My project for a video of my Ganas family history in Poland didn’t get off the ground because I realized that I needed more information. I ordered a couple of FHL (Famiy History Library) microfilms and put it on hold. Now that I have as much information as I can reasonably get for now, it’s a matter of getting materials organized and creating the video.
A message arrived from one of my DNA matches on 23andme. Turns out that she’s a 2nd cousin 1x removed on my Schipp line! YAY!! My attention immediately shifted to that line. Dug out copies of records that haven’t yet been scanned and verified that they’re all duly recorded in my family tree.
There are a couple of things that don’t match up. So back to online records on FamilySearch, Ancestry, and the Polish site BaSIA. My great grandparents, Michael and Elizabeth Schipp had children that don’t appear on immigration passenger lists, but for whom I find no death record. Then there’s the daughter who is on a passenger list with her mother but for whom I find no birth record. A new mystery to be solved. A new BSO (Bright Shiny Object) to chase.
I’m convincing myself to let this mystery rest for a while and get back to the video mentioned above. BaSIA is a volunteer project indexing vital records in Poland. I have no idea what percentage of records have yet to be indexed. The volunteers may simply not have gotten to these “missing” records yet.
I will get back to this mystery.