02 December 2016

SHOULD SHE HIRE A RESEARCHER IN POLAND? QUESTION FOR ANCESTRY WORSHIP - GENEALOGY BLOGSPOT

Question:


Hi there.  I'm trying to trace a line of ancestors that came from Galicia, Poland, and am not Jewish.  I joined Jewish Gen and have looked at their databases but wasn't actually expecting anything to come up for me.  Latter Day Saints doesn't have anything useful.  Should I hire someone in Poland to do the research for me?  Any advice would be appreciated.   Anna


Answer:


Anna,
As I understand it there are reliable people in that part of Poland who can walk into archives and do research for you.  Before you hire someone though, at least research what archives you can expect the information to be in. Be prepared to hand over - by mail - the research you've done that would lead the researcher to these people, some documentation that you deserve to have the information, such as an explanation in a letter - preferably translated into Polish - on how you are related to them. Present any researcher with a list of the goals you want to achieve and have focused upon. Have a clear idea about how much you can afford and how much time you want to allow for the research to be done. As you know, sometimes information is found very easily and sometimes you have to dig.  There is no such thing as a "rush order" genealogy.
What you are hoping for is someone who knows their way around and has developed a personal relationship with some of the people who work in the state run and church run archives that hold documents.  You can always reassess as the project goes on.  Have the person mail you copies of what documents they find, even if this can all be done by e-mail, uploading photos and so on.  Be sure that they are checking in with you and giving a progress report at least every other week.




As for how to hire someone who does this professionally and what their background might be, for this I think I would make some phone calls and other inquires based on the region and town where you expect they lived before immigration.  JewishGen might be a useful tool for you, since they have groups based on towns and regions and people reporting in when they do heritage tours.  However, consider contacting the priest at the local church for a referral.  Call heritage tour operators, even if you have no plan to go soon yourself, and ask them who they might know there.  Also the Polish Genealogical Society in Chicago might have some leads.  See if you can talk to the people who have hired someone on the phone to get a feel for how it went. 
Yes there are some areas of Poland, some areas all over the world where the Latter Day Saint Missionaries have not been allowed to copy or film.  We are spoiled by the ease of renting films from them instead of traveling ourselves or hiring others.


Wishing you the best on this, Anne!

21 November 2016

THE RICH REMAINED RICH IN FLORENCE ITALY - SURNAMES PROFESSIONS STATS

DAILY MAIL - RICHEST FAMILIES IN FLORENCE THE SAME FOR 600 YEARS -SURNAMES and STATS


SHOEMAKERS AT THE TOP!
EXCERPT:  In doing this, the economists found evidence of a 'glass floor' that keeps the rich from losing their status, reporting that the top earning surnames in modern Florence had already achieved this high status six centuries ago, while the lowest earners have long stayed below the median.




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Italian names are derived from a number of sources, the economists explain.
Some were created from the father's name, using a Latin genitive or formed with a preposition. So 'Mattei' would mean 'son of Matteo,' while 'Di Matteo' or 'De Matteo' mean this as well.
Surnames also stem from origin, they explain, including habitat, specific places, and nearby landmarks.
Examples include Della Valle ('of the valley'), Romano ('Roman'), and Piazza ('Square').
Or, some surnames are born from occupation, including Medici ('medical doctors'), Martelli ('hammer') or Forni ('ovens').
Surnames can also come from nicknames given on the basis of physical attributes, like Basso ('short') or Grasso ('fat').
Based on this informational content, along with geographical localization, the researchers created 'pseudo-links' between ancestors and their modern descendants.
'For example,' they write, 'current taxpayers with surnames such as 'Mattei', 'De Matteo' or 'Di Matteo' are all considered descendants of 'Matteo'.
The surnames included in the data were 'highly Florence-specific,' the economists say. 


14 November 2016

PRESIDENT ELECT DONAL TRUMP ANCESTOR RURIK the FOUNDER OF RUSSIA

EXCERPT:
According to the nationalists newspaper Estonian World Review Russian genealogist Aleksey Nilogov says Mr Trump has ties to European royalty but he claims Barack Obama is also a descendant of Rurik.
More descendants include Henry III of England, the first three King Edwards, and Joan Beaufort, Queen of Scots.
Mr Nilogov believes Mr Trump descends over the course of 35, 36 or 38 generations from the ninth century ruler, Rurik, via three distinct female lines.


12 November 2016

PROTESTING THE NEXT PRESIDENT - WHEN YOU HAVEN'T GOT YOUR CITZENSHIP or YOU HAVEN'T VOTED!

