One thing this research has taught me is to get as much information as you can before you can't.
I have some amazing discrepancies on my dad's side...seemingly, FOUR Ludwik Sys's ALL living in the same area of Oszmiana at the same time. Now, I can only guess, but I suspect that it is actually one one Ludwik, but maybe with four wives/partners. And that is based on third-hand accounts.
But imagine the facts I would have unearthed had my grandfather been around and I could have asked him directly "how many wives did your dad have?"
It also teaches me that no matter how small the fact is, once you tell those still alive, it sparks are memory which opens the floodgates on more information.
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
, Anne Kaczanowski <kazameena@...>
> Geez you've won the lottery on research here this month haven't you?Ã‚ Good for you...what a cool story for you to add to your family history.
> From: ryszardsys <ryszardsys@...>
> To: Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 12:48:45 PM
> Subject: [Kresy-Siberia (est.2001)] An surprising discovery
> I had a call from a Genealogy researcher friend in Belarus who had site of a casualty list of Polish soldiers from 1942. He said he was surprised to find my grandfather had died and was asking how old I was as I must have obtained information from him before 1942.
> I told him I was 51 and no,
grandfather didn't die - he ended up in England and died in 1982. We checked the details and the date of birth, place of birth and fathers name were all correct.
> I rang my mother to tell her this. "Oh! I forgot. Yes he did die!"
> "Well who was the bloke I called Dziadek?" I said
> She replied "No No. A friend of my mums spotted his name on the casualty list posted in Tehran. He had died THREE days earlier. We quickly went to the hospital and were directed to the morgue. It was all very sad but as we looked at my sister said 'Mamusia! He's breathing! And sure enough, he was"
> He was quickly rushed into the hospital where he eventually made a full recovery. He was very anaemic and asked us to smuggle in some Red Wine to help his blood"
> When I spoke to my uncle just now he said "So that's why his friends called him Dead Man Joe"
> Its a good job I am doing this research
now and not a decendant of mine two generation down...I wonder how they'd explain that?