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Finding My Lost Polish Family [Kult America]

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Growing up in America I always identified myself as “Half Polish”, this was a normal part of my identity as my Great Grandmother sent packages containing my childhood clothing to relatives in Poland. When she passed away the contact stopped and I wondered desperately who she had been in touch with on the other side, what family members I might have. So I composed a family tree and did as much research as I could before finally having the amazing opportunity of flying from Newark NJ to Rzeszów on LOT Polish airlines to visit the part of Poland where my living relatives still live. The beautiful village located in the Podkarpackie region is my family’s history, the place responsible for the existence of everyone I love. This was the most meaningful trip of my life and for anyone of Polish heritage, I’d insist you take the time to discover your own ancestry in the same way. ★★★ CONTACT ★★★ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RyanSocash Email: [email protected] Brands: [email protected] Merchandise: https://shop.spreadshirt.pl/KultAmerica https://mediakraft.tv
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Kult America (5 months ago)
Love & Light to all the people in Podkarpackie - the place my family once called home..
Matthew Avizinis (29 days ago)
My wife's family is from Dębica and though we currently call the US of A home my brother-in-law chose to live in Rzeszów. It's a beautiful region. I had similar experience as you meeting my own relatives in Lithuania.
w. gr. (3 months ago)
abercrombie3000 ladna miejscowosc.
abercrombie3000 (3 months ago)
ale jaja :) ja jestem z Ropczyc :)
Łukasz Mazur (5 months ago)
Greetings from Rzeszów. Glad to see that You are... kind of Brother to me😊
w. gr. (5 months ago)
MJ Juszczynscy most of the people living in Dolny Slask were forcibly resettled from Volhynia Tarnopol region, not from Podkarpacie. There are some orthodox Lemki from Rzeszow region though.
Marianne Lynn Latjow (6 hours ago)
My name is Marianne Wojtal and I am 2nd generation American of Polish descent. I too, have found my grandfather's papers of intent which showing paternal grandparents' place of birth. Grandfather: Jakub S. Wojtal born in Dlugie Sanok; grandmother: Katarczyna Syslo born in Wola Rzedsinsksa, near Tarnow. Which churches would have their records? How can I get the information from them? I do not speak Polish, and both my grandparents and parents died many years ago. My brother cannot speak due to stroke, and my sister has no information nor paperwork. I found this information through familysearch.org and ancestry.com Any ideas are much appreciated. I am so very happy for your family roots being discovered and shared with the world! Forever Polish & Proud!
Ariellos Pawel (20 hours ago)
I was crying while watching this video. Good guy you are.
Pacz 11 (1 day ago)
Awesome!!
Maciej Stachurski (1 day ago)
Chciałbym mieć kasę i mieszkać w Polsce.
Tom Szymanski (3 days ago)
Great job on finding your relatives in Poland. Beautiful and inspiring video. Btw man you speak Polish so fluent I'm shocked. Best of luck Sir. Wszystkiego najlepszego! Pozdrawiam.
Tworzymy (12 days ago)
Nie no... Taki materiał jest za*****ty! Nie... Ten materiał jest wzruszający!
Matt Lee (16 days ago)
Thanks for sharing so much of your story and family with us, Ryan -- !
Cynthia Shepherd (17 days ago)
WOW... I am half Polish and half Norwegian....your Polish is fantastic! My dream is to visit both countries before I die....thank you for your documentation.
Patryk Derenowski (18 days ago)
Amazing brother keep it up
bbonner422 (19 days ago)
I’m going to be doing this soon in Ireland when I’m studying there. Ironically, the town where my family came from is 50% Polish, like they have Polish masses there.
Anna Trzcińska (19 days ago)
Piękna historia. Dziękuję, że pokazujesz tak piękne wartości. Wzruszyłam się.
Kult America (19 days ago)
I can’t even watch this with out getting emotional
HI FI fan (20 days ago)
Piękna historia! niesamowite, że udało Ci się dotrzeć do rodziny w Polsce. Pozdrawiam :)
che bu (20 days ago)
Rzeszow!
Paweł F. FishingVLOG (22 days ago)
Klap... Klap... Klap... Klapklapklapklapklapklap
Ela i Marcin Kęska (25 days ago)
Piękne, wzruszające poszukiwania, brak słów... Też mam świeczki w oczach
BERKUTO (26 days ago)
Wait is your heritage mainly from your father's or mom's side? Because he looks through grandma ancestry. Well I am Turkish and my heritage from my father's side is Uzbek and my mom's side is South-Slavic.
bltpl84 (30 days ago)
what a touching story. excellent work. u got my sub for that.
