Seeking More Info on the Knap/Witek Descendants from Garki/Granowiec in Wielkopolskie & Dolega in Malopolskie

Those of you who were lucky enough to have met Martha (Knap) Jucha know what a wonderful woman she was. Although my memory of her is very fuzzy because of how young I was when she died, I feel like I know her well from all the stories my mom has shared about her. By all appearances, she was an incredibly caring, kind, and understanding mother/grandmother, so a few years ago when I discovered she had a sister (Julia) that lived near her for many years, I was shocked when my mom said the only time she remembered her grandmother talking about her sister was when Julia died. That seemed at odds with the person I’ve come to know, how could such a wonderful woman NOT be close with (what I mistakenly assumed was) her only sister?

It was time to take a trip down the rabbit hole to see if I could find some answers.  Read more

So, what’s new?

I’m SUPER excited to announce that as of today, my “Home Movies” page is now live! I’m extremely proud to be able to share these videos with you, as it’s been quite the work-in-progress!

**Please note – I’ve triple-checked each video to ensure it works across multiple browsers and even on mobile devices. The videos are all there, but depending on your computer/internet speed they may need extra time to load/buffer. Now, on to the details… Read more

Note to Self: Blog More

Well, it’s been a lot longer than I’d hoped since I’ve updated this blog. Honestly, I had a great idea for a post and as I started working on it I realized I had enough details that I could turn it into a novel. So I’ve been working on that, as well as on tracing other Serwanski relatives that came and settled in the US in the early 1900’s. Unfortunately I’ve discovered that I’m pretty spoiled when it comes to accessing records in Cook County, IL as opposed to almost everywhere else. The Serwanski’s first settled in New York, and those records are not readily available for the time frame I’m looking in.

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