Kirill Chashchin, member, Association of Professional Genealogists, 2018.09.23
Thank you very much for your very detailed report. I needed to review a dozen of books of vital records, which are not indexed online and, in addition to that, public copies lack the usual inside alphabetical index inside the book. It turned out that the second copy of those books exist in the Archive of the Diocese of Bialystok, and they are indexed. Daniel went to this archive, which is open twice a week, and professionally found what was needed for me, so I can save on travel there. The communications were quick and professional. The resulting research is very careful, which is highly appreciated. I hope it is not the last time we are working together.
Mary Waksmundzki, 2017.11.24
I think Daniel did a good job. He gave us a tour of Bialystock besides doing all the research The only thing is his car broke down and we were stranded along the side of the road until the tow truck came. Things happen out of one’s control and must be dealt with. My cousin was pretty upset over it. I did achieve my goals. I met my mom’s first cousin and a second cousin, who has a PHd in math. They were all very nice . The first cousin was telling us stories about the family, that I would not hear from any one else. She was there for all of it.
Rita Cannert, 2017.09.22
My name is Rita Cannert and I`m living in Sweden. Me and my relatives has always known that my grandmothers father was a railway-doctor, born around 1836 and working in Russia. We also knew he was from Lithuania, and that his mother was from Poland. His name was Alexander Kondratjewitsch Axiutitsch, spelled by my grandmother, who was born with that name, and my mother remembered that the name of his mother was Paulina Zinkowskaja, (which was a wrong name). We had searched for those names for years and years without any big results, knowing there could be some difficulties, because most of the documents we had, was spelled by Russian letters. So, by a coincident, we discovered another spelling of his name, used in Poland, Aksiutycz. Now we started to search for this spelling, and I could hardly believe what I saw, when discovering an old gravestone at Plonka Koscielna with the name Paulina Aksiutycz. A photo taken by Daniel Paczkowski. I sent Daniel a letter and asked if he had any possibility to help me to find out more about Paulina, and I couldn´t have found a person more helpful than Daniel. He took his time to go to the parish and look in the books of church. He had patience enough to answer and explain all my questions, and he translated plenty of dokuments, also went away searching for a person with the same name, looking for old papers and so on. He gave me and my relatives so much new information. But not even Daniel can find information that is not there, so now we are waiting to hear from Lithuanian Archive, and hoping to get more information from them, As soon as this happens, we plan to make a visit to Poland and Lithuania to follow our ancestors track. Thank you so much Daniel for all your help!.
Kim McDonald-Taylor, 2017.09.21
Daniel was a very polite and knowledgeable genealogist. He did a thorough review prior to our visit to Poland so that he was prepared for the day we arranged to spend with him. He organised a visit with the local priest who was able to share many relevant records with us as we searched for family. We had several very applicable hits!! Daniel also determined there was an even smaller town 10 mins from where we were searching that the family had once lived. He confidently knocked on the door of a farm house and the man was able to direct us to another farm which had an original barn from our family farm. It was very exciting and emotional. Based on some of the information we discovered, we will hire Daniel to continue our search. In addition, he had in depth knowledge of the historical sites that we visited and was an excellent tour guide. We would highly recommend him for any genealogical searches or historical tours.
Deborah Bowers, 2017.08.10
Daniel Paczkowski did a lot of genealogical preparation and added greatly to the information I already had. His job involved hours of driving from Warsaw into rural Poland and I had a great time learning about Poland from him. He worked hard to help me exceed even what I hoped for in the 3 days I had. He was excellent- well-prepared and very helpful. I was very comfortable meeting my family for the first time with Daniel as my guide and interpreter. Yes my very simple goals were exceeded. I hoped to find my grandmother’s village and church and to see a few graves. It was great to actually meet some family in the very limited time I had there. I was more than well- informed. Daniel worked with some very last-minute information I received from Facebook and email about relatives in Poland.
Bill Brostoff, 2016.11.01
Daniel did a great job of facilitating a visit to sites of my family origin. He went above and beyond the call of duty and was perhaps the best guide I’ve ever encountered. He spent some time chatting with a resident in a very small village not far from Bialystok from which my family moved to another in 1840. In the village my ancestors lived from 1840 to about world war I, Daniel helped find the location of a house built in about 1870 by my great-great grandfather (likely destroyed by Germans). He also spent a couple of hours in the rain, cold, mud, finding the location of the cemetery in Trzcianne. This involved flagging down bicyclists and motorists. Daniel was fearless in buttonholing local residents to ask questions about locations. He also drove us to Bialoweieza forest and spent three hours hiking with me in the strict reserve, also in the rain and mud. He is highly educated (an engineer by training) and very knowledgeable about Polish history, particularly Jewish history. I highly recommend him.
Larry Pietrowski, 2016.10.31
My wife and I recently toured Poland. Our first town to visit was Bialystok, birthplace of my Grandparents. Daniel was our tour guide during our one day stay in Bialystok. We found him to be very knowledgeable about the area and the many historical sights. More importantly his delivery and approach to the tour was friendly and very accommodating to our schedule. He was flexible and picked up on our interests. Daniel also provided genealogy research on my grandparents. Daniel did find out information regarding my grandparents despite the very limited information I provided him. We are still in contact with Daniel to continue the search. It is our desire to return to Poland again and we would definitely hire Daniel again as a tour guide. I highly recommend Daniel
Sandra Phillips, 2016.10.25
Daniel was our tour guide while we were in Bialystok, and one of the best we encountered on our tour of Poland. We only had a few hours there, and he made sure we had a good understanding of the character and history of the city while showing us the major sites. He also took us to the town hall so I could research geneological records for information on my paternal grandfather. This has helped me uncover facts about my grandfather that other family members did not know, and we are still in contact as I search records and fill in my family heritage. I plan to return to Poland, and Daniel will be our tour guide of choice.