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  • The collection of records for hundreds of people from Pielgrzymka, Klopotnica, Wola Cieklinska and Folusz that are listed in this section, began in 1999 when I wrote letters (in Polish) to the Civil Registry Offices for the villages of each of my grandparents. Each letter stated my grandparentís name, approximate date of birth, place of birth and their parentís names if I knew them. I enclosed $20.00 in cash with each letter as a donation. After several months I received notices to go to the Polish Consulate in New York City to pick up the birth certificates and give them more money. I guess the system was getting so many requests for records that they decided to charge a specific fee for each certificate rather than just accepting donations.

    I received birth certificates with official stamps for three of my four grandparents. They were unable to locate my maternal grandmother. The information on the three certificates gave the following information of each grandparent: birth date, baptism date, the village where they were born, their parents names (including maiden name of the mother), the house number were the parents lived and the name of the informant of the birth. Now for each of my grandparents I had two key pieces of information Ė the names of my great-grandparents and the house numbers where they lived.

    For my genealogy research I realized that I didnít need an official document for all of the individuals I wanted to find, so I looked for another way to get the information from the archives offices without paying for a certificate for each individual. While surfing around the Internet for the Smarsh name I found a person in Chicago looking for the same surname. He sent me a Polish Genealogy Society Bulletin from the winter of 2000, which talked about a person going to Poland and his translator/tour guide who also look up records for him in Poland. Her name was Iwona Dakiniewicz. She speaks English and is on the Internet. What a great combination that was for me to communicate with her.

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