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Kathleen Kolodzinski Laprise
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Genealogy - Pride in the Past, Faith in the Future
Genealogy - Pride in the Past, Faith in the Future

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FINALLY!!! A dislike button!

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This is a fascinating piece giving the falsehoods people felt about genealogy (merging it with eugenics) to how genealogy opens the story of who we are. I almost stopped reading it halfway through but it way well worth to read all.

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Ten branches of the Inda families have been identified emigrating
from Poland to the United States.  All
had lived within 40 miles of each other while living in Poland.  All seemed to have left family, parents,
siblings and cousins, behind in the old countr...

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Tales of Christmas Past
Prior
to my grandfather’s death in 1955, my family would gather at my grandparents,
Stanley and Mary Szostek (nee Inda), home at Springfield in Chicago.   It was here we would celebrate Christmas. The tree
would have been lovingly trimmed by my dziadek (gra...

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My Dziadek
Prior
to my maternal grandfather’s death in 1955, my family would gather at my grandparents,
Stanley and Mary Szostek (nee Inda), home on Springfield Avenue in
Chicago.  Here
we would celebrate Christmas!  The tree
would already have been trimmed.  The
wond...

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I know so little about my paternal side of my family.  It was typical to not talk about family still living in the "old" country, fearing they may be hurt if the government found out about them.  With both of paternal grandparents dying before my parents were even born I missed getting to know them, missed hearing their stories, sharing tears and laughter.

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My Paternal Grandfather
Michael Kolodzinski was my paternal grandfather.  Everything I know about him came from stories told by my dad and aunts.  I never met him.  He died in Chicago, Illinois on 21 Dec 1940, many years before I was born, years before my parents were even married...

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For those of you interested in genetic genealogy I encourage you to read what it can and cannot prove, well, at least not totally....  http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/141202/ncomms6631/full/ncomms6631.html

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My Dziazek, Stanley Szostek
My grandpa, dziadek in Polish, was Stanley Szostek.  I never remember calling him grandpa, he was
always dziadgie to me.  He was not in my
life for very long, dying when I was only 5, but his love and warmth has stayed
with me my entire life.  He was the on...
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