Preface

When I was a young boy, during a much simpler time before the digital information age, I loved reading tales about the days of yore. Mystical kingdoms inhabited by noble kings, fair queens, and gallant lords and knights in armor captured my imagination. Their heraldic...

Chapter 26 – Everything Must Change

     Everything must change Nothing stays the same Everyone must change No one stays the same The young become the old And mysteries do unfold Cause that’s the way of time Nothing and no one goes unchanged So go the lyrics to the opening chorus of a modern day jazz...

Chapter 24 – Family Remembrances

Vital records and family trees are important tools in understanding the relationships between the members of a family. They can tell us how we are connected to one another, and from whom we descend. However, they tell us very little about who we are as human beings....

Chapter 23 – Broken Bridges

Given how close the Polonsky family was for three generations in America, it is difficult to fathom how an entire generation has grown up having virtually no interaction with their second cousins. This chapter explores the dynamics of our family, to better understand...

Chapter 22 – Family Connections

In the spring of 2008, when I began assembling a basic family tree in preparation for my son Joshua’s Bar Mitzvah, I did not know any of my cousins outside of my own (Paull) branch of the Polonsky family. Never before had I met any member of the Adler, Chaber,...

Chapter 12 – We the People

As discussed in the preceding chapter, the patriarch of our branch of the Polonsky family in America was Nathan Polonsky, born around the time of the American Civil War, in Shpola, Russia. He and his wife Bessie Polonsky represent the first generation of the Polonsky...

Chapter 11 – The Family Patriarch

The patriarch of the Polonsky family in America is Nathan Polonsky (c. 1863–1929). Nathan’s birth name in Russia was Menakhem Nahum Polonsky. Nathan was most likely born in the town of Shpola, in the Zvenigorodka uezd (district) of the Kiev guberniya(province) of the...