Monthly Archives: March 2011

The first group of Bosakowskis come to New York: 1905-1910

On May 26, 1905 Ignacy Bosakowski sailed into New York harbor on the S.S. Carpathia – a ship that would become famous seven years later when it rescued the survivors of the Titanic. Ignacy boarded the ship in Trieste two … Continue reading

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Maps of old home towns

I’ve been searching the web for vintage maps of my grandparents’ home towns – Zalozce, Austria (now Zaliztsi, Ukraine), where my grandmother Katarzyna Bosakowska grew up, and Kharucha Vel’ka, Ukraine, where my grandfather Alex Kowal grew up. The latter seemed … Continue reading

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Keeping up with the Bosakowskis

My grandmother Katarzyna Bosakowska came to this country in 1912 – one of at least sixteen Bosakowski family members who left the town of Zalozce, Austria for the United States in a chain migration that began in 1905 and continued … Continue reading

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There’s nothing like a good obituary

Researching your family history can lead to frustrating dead ends. This is especially true when it comes to tracing the lives of female ancestors since you need to know both maiden and married names. It can also be challenging for … Continue reading

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My great-great-grandmother married a “woman hater”

When I learned my great-grandfather Jacob Agin had married a German immigrant named Tillie, I wondered how I’d ever find her maiden name or who her parents were. But I soon happened upon census records showing that my grandfather Harry … Continue reading

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Jacob and Tillie Agin

My great-grandfather Jacob Sylvester Agin was born on December 19, 1868 in Hopewell, New Jersey. He was the oldest child of Samuel Davis Agin, a Civil War veteran who had recently returned home to start a family with his new … Continue reading

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The Sabols of Raritan, New Jersey

My great-grandfather Andrew Sabol was born in November 1873 in Austria-Hungary. I don’t know the name of the town where he was born. I remember my grandmother telling me that her father’s family owned a limestone quarry near Vienna. If … Continue reading

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