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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

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Cousin Connection #3: John Woodgie

The Duck, The Whole Duck, and Nothing but the Duck Quack. But seriously, my New York cousins from my dad's generation are very Polish. I mean, many of them speak the language, and even if they don't, they know a few words here and there and even understand much of the Polish dialogue. Even my father, who… Continue reading Cousin Connection #3: John Woodgie

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I went to the cemetery looking for my family. I think I found them.

A few days ago I decided to change my screensaver on my PC. I thought I'd look up places where my ancestors lived and fill my screensaver scroll with interesting photos of those places to provide inspiration for my family search and for blog posts. You wouldn't believe the stories I uncovered! Right here, in… Continue reading I went to the cemetery looking for my family. I think I found them.

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Know Your Groups

If you're lucky,  your family has never immigrated.  It happens. But since the discovery of the Americas, people have been migrating with increasing frequency. No matter where you live, if you are anything other than indigenous, you can be sure you will find immigrants in your past. People marry outside their traditional cultural and social sets… Continue reading Know Your Groups

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What’s in a Surname?

Your last name says a lot about who you are and where you come from.