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Squirrel6s



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Post Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 6:39 pm      Post subject: Malinowski and Malinowskich
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Hello!

I am very excited because I got an email back from the Polish National Archives!

Here, on this forum, I was able to get some help deciphering what I hope is an accurate birth place, and using that information, I asked about the surname Malinowski. The email returned says they can do a query for the family name Malinowskich. Are those two names close enough that it would be something worth pursuing? I have never seen the name with the additional 'ch' on the end in family records or tradition.

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Susanne
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Post Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 7:08 pm      Post subject:
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Susanne,

Malinowski is a pretty common surname in Poland. Therefore, a bit of caution is needed before starting spending money. Malinowskich or Malinowscy are declensioned forms to refer to "the Malinowskis'.
I, too, once ordered a 10-year search for the Magrowski in Dobrzjewice and received about 40 BMD scanned records. It saved a lot of time and money.

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 9:00 pm      Post subject:
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Susanne,

What Gilberto said about Malinowskich being a form of the surname Malinowski is accurate. Polish nouns and adjectives (the surname Malinowski is an adjective) have various endings which show how the word is being used in a sentence, e.g. whether it is the subject, the direct object, indirect object, etc. In terms of grammar the different endings are called "Cases" and Polish has seven "cases" and when you consider that nouns can be either singular or plural the number of forms doubles. What the name in the email probably means is "of the Malinowskis" or in more simple English usage "of the Malinowski family." Both Malinowski and Malinowskich express the same surname. As Gilberto said, Malinowski is a rather common surname but if you believe that your family came from the village about which you asked, it may be helpful to have the search done. From my experience with archives in Poland, the way the deal works is on what contractors would call a time and materials basis. The time rate is 25PLN per hour for the research and then there is a fee of between 2 and 4PLN per record copy. Unless the search takes neigh unto forever, the cost is rather reasonable especially when you consider the charge is only about $8.00 per hour---sort of like what a teenager would be paid for an unskilled part time job.

Wishing you success in your search,

Dave
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