. For awhile now, the translation guide books for Polish, Latin & Russ...

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