Discovering our Ancestors' Travels and Travails

Work in Progress

Progress is made in fits and starts.

Last month, I made a guess about which Tylice was the birthplace of our great-grandfather Jan Maciejewski. I researched and wrote about what I thought was the most likely candidate in Silesia. Then I looked again at the St. Stanislaus baptism records for our grandfather’s siblings and noticed that in some records, the birth place for Jan or Weronika was listed as Nieżywięć, Prussia. At least that’s what I think it said. I still have trouble reading Polish letters, especially handwritten names with diacritical marks. I did more research, and found a Nieżywięć near Tylice in Brodnica County in Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship (north-central Poland). Now this location seems more likely than my original guess, and deserves more research.

I thought that our Skrok grandparents–Jan and Agnieszka–had not lived in or near Będzin in Poland, but, it turns out that, for a brief period of time, they had. In going through old records, I found our grandfather’s application for citizenship after his return to the United States in 1923, and the address given for his wife and children was in Sosnowiec Pogoń, Powiat Będzin. His sister Stanisława‘s husband, Adam Kiec, returned to the United States in 1924, and gave his wife’s address in Poland as Dabrowicze, Powiat Będzin. Now we know that both families were there in the early 1920s, and Sosnowiec is probably where Uncle Ted was born after all. I wonder what more I can discover?

That’s why I keep going back to original sources, to fit in yet another piece of the puzzle.

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