Iwona's Sources - Tour References
I have been researching my Polish family history for more than 30 years and finally made the decision to visit my ancestral towns in Poland. Iwona acted as our guide, interpreter, genealogist and driver for five exceptional days. Always professional, insightful and gracious, she helped with some pre-trip planning and research. In Poland, she was invaluable at cajoling priests to give us access to church records and persuading distant cousins to talk to total strangers (who turned out to be 5th cousins). We visited two dozen towns, a dozen parish churches & cemeteries, took hundreds of pictures, and drove 900 miles in her spacious car. Our teenage children even enjoyed it all. If you are contemplating family history help from inside Poland, Iwona is excellent in the breadth and depth of her services. I will return to Poland someday and hope to use Iwona’s services again.
Jerome Biedny, President - August 2012
Polish Genealogical Society of Minnesota
I have been a PGSA member over the past twenty years, and would like to thank the organization-at-large for consistently providing stellar information and services to persons compelled by the prospect of learning more about their Polish family history. In particular, I would like to single out PGSA Polish correspondent, Iwona Dakiniewicz, for her outstanding dedication and professional contributions to Polish genealogy.
My son, Peter, and I recently had the unparalleled opportunity of personally meeting and working with Iwona in Poland, and over a three-day period, with her expert guidance, secured substantial information about our family history prior to emigration. It was an exceptionally exciting and satisfying experience tracing, through civil and church records, a branch of our family over eight generations, and visiting sites directly associated with our past. Iwona's familiarity with primary source materials and the archives in which they reside, her linguistic skill, her systematic approach to genealogy, and, above all, her dogged determination to uncover our recorded past were outstanding. As a result, Peter and I realized, in large measure, the genealogist's dream of making significant inroads into our family's history -- an accomplishment absolutely impossible without a resource person of Iwona's professional caliber.
I am pleased to recommend Iwona Dakiniewicz in the most glowing terms to any other fellow PGSA member interested in securing her services and, in doing so, am confident that they, too, will have the incomparable satisfaction of working with a true genealogical professional. Please feel free to share these comments with the membership via Rodziny or any other means available.
Eric C. Lewandowski - July 2011
From the Rodziny
*'I want to inform the memberships of what a wonderful asset we have in our "Polish Correspondent" . My husband and I recently were on a 12-day tour of Poland. Five days of this visit were spent with Iwona Dakiniewicz. What a fabulous five days they were! Iwona was warm, friendly, outgoing, and just great fun to be with. Her knowledge of Poland, its culture and genealogical resources is immeassurable . .... Iwona arranged the accomodations, and they were excellent .... I will always be grateful to Iwona for this wonderful visit to the land of my ancestors. When we left after five days we were leaving as friends, and it was with a hug . - from the Spring 2007 issue Shirely A. Beaudin
* We just returned from our trip, which included five days in Warsaw. We hired Iwona Dakiniewicz to work with us and she was fantastic! We will continue to consult with her now that we are back in the U.S. We were able to locate the record of my father's baptism and the marriage record of my grandparents.... Our visit to Poland was most interesting ." - from the Fall 2006 issue Charlotte Schuerman
* "As to genealogical research, it was excellent, mainly due to the fact that I had Iwona Dakiniewicz's expert help. My Polish is limited, to say the least, and Iwona's professionalism shone through. We were able to check out the USC at Raba Wyzna and then the parish church records. ........... Once again I cannot speak highly enough of Iwona's passion for Polish genealogy, and her personality, which made me feel as if I `d been in Poland for a life-time, not such for a few weeks... - from the Summer 2005 issue Henry Krajewski Greta
*We hired a Polish professional genealogy searcher from Lodz, Poland, Iwona Dakiniewicz, she was also the translator and tour guide. Thanks to Iwona the trip was very successful and I prepared a "Rys Genealogy" heritage video tape (1 hour and 30 minutes) for the next generation of relatives. The video tape includes geographic information, explanations, pronunciations, video scenes from the villages, video footage of the churches, and video of how the genealogical searching of church records was conducted in the parish offices and finally a copy of the family tree chart. Oct 1999
*I hired a superb researcher and guide, Iwona Dakiniewicz who completed quite a bit of research before I even arrived. She charmed her way through the bureaucracy and into the state archives where we researched original records using white gloves; she knows everyone in the diocesan archive offices which allowed us to handle records that are not usually allowed for the public. We visited ancestral churches that she managed to miraculously get opened for me, and cemeteries where she spoke to local individuals who informed of my targeted families. As we drove through the villages, she had no problem stopping and speaking to older individuals who gave us pertinent information. I cannot endorse her highly enough. She does all of the driving in her car, makes all of the hotel reservations at colorful Polishestablishments, and generally wishes to do anything you want her to. Sep 2008
*When I got into genealogy I met several people who had used the services of Iwona Dakiniewicz. They were all very satisfied with the work that she had done for them. In a few years I had the pleasure of meeting Iwona in Poland. She was assisting a group of heritage tourists in researching the records at the archives in Przemysl. I was impressed with Iwona's knowledge, and her willingness to help everyone in the group. Over the years our paths have crossed a couple of times, and I was always able to tell Iwona that someone that I had met had spoken very highly of her. She is a real expert at digging out data from archival material, and I know of people who used Iwona's services getting contacted years later by her, because she had found something new that she was freely sharing with them. Feb 2010
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