Sixty-three years ago, Tadeusz Edek Doszyń of Poland gained a new family — but lost a link to his past. Today, the man who became Ed Kolenda hopes to make a connection to the people and places that led to him.
Although Ed remembers very little of his life in Poland, an envelope of information that traveled with him to America provided clues to his Doszyń family history. These are some of the pieces he used to begin putting together his story.
Language barriers, distant archives and missing dates were just a few of the roadblocks Ed encountered, especially on his father’s side. So ProGenealogists put their know-how to work. Their search turned up plenty of incredible information — including Ed’s living cousins, Henryk and Kasimierz Doszyń.
Ed, his sister Jean, who was also born in Poland, and his wife Kit, travel to Poland (along with a film crew and translator) to learn more about the Doszyń family tree and meet actual Doszyń family members. Ed finds a beautiful country and makes an indelible connection with Henryk. As he says after their meeting, “He can't speak English and I can't speak Polish. But I still know he's blood.”