Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an “easy” button for genealogy? Can’t find a record? Just press the “easy” button! Well, occasionally even genealogists get lucky and find something easily. Since so many record are available online, a lot of research can be as easy as clicking a button. But when your ancestors lived in a state as vital-record-strict as Pennsylvania, or from parts of Poland and Germany that don’t seem to work with the big online record sites, “easy” isn’t common.
For my new year genealogy resolutions, I made a
wish list list of 11 goals for 2011. A few were research-specific, including number 9 – “Find the marriage record for Stanisław Piątkowski & Apolonia Konopka.” I didn’t necessarily put it on the list because I thought it would be easy; it was just one of those records I needed to find in order to continue researching each of those ancestral lines. I didn’t expect to achieve that goal eight days into the new year. And it was easy!
I found the couple’s marriage record online. Now, in today’s genealogical world, that doesn’t sound unusual. It is quite common to find records online. But a marriage record from Warsaw, Poland? From 1863? On a free online site that isn’t called FamilySearch and isn’t affiliated with Ancestry? To borrow a phrase from Randy Seaver, I was genea-smacked. If only the rest of my genealogical research could be this easy. The source of my great-great-grandparents’ marriage record is called Geneteka. If you want to learn more about what it is, what records are available, and how to use it, stay tuned for my next post. If only research was always this easy…