Just a moment here, now that we have gone through the controversies of the United States Presidential Election.  This is not the first time in history that there have been public protests or rioting over the election of a President, nor the first time that the ELECTORAL COLLEGE came into question because the vote was so close.  Many of us think a Popular Vote is long overdue.  I think Freedom of Expression is important.




For those of you who are not familiar with our election process history, at the founding of the nation, it was only MALE LAND OWNERS who got to vote. That was based on European standards in which people of nobility got to "vote", or at least have their opinions heard at meetings.  (Secret ballot voting came in with Democracy.) Most of those men who voted  in the early days of our country were also employers. Our population was not educated over-all, and it was wealthy or noble men who were educated. In the United States women were allowed to vote in 1920. Now due to literacy, as well as the information age, more people than ever before are QUALIFIED TO VOTE.


And yet, many do not.



On the way home the other day I took a local bus that also picks up students from some local private schools.  A group of intelligent and energetic teenagers got on and they were discussing the election.  One of them said to me "It's all fixed!"




I said, "I'll forgive you that because you are too young to vote.  But as soon as you can start voting and be as intelligent as you can be about it.  People who do not bother to vote should not complain about an election being "fixed" when they are not part of the process!



This was not the first person I'd encountered in the previous week or two that told me that it was not worth voting because the elections are always fixed. The mistrust is there and it's been fortified by those who find conspiracy in just about everything.  Not being able to know anything for sure in this fast changing word with ever more information available on the Internet every minute can make you overly informed and indecisive but when it comes to Democracy, you have to use it or loose it!


HISTORY OF THE HOUSE - U.S. GOV - WOMENS RIGHTS - VOTING


I also encountered a Korean American Man, about ready to get his Teaching Credential who has been in the U.S. 23 years and HAD NOT BOTHERED TO EVEN START BECOMING A CITIZEN.  I asked him why not and he shrugged and said it was expensive.  I asked him how much.  He said he thought it was $800.  Meanwhile at our public library here they have informational programs and tutorials on how to get your citizenship circa 2016.


There are many people, not just from so called Terrorist Countries that have remained in the United States illegally, and I do think that because of Terrorism, we will have to start asking WHY ? more often.  I encourage all the people who have come into our country as refugees to become citizens.  Yet I've met those also who have not even started the process.  Most of our cash job workers are not legal. They have their own economy and network for work that does exclude many people who are legal.  In California we have given everything to illegal immigrants that they would get with citizenship, including education, heath care, drivers licenses and ID cards, and maybe there is little incentive left.


One of the biggest complaints I hear about REGISTERING TO VOTE is that it puts a person on lists to be a Juror.  Being a Juror is apparently a P.I.A. especially because it's illegal for an employer to fire you over it, but many people do have employers who are mean about your taking any time off.  I was once on call for THREE DIFFERENT JURISDICTIONS FOR JURY DUTY, based on where I worked, where I lived, and where I HAD lived.  I remember calling in to say I could not do it one time and being told off.


Are we in for one hell of a ride with President Trump?  I think so.  I also think the experience of being President of the U.S. will be a humbling experience for him.  He has decided he will not take the $400,000 salary that is paid.  Other past Presidents including J.F.K. who didn't need the money gave it to charity.


So if you are reading this and are one of the bright young people who are becoming educated and have definitive ideas about how life should be lived here in the U.S.A., I think it's good that you're thinking, and good that you're participating, but ask yourself, WHY so many people are not getting their citizenship, are not registering to vote, and are not voting when they could be!



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10 November 2016

TOP SURNAMES in the UNITED STATES BY STATE! LOPEZ and JENSEN ! WHOLE STATES and a whole lot of MEYERS in MISSISSIPPI!

DAILY MAIL - TOP SURNAMES FOR EACH STATE OF THE UNITED STATES


Click on this link and get to the map to see if YOUR SURNAME is the most popular in ANY STATE!    It's no wonder pretzels made in Pennsylvania are made by SNYDERS... and New York State has an outsized population of COHENS!

04 November 2016

DAILY MAIL - WOMEN PILOTS of WORLD WAR II FINALLY ALLOWED TO BE BURIED AT ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY


FROM THE ARTICLE LINKED :
More than 1,000 women joined the Women Airforce Service Pilots Program
And 38 of them lost their lives flying non-combat missions during the war 
But their contribution to the war effort remained unacknowledged for years 
It wasn't until 1977 that WASP members even received veteran status
Arlington officials said this year they don't qualify due to space limitations
But President Obama signed a bill into law giving them that right