Iwona's Sources - Places & Surnames

Introduction

This list of surnames comes from different areas of 19th Century Poland.  In reality, Poland did not exist during this period, having been partitioned by Austria, Russia and Prussia at the end of the 18th Century. Records during this period were registered as either Austria (Galicia), Russia or Prussia.  Poland did not regain its independence until after World War I in 1918. Map of Partitions of Poland : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Partitions_of_Poland.png

By listing surnames by the partitions ( Galicia, Prussia and Russia/Kingdom of Poland) makes it easier to determine what general area of Poland your ancestors immigrated from, since that was how they were listed in passenger records country of origin.

If you find your ancestor's surname under the Russian column, do not assume they were Russian.  Over the centuries, people from many countries lived in Poland, mainly Germans, Austrians, Russians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians and Jews.

The Places Section lists the surnames by the town name, county name and partition along with any other information that will be useful to the researscher.

The Surname Section lists the town and gives the comments on the records - they are mostly Catholic records unless specified.

The names use equivalent Roman letters without the Polish diacritical marks because some software programs do not decode them correctly but provide odd characters instead of the correct letter.

To search for the surname there are three alphabetical listings shown in the Surname section - The first row in red indicates indicates the pages where the first letter of the surname can be found. The second row in red indicates the page with the second letter in the surname can be located, and the third row in red indicates the section with the third letter in the surname. Scroll down to the name you are looking for.

An example for the name is given here - Adamczak

Click on the Surname first lettet "A" A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Click on the Surname second letter "d" A b c d f g h i j k l m n p r s t u v w x y z

Click on the Surname third letter "a" Ad a e j k l r u

Then stroll down to the Adamczak surname listings. It provides the place where the information was found. If you don't find that surname, search for variations in the spelling.

Then go to the Place listings and look for other associated family surnames - if you find any, it gives a higher probability that this is the place where your family onced lived. Then view a copy of the original records to obtain futher information.

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