Are We Polish? Part One

During the Polish Research Techniques workshop I attended in December, I mentioned to Deb that I have a marriage certificate for Maria Bukmakofski and Hermann Mangels: Deb told me immigrants from Poland tended to be Catholic. Hermann Mangels was a German Lutheran. To marry her husband in his church, Deb believes Maria would have had…

Chicago Research – Home Again

Husband and I just returned from a genealogical vacation in Chicagoland. We explored records at the Gustafson¬†Research Center in Batavia Illinois and at the Chicago History Museum, Harold Washington Library and Newberry Library. We visited several cemeteries including West Batavia, Rosehill, Graceland, Jewish Graceland and Wunders. We spent a day driving through residential neighborhoods and…