Black Madonna of Częstochowa

On the morning of September 7, Pawel picked this up again to take us on the pilgrimage to see the Black Madonna of Częstochowa. I’m not a very religious man, and I don’t believe in coincidences. As I mentioned earlier, my maternal grandmother was the very reason why I was so interested in Poland and my Polish ancestry. Our date to take our pilgrimage was not set in stone and decided  last-minute. September 7 was the 30th anniversary of my maternal grandmother’s passing. How appropriate that our pilgrimage occurred on this date! This weighed heavily on me as we toured the Jasna Gora monastery grounds. Taking a tour of the church and seeing the opening and closing of the Black Madonna was an incredible experience.

Exterior painting of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa

Exterior painting of the Black Madonna of Częstochowa

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After a tour in Częstochowa, Paul mentioned that there were numerous ruined castles on our way back towards Kraków. He took the alternate route so we could see these amazing sites. One castle in particular Zamek Bobolice was privately owned, and had been renovated. We were told the first two floors were for tours, and the third floor was the private “summer home” residence of the owner.

Zamek Bobolice

Zamek Bobolice

There was an Inn and restaurant located right nearby, The Bobolice Inn, with a beautiful view of the castle behind it. We stopped for lunch at the restaurant. It was here that I had something called Kings Pierogi. They were made with wild boar and veil. It was also here that I experienced my first hot beer! It was completely unfiltered and had things floating around in it. It was served extremely hot and with a straw. I can tell you it’s unlike anything that I have ever had before.

Hot Beer with a straw!

Hot Beer with a straw!

Kings Pierogi

Kings Pierogi

 

 

 

Trace your Polish Ancestry?

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Thank you for your interest in Mierzwa Genealogy Services.
So you want to trace your Polish Ancestry? Great! We specialize in Polish Ancestral research!

The one thing that I commonly told by most people who are of Polish descent is, “my grandparents never talked about their lives in Poland”. If they did speak about it, it was usually in hushed tones, and while not always the case, very little information was passed down.

Regardless of what you were told or heard, I can tell you any little bit of information is a prospective lead. You may pass it off as trivial, but it could lead to some great discoveries.

What I suggest to new clients is to sit down and write about what they know about their family. Give me as much information as possible as far back as you know. Example, give me your grandparents names, birth dates, death dates and any information you know about where they may have come from. Do you know what their parents’ names were? If you have copy of death records or birth records or all family Bibles, start digging. Do you have any old photographs with information written on them? Who were their brother or sisters, even step siblings?

Did they come over with a relative?  What were the relative’s names and where did they live? Are you still in contact with them? If yes, give them a call and asked them how your related and what they know. Anything and everything that you can think of, no matter how trivial, include it in your information.

If you’re not comfortable writing this all down in word processor such as Microsoft Word, grab pen and paper and mail it to me via snail mail.

If you already have this information, feel free to email it to me @ michael@mierzwagenealogy.com.

Please include your name, address and contact phone number.
I like to speak to my clients personally before I start any project.

I look forward to helping you find your Polish ancestry!

Z poważaniem,
Mike Mierzwa
Mierzwa Genealogy Services

Chęciny Castle

2015 Poland Trip

In August 2015, my wife Denise and I took a trip to Poland. Read about our custom guided genealogy tour with PolishOrigins.com.

Welcome PolishOrigins Newsletter Viewers!
Thank you for your interest in my trip. If you need genealogy assistance in the United States or are considering a trip to Poland and need some advice, please contact me. I would be happy to assist you!
For first time travelers, view my page titled “Traveling to Poland”. This was created based on my own travel experiences. It gives you an idea of what to expect and bring for a better overall experience.

 

The streets of Tarnow, Poland.

The streets of Tarnow, Poland.