Category Archives: Family Line – Bosakowski

A visit to Założce, my grandmother’s hometown

The highlight of my two-week trip to Poland and Ukraine this summer was a visit to the small town where my grandmother Katarzyna Bosakowska (1889-1966) was born. She knew the town by its Polish name, Założce (pronounced za-WOYZ-tseh). You’ll find it … Continue reading

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A (cadastral) map quest in Lviv

This past August, I traveled to western Ukraine to visit the small town where my grandmother Katarzyna Bosakowska (1889-1966) was born. On the way, I stopped in the beautiful city of Lviv to see if I could get my hands … Continue reading

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Preparing to visit my grandmother’s home town

When I started my family history project nearly four years ago, I knew I had a Polish immigrant grandmother but I had no idea where she came from. Now I’m getting ready to visit her birthplace: Zaliztsi, Ukraine – which she knew by … Continue reading

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Six immigrant ancestors and the fault lines of World War I

To the day they died, I’m sure my immigrant ancestors remembered where they were when they learned of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, one hundred years ago. That calculated act of terrorism plunged the countries of their … Continue reading

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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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The immigrants in my family tree: 1624-1913

In a year when immigration is at the center of the national conversation, I thought it would be fun to focus on the stories of the immigrants in my family tree. I grew up knowing three of them – my … Continue reading

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Sailing in the Titanic’s wake

One hundred years ago today, my grandmother Katarzyna Bosakowska arrived at the dock in Cuxhaven, Germany where the S.S. Kaiserin Auguste Victoria was taking on passengers for the journey to New York. After a 900 mile trip overland from her … Continue reading

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