Ranjan Biswas (1 month ago)
So heartwarming
mb3miasto (1 month ago)
No gościu... Szacun
swc game (1 month ago)
Mam tylko jedno słowo. WOOW
Mr Green (1 month ago)
Beautiful. .Just beautiful
WlodarczykB Rynek (1 month ago)
Witaj Polaku! Twoja twarz jest Polska, widać to po Tobie!
Ragnar Grabson (1 month ago)
Pięknie opisałeś swoją rodzinną historię która bardzo mnie poruszyła. Pozdrowienia od Polonusa.
Tomasz Kluj (1 month ago)
Greetings from Ropczyce. We've met in gliding club in Mielec.
Samuel Šinkovic (1 month ago)
I noticed that your great-grandmother was born in Nadlac. Are you planning  research on that side of family?
Maja S (1 month ago)
I must say I had tears in my eyes watching this. Maybe you are not religious but what my mom always says is " This is not only religion but traditon that was so improtant to our ansastors
Richard Kosiorowski (2 months ago)
Ścisneło mi w gardle, dużo emocji. Sam jestem z Podkarpacia.
Marcin Pietrzak (2 months ago)
niesamowita historia! Gratuluje odnalezienia kozeni :)
Joana PL (2 months ago)
This is amazing , I was actually crying while watching this !
M4trix Q (2 months ago)
Jestem z Góry Ropczyckiej xD (tej parafii)
radix (2 months ago)
4:54 my house's there :D
Kathleen Olszewski (2 months ago)
Djiekuje for this. I’m 63 and I pray that I can save enough money to someday visit my Babczi and Dziadzu’s town of Włocławek (sp) in Poland. Thank you for another burst of inspiration. ❤️
4FuN (2 months ago)
Bardzo wzruszająca i pięknie opowiedziana historia rodzinna. Podziwiam że miałeś w sobie tyle samozaparcia żeby odnaleźć rodzinę na innym kontynencie. Szacuneczek :)
cudnylolo (2 months ago)
Wspaniały film, aż dostałem gęsiej skórki...
Krystyna Koppel (2 months ago)
Robi Pan swietna robote, dla nas na obczyznie i dla naszej kochanej Ojczyzny, Niekiedy az lezka kreci mi sie w oku.Dziekuje i zycze powodzenia!!!! Oby tylko sie Pan umial obronic od polityki ,bo do tej pory chyba jest pan neutralny? Oby tak pozostalo. Polska ma jeszcze dluga droge do niezaleznosci;(
Methea88 (2 months ago)
ps. masz oczy babci :) niesamowite....
Methea88 (2 months ago)
Cudowne i ujmujące <3 to niesamowite uczucie odnaleźć swoją rodzinę. Masz cudownych krewnych którzy cię tak ciepło przyjeli. Az się wzruszyłam.
Kult America (2 months ago)
:)
Lukasz Sapikowski (2 months ago)
Szacunek dla Ciebie że chciałeś poznać swoją rodzinę w Polsce !! Żyjąc w USA Polska to wspaniały kraj wielu ciekawostek, historii, wspomnień i wspaniałych miejsc.
Mordekaiser (2 months ago)
DARO TO TY?
Maciej Zbrowski (3 months ago)
Wow so good work about your family genealogical tree Im proud of You.
pinezkaful (3 months ago)
Odezwaly się w Tobie polskie geny🙋
Mister Melon (3 months ago)
Wow thats cool Im from Rzeszow
shoshana 86 (3 months ago)
Muszę przyznać że się wzruszyłam i nawet uroniłam łezkę...
cubensis Golden (3 months ago)
One day I'll go to USA find my family there! at 6:33 I was speechless, expression on that lovely lady face was priceless when she found who you are.
Kevin Honig (3 months ago)
My grandfather was first generation. He was born in Greenepoint, Brooklyn, NYC. Our family is mainly from Warsaw and L’wow. Would love to go find out more about my family’s heritage.
Alex Klusa (3 months ago)
You speak very good polish
Marcin Urbaniec (3 months ago)
piekna historia
Victor (3 months ago)
Love his videos, but this guy is crazy ;)
Michał Tomczuk (3 months ago)
I am so happy for you dude!
Marat Muerto (3 months ago)
I realy cried
Kata Papiernik (3 months ago)
Our families are from the same place in Poland! I also live abroad and I think that your story is beautiful♥
Kult America (3 months ago)
You should do the ancestry DNA test, maybe we are cousins :)
abercrombie3000 (3 months ago)
kto z Ropczyc i bliskich okolic?
