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11235RE: [genchatfriends] Fantastc Week!!

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  • Lucie Pepin
    Sep 27, 2012
      That's totally wicked April :) It is such a great joy to connect with long lost family memmbers :)

      Funny thing about me is that I was actually in Paso Robles in aug. 2004 and visited 2 wineries there and it just so happens that this is where my 2nd cousin lives !!! barely a 20 min drive from her place .... I would not have been surprised if I havent crossed path with her back then LOL

      Lucie :)

      To: genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com
      From: april_anastasia@...
      Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 11:04:49 -0700
      Subject: Re: [genchatfriends] Fantastc Week!!

      About four years ago I had the great good fortune of being contacted (through Ancestry.com) by my second cousin, once removed on my father's side of the family. Jane has been able to fill-in some of the gaps in my tree on that side, since we'd been cut-off for just over 100 years from that side of the family. As it turns out her grandfather is the uncle of my paternal grandfather, both men bearing the same name!

      Now, what are the odds of that? LOL


      "I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once!"

      From: Lucie Pepin <legal_secretary_in_montreal2010@...>
      To: genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2012 7:57 AM
      Subject: RE: [genchatfriends] Fantastc Week!!

      That would make you second cousins if your common ancestors are your gr8 grandparents. But hey.. doesn't matter... I recently met my 2nd cousin and i call her a cousin :)


      Here's a family chart

      Lucie :)

      From: Ron / Gadz <rongadz59@...>
      To: genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 7:03 PM
      Subject: [genchatfriends] Fantastc Week!!

      I bursting with excitement that only a another genealogist can relate too. What a wonderful week this has been for me! Let me share my story.

      I have so much family history on my mother's side of the family but so little family history on my dad's side since my paternal grandparents both immigrated from Poland and there is so little know about my Polish ancestry.

      Several months ago I did a goggle search for my surname--Gadzalinski--and came up with four people with that name who live in Poland. But when I tried to send one of them an email, it couldn't be delivered for some reason. This frustrated me as I was certain that Slawomir Gadzalinski, b. 1960, had to be related somehow.

      For some reason I decided to do a search for "Gadzalinski" on Facebook and would you believe it....there was a page for Slaowomir Gadzalinski, b. 16 Apr 1960 in Dzialosyn, Lodzkie, Poland now living in Gdansk, Poland. I promptly sent him a brief message saying I think could be related. He replied that he also thinks we could be related.

      Next, I told him who my father, grandfather and great-grandfather were (that's as far back as I have in my Gadzalinski records). Slawomir wrote back telling me who his father, grandfather and great-grandfather were.

      The next email from Slawomir stated "WE ARE COUSINS!!!" He was as excited as I was! It turns out his great-grandfather was Jozefat Gadzalinski and his great-grandmother was Tekla. My great-grandfather was Walenty Gadzalinski and my great-grandmother was Tekla. He told me Jozefat's full name was Jozefat Walenty Gadzalinski. Yes...we did indeed have the same great-grandparents!!

      Then Slawomir told him his grandfather was Roman Gadzalinski (b. 6 Feb 1899), who was the brother of Zdzislaw, Wldayslaw and Czeslaw. My grandfather was Czeslaw Gadzalinski and I was always told he had two sisters and one brother (Wladyslaw). Now I have learned of two more younger brothers of my grandfather that I didn't know existed!! I was amazed and elated!!

      I learned that Zdzislaw (b. 1894) had one son; Jerzy (George) Gadzalinski. Jerzy would have been my dad's first cousin--and my dad's name was George also!

      Next, Slawomir told me his grandparents, Roman and Marianna, had three children: Irena (b. 1927), Halina (b. 1929) and Jan (his father; b. 1936). Three more cousins of my dad and his siblings! My dad had a baby sister named Irene that died in Jan. 1925 at 13 months. Irena in Poland was named for her. Irena died in 1984 at age 57 (never married). Halina married twice and has a son and a daughter and 4 grandchildren. Jan married Lucyna (b. 1937) in 1959. Slawomir, their only chid, was born at year later. Jan Gadzalinski died in 1996 at age 60. (My dad died in 1988 at age 57). Slawomir and I (a year apart in age) are second cousins. Slawomir is a financial advisor, married to his second wife Jolanta, and has two sons (one from his marriage).

      Now Slawomir and I are sharing photos, more dates and details, and also historical documents. We are also talking about meeting in person. I would LOVE to make arrangements to visit Poland in June 2013 because that will be the 100th anniversary of when my grandfather Czeslaw arrived in the United States at Ellis Island.

      I'm waiting for another email from Slawomir with more dates and details and then on Sept. 28th (my day off), I will share this exciting news of the Gadzalinski family of Poland to my siblings and my first cousins!!

      Now if I can make a breakthrough like this someday with my paternal grandmother's family in Poland (she had three brothers and two sisters), I would be ecstatic!

      With best regards,
      Ron Gadzalinski
      Tampa, FL


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