I’m deep down a rabbit hole these days because Ancestry.com gave me hints about one of my lines from another public tree. Can I connect the Ganas family in Milwaukee to my Ganas family in St. Paul??
There are tantalizing similarities. My 3rd Great Uncle, Mathias Ganas was born in 1821. I found his baptismal record on a FHL (Familysearch.org) film. I have not yet uncovered a marriage record for him.
But the other tree in question has a Matthias Ganas born in 1824 – maybe. It’s a “maybe” because when I go to The Poznan Project searching for his marriages it shows that he was married twice. His first marriage in 1852 gives his age as 28 which puts his birth year at 1824. His second marriage (as a widower) in 1868 shows is age as 46, giving a birth year of 1822. Are either of them correct? I’ve ordered the appropriate FHL film so maybe I’ll find more information. If I find his birth record on this film, I’ll know that he’s not MY Mathias.
In the meantime, I’ve returned to the search for Ganas records in Poland. The BaSIA database is another resource created by volunteers transcribing archived records. This database continues to grow as more records are being transcribed. Entering a surname results in a map showing where, in Poland, there are records for that name that have been transcribed.
To the right of the map are the names of the locations with a graphic that roughly indicates the number of records. Clicking on the location results in a list of the records there.
At the right of each record citation is a link to the archive that hold the records including information to find that record if it has been filmed and digitized. In the case of the Poznan archives, the record images may be downloaded.
So I’m busy filling up a new flash drive. Even if I cannot connect the Milwaukee shrub to my tree, I’m learning more about this part of my family.