I have been researching my own roots, too. I work on 8 great grandparents' lines and their ancestors and descendants. Below you can see the families of the 4th generation level with whom my research began. The menu in this section will take you to family trees which have been determined so far. As you can see there are more family names in the menu than listed below. The most successful searches have been so far on the Pieniążek family (the earliest ancestral date - 1708 - was reached with the Pieniążek line), Szaniawskis and Rychliks. Last year's biggest success was the identification of the direct line ancestors from the Lipiński family. They came from the province of Mazovia where it was typical for the people in the past to move around and not stay in one place which makes any research in this vast area very challenging. Also unexpectedly descendants of unknown relatives (collaterals at the level of great grandparents) from both sides of the Atlantic connected with me and contributed to writing new chapters on the family history.
I also tested my mother's and father's mt-DNA and both have been determined to belong to the haplogroup J (with variations). I also tested Rychlik Y-DNA and so far it has been determined to belong to the haplogroup I1c. All DNA tests have been done through the National Geographic Genographic Project and first results became available in July and August 2009.
Marcelli Szaniawski b: 4 Jun 1860 in Kotarwice (par. Radom), d: 1912 in Radom
Antonina Kaleńska (later became Kalińska) b: 30 Aug 1874 in Gilino (par. Bielsk), d: 24 Jun 1961 in Zawiercie
Stanisław Franciszek Rychlik b: 17 Sep 1866 in Wielgie Grabówiec (par. Stoczek Węgrowski), d: 19 Feb 1948 in Majdan (par. Łochów)
Jan Dołecki b: abt 1867 so far not known where, d: bet est. 1910-1914 prob. somewhere in Pennsylvania (not found in Pittsburgh), U.S.A.
Family trees presented in this section show 8 years of research into all these families. Work is still in progress and as all genealogists know there is no end in view.
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