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2014 in Review

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before? Go on an extended family vacation as an adult.  It makes traveling with a baby much easier.

2. Did you keep your New Year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year? I'm not a fan of resolutions; I much prefer a word of the year.  My word for 2014 was "savor" and while I tried, I'm not sure I did as well as I could have.  For 2015 my word is going to be "passion" which is based on this post a bit.  I want to focus on things I love and leave the rest behind, both in action and in stuff in our apartment.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth? My cousin had a son, Connor, and my friends had daughters, Anna, Penelope, and Maddie.  Lots of ladies in my infertility group got their miracle babies, as well.

4. Did anyone close to you die? No, thankfully.  We did go to a funeral for a friend's grandmother.

5. What places did you visit? Worchester, MA, Providence & Newport, RI, Toronto & Kingst…

GRIP 2014: Day 2

GRIP intro post and day 1 post. GRIP 2012 posts.

Day 2 of GRIP began with Dr. Hal Learman, PARI co-director, discussing "Geography, Gazetteers, and Maps."  I love maps, which comes in handy when researching a country such as Poland, whose borders have changed continuously throughout its history.  Some of the best maps to use for Polish research include the Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Polish and Kartenmeister.  He also recommends Google searches and the FamilySearch catalog.  There are numerous books of Polish maps available as well.

Our second lecture of the day was "Using's Catalog, Indexes, and Digital Images."  This was a case study on finding foundation documents to push your family back to their ancestral village.  Ceil said to remember to always bring a pedigree chart to archives and libraries and to start with that, as it is impossible for the person there helping you to keep all of your information sorted in their head.  …

GRIP 2014: Day 1

You can also read my introduction post on GRIP 2014 and my posts on GRIP 2012.

The official start to GRIP was Monday and the first lecture in the Polish genealogy course was on the Polish Panorama at PARI given by PARI director Ceil Wendt Jensen.  The Panorama has 106 figures representing Poles from peasants to Pope John Paul.  Each figure is 30 inches high, moves along the stage on an automated track (bottom middle and right) and was designed by Zbigniew Baran.  My favorites were the peasant woman with her baby (top left), the winged hussar (middle right) and the partitioned Poland in mourning (top right).   There is also a mural designed by Marek Żółtak showing important churches of Poland (bottom left).

We then had two lectures on the Polish language for genealogists.  It began by looking at some of the records available for genealogists, including some that you cannot easily find online, such as a "list of souls", estate and manor records and travel documents.  We then …

GRIP 2014: Polish Genealogy

I arrived yesterday for the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh's On the Road week in Orchard Lakes, Michigan for the "Advancing Your Polish Genealogy: 300 Years of Records" course.  I attended the inaugural GRIP in 2012, missed 2013 due to having a newborn, and when I saw the Polish offering at the Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI), I knew exactly which course to sign up for this year.

Getting to Orchard Park was quite the trip: we left Syracuse at 4 pm, met my mom and gramma for dinner in Waterloo, then Julian and I headed to Buffalo while my husband headed back home.  We arrived around 8 and I took a nap.  The train was supposed to leave the Buffalo-Depew station at 11:59 pm (she's leaving {leaving} on a midnight train to Detroit...), but due to delays and the water issue in Toledo, didn't leave until around 2 am.  We arrived in Toledo around 7:30 am, then took a bus to Detroit where I had quite the layover, which just got longer when my t…

Silent Sunday: First Concert

B.B. King: 13 July 2014, Syracuse JazzFest, Way past bedtime.

