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Research in Strzyźów

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on Sunday, 14 August 2011 in Poland

dsc01060I woke up early this morning as usual and uploaded photos and blogged. Met Aleksandra for breakfast and afterwards we headed to the church to talk to the priest. As luck would have it, the priest in charge was out of town until Monday, and the other priest had a funeral that day so we would not be able to get a look at records this weekend.

We decided that the best plan of action at the moment was to go through the cemeteries (plural) and see what we could find for the family I was researching.

dsc01066The first cemetery was very large and as in the previous cemetery it was built on a hill. The saving grace aboutthis cemetery is that the spacing between the graves gave much easier access. I met some people in the cemetery, one woman was amazed that I was searching the cemetery for graves one by one, but she understood it was hard work. Another woman I talked to knew of someone in the village I was researching with the family name I needed and provided me with her street name. She did not remember the house number, but still... It was wonderful to get this information. She had done some of her own fmaily research and understood the difficulties in finding all the information in Poland.

Later that afternoon I was looking for graves near the entrance to the cemetery and saw a funeral procession. I stood aside to let everyone go through, and the priest recognized me and gave me a friendly nod of his head as he passed by.

Hours later, the combing through the graves in the first cemetery was complete. Aleksandra and I headed back to the Hotel to sit down, rest and go throught the photos and organize the information into an Excel spread sheet.

dsc01247Next it was time to move on to the second cemetery. This cemetery was actually the oldest cemetery, but due to the needed space, most of the older gravestones were removed to make room for the new. In Poland as in other many European countries, the plots are leased, and if the lease is complete and no payment is made, the body is moved lower into the ground and the new occupants are placed above with the new stones taking the place of the old.

A storm had been brewing, so when the rain and lightening hit, we had to get out of there quickly. It was time for something to eat. We found this wonderful pizza place to eat. It had a wonderful view and the food was fantastic. There was no question in our minds that we would be going there again to eat.

After our meal we returned to the hotel and got I made it to bed early.

 Links to today's photos:

Strzyźów

Strzyźów Cemetery #1

My Hotel Room

Cemetery #2 part 1

Pizza

 

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