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    Just googling "genealogy poland" gave me a bunch of sites that aren't Ancestry.com. Not all of them were helpful, but they might help you. There are still some free sites out there like genforum and polishroots.org. It's not all in one location - you do have to do more legwork (or is it "finger work"? ) - but there are good sites left. I found a ton of info at usgenweb.org too.

    I finally located all the floppy disks that had my Family Tree Maker backups on them. Now I have to burn them onto disk and load them onto my laptop. Crossing my fingers that the floppies are okay!
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    Thanks again, Critical.
    I just found another free one. I forget the name now. I am going to try your suggestions, though.
    I just didn't think it would be this hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Critical View Post
    I finally located all the floppy disks that had my Family Tree Maker backups on them. Now I have to burn them onto disk and load them onto my laptop. Crossing my fingers that the floppies are okay!
    Talk about a self fulfilling prophecy! I found three pairs of floppies with the same files on them - the file was too big for one disk, so it went on two. The first two pairs were corrupted and after spending WAY too much time investigating software to recover the data on my super slow desktop, I decided to try the third pair of disks. Hallelujah, they are fine and copied quickly onto CD.

    Now I just have to install the new version of Family Tree Maker and save my tree to it! I hope everything goes smoothly! I've probably jinxed myself right there.

    nrh - genealogical research before Ancestry.com was much more time consuming, although definitely rewarding. I'd definitely recommend a trip to your local LDS Family History Center or genealogical society. They are always really helpful. When I started doing research about 15 years ago, I was amazed at the number of people willing to give me information or help me look for something. It's definitely not easy, but the information is out there.
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    ...My most recent immigrants are from Poland in the 1870's and it's been next to impossible because I don't speak Polish...
    I'm a linguist of Polish ancestry -- and have studied Polish. I'm not fluent, but I know enough to get by. And my linguistic training has given me the "tools and tricks" to figure out what I don't know straight out. If I can be of any help to you, give me a holler via PM!
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    well since the show "who do you think you are" has been airing..it has really gotten my interested in looking into my genealogical history..I am looking forward to what I might find out
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    Critical: Can you find a computer geek who would love to play with those floppies to try and retrieve the data? or am I misunderstanding you, all the floppies had the same information on them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen View Post
    I'm a linguist of Polish ancestry -- and have studied Polish. I'm not fluent, but I know enough to get by. And my linguistic training has given me the "tools and tricks" to figure out what I don't know straight out. If I can be of any help to you, give me a holler via PM!
    Thanks! I may take you up on that if I ever find anything! I took Russian in college but, not surprisingly, that doesn't help at all with Polish! I keep telling myself I should learn a bit of Polish and Dutch, which are the two nationalities I identify myself most closely with. Maybe someday...

    GA - All three sets of disks seem to have almost the exact same data on them, or at least they have the same amount of data on them. I must have just been being thorough....either that or I just kept misplacing the back-up disks! If I lost any data, it's probably not much.

    The saga continues with trying to get the data onto my laptop. After having problems installing FTM and getting that solved (had to copy the disk to my desktop and install from there instead of from the CD), I found that the file type that the back-up is saved in is now not supported by FTM. I found a free version of FTM 2005, which does support that file type and got it installed. THEN I found that I can't upload the files because they were saved on two disks and the computer is looking for TWO disks, rather than two files on one CD. I'm going to have to install everything on my dinosaur of a desktop (which should only take, oh, six hours) and then upload the files on floppy and THEN burn the new back-up to CD so I can install it on my laptop

    In case anyone is interested, a free version of Family Tree Maker 2005 is available here: Open unsupported files in Family Tree Maker 2008-2011
    The link to download is just after the first paragraph
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    After about another hour of messing with FTM on both computers, I finally got my database onto my laptop! Now I can finally register FTM and see if Ancestry.com has any info about my tree.

    For anyone who's interested, the link above to download FTM 2005 is for the "starter" version, not the full version. You can use it for 2 weeks for free and then you can either buy the full version or stay with the starter version, which gives you less functionality. Still, it's a good way to try out the program to see if you like it.
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    Critical, I took your advice, as well as the advice from our main library and went to the Mormon Family search library over the weekend.
    I am not very religious at all, but based on my experience with the people on Saturday, I am thinking of moving to Utah!!
    Wow, they are the kindest, most helpful people I've ever met. So, unlike any other church, temple, et al I've ever encountered.
    The bad news is that, because stemother's family is all from Eastern Europe, that information is not actually online - not even with Ancestry.com or the Mormon's database - familysearch.org.
    The elder at the Mormon temple referred me to a woman who heads up another Genealogical society. I am scheduled to meet with her tomorrow.
    However, based on what she said on the phone today, I am not holding out much hope.
    And, by the way, the Elder, who is the genealogical specialist at the Family Search Library told me it took him 35 years to complete his family tree.
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    That's my experience with the LDS Family History Center too. One could argue that they are trying to get more and more people into their databases so they can baptize them posthumously, but I could care less about that. They can baptize my heathen Mennonite and Quaker ancestors (and Huegenot, Catholic, Protestant and all others) all they want!

    I had a marathon weekend of searching on Ancestry and had tons of success! I got all the way back to the 6th century on one line and linked to the Plantagenet kings on another line....and not like 10th cousin 28 times removed or something: my 25th, 26th and 27th great grandfathers were Kings Henry II, John and Henry III and my 26th great grandmother was Eleanor of Aquitaine. The fact that my 26th great grandfather is a character in my favorite Disney movie growing up (Robin Hood) is beyond cool. Yes, he was the villain, but so what!?

    I also had some luck finally breaking through on a line that's been giving me fits for at least 15 years. I didn't find the actual info on Ancestry, but there were references to another website in the Ancestry message boards. Even with all the success though, there are still roadblocks on various lines that I may never have answers on.

    NRH - It's funny that the genealogist said his family tree is "complete." In my experience, it's NEVER completed - it's like a jigsaw puzzle that just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Maybe he decided to only go so far back and not investigate all the lines.

    What may happen for you is that you'll encounter someone else who's researching the same info. Try the GenWeb message boards and other similar sites - I think polishroots.org is pretty good. I have Polish ancestors too, so I know how hard that is. I've got birth dates in what was then Prussia and I know when they came here, but I have nothing about their lives in Poland or anything about the generations before them. I blame those darned Ellis Island people and all the messing with surnames!
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