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Dornfest Family Revisited: An 1892 Document Found

My intention was to continue with a post on the discovery Marks Hyamovitch brother to my great grandfather Samuel but something truly remarkable happened today. I woke this morning to a message from a person responding to a blog post on the Dornfest family

The Dornfest Family is connected to my cousin Lisa on her paternal side of the family. Just a quick refresher ~ Lisa’s 3x great grandfather was a man named  Shimon (Zalman, Shmuel) Dornfest. He married Chaela (Kate) Stacker both from Austria.  I have no birth information for them. Shimon and Chaela were the parents of Frieda (Fannie) b. Feb. 1862, Austria d. 24 July 1905, Brooklyn, N.Y..  She married Isaac Goldstein.  Son Solomon b. 1 Sept. 1870, Austria d. 20 April 1924, N.Y.C.. He married Ida Price.

This morning I received the following message

Hi, we found some informations on our grandmas attic – it’s an notarial act of plot pucharse. My grandgrand father was a buyer and a seller was Leon and Salomon Dornfest. They was a brewery owners in Łańcut (Lancut) and the parcel was in Rakszawa (south east Poland)

If You give me e-mail I can send you this act.

I sent my email address and received the following document



Greetings from Poland 🙂
Lukasz Babiarz


16 years ago I located my birth family, both maternal and paternal side. After literally years of searching, even before the help of the internet, I just couldn't stop searching so I began digging into my new found families past. The journey has been amazing as we connect and reconnect lost and found generations.

12 thoughts on “Dornfest Family Revisited: An 1892 Document Found

  1. Oh my gosh! What are the chances!!! That is an amazing find, another little bit of history to pin into the whole cloth of your family. How very kind of them to go to the trouble. So many people wouldn’t even think of it, let alone actually look up who might be the family today.

    Just imagine if you had not started this blog and not begun researching your family. He might have found nothing at all! Your family wants to be known to you, I think. =)

  2. What an absolute treasure…and such a generous man to share this with you, translation and all. We all live in hope that something like this will happen because of our own stories being told.
    So happy for you.

  3. OMG, that is AMAZING!! To have that piece of history from so long ago—just wonderful. Can you remind me how these people are related to you?

    1. It truly was amazing! The series of Dornfest/Kessman research and posts were for my 1st cousin Lisa. This was her father’s line. Lisa is the daughter of my birthmother’s sister Rochelle.

  4. What a great find for you! While to some it may seem like luck but I know all this happen because of your research, countless hours of work, and not to be forgotten your writing and blog. I am sure more great finds will come your way.

  5. This perfectly illustrates why genealogy blogging is so important. You just never know when a cousin will stumble across a post and share something amazing! What a wonderful treasure – thank you for sharing your post in the November Genealogy Blog Party. 🙂

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