Polka Celebration for Illinois

As I was scanning headlines earlier this week, I found one that had my half Polish heart standing up to take notice.

A Grammy award winning polka song is close to becoming the Illinois state song.

The Article originally appeared on the The Southern but was also carried on the Chicago Tribuine, which is where I first noticed the headline.

Source: Maddox, J. (2015, March 26). Committee approves polka song as state symbol. Retrieved March 28, 2015, from http://thesouthern.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/committee-approves-polka-song-as-state-symbol/article_59e3c7c3-c6ce-5eb8-8291-dba54b9c6b59.html

As most polkas, it is an up beat song that had me on my feet and dancing. The song “Polka Celebration” will help as stated “chase away the blues.”

The song version shared on the Trib was clearer, but the version shared by The Southern has a great video of Eddie Blazonczyk’s Versatones in concert.

Here is the version shared by ChicagoTribune.com

Unfortunately the State’s official dance has already been declared the square dance.

Although, for a woman whose father’s family came from the farmland of Ogle County, Illinois, and whose mother’s family is south side Chicago Polish, this mix is fairly appropriate.

Obits & an Inquest

Henry Hays, reportedly born in 1808, was killed in 1888. Because he is my four times great grandfather, I have been curious about the facts of his life since I started researching in 2003. Initially, I only had information from family bibles. My challenge with this source if I don’t know who originally entered the information on the family page.

I know that he has a shared family plot in Fairmount Cemetery in Polo, Illinois, but I haven’t found officially information regarding his death yet.

Continue reading Obits & an Inquest

Spring and Fresh Starts

I’m using the first mini-crocus of spring as inspiration to jump start my genealogy blog. I was overwhelming myself by thinking that I needed to get Henry Hays’ full story online. Instead, I’m going to start with the articles and headlines that marked the end of his life. If you are researching another root of Henry Hays’ tree or another Hays/Hayes line out of Ogle county, email me at julie@hayska.org or subscribe to this blog.

Welcome to HAYSKA.org

HAYSKA stands for Hays Kinship Association. My goal for the association is to support and collaborate on research the various Hays/Hayes lines. Email julie@hayska.org and let me know who you are researching.

“Hayska” also means daughter of Hays and represents my personal genealogical research. Started in 2003, the primary projects focus on:

  1. Henry Hays (1808-1888)
  2. Tracing Polish ancestors

Full Hays, Trump, Szubinski, and Smasz Family Tree found at Rootsweb WorldConnect Project (Hayska database)