I left on September 12th from Columbus, Ohio to JFK to Warsaw Poland. Flight from Columbus to JFK was cancelled due to weather. Rebook on a later flight from Columbus to LA to London to Warsaw. Flight cancelled because of bird flew into the engine. Caught fire and flight cancelled. Needless to say, I went home to Columbus my first night of travel. On Friday September 13 I departed Columbus Ohio to Chicago arriving in Warsaw at 8.30 AM.
I stayed in Warsaw for two nights before meeting with Zenon on Monday to search for my ancestors. Zenon had discovered my grandparents name prior to our departure. He discovered my surname is Kruk (phonetically: crook) not Krukowski. My aunt Betty Krukowski and I had a bet regarding our surname. She thought it was Kruk and I thought it was Krukowski. Sadly my aunt passed away in May but I know was looking down with the smile knowing she was right, knowing she won the bet.
One other thing my name is Jan and Zenon thought I was a male because in Polish Jan is a male John and Janina is female. So I decided to change my name to Janina (Yanina) Kruk.
On Monday we met Mariola in the village of Brzeźno-Kolonia who is the granddaughter of Marianna Kruk. Marianna Kruk was sister of my grandfather Jan. Zenon discovered through the records that my great-grandparents were Joseph Kruk and Marianna Sobotka. After this discovery we set up to meet Mariola on Tuesday to meet Mariola’s mother Halina, wife of Marianna’s Kruk son Leszek. We also discovered another Halina wife of another son of Marianna Kruk, Tadeusz.
After death of my father Edward Krukowski, son to John Kruk’s I discovered letters from 1940s and 1950s which helped us locate the village of Kolonia-Brzeźno, my ancestors’ home. More to come as we are to visit Wyszków home of Halina (Leszek’s wife) and Ostrołęka home of Halina (Tadeusz’s wife).
More to come.