Silent Sunday: Tea Lounge


Summer Plans

Summer has arrived!  It has been pretty great so far, with sleeping in, visiting out local coffee house's garage sale, going to Polish Fest, and having ice cream.  Here is our summer plans:


3 weddings2 baby showers3 birthday partiesTake Julian to his first baseball gameSpend a week at my mom'sJazzfestNew York State FairThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Red HouseMiscellaneous other local fairs and festivals Travel A weekend in MassachusettsA weekend in DetroitA trip on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad Genealogy GRIP on the Road Polish Genealogy CourseResearch in Buffalo and maybe Niagara Falls and Southern OntarioVisit the graves of my husband's great grandparents here in Syracuse I also want to take Julian for a walk most nights after work, go to the park often, and try to make it to the local splash pad.  I have monthly book clubs, an exciting presentation related to work, and a lot of cleaning/organizing/selling no longer needed stuff plans.
It's going to…

Motivational Monday: Conferences

I adore conferences.  I've attended conferences for libraries, genealogy, Phi Theta Kappa, tourism management, and different church things, particularly when I was younger.  I've also planned a few conferences in my day and continue to work on committees for program planning and local arrangements.

The energy and new ideas always make me excited and motivated to work harder and try new things.  For the first time, I get to be the keynote speaker at a conference today, and, I hope, motivate and excite others on customer service within libraries.

If you're interested, you can see my slides for the Library Management Institute below.
You Can’t Teach Nice: Retail Management Strategies for Enhanced Library Customer Service from Amanda Perrine

Silent Sunday:Father's Day


Motivation Monday: June

Goals and plans for June.

PersonalClean and organize the dining and living rooms, including mantel and china cabinetOrder a new planner for the start of the school year Decide where to take trip in January and start booking hotels & airfareWorkEdit speech and slides from my LMI presentationFinish schedule for ALA AnnualRead Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature ReviewHobbiesStart getting paperwork on Karpinski family together and into Legacy for GRIP in AugustRead book club book(The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) Blog at least 3x a week
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Silent Sunday: Thousand Islands 2014


Wanderlust Wednesday: Medieval Astronomical Clocks

Wanderlust Wednesday: Places I've Been, Places I'm Going and Places I Want to See

I recently saw an article on medieval astronomical clocks throughout Europe.  I have been lucky enough to visit two of the clocks listed in the article, those in Prague, Czech Republic and in Rostock, Germany.  It is amazing to me what people were able to build over 1000 years ago.  I will be going to France next year and hope to visit a few more of these.

And Then He Was One

Dear Julian,

I'm not sure how it happened, but you're 1!  Beyond a doubt this was the fastest and best year of my life.

One means pulling up on everything and cruising everywhere.  One is play dates at the park, banging things together to make noise, and instigating games of peek-a-boo with a huge grin on your face.  One is mimicking words, giving high fives, and going for long walks with daddy.  One is playing at daycare, helping turn the pages of books, and reaching up for mommy.  One is happiness, exploration, and curiosity.

In your first year you visited Canada, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  There were many, many trips to Buffalo to see my side of the family, plus most Friday nights seeing Hama, Papa, and Kelly.  You have been to museums, mommy and me yoga, an olive oil tasting, coffee houses, two poster sessions, and a family reunion.  You even made the cover on a local parenting magazine with your birthday buddy.

You aren't a fan of grass, most meat, and bath ti…

Half Way

I'm not sure when half the year flew by, but we seem to have made it to June already.  I'm doing alright with my goals for the year.  I've got the Julian ones down, am 1 book ahead on reading according to GoodReads, and I think I've hit a new place each month, including visiting Providence for the first time.

I have not kept up with blogging despite my best intentions, so I'm going to try that again for the latter half of 2014.  Jenica posted about #blogJune and I am going to join in.  Not necessarily every day in June, but more days than not.  I miss writing and connecting with others, plus it gives me motivation to work on genealogy and write about libraries and travel.

Here is day 1.  Anyone want to join in?

52 Ancesors: #2 Stanislawa Frances Karpinski

Amy at No Story Too Small has challenged bloggers to post on 52 ancestors in 52 weeks.  I am hoping to post each Sunday.  I am going to use my pedigree chart starting with my great grandparents and go in order.  This might get a little hairy later on, but at least it will give me some things to research/write research plans for and will help with filling out my chart for 2014.

