Abeles, Damron, Daniel, Kentucky, Mary Davis Skeen, Olean, New York, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Plain City, Utah, Ruth Contreras, William Dolby Skeen

. . . and I’m back.

Over the summer, Stories From the Past was never far from my mind. In fact, I felt a lot of anxiety over no posts, but between two grandkids and a broken PC (I have six grandkids but two were staying with me), my ability to blog was reduced to bits and snatches of time with… Continue reading . . . and I’m back.

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Chicago, Ill, cousins, Daniel, Honolulu, HI, Kubiak, Kwiatkowski, Olean, New York, Yee

Family Xenophobia

Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the first official observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day as a national holiday in the United States, and on this day I felt it important to tell the stories of "othering" in our own personal family trees. Before I get started, let me make a disclaimer. In no… Continue reading Family Xenophobia

Daniel, Davies/Davis, Jordan, Kwiatkowski, Olean, New York, painted hills, Pennsylvania, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Potter County Pennsylvania, Skeen, Wikoff, Wyckoff combine with Wyckoff

Life Gets in the Way

The hardest part of telling the stories of dead people is that it requires a living person to do it.  But sometimes life gets in the way, and that is what is going on with me right now. In fact, I had a plan way back in November, and I was well on the way to… Continue reading Life Gets in the Way

Cousin Connection Project, cousins, genealogy, Honolulu, HI, Kwiatkowski, Olean, New York

Cousin Connection #6: Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year!)

Aloha, Olean Kwiatkowskis! This marks the last of the Kwiatkowski Cousin Connections for a while. Time to focus on other branches of the family tree, especially Rothsprack; I'm completely stumped on that one. But first, let me introduce you to my Hawaiian cousins. I've got plenty of them, thanks to a cousin named Leo (or Leon,… Continue reading Cousin Connection #6: Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou (Happy New Year!)

cemeteries, Emily Dickinson, ghost stories, graveyard, Mark Twain, Olean, New York, Robert Lax, St. Bonaventure Cemetery

3 Graves, 2 Poems, 1 Ghost Story

Along with his other cemetery photographs, Bernie sent me three tombstones of literary figures. How did he know I majored in English? Perhaps Bernie is more of a kindred spirit than I thought. The first is a photo of Emily Dickinson's grave. I have few favorites when it comes to poetry, and Dickinson is easily… Continue reading 3 Graves, 2 Poems, 1 Ghost Story

Allegany New York, cemeteries, graveyard, Olean, New York, St. Bonaventure Cemetery

About the Photographer

I’d like to give a shout out to Bernie Kubiak for freely sharing his photographs with us for Cemetery Month at StoriesFromThePast.com. His talent as a photographer comes from years of practice. A large portion of the photographs submitted by Bernie for cemetery month come from St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany New York. Bernie shares… Continue reading About the Photographer

cemeteries, ghost stories, Kwiatkowski, Olean, New York, St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Szadlowski

St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY

More Photos from Cousin Bernie. Since Bernie is the photographer, he naturally chose a cemetery with family in it. St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany, New York is quite a large cemetery, and I found many family names among the Kwiatkowskis buried there, including my great grandfather and great-great grandmother (Bernie's great-uncle and great grandmother), . The… Continue reading St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany, NY