Monthly Archives: March 2013

Betting on a better life back home

In earlier posts, I pieced together the story of the chain migration of Bosakowski family members from Założce, Austria to New York City between the years 1905-1921. About 20 Bosakowski family members emigrated during that period – all descendants of … Continue reading

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Kiss me, I’m (1/64th) Irish!

When I was a kid, I sometimes heard that we had some Irish ancestry on my mother’s side, the Agin family. My grandfather Harry Agin (1900-1970) died when I was nine years old, so I never got the chance to ask … Continue reading

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Alex Kowal’s first day in America

One hundred years ago today, my grandfather Alexey (Alex) Kowal stepped onto American soil for the first time. He didn’t come through Ellis Island, like his future wife Katarzyna Bosakowska and so many millions of other immigrants from that same … Continue reading

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