(What I did this summer.)
Several members told us
what they did this summer with regard to their genealogy.
None, however could top Esther Long who went to seek her
roots in Poland. Here's her story.
Esther Long, her brother, Walter Bugalski and his wife,
Connie (Kendall) Bugajski; and second cousin Robert
Goralczyk left Chicago and flew to Warsaw. Poland. They
first visited the village of Loje where they found the
parish books written in Russian. From there they went to
Ruda, on to Brochow and finally to her roots in Blazkow
with most interesting stories to tell about each place.
To read more of Esters interesting search for her
relatives and genealogy in Poland with the pictures that
she took along the way, click here.
Dick found an obit of a cousin in the
Pastfinders' obit card file (located in the Library) and
that it was a big help in tracing the family.He then
found cousins buried in the Oakland Cemetery at the
corner of 50 and the Turnpike exit in Oakland.
He also mentioned that he had the PERSI CD if anyone
would like to borrow it.
Dick also purchased FTW
Upgrade 11.0 and that it had a new feature that allows
you to burn a CD backup with one click.
Joan has spent most of her summer using her
genealogy skills in tracking down school classmates to
notify them of an upcoming reunion. Through the use of
Internet searches, especially Switchboard, she's been
able to locate nearly all of them.
Dotty spoke about how she was finally
able to locate her great grandmother with the help of an
internet contact who was kind enough to look up a city
directory for her. Dotty suspected that the great
grandmother was living with a daughter and son-in-law in
Philadelphia but couldnt locate them in the 1920
census. The city directory verified that the son-in-law
was living there and gave his address. In checking the
1920 census by address, not name, the family was located.
The son-in-laws name was very badly spelled and the
grandmother was listed only as Mrs. C. Learned.
He used the same photo that Dotty had used as a computer
tip to show how to identify people in the photo to
indicate a baby in the picture that was born in April of
1900 dating the photo to probably July 4, 1900. A very
distant relative in California contacted Bob about his
genealogy that he saw on the Internet and Bob emailed him
a copy of that photo. Subsequent contacts were from the
son of the baby in the photo who's father had identified
all of the family members on his copy the photo. Small
LaVonne attended the National Genealogical
Conference that was held in Orlando. She was particularly
impressed by Dr. Schweitzer and provided information on
his next local appearance. The Florida Genealogy Society will
present renowned speaker George Schweitzer, PhD,
ScD at the Lake Mary Marriott on April 17, 2004.
Cost is $40 ($45 after March 1) and includes lunch. You
can get more information at http://cfgs.org/schweitzer.htm . Early registration is
Marilyn pointed out
an interesting site about States and Capitols. The URL is