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jnytofte



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Post Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 2:50 pm      Post subject: Bassarab family, Lachowce, 19th C
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Hi!
My mother was adopted as a baby and does not know her biological parents. Her and I believe my great grandmother Anna Bassarab to be born in Lachowce, Poland, though the exact spelling may be wrong, based on the birth records of my mother's father. The year of Anna Bassarab's birth is a little unclear, but around 1895-1897, and she was born on July 25. She immigrated to Denmark, where I am from, sometime between her birth and 1920. Her father's name was Stefan Bassarab and her mother's name was Paraska Iwanus. In Denmark, she married Danish Karl Emil Ferdinand Christense, and they had my grandfather, Rudolf William Christensen.

We are so interested in finding more information about our Polish heritage and where Anna came from, and where the last name Bassarab came from.

Thank you in advance!

Josefine Nytofte
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:32 am      Post subject: Re: Bassarab family, Lachowce, 19th C
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jnytofte wrote:
Hi!
My mother was adopted as a baby and does not know her biological parents. Her and I believe my great grandmother Anna Bassarab to be born in Lachowce, Poland, though the exact spelling may be wrong, based on the birth records of my mother's father. The year of Anna Bassarab's birth is a little unclear, but around 1895-1897, and she was born on July 25. She immigrated to Denmark, where I am from, sometime between her birth and 1920. Her father's name was Stefan Bassarab and her mother's name was Paraska Iwanus. In Denmark, she married Danish Karl Emil Ferdinand Christense, and they had my grandfather, Rudolf William Christensen.

We are so interested in finding more information about our Polish heritage and where Anna came from, and where the last name Bassarab came from.

Thank you in advance!

Josefine Nytofte


Welcome Josefine,

The village Lachowce is described in an old geography book (end of XIX and very begging of XX centuries), actually it is Łachowce (L with an inclined dash; it spells like W in wood), here
http://dir.icm.edu.pl/pl/Slownik_geograficzny/Tom_V/566

powiat Tomaszowski, gmina Telatyn
... 219 inhabitants, 27 settlements ...
then description of cattle

On today Google maps it's here:
Łachowce, Poland
Telatyn, Poland
Rzeplin, Telatyn, Poland
(to discriminate various Rzepin, you have to give a place nearby)

It's in the South-East of Poland, nearby today border with Ukraina.

The name Bassarab is probably from Bassarabia, which is in today Moldova
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bessarabia

Very few persons with Bassarab name today
http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/bassarab.html

But there is much more with Bassara, and here they are in the South-East:
http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/bassara.html

Concerning Paraska Iwanus:

The etymology of the first name Paraska
http://www.deon.pl/imieniny/imie,2354,parascewa.html

Name of Greek origin, from Greek paraskeue 'preparation', used to denote the day of preparation for the Sabbath, the day before Passover. This name is used by Eastern Christians, including in Russia and Ukraine. Its abbreviated form (Ukrainian) is Paraska. In Modern Greek "paraskeue" means 'Friday' (the day before Saturday - the Sabbath), hence the Church Slavonic translation of the holy name: Pjatnyća, in Serbian Petka (= Friday).

Well known Ukrainian Grandma Paraska
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paraska_Korolyuk

The name Iwanus is from Iwan, Iwan = John.
Hundred something people with that name in today Poland
http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/iwanus.html

It could be that Paraska Iwanus was of Ukrainian origin.

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Elzbieta
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Post Posted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:29 am      Post subject:
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Great, thank you so much!

Do you know where I can look for Polish birth records? We believe the Bassarab family was Catholic - most likely Roman Catholic.

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Josefine
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