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Memoirs of a Peasant – From Serfdom to Present Day – Electronic Version – 17.34 MB

Written by Jan Słomka – Translated by William F. Hoffman – Electronic Download – 17.34 MB

Published in Poland in 1929, this memoir was written by a peasant who served for years as the administrator of his Galician village. Słomka (1842-1932) paints a graphic picture of every aspect of life – from what villagers ate to how they dressed, from their role as little more than draft animals to developing a social awareness, and living through WWI.  As an eyewitness to history he saw his village people move from subservience under Austro-Hungarian rule to living in a free Poland.

The extensive information Słomka provides is today referenced and quoted by historians, scholars, and genealogy storytellers.Through his eyes you can experience vicariously the lives of of your Polish ancestors.

William F. Hoffman (Rodziny editor) has painstakingly translated this book into contemporary English, annotating and explaining vintage references.

Hard copy is a 6 x 9 Paperback

493 Pages

2020 Rodziny – Winter 2020 – Electronic version

Table of Contents

PGSA President’s Column, Chet Szerlag …………………………………. 1

Chet Szerlag’s Comment on the USCIS Hikes to<Regulations.gov>……………. 2

Next PGSA Meeting/Webinar, 16 February 2020 …………………. 2

From Our Correspondent in Poland: Wills—An Alternative Source for Genealogy, Iwona Dakiniewicz …………………….. 3

2020 PGSA Tour Russian Partition, September 5–16, 2020 … 8

† Stanley R. Schmidt †, William F. Hoffman…………………………….9

Using Subject Searches to Find Publications Available forYour Location of Interest, Edward David Luft ……………….11

Poor Little Rich Girl, Dean G. Calamaras ……………………………….13

Book Review: Agnieszla Wisła and the Blue Army, reviewed by Paul S. Valasek…………………………………………….18

Book Information: Letters from the Box in the Attic by Barbara Serbinski Sipe ………………………………………………………19

Jamiński Zespół Indeksacyjny—The Genealogical Society from Northeastern Poland, Daniel Paczkowski…………….21

Native Speaker Volunteering Aids Understanding of U. S. Polish Family’s Quirks, Loni (Rudnitski) Fortier………………23

From the Słownik Geograficzny………………………………………………25

Articles of Interest ……………………………………………………………………31

Index to Surnames Mentioned in This Issue ………………………..32