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Finding long – lost or unknown relatives might be a unique experience. Even though many years have passed since your ancestors left Poland, family members who remained and those of next generations may still remember uncles and aunties who left their hometown in search for a new life on other continent.
Families often stayed in touch. Even though they were thousands of miles away, they exchanged letters, photographs and gifts. These were treasured and looked after, often passed down in the family.
The stories about migrant relatives may also still be alive. Senior family members may still remember what their parents told them. These oral histories may help you understand why your ancestors made such decision years ago. You may find out more about the reasons why they left Poland, how they felt about it, how they organized the travel and many other details the passenger lists and other records will not reveal.
The ones who may hold the most valuable information are your senior relatives. They themselves may have been amongst those who waved goodbye to your ancestors as they were leaving. Sometimes it were their parents who witnessed the farewell and told the story over and over again. These memories may shed a new light or add up more details to what you already know about your immigrant ancestors. Along with visiting places where your ancestors were born and where they lived – meeting your living relatives might be most unusual genealogical experience.
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