Pedigree #9, Ancestor 2/52: Stanislawa "Stella" Frances Karpinski Acquard, the wife of ancestor #1, Florian Dana Acquard.  Stella is my great grandmother and one of 2 great grandparents I met, though I unfortunately do not remember her (she died shortly after I turned 5).

Stella was born 6 May 1914 in Buffalo, Erie, NY to Franciszek “Francis” and Jozefa “Josephine” (Szydlik) Karpinski.  She was the fifth of 6 children.

She married Florian Dana Acquard on 28 December 1932 in Bennington Center, Wyoming, NY.  They had 6 children, including my grandfather, Theodore.  When her husband died in 1948, she marri…

New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge: Post 1

I joined Joy's Book Blog's New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge, where you read 1-4 books relating to your New Year's resolution.  I chose books that focused on on my word of the year, savor, in a variety of ways.  Though I won't finish them by the end of January, I think having them to read throughout the year will be a good reminder of what I am  working on in 2014.

My books are as follows:
The Happiness Project by Gretchen RubinThis is actually a reread for me.  It is the read along book for the challenge and fits my focus pretty well.Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joyby Sarah Ban BreathnachA great book that lasts all year focusing on appreciating the little things in life.Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David AllenSavoring life will be much easier if I'm not stressed by my to do list pile at home and work.  This book has come highly recommended from a multitude of people, so I have high hopes.Savor: Mindful Eating, Min…

52 Ancestors: #1 Florian Dana Acquard

Amy at No Story Too Small has challenged bloggers to post on 52 ancestors in 52 weeks.  I am hoping to post each Sunday.  I am going to use my pedigree chart starting with my great grandparents and go in order.  This might get a little hairy later on, but at least it will give me some things to research/write research plans for and will help with filling out my chart from Saturday.

Pedigree #8, Ancestor 1/52: Florian Dana Acquard

I guess it's good to jump right in with one that I need to work on.  I have not done much research on my father's side of the family because I have a great aunt and great uncle who have traced the family very far back.  I need to ask for scans of vital records and other sources they have as soon as possible.

Florian was born the 9 August 1899 in Bennington Center, Wyoming, New York, the 11th of Joseph and Mary (Kohley/Kollin) Acquard's 12 children.  He married Stella Karpinski on 16 December 1932 in Bennington Center and had 6 children, Theodore …

SNGF: What's Your Ancestor Score?

From Randy at Genea-Musings:
1)  Determine how complete your genealogy research is.  For background, read Crista Cowan's post Family History All Done? What’s Your Number? and Kris Stewart'sWhat Is Your Genealogy "Score?"  For comparison purposes, keep the list to 10 or 11 generations with you as the first person.  

2)  Create a table similar to Crista's second table, and fill it in however you can (you could create an Ahnentafel (Ancestor Name) list and count the number in each generation, or use some other method).  Tell us how you calculated the numbers.

3)  Show us your table, and calculate your "Ancestral Score" - what is your percentage of known names to possible names (1,023 for 10 generations).

4)  For extra credit (or more SNGF), do more generations and add them to your chart.

5)  Post your table, and your "Ancestor Score," on your own blog, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.

As you can see, at 1…

2014 Goals

It is time to write down my goals for the year and send them out into the universe.


Move with intention for at least 10 minutes every day and track on SparkPeople.Blog at least 3 times a week remembering that though this started as a genealogy research blog (if only I could get the posts to transfer over...), recording my current life story is important as well and should be included.  I would love to have a life record written by my ancestors.Spend time each day nurturing relationships with my husband, family and friends.  This includes having a sit down family dinner at least Friday-Sunday (nights my husband doesn't work).

Julian: No screens around him Monday-Friday night, except for texting photos and stories about him to my husband, sister and the grandparents.Read every single night.Stop worrying so much and just marvel at how amazing he is and all of the changes and developments he has. Hobbies: Read 30 books and track on Goodreads.Work on genealogy, either research, org…