Paweł Król (3 months ago)
Super film..pozdrawiam z Oświęcimia..🙂
Ania W (3 months ago)
Mam pytanie. Dopiero teraz zacząłeś szukać swoich przodków w Polsce? Kilka lat temu, w czasach "To sie wytnie" nie zgłębiłeś tego tematu? Czy może po prostu dopiero teraz nakręciłeś o tym filmik? Poza tym świetną robotę robisz na swoim kanale, lubiłam Cię oglądać wtedy, ale teraz to już wyższa klasa. Montaż, pomysł i wykonanie :)
Kult America (3 months ago)
Im amazed you remember me from that time, most people forgot already. TSW was a job and I ask asked to play a role, I will always be grateful for that experience but it’s wasn’t true to who I am. Kult America is the type of content I’m passionate about making. Thanks for watching!
Ania (4 months ago)
Niesamowite i bardzo wzruszające. Twoja historia to tak naprawdę historia wielu polskich rodzin, których przodkowie wyemigrowali. Przepiękny materiał.
dumbcrypt (4 months ago)
wow that was really really good, i dont go to poland often to meet family, but when i go there i get to see history that family showed me ja bardzo lubie polske
Tobiasz W (4 months ago)
I'm impressed that you speak polish. Pozdrowienia z Polski
jaroslawkaczynski1 (4 months ago)
great job !!!
Piotr Matys (4 months ago)
Thank you so much for this video !!!
Maciej Buras (4 months ago)
Dude, you are eating in 'Karczma Jorgula', in my hometown Nowa Dęba! :O How small is this world? Ropczyce is really close to Nowa Dęba. A lot of people from around these areas have migrated to America. I'm glad to see that you have reconnected with your family, you have my respect for chasing up and embracing your heritage. You never know - somewhere down the line we could be cousins :) The way this lady looked at you when she found out you are the grandson of Celestyna - magical :) Almost like at the very second she realised all the physical & personal similarities :)
Kult America (3 months ago)
I eat there every time I pass through :) and yes, that moment of the video was amazing because although she was old and didn’t remember much that made a strong impression on her.
ProjectSmith (4 months ago)
Ehh ilu takich potomków Emigrantów Polskich jeszcze żyje na świecie? Amerykę budowali Polacy...
Maciej Bernatowicz (4 months ago)
This is rly amazing story! I make a big part of my familitree, since 1743 r. But its only from the father site.
Barabbas (4 months ago)
Much respect dude
mjr Diegtiariow (4 months ago)
Your Grandma was such a beauty! Precious moments. Thank you for sharing!
Polaq (4 months ago)
Coś wspaniałego. Jestem twoim widzem od początku istnienia kanału, chyba jak miał mniej niż 1k subów i jestem wzruszony patrząc jak się rozwinąłeś i jakiej jakości kontent zamieszczasz :) Good job
wertelsoriginal (4 months ago)
08:03 ....
BENIOmusic (4 months ago)
7:30 dobrze słyszę? -Popatrz Kubusiu, to jest jego babcia. -O kurwa....
BENIOmusic (4 months ago)
Dzięki, faktycznie teraz słyszę "o kurczę!"
mjr Diegtiariow (4 months ago)
"O kurczę!" - mniejszy kaliber 😋
Rafał Kowalski (4 months ago)
POLAND ! :D
B. S. (4 months ago)
"it was a quick 8 hours trip, easy as a pie" Newark -> Rzeszów And polish reality 8 hours terible trip Rzeszów-> Mazury
Przemysław Turlej (4 months ago)
What about the romanian path? Are you going to research it as well?
Kult America (3 months ago)
Yeah I’d like to actually. But I never felt close to that side.
T-Production (4 months ago)
Piekne aż mam dreszcze
dziegan (4 months ago)
Great
Mariusz Chrzanowski (4 months ago)
Widziałem wcześniej kilka twoich filmów. Były ok. Na ten film natknąłem się na JoeMonster. Od razu po obejrzeniu odwiedziłem twój kanał, żeby zasubskrybować i zostawić kilka słów w komentarzu. Jeden z najlepszych filmów jakie ostatnio widziałem na YouTube. Dzięki.
Zajac 01 (4 months ago)
Woow po prostu przyznam się... że się popłakałem.... Pozdrawiam :)
Al Biruni (4 months ago)
being polish is awsome , my mom is from south brazil and her grandparents are from poland and came to brazil during the huge european immagrant flux , tho she spoke polish when little but now forgot everything i only have an aunt in new york who still speaks polish , i still have family in poland tho my family has not contacted them for almost 35 years...... , im trying to learn polish so hopefully i can go to poland and live there and even though i have a polish surename "Racki" hopefully i can find more old documents to prove the polish government of my polish decent
Zajac 01 (4 months ago)
Powodzenia i pozdrawiam :)
ren okta (4 months ago)
If your blood comes from Podkarpacie you are a good man....😃 there are still a lot of TRUE people who live there, especially older generations, whom you can hardly find anywhere else in Poland and in the world.😕
brama (4 months ago)
The older lady was thrilled to see your gorgeous young face. :O)
Anu Ra (4 months ago)
Wow
You know what i just cried wow thank you brother much respect from NY
HappyHandyLife (4 months ago)
This was absolutely beautiful. Do you keep in touch with your relatives in Poland now that you live there? I want to go to Poland with my kids and my dad as his mom was from Warsaw. I think we should start planning it for next summer :)
Syndrome (4 months ago)
do you have a job in Poland?
