Monthly Archives: April 2011

The phonograph swindler

Not long after my grandmother Katarzyna Bosakowska arrived in New York in April 1912, she landed a job as a live-in servant with the family of Joseph H. Mayers. Mayers, an immigrant from Russia, lived at 101 Essex Street with … Continue reading

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The Bosakowskis take Manhattan: 1910-1915

In an earlier post, I provided an overview of the sixteen Bosakowski cousins – including my grandmother Katarzyna – who immigrated from Zalozce, Austria to the United States in the first two decades of the 20th century. Then, in a … Continue reading

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My grandmother’s immigration records – at long last!

When you start a family history project you have this dream of finding the very moment when your ancestor first set foot in America. In practice, this can be extremely frustrating. There are all kinds of indexes and databases, from … Continue reading

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Either my grandmother lied about her age or…

I have gone through two two rolls of microfilm containing two decades of parish records (księgi metrykalne) from Zalozce, Austria (1873-90). Those records have revealed a lot about the family history of my grandmother, Katarzyna Bosakowska, and I can’t wait … Continue reading

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The Austro-Hungarian military veteran in my family tree

In the past week, I wrote about two ancestors who served in the U.S. military at key moments in our history: my fourth great-grandfather James Agin, who served in the Revolutionary War from 1776-79, and my second great-grandfather Davis Agin, … Continue reading

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The Civil War veteran in my family tree

Since today is the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, I wanted to pay tribute to my very own Civil War ancestor – my second great-grandfather Samuel Davis Agin who served two separate tours of duty in … Continue reading

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A Skech of the Agin Family of Old Amwell Township

One of the real surprises of this little research project was discovering that my Agin ancestors (my mother’s father’s family) have a long history in New Jersey stretching back to colonial times. I have been able to trace the Agin … Continue reading

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