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  • Ron / Gadz
    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
    Message 1 of 10 , Sep 26, 2012
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      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
    • Juliet
      Congratulations.  Not much time to type, but I m so happy for you.  This type of discovery is incredible!  ~ Juliet ________________________________ From:
      Message 2 of 10 , Sep 26, 2012
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        Congratulations.  Not much time to type, but I'm so happy for you.  This type of discovery is incredible!  ~ Juliet


        ________________________________
        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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      • Lucie Pepin
        Thats great ! I ve had a similar story about finding sibblings/cousins too recently on my father s side. I received a message from this girl on Ancestry
        Message 3 of 10 , Sep 26, 2012
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          Thats great !

          I've had a similar story about finding sibblings/cousins too recently on my father's side. I received a message from this girl on Ancestry saying her husband was the gr8-grandson of my grand-father's sister ! I have been in in contact with most of her family/sibblings but more so with her aunt (Michelle) with who my grandfather and her grandmother were sisters !!!!! we've been talking every single day since oh the month of may i think and even flew out to California to meet them... and i have helped them alot wiht their own family tree on their side of the family. I've also found for them their grand-mother's daughter (Andr�e) and with that too she had 2 other brothers they didn't know about. I have met Andr�e this last week and she had sooo many pictures of Michelle's aunts, grandparents and even of her father !

          So Michelle is my 2nd cousin and Andr�e my first cousin (once removed). Wish I could meet family members on my mom's side too.

          I love hearing stories like this.... happy you got in contact with your relatives.


          Lucie





          To: genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com
          From: rongadz59@...
          Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 02:03:21 +0000
          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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        • Joy Weaver
          Ron, this is so exciting! May you and your new-found family share many happy moments. Joy Weaver (with Polish roots, though Jewish, I know how hard it can be
          Message 4 of 10 , Sep 27, 2012
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            Ron, this is so exciting! May you and your new-found family share many
            happy moments.

            Joy Weaver
            (with Polish roots, though Jewish, I know how hard it can be to get
            information and make contacts)

            "We are traveling in the footsteps of those who've gone before..."
          • April_Anastasia
            Wonderful story.  That s great news and gives hope that more of us will reconnect with family.  a primary reason I took up this job .  LOL   ~april    
            Message 5 of 10 , Sep 27, 2012
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              Wonderful story.  That's great news and gives hope that more of us will reconnect with family.  a primary reason I took up this "job".  LOL

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


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              From: Juliet <jjuulliieett@...>
              To: "genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com" <genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com>
              Sent: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 9:38 PM
              Subject: Re: [genchatfriends] Fantastc Week!!


               
              Congratulations.  Not much time to type, but I'm so happy for you.  This type of discovery is incredible!  ~ Juliet

              ________________________________
              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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              Visit Mom's Library
              http://www.genealogychatfriends.orgYahoo! Groups Links

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            • Lucie Pepin
              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
              Message 6 of 10 , Sep 27, 2012
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                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 :)

                http://www.islandregister.com/cousin.html

                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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                Visit Mom's Library
                http://www.genealogychatfriends.orgYahoo! Groups Links

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              • April_Anastasia
                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
                Message 7 of 10 , Sep 27, 2012
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                  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

                   
                  ~april
                   
                   
                  "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 :)

                  http://www.islandregister.com/cousin.html

                  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

                  ------------------------------------

                  Visit Mom's Library
                  http://www.genealogychatfriends.orgYahoo! Groups Links

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                • Lucie Pepin
                  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
                  Message 8 of 10 , Sep 27, 2012
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                    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


                    ~april


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

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                    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 :)

                    http://www.islandregister.com/cousin.html

                    Here's a family chart

                    Lucie :)

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                    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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                  • Windy Smith
                    Hi, Reading these stories and enjoying them prompted me to post mine. Mine can be enjoyed by anyone not just genealogist, because it is more about family than
                    Message 9 of 10 , Sep 27, 2012
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                      Hi,

                      Reading these stories and enjoying them prompted me to post mine.

                      Mine can be enjoyed by anyone not just genealogist, because it is more about family than family trees.

                      When I was 20 I married and we had a child (a boy), we ended up separating about a year later and he was very bitter. We lost complete contact, but some years later he rejoined his own family and told them how much he regretted losing contact with us. Now this was between 1962 and 191967. There were no personal computers and no information highway like today. He did tell his own family how much he would like to find us. So now we skip to August 2010, my stepson told me about his great TV program, “Who do you think you are” and I recorded it and set down to watch. I always watch TV in front of my computer. So I pulled up Ancestry.com and was absolutely HOOKED, (I see you smiling out there).



                      So I started working on 2 trees, one for my birth son and one for my step son, as they covered both my tree and my husbands. I looked and found out my ex-husband had died in 1998 but found his parents and occasionally I worked his line. Jump to the first week of September and I get an email saying I have a message on ancestry.com and I go to it and it is my sons youngest aunt and that whole family had been looking for him and me all this time.



                      Because my ex-husband was estranged from his family at the time we married I knew only what I had found in my genealogy searches. My son has a brother, a niece, a nephew, 4 living aunts and uncles, and more kin folks than I grew up with. We have met on facebook and as soon as we can get to California or Hawaii of they can get here we will all met. My son has always wanted a brother and genealogy has helped me give him one.



                      Well there goes the hair on my arm and the smile on my face just thinking about it.

                      This is not the only connection or reconnection I have made in my search but by far the most important and heartwarming.



                      Windy





                      From: genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com [mailto:genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of April_Anastasia
                      Sent: Thursday, September 27, 2012 1:05 PM
                      To: genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com
                      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


                      ~april


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

                      ________________________________

                      ________________________________
                      From: Ron / Gadz <rongadz59@... <mailto:rongadz59%40yahoo.com> >
                      To: genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com <mailto:genealogychatfriends%40yahoogroups.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

                      ------------------------------------

                      Visit Mom's Library
                      http://www.genealogychatfriends.orgYahoo! Groups Links

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                    • Jthrly@comcast.net
                      Congrats to you. So glad you found these cousins and hope you get to meet them in person. ... From: Ron / Gadz Date: 9/26/2012 10:03:29 PM To:
                      Message 10 of 10 , Sep 27, 2012
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                        Congrats to you. So glad you found these cousins and hope you get to meet
                        them in person.




                        -------Original Message-------

                        From: Ron / Gadz
                        Date: 9/26/2012 10:03:29 PM
                        To: genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com
                        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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