Polish Lace

mushroom hunting for articleToday’s blog article is about lace.  I have been on the “hunt” for this particular item for about three years.   Choose Polish Lace from the blogroll on the right.   The article is a pdf.  After downloading it, please choose “full screen” from the “view” pull-down menu.   Enjoy another small piece of family history!

Emigration and Immigration!

Wedding 1920 grandparentsToday’s blog article is called Leaving Poland.  After visiting Poland in September, I realized just how radically different life became for our ancestors when they chose to move to America.  Going from rural  farming areas to Brooklyn must have really been difficult.  Because of additional information discovered since I began blogging four years ago, I have updated some articles that carry the stories through the entire process.  Please begin with “Leaving Poland” from the blogroll on the right.  I wouldn’t mind hearing what you think since feedback is always helpful.  Enjoy!

Christmas Eve – Polish Style

Love 1970sDuring the past few days, I have been remembering Christmas Eve with my family and missing my Mom and Dad.   As I thought about our traditions, I began to wonder about my Polish ancestors’ traditions too.  After researching the topic, I decided to weave a story of customs and churches for you to enjoy.   Please choose Christmas Eve – Polish Style from the blogroll!   MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!

Polish Origins Adventure!

last chat with ZenonIMG_4251After several months, I have finally posted another story!  As you probably know, John and I went to Poland in September.   It was a once in a lifetime trip!  Today’s blog in a summary of the discoveries of the trip.   I have written it as a genealogy story, not as a travelogue.  To me, the importance of the trip was in discovering people, places, and documents, not in what we ate (though John learned to love a Polish soup called Zurek).  Please choose “Polish Origins Adventure” from the blogroll on the right.  Enjoy!

Back from Poland

Me and sign for KumelskIMG_3643


Last Friday I was evidently still suffering from jet lag and forgot it was Friday.  No Friday fun!  Sorry about that!  The picture above shows me standing in front of a sign pointing to Kumelsk located up the dirt road.  This was the last place of residence for my grandfather, Rajmund Wierzbicki, before coming to the USA in 1909.   Kumelsk is located in northeastern Poland about 100 miles from Lithuania and Belarus.  Today there IS a Friday Fun.  Enjoy!


mushroom hunting for article

After many years of looking, I just recently located Pauline (Bachie) Jaroszewska’s Ellis Island record.  My mother would be so proud of me!!  For those of you that might need a reminder – Bachie was Wanda’s mother, and she married Raymond Werbicki.   This blog entry will share some Polish history as well as some of the interesting documents I have found.  I have discovered so much new information that at some point in the future I will need to rewrite some of the Cybulski entries to correct some of the names and dates originally recorded by Mom.

Update of Raymond’s DNA – The company called and said they had a problem on their end with his testing.  They sent a new kit and as a show of good faith, refunded us the money and will process it immediately.  I will be using the refunded money to pay for research in Poland on Raymond Werbicki’s origins.   I will let you know when results come in.

Please choose “Wanda’s mother – Bachie” from the bottom of the
blogroll and enjoy.


Cybulski Family part 4

Wanda late 1930sToday’s post is the final installment of Momma’s narrative about her mother’s family.  Please choose Cybulski family part 4 from the blogroll and enjoy.

Thanks go to Barbara, Terry, and Raymond for their financial support.  Just yesterday, I wired money to the Plock, Poland archives to pay for two hours of research in the birth and marriage records.  Anything they find will most likely be in old Russian and I will have to pay someone to translate it – but it is the only way we can get further back in our Polish history!

Szczerze, Andie

Cybulski family – part 3

I know it has been longer than usual between posts and I really do have an excuse!    I have been working really hard on the Polish part of our family heritage.  But guess what – it is really hard!  Just ask my sisters.  I am driving them crazy!   Since I don’t speak many words of Polish and the handwriting in the late 1800s was awful, I am really struggling.  Momma left us the narrative about the Cybulski family on her mother’s side but that tells us NOTHING about her father’s Werbicki family.  I have been communicating through a Polish genealogy forum with people currently living in Poland that can give me direction.  It is still slow going.  It will likely take years to figure out! 

Please choose “Cybulski family – part 3” from the blogroll and enjoy!

z miłości, Andie

Mushroom hunting with Bachie

Yeah!  I finally have someone willing to help me write stories!  Terry has the best memory of mushroom hunting with Bachie so she has written an article for everyone to enjoy.  THANK YOU TERRY!  Anyone else willing to help out or have an interesting story to tell, please let me know.  I would really appreciate the help.  Because of my background in science teaching, my work has a tendency to be a little dry.  I know you are really going to like Terry’s style of writing!  This time, there is not a separate power point; the pictures are imbedded with the story.  Please find her article on the right called “Mushroom Hunting with Bachie.”

Cybulski family – part 2

This post is a continuation of Momma’s handwritten story about her mother’s life in Poland.  You will probably find this part of the story somewhat dry since it concerns the process of growing and harvesting flax but since it was the next section of Momma’s story, I did not want to omit it.

I have been working really hard on scanning and “fixing” all the old photographs coming my way.  Thanks to both Cindy and Kris for loaning me their stuff!!  I think everyone is going to be surprised with what is yet to come.   Just to pique your interest, here is a picture of Momma taken in the late 1930s.

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