Ancestral Attic was established in 1997 by a family of genealogists
living on both sides of “the pond” who have a true passion for their
work. Initially, we began with the concept of servicing individuals or
families who were in search of their roots in Poland alone. Having
successfully worked in that capacity for a number of years, the
boundaries of our business model changed, mainly due to so many
requests from existing clients and others who had a genuine and very
deep rooted need to discover their genealogical past in other
locations. Since then, we have expanded our business to include
genealogy research in Eastern Europe and other neighboring countries
including: Belarus, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Czech
Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Ukraine and of courses Poland.
On the heels of this expansion, Ancestral Attic evolved once again in 2000 to include heritage tours for those who had the desire to visit their ancestral homes (coupled with or without general sightseeing tours) throughout Eastern Europe. This was a natural progression wholly based on the needs and wants of our clients once again. Ancestral Attic tours, we decided, would be different than a traditional tour service. Our approach would be and is very personal and individualized.
Though we have received a number of compliments through the years in regards to our tours, perhaps the one that best describes the type of service we provide is a testimonial from a gentleman who had taken an Ancestral Attic heritage tour with his family in 2010. His email simply said, “I will miss our email exchanges. I feel that I have found a new friend during these months of planning”.
No matter if it’s through an old dusty archive or cramped church basement; through an aged letter or a faded photograph of a familiar face; through stepping foot on the soil of your ancestral homeland or through a phone call to a stranger who turns out to be a long lost cousin….Ancestral Attic is proud to take you home.
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Seeking the Ideal Location in Warsaw, Poland
Season 68 - Episode 7 - Air Date: Jul 29, 2014
Plot: Hailing from the small, sleepy town of Iroquois Falls, Canada, Shari Denault was hankering for a change. So, she accepted a teaching position in Poland's bustlingcapital city. But Warsaw's rich culture & remarkable legacy weren't its only draws. Shari is also hoping to track down the relatives her great-grandfather left behind nearly a century ago. Now, with a particular ideal, she's searching this humming metropolis for a home as House Hunters International uncovers the past and dives into the future in Warsaw, Poland.s
Addressing the explosive growth in ancestral travel, actor and travel writer Andrew McCarthy recounts his own quest to uncover his family's history along with 25 other individuals' stories from Sicily to Argentina to Taiwan to Russia and beyond.
Each story offers a personal take on journeying home, including actively searching for previously unknown roots, meeting up with old family, and perhaps just visiting the old country to get a feel for one's origin. Sidebars and a hefty resource section provide tips and recommendations on how to go about your own research, and a foreword by the Genographic Project's Spencer Wells sets the scene. Stunning photographs along with family recipes round out this compelling narrative about embarking on your own exploration to discover your homeland.