10 September 2013

Baby Genealogist

The last few months have been very busy, but not necessarily with genealogy. It seems I underestimated how difficult it would be to keep up with my research while raising an infant. There have been times when she has woken up from a nap and tried to help me - mostly by grabbing books and crumpling up printouts of census pages. I like to think those are signs of a future genealogist. I am fairly certain I never had a census in my tiny little hands at five months of age...think of how far ahead of the curve she will be!

I finally made time to record her birth in the bible of her fourth great grandfather. She sat in my lap as I recorded her birth among the generations before her, including the entry my mother made for me.

I also started to complete the 52 Questions in 52 Weeks project from Steve Anderson in the FamilySearch Blog found here. My husband and I each answer the question every week and we email them to the grandparents to collect their responses. It has been very interesting for me to read the responses and I hope one day my daughter will appreciate being able to learn more about her parents and grandparents by reading our own personal histories.

25 March 2013

Mystery Monday: Mystery Solved!

The subject of my last Mystery Monday post was deciphering the handwriting in a church record book of the name of a village in Poland. I believe I have solved the mystery!

I took another look at the microfilm, specifically at the handwriting of the surrounding entries as well as entries with villages named that looked similar to my entry. I found several - below is an image of my original entry and one of the best I could find to compare it to.

From this, as well as the other entries I collected, I felt very confident in all letters except the first two. I went to the Kartenmeister website and did a search in the Polish city name field using a wildcard followed by the letters "oszanowo." The search returned four results. Three of the four results had the exact same Polish city name, Koszanowo, but three different German city names. The fourth result was Włoszanowo. This looks most like the letters in the entry, but I wanted more proof.

Reading more on the Kartenmeister website, Włoszanowo was located in the Catholic Parish of Janowitz, present-day Janowiec. It was also located in the German province of Posen.This corresponds to the Parish where I located the entry, as well as other information I have collected on this family.

Therefore, I believe that the village name where Martin Michalak and Agnes Sobczak were living when they married on 11 October 1885, was Włoszanowo. 


Janowiec Parish. Roman Catholic Church. Copulatorum, 1848-1910. FHL microfilm 2,290,965. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kartenmeister (http://www.kartenmeister.com/preview/databaseUwe.asp : 2013)