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

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Cemeteries, graveyard, Olean, New York, Portville, New York

Cemetery Month 2017

Happy October! I'm featuring cemetery photos from my cousin Bernie Kubiak this month.  This one is from Chestnut Hill Cemetery in the village of Portville, New York (near Olean). I don't think we have any relatives buried here. You can find a complete listing of interments  here.

Cousin Connection Project, genealogy, Kwiatkowski, Recipe, Traditions

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

Auckey Wyckoff, Cousin Connection Project, cousins, genealogy, Mary Davis Skeen, Skeen, Wikoff, Wyckoff, Wykoff

Are You My Cousin?

Stories From the Past is proud to present The Cousin Connection Project. I grew up without cousins. Well, I did have cousins. I knew I had cousins. I had even met three of them. But I didn't know them well, and I didn't even live in the same state as any of them. I was… Continue reading Are You My Cousin?

Baby Boomers, Berfield, Cousin Connection Project, cousins, genealogy, Generation X, painted hills, Pennsylvania, Sterling

My Cousin Married My Cousin

This isn't a William Faulkner novel, it's reality. It's also not like it sounds. When your family has deep roots in the same area where you were born and raised, it's bound to happen, and it doesn't take much digging to find family members marrying family members.  They probably don't even know they were doing… Continue reading My Cousin Married My Cousin

Auckey Wyckoff, Bartram, Berfield, Cousin Connection Project, cousins, genealogy

Places to Go and People to See

Four months ago, I began making plans to revive this blog. I began reorganizing my schedule, but just one week later, my plans were thwarted by the news that we were moving back across the country for my husband's job. He had about two weeks' notice, which meant he had to fly out and get started… Continue reading Places to Go and People to See

cousins, Recipe

Babci Mary’s Polish Soup

Once I decided to share the recipe, I realized I would need to figure out exactly how Bernie and I are related. Given the small-sized communities in the region where my father was born, It becomes pretty obvious that anyone with a common surname is going to be related. Bernie was very obliging . . .