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US official visits his ancestors' Polish village
US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel visits Polish village where his ancestors lived
Associated Press
2014-01-31 11:22 PM

KISZKOW, Poland (AP) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has paid a visit to the village in western Poland where his maternal ancestors were married in the 19th century and examined the marriage documents.

On the second day of his official visit to Poland, Hagel traveled on Friday to Kiszkow, where his mother's grandparents came from, before immigrating to the United States. On Thursday, Hagel told reporters his grandmother's name was Kakolewska.

In the village, he stopped at Dabrowka church and examined the original marriage certificate, a copy of which was offered to him.

The church is located on the same site of the church where his ancestors were married in 1882, but which burned down in the 1920s.

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