Magdalena Laskowski Jochim (Week 1)

I’m a big fan of well-written historical fiction.  It’s how I learn history.  No dates or names to memorize just characters to meet.  I’ve been searching for a historical fiction title that tells me a little bit more about the history of Poland since I am clueless about the country’s leaders and peoples prior to WWII.   I found the book titled Push Not the River by James Conroyd Martin. I’m about half way done with the book and I’ll save my review for later; however, each chapter of the book starts with a Polish Proverb.  It was the proverb found in the Prologue that prompted me to write about my ancestor Magdelena Laskowski Jachim.

Wherever you go,
you can never leave yourself behind.
–Polish Proverb

Magdalena Laskowski Jachim was born in Liverpool, England about 1874, the daughter of Michael and Katherine Laskowski.  She married Josef Jachim (also spelled Yockem) in Liverpool in 1889 and they emigrated to the United States in 1893.

This clipping shows the Yockem (Jachim) family arriving in the United States via the port of Philadelphia in April of 1893,  They are traveling to meet Maggie's sister Frances Wrabel in Chicago.

This clipping shows the Yockem (Jachim) family arriving in the United States via the port of Philadelphia in April of 1893, They are traveling to meet Maggie’s sister Frances Wrabel in Chicago.

Even though Magdalena was born in Liverpool, England,  I consider her a Polish ancestor.  According to my research, her parents left Poland shortly after her oldest sister Frances was born in Poland.  The family lived in the neighborhood of Toxteth Park in Liverpool for approximately 20 years as Polish immigrants.

This photo was taken at her granddaughter Clara Cygan’s wedding to Frank Koranda.  My father only remembers a brief visit to his great grandmother Magdalena’s home even though she lived until the age of 75 passing away in August of 1949 when he was seven years old  She is buried in St. Adalbert’s cemetery in the town of Niles in Cook County, Illinois.


52 Ancestors Challenge

I’m up for the challenge.  If you review this blog you will see that I am very hit or miss with my postings.  And if I’m honest its more miss than hit.  But this morning while reading the blog I got kinda excited.  Why?  Because I already started this challenge and didn’t know it!

One of my other passions is Scrapbooking and lately I’ve been creating heritage layouts that include photos and information about my ancestors.  Which is exactly what I need to do with this blog!

So there it is.  I’m going to take on the 52 week challenge but not only am I going to blog about my genealogy pursuits, but I’m going to create scrapbook pages to go along with the blog.  At the end of 2014, I will have shared with my family information about 52 of our shared ancestors (one of the reasons why I blog) and I will have at least a 52 paged heritage scrapbook!

I am not overwhelmed.  I am not overwhelmed.  I am not overwhelmed.