I came to a major conclusion today. THere are
two virtual genealogy worlds searching for family from the Polish border
area. An english language world and a polish world.
As you are aware I have for years been searching
for my maternal grandmothers family from Sarny. Have joined all the yahoo
groups and posted on various message boards with no results.
A short while ago through sheer fortune I found out
the name of a distant cousin in Malbork. I did a google search (IT WAS AN
UNUSUAL POLISH SURNAME) and found the phone number of this cousins uncle
who subsequently gave me her number.
I rang her and she said that we have more relatives
in Warszawa - she didnt know how we were related but anyways she gave me
the number. I rang this lady and found out she was the daughter of my
grandmothers brother Alfons - one of the long lost branches of my family
tree. Her daughter said that we had another cousin in Warszawa who was
also interested in the genealogy of our family.
Today I got an email from him. I have opened
up two lost branches of my family. So today by gutt feeling i googled his
name with all Polish characters and found his posting on a POLISH KRESY
GENEALOGY PAGE where he is searching for family members.
In all these years I had never found this
I have discovered another 30odd cousins
(spread throughout Poland - Warszawa - Malbork - Krakow)- we have
exchanged photos - I have photos that these cousins have never ever seen of
there grandfather and great grandparents. They didnt even know my
grandmother or that australian relatives existed (there are two branches of
our family in the antipodes - me and a large family in Sydney).
I HAVE HIT PAYDIRT - and whatmore
I have found several cousins who are as genealogy crazy as I am.
We are only missing one branch of the family which
remained in the Kresy after the recarving of Polands borders.
SO FOLKS I really RECOMMEND you do some googling
over the Polish genealogy webiste devoted to the Kresy. Google with the
FULL POLISH SPELLING with all the diacritics (funny Polish letters) You never
know - maybe your cousins in Poland are searching for you as well but are also
limiting their searches to Polish langugae groups.
FOLKS I AM DOING THE HAPPY DANCE - and my
pooch thinks her human has gone loco!!!!