“Grandma said she was from Poznań”: Decoding Stories About Ancestors from Poland

From Shepherds and Shoemakers

Most of us use family stories as the starting point for our genealogy research. However, the truth can sometimes get distorted, and it’s our job as family historians to sort out the historical fact from the fiction.  With that in mind, I’d like to offer some suggestions based on common misinterpretations, to help you decode those family stories and understand what Grandma really meant.

Story:  “Grandma said she was from Poznań.”

Analysis:  Most of our ancestors were from small villages, not big cities, so in all likelihood, Grandma didn’t mean she was from the city of Poznań proper.  Often an immigrant would generalize her place of birth to the closest big city under the assumption that her listener wouldn’t recognize the name of whatever small village she was actually born in.  We still do this today:  if I’m talking with someone who’s not familiar with Western New York, I might say, “I’m…

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Trump will be a president unlike any before | The Columbus Dispatch

WASHINGTON — He will be a president like no other. Whether that’s good or bad seems, at this point, a matter of remarkably disparate opinion. But when President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office Friday, the nation will see a sweeping change in policy, style and rhetoric, likely unlike any they’ve seen in their lifetimes.

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Spinal anesthesia offers another choice for young children | The Columbus Dispatch

I am quite nervous if this is a safe procedure.  “Needles in the spine” through anesthesia or nerve blocks, in my personal experience and what I am learning has happened with others as well, has caused or worsened the pain of Tarlov Cysts.  

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“Declan Koehler was a little cranky Friday as he lay on the operating table at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Declan was ready to undergo a urology procedure that would have the surgeon cutting into him. But instead of general anesthesia, which would put Declan to sleep, the infant’s parents opted to allow him to stay awake during the surgery with a spinal anesthesia numbing and immobilizing him from the mid-chest down.”

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Only on NBC5: Good Samaritan gives Sterlingville Cemetery some TLC

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