Thursday, August 07, 2008

Finally, Some Good News...

The last few weeks have been difficult as I've had to deal with one thing after another that have kept me from starting my family history writing project. Personal and family problems, health problems, and most recently a diagnosis of cancer (lymphoma) for my canine BFF. The tall, dark, and handsome guy that I've had my arms wrapped around in my profile picture for the past couple of years won't be with us much longer. My heart is heavy and my eyes are almost constantly filled with tears these days. This hasn't been the best summer for me.

Like a good trooper, I've tried to push on with my project. The research I'd planned to do in July didn't get done so I'm still working to wrap that up. I'm not sure when I'll be ready to start writing, hopefully some time next week.

One of the items I had scheduled to do last month was to send out "shot-in-the-dark" letters looking for LIPA relatives (mostly people I thought might be my second cousins). I spent a lot of time on ZabaSearch looking for current addresses and finally got some letters in the mail on Tuesday. Yesterday I struck gold.

I got a phone call from one of the folks I'd mailed a letter to and it turns out he is my second cousin. :-) We had a long and wonderful conversation and he was able to share with me some of the family history I was unaware of. It turns out, he's got ooodles of photos to share with me too! That put a big grin on my face! :-D I tried to write down as much as I could while he was talking, but you know how that goes. I couldn't write fast enough to keep up with all the new information flowing my way. So we're going to get together one of these days to go over his photos and share more family history. Hopefully I'll be able to record our conversation on my iPod so I can relax, follow the conversation, and ask intelligent questions.

As exciting as it is to break through a brick wall and add another name to the family tree, I think it's even more exciting to find a new cousin to share kielbasa and pierogi with!


  1. Jasia, I'm sorry to hear about your dog. Speaking from experience, it's awfully hard to see them suffer but harder yet to let them go. On the flip side, congratulations on finding a new cousin. Way cool.

  2. Jasia:

    I am heartbroken to learn of your BFF's illness.


  3. Jasia - so sad about your canine BFF's diagnosis. Many warm thoughts are being sent your way. Congrats on hearing from a long lost cousin! I think this must be the week for it. I heard from someone, Miriam heard from someone & you too!

  4. Dear Jasia,

    I was sad to read about your dog's illness. It sounds like your "cousin breakthrough" came at a time you needed some good news.

  5. I'm still mourning my two (one in November and the other in July) darling dogs so I know the pain you're feeling. My consolation is that my two are together again. I'm glad you have something good to focus on. Anything I can do . . .

  6. Jasia,
    The pain of dealing with a pet's illness is terrific and I am sorry to hear you are dealing with it. So glad to hear you heard from a second cousin and have someone to share family news, photos and Polish food. I know you will keep us informed.

  7. Hi Jasia,
    So sorry to hear about your dog. My family (including my three dogs and two cats) will keep you both in our prayers.

    Am glad that you got a little well-deserved sunshine through your new cousin though.

    With best wishes,

  8. Jasia,

    So sorry to hear about your BFF. Been there (with my cat, Stanley). My heart goes out. Give him a hug for me.

    On the other hand, I share your joy. Isn't it weird that only a fellow genealogist can understand what it means to find a cousin? I also had a call-back (email-back, actually) from my cousin-finding campaign. Mom's second cousin, says he does have some photos and will email me as soon as he digs them up. So, congrats on the find and may it lead to more info and more family.


  9. Jasia,
    Did I ever mention that I have some LIPAs in my Dziennik Polski (Detroit) index?

    Here's the URL:


  10. Michael, why do I keep forgetting about your wonderful resource? Thank you so much for reminding me!!! I'm going to make a point of adding a link to your index on my web site.

  11. Thanks to all for your kind hearted comments and good wishes. I'm comforted to know how many people understand the depth of my despair and the heights of my joy.

  12. Jasia, I meant to comment much earlier when I first read this post, but anyway...

    I'm so sorry to hear about your pet. We had to put down our beloved Sammy, who unbeknownst to us, was suffering from Feline AIDS the day after Thanksgiving, four years ago. The four of us were a wreck, all sobbing in the vet's patient room. My husband and son had to go out...they couldn't watch her be put down. My daughter and I held her while the vet gave her the injection and she went to her final sleep. We buried her out back of the house, with lots of rocks on top of her grave to keep any stray dogs out. I still cry when I think about that awful weekend.

  13. I'm saddened to hear about Caesar's? illness.

  14. Congratulations on your good news, Jasia.

    But I'm so sorry to hear of your canine buddy's illness. They are truly family, and so special to us, aren't they?