Monthly Archives: February 2011

My grandfather’s journey to America finally comes into focus

For two months, I searched for evidence of my grandfather Alex Kowal’s arrival in America. Census records helped me zero in on 1912 or 1913. Recalling that my grandfather told me he spent time in Canada before coming to the … Continue reading

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Was my grandfather born in Kharucha Vel’ka?

I have been going crazy trying to figure out where my grandfather Alex Kowal was born. First I found a marriage certificate but couldn’t read what it said. Was it Charmuze? Then I got my hands on a World War … Continue reading

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An amazing find via Google

In my recent post about my maternal grandmother, Anna Sabol Agin, I wrote about meeting my great aunt Hermina. So today I decided to google Hermina, thinking that the name is unusual enough that something interesting might turn up. Turns … Continue reading

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Where in the world is Charza?

One of the key challenges in my family history research has been identifying the town where my paternal grandfather Alex Kowal was born. I tracked down his marriage certificate which helped to identify my grandmother’s place of birth. But it … Continue reading

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Anna Sabol Agin

Of my four grandparents, my maternal grandmother Anna Sabol Agin was the only one I ever got to know as an adult. Anna was born on September 13, 1904 in Raritan, New Jersey and she lived her whole life in … Continue reading

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Harry A. Agin

My maternal grandfather Harry Agin was born on December 13, 1900 in South Brunswick, New Jersey. He died in North Brunswick, New Jersey in July 1970. Harry’s parents were Jacob S. and Tillie Agin. His father was born in East … Continue reading

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Katarzyna Bosakowska Kowal

My grandmother Katarzyna Bosakowska Kowal was born in 1893 in Galicia, the part of Poland that fell under the control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire when Poland was partitioned. I don’t have a record of her exact birthdate. She died on … Continue reading

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