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My, how the family has grown! Marcin and Anna Szczepański had six children after coming to the United States in 1881. Five of these children had an average of seven children each, giving Marcin and Anna 35 grandchildren. Our father had 8 siblings, and 26 cousins from his mother’s side of the family. That’s a lot of people!

Of course, most of those children had children, and they are our siblings, first, and second cousins. All told, there were 106 of us in this generation. Unfortunately, a few died as babies and some have died in adulthood:

  • Józef MALINOWSKI (1929-1929)
  • Telesfor Teodor MALINOWSKI Jr. (1932-1968)
  • Ryta WNĘK (1933-1958)
  • Norbert Joseph MALINOWSKI (1934-2010)
  • Edwin A. WNĘK (1935-1991)
  • Joan WNĘK SCHUESSLER (1937-2008)
  • Martyna IGNASIAK (1942-1942)
  • Michael Bernard MACIEJEWSKI (1943-1973)
  • Ronald James BOCZKOWSKI (1943-2006)
  • Daniel Joseph WNĘK (1948-1995)
  • James Alois AMEND (1949-2007)
  • Roy FRANCIS (1952-1952)
  • Howard FRANCIS (1955-1955)
  • Arlene AMEND (1956-1984)
  • Robert RENNICKS (1956-1998)
  • Paul Edward RENNICKS (1958-1983)
  • Baby Girl MACIEJEWSKI (1968-1968)

From 1929 to 1972, there were babies born to this generation almost every year:


Szczepanski bookSince I still had some of my old books about the Descendants of Martin and Anna Szczepański, I recently sent letters to 83 descendants whose addresses I was able to find in internet directories. A few I was unable to identify, especially in cases where more than one person of the approximate age used a similar name. I asked that families talk to each other and let me know if anyone would like a copy of the book. I have a limited number of copies left, and I would like to see them all in good homes!

Although the data is not complete for the next generation, there were at least 169  children born between 1954 and the early 2000s. Michael was the most popular name, with 7 boys named Michael in the Wopperer, Wojciechowski, Mathews, Brimmer, Maciejewski, Voytovich, and Slawson families. Brian, James, Jeffrey, Mark, and Paul each had 4 boys with those names. Girls’ names were more diverse, although there were 3 girls with each of the names Emily, Jennifer, Mary, and Tanya. Here is the the list of names in the 5th  generation from Marcin and Anna and the frequency with which they occurred:


Please let me know if you have updates to the list!

Comments on: "Marcin & Anna Szczepański’s Growing Family" (5)

  1. […] to Buffalo in 1881 and the family grew. By 1997, I was able to identify over three hundred Descendants of Martin and Anna Szczepański, and self-published a book about them. However, I was not sure where in Germany-Poland Martin and […]


  2. […] that over a hundred years later, the certificate would come into the hands of the great-grandchild (of 106) most interested in family history? In 1997, I wrote the book about the Descendants of Martin and […]


  3. […] New York. I wrote about their place of origin in “Finding Szembruczek,” and of their many descendants. I did not see how we were related from our trees, so I sent a message to KE offering to exchange […]


  4. […] paternal grandmother’s family name was Szczepański, so my father had Szczepański cousins. But so did my mother! I remember she sent Christmas cards to people named Szczepański. They were […]


  5. […] identified one of his ancestors as John Barch, an Americanized version of Jan Barczykowski. Several descendants of my great grandparents Marcin Szczepański and Anna Kalinowska were identified as our relatives in common. How were we […]


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