Martin Ward (4 months ago)
Hello Kult America.. Ryan, i am irish. I am from Ireland and i am crazy about Poland, the culture, language everything , currently i am trying to teach myself polish and i wanted to ask you, how do you or how could someone that can have very little expectations make a living in poland wow, thank you na zdrownie i czeist 😓💙
Sebastian Sokalski (4 months ago)
Ryan please respond - where have You done this DNA test and how much did You pay for this test?
Sebastian Sokalski (3 months ago)
Thank You so much!!! :D
Kult America (3 months ago)
Ancestry.com - good luck !
Kult America (3 months ago)
Ancestry.com - good luck !
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Radek Kierepka (4 months ago)
I have a family in Canada. Family i don't know. Brother of my great-grandma was born in Poland (today it is the village in Belarus), during the war he was imprisoned by nazis and sent to concentration camp in Reich. He met there his future wife (german woman), and when the war ended they flew to America, and then to Canada. Thanks to red cross, he was found and flew back to Poland, to his sisters (his mother died before he was found, but she has never stopped lokking for him). He visited Poland couple of times in 80s and 90s. Unfortunately he died before i could meet him, and any relations has been broken (my parents and their siblings don't know english language). I only have one photograph of this uncle of mine and my father. I tried writing to Canadians by social media and asking for help, but noone ever share my post. :( I don't know, maybe there's family who don't want to talk to us in Poland. But maybe, just maybe there's a family, who would like to rebound with us...
Engin Savaş (4 months ago)
You must be grateful to your great granparents because of you are not living in a poor Polish village from 14. Century!
Darzyn (4 months ago)
<3
Olicza k (4 months ago)
Naprawdę wzruszające.😁😢
cocaine. animals (4 months ago)
Niesamowite...Cała Twoja historia którą przedstawiasz na youtube i zaangażowanie we wgłębianie się w swoje polskie pochodzenie...tymczasem moje kuzynki żyjące w Niemczech wstydzą się że są z Polski...Dlatego jestem dumny że jestem Polakiem bo wśród moich rodaków są ludzie tacy jak Ty!Resztą się nie przejmuję...
Magda M (4 months ago)
Mieszkam niedaleko Ropczyc co za historia wow !wzruszyłam się aż do łez
Mateusz Ogorzałek (4 months ago)
Pozdrawiam z Ropczyc! Bardzo się cieszę z tego, że znalazłeś swoją rodzinę. Z tych samych terenów pochodzi też moja mama :) Ksiądz, którego spotkałeś, był moim katechetą :)
Wojciech Chrzanowski (5 months ago)
I'm glad you found your family members. It was touching. I greet you and wish all good to you! :)
Wiola Wiśniewska (5 months ago)
Jakie to wzruszające . Jesteś bardzo mądrym człowiekiem i podziwiam Cię za to co robisz <3
UncleAl3 (5 months ago)
I envy you, in that you are young enough to have living relatives to make inqiuiries to re-connect with your family. I too am 1/2 Polish  of (89%) Eastern European. Being much older than you,  my close relatives are deceased. Many of my close relatives in Poland did not survive the war. As a child I still remember the wailing and anguish as the letters began to arrive with the notices of the dead.  From then on, I never asked anything. But in you I have a joy that someone - you can do this with care and respect. That care and respect is an element of piety, you're more "religious" than you think. Niech Bóg błogosławi naszej Polsce.
Mariusz Gliwiński (5 months ago)
Wow, awesome video. I regret of not discovering my family tree. I know my uncle which is unfortunately dead made a great tree of his side. I'm gonna definitely have a talk with my grandma about that.
Katy Katy (5 months ago)
Popłakałam się w siódmej minucie. Cieszę się Rayan, że znalazłeś swoją rodzinę ☺
Daria Ryczańczyk (5 months ago)
You look so much like your grandfather!
LittleLebowski (5 months ago)
You killed it with this one! Great Job
John Labus (5 months ago)
My family also came through Ellis Island, on their way to Pennsylvania, and then on their way to Chicago as it appeared that your family also did. Both of my parents' paternal families, and my father's maternal family came from the same general region that is southeast Poland, eastern Slovakia and western Ukraine, in and near the Carpathian Mtns. Only my father's family identified as Polish while my mother's paternal family identified as Lemko/Rusyn/Ruthenian/Ukrainian. All immigrated from the Austrian-Hungarian empire region of Galicia around the turn of the 20th Century. Thanks for this video.

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