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Zenon
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PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2009 2:05 pm    Post subject: Forefathers Traces Tours Blog Reply with quote

While accompanying descendants of emigrants on many ancestral tours throughout Poland I have seen so many moments of joy, happiness and often deep reflections... Almost every day has been memorable and full of emotion. I thought, why not show a little of that to others...? The idea of this blog was born.

I want to record and relate here Forefathers Traces Tours of my guests (of course, always with their permission). I hope that we will be able to show you the places from the old country, small villages where our ancestors were born, lived and for which they longed after emigration. I hope it may be interesting experience not only for the people who have the luck to visit their fathers' homeland personally but also for those who are not able to do this now, but may be planning to do this in the future, or just want to see (watch and listen, too) what others have experienced.

Maybe not every day and every post we will be meeting relatives in the original houses of our gggrandparents like Louie did (click here: Sitting Down In My GGGrandfather's house for Louie's story) but I think we will have chance to experience many good emotions and better understand life of our forefathers by stepping in their footprints and meeting people living currently there.

Together with James we just started the first story in the Forefathers Traces Tours Blog.


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just read the first few days of this blog ... it is wonderful! Great pictures, funny comments, delicious-looking food, real-life genealogy searches, the next best thing to being there!


Thank you, James & Zenon, for sharing your trip with all of us.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just wanted to let you know that we added a few pictures from James' camera in the first few and in the last posts.

http://blog.polishorigins.com/category/james-tour/ Smile.

And... one of my next guests, Shellie with her husband, willingly agreed to write together blog from our tour to Tatra mountains in July Exclamation

First post soon (most probably before July). If you want to stay up-to-date you can subscribe to receive email notifications of new entries. Just put your e-mail address in the box "Subscribe to receive updates via email" below tour calendar: http://blog.polishorigins.com/ .
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2009 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shellie just sent first part of her search story to describe her family history and research efforts which led her to our Tour. Click here: Shellie’s Family History and Tour to Ancestral Places. .

Check the Blog tomorrow for part 2 Exclamation


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 3:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shellie is in Poland 4th day already Exclamation Click here: Shellie’s Tour to Ancestral Places. Day4. to see how is she doing Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 19, 2009 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shellie posted last entry from her home in Georgia after our tour and we also added two maps of the places we visited together : 20. Shellie’s Tour to Ancestral Places. Back home.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New tour which we will try to blog with Leonore starts in a week Exclamation Click here: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2009/08/29/new-tour-with-leonore-and-her-family/ to see map of the our tour.

See you in a week on http://blog.polishorigins.com Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 06, 2009 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Leonore's Tour begun Exclamation Click here: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2009/09/06/1-leonores-tour-brodnica-lakes-area-day-1/ to see short relation with a few pictures from the first day.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2010 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First Tours in 2010.

See new post filled with pictures from the first Ancestral Tours done this year with my honorable guests: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2010/08/11/first-tours-in-2010/ .

At the present day, August 12, we still still have openings for Tours in October, November and December 2010. If you are interested, see details of our Forefathers Traces Tours offer here: http://tours.polishorigins.com/ or contact us directly by e-mail.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

New Tour from 2010 featured.

Click here: Part 1: Arrival in the old Galicia, my grandparents homeland. , and here part 2: The long journey and unsolved mystery. to see new entries in our FTT Blog.

Maybe there is someone out there (or here) who will be able to give Alexandra hint about resolving mystery of her grandparents and grandfather's journey...


Stay tuned. Next week next Blog posts, also about research tour in Galicia. This time most of the question were answered Smile. So, next week remember to click on Blog http://blog.polishorigins.com/ Exclamation
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An American's Discoveries in Galicia.

From San Diego, California to Wysoka Strzyżowska, Poland. Long journey but it seems to be worthy Very Happy .

Just check by yourselves:

Part 1. An American's Discoveries in Galicia.

Part 2. An American's Discoveries in Galicia.

In two weeks there will be next tour featured in our Forefathers Traces Tours Blog. There will not be too many words this time but a few pictures which, I hope, you will like.

If you want to stay up-to-date to new posts on our Blog subscribe get updates via email by clicking here: Subscribe to FTT Blog.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As promised, next visit to colorful Galicia. This time higher in the mountains:

Galician attractions where tourists do not go.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2011 5:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of you probably already read moving, but at the same time wittily written story "Sitting Down In Your GGGrandfather's House." by Louis in pdf ebook version: http://polishorigins.com/ebooks/louie_welna.pdf .

We decided with Louis to publish it also on Forefathers Traces Tours Blog in five parts: http://blog.polishorigins.com/category/louis-tour/

Here starts part one: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2011/01/20/1-sitting-down-in-my-gggrandfathers-house/ and here is part two: http://blog.polishorigins.com/2011/02/04/2-sitting-down-in-my-gggrandfathers-house/ with the most memorable for Louis moment when he crosses the doorstep of to the original house of his GGGrandfather built in 1827.


Remember to check the FTT Blog (or just subscribe for email updates here: Subscribe to FTT Blog.) this Friday when we publish first part of a new family search history described by my guest Basia from Sydney, Australia.... or maybe rather from Łask area, Poland Question
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 12, 2011 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We are after the first Forefathers Traces Tour in 2011 in Przemysl, Jaroslaw and a small family village Cieplice. This time we had a very positive experience and successes with priests, officials and, as always, with the most helpful village inhabitants in our research endeavors. Maybe we will post some pictures and videos on FTT Blog in the future.

Now you can read recently published the newest full story entitled An Aussie trying to find her Polish roots by Basia from Sydney, Australia
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With Doreen's blog: A Prayer from Poland we start to publish stories told by some of our Forefathers Traces Tours guest from the lst 2011 season. There will be a few more in the coming weeks at the address: http://blog.polishorigins.com/

Below there is a short fragment of Doreen's blog:

"That day had turned into one that we would never forget. We had come so far and found both of my great grandparents’ family homes and that they were still owned by the family was indeed a miracle. As Lucyna told me over e-mail, there was a reason her grandfather had told her the family history, and she knew that even after 100 years the history was important. After the 100 years my great grandparents had left Poland, we indeed, came home again."


There are still some openings for Forefathers Traces Tours, especially in the second half of 2012. See the FTT Availability Calendar: and feel free to contact us if you think about taking trip of your lifetime with PolishOrigins Exclamation.
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