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Aga Pawlus
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Post Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 5:46 am      Post subject: Polish by Heart. My Father's Stories" by Walter Urbanek
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Walter and his family will be our guests in September 2015. He did an enormous job and written all stories told by his father to celebrate his 97th birthday.

Walter agreed to share this work with you (we can't thank you enough for this Władek!).

It might be interesting especially for those of you, who have their ancestors in Krosno area (south-east part of Poland, former Galicia).



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Post Posted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 7:56 am      Post subject:
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Hi Walter,

I'm looking forward to reading these stories in depth. I traveled to Odrzykoń last October with Zenon and PolishOrigins. We found records showing that my 5th great-grandfather was a Jan Urbanek. Perhaps no relation, but you never know. Do you know if any family members moved to Odrzykoń?

Either way, I'm sure you will have a fantastic trip. I'd love to hear about it once you return.

Mike
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 03, 2014 10:07 am      Post subject: Jan Urbanek
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On page 34 of "Polish By Heart" my Dad relates this story of a village of only 50 houses:

"The fact that there was three Jan Urbanek’s in town, at least once, caused an unfortunate incident. The police were notified by someone “that Jan Urbanek’s dog bit me”. So the police arrived at Jan and Monika’s farm and shot the dog. It was the wrong Jan Urbanek and the wrong dog. To add to the insult, the police charged Jan one złoty for the cost of the bullet. Jan was so mad that he stopped work and declared it a holiday to commemorate the lost dog."

I know that Odrzykon is the next town to the west of Sporne. Where did you find your records? My Aunt searched the records of the local church in Korczyna to the 1700's. There is another "Jan Urbanek" born in 1812 in my family tree. He had 18 children by Rosalia Ziobro, but only 7 survived childhood. I am a descendant of one of their sons, Francisek Urbanek. I have some information on the descendants of 2 of Francisek's siblings: Antoni who married Julianna Polchlopek, and Agnes who married Jan Szmyd and a Michael Polchlopek.

What other family names are in your tree?
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Post Posted: Wed Jan 28, 2015 5:28 pm      Post subject: Polish by Heart by Walter Urbanek
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I just spent the afternoon reading one of the most interesting and informative stories of Poles from the Krosno area of Poland. Walter Urbanek's story "Polish By Heart" hit close to home since part of my Polish family is from that area of Poland. The stories give me a better understanding of the history in that area and possible reasons for my own family's immigration to the U.S. I am so happy to have stumbled upon it and grateful to Mr. Urbanek for sharing it through Polish Origins.
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Post Posted: Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:53 am      Post subject:
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Thank you for your kind words. I looked you up and visited the website for the Polish group you belong to in Cleveland. I want to explore that site more fully in the coming days. There's so much on that site. Through Polish Origins I set up a special tour in September 2015 for my family in southern Poland. We also expect to meet with family after that tour.

It's interesting to determine what caused immigrants to settle in a particular place. On my father's side the link seems to be the weaving trade. My great grandfather helped found a Society of Weavers in Korczyna, Poland. His offspring left Poland and settled in Newmarket, NH, I surmise, because of the weaving mills there. The "why" makes sense but I don't know "how" or "who" found out about the mills in New Hampshire. Perhaps another family had found that location and let other families know. I wonder who made the first connection.

Keep up the good work!
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Post Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2015 5:36 pm      Post subject:
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Walter

I am wondering if you have any information on the family of Helena Pelczar. I am working on a story about her and her family. Her parents were Franciszek Pelczar and Salomea Wiernasz. She was born in Korczyna and I believe her parents as well. There is a thought she was related to St. Josef Sebastian Pelczar. I am assuming the Pelczar and Pelczarski names are from the same family line somewhere way back. Helena was believed to have stigmata. Do you remember any stories you may have heard from your family about her? Any family connections to Cleveland? I'm trying to piece together as many of these families from Korczyna as I can. Thank you!

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 9:46 am      Post subject: Korczyna
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Hi Trina,

I have neither heard of anyone with stigmata nor named Helena Pelczar when interviewing my father, nor do we have any known Cleveland connections. In "Polish By Heart"(PBH) there is a supplemental section on St. Josef Sebastian Pelczar. In it I write that I cannot find any direct link to my family even though there is an "Urbanek" in the saint's family tree. The only "Pelczar" I know of is an Andrew Pelczar who married into the family. Andrew immigrated to Newmarket, NH and then moved to Middletown CT. His 1919 wedding party's photo is on page 18 of "PBH".

The two most famous Korcyzna residents were St Josef Sebastian Pelczar and General Stanislaw Szeptycki.

I maintain a family tree also that was researched by my aunt (who is still alive and whom I will visit in September). I have four main sources on Korczyna: 1. The parish records of the church in Korcyzna which is where my aunt found many records. 2. If you research Ellis Island you can find many of the passengers who came from Korcyzna. Maybe you could do a search of where people came from. 3. Another source is the Jewish web site on Korcyzna which gives records and names connected with the Hollocost there. 4. There is also a web-site that one of my Pelczarski relatives runs out of Chicago. You can find it by typing in that family name. He maintains his family tree on that site and if you ask you may be granted permission to view that tree. I have contributed to that research. He also relates what he suspects is the origin of his family's name.

Keep me informed of anything you find of interest.

Walter
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Post Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2015 11:03 am      Post subject:
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Thanks Walter. I believe I may have already been in touch with your relative in Chicago and reviewed his tree. He talks about the origin of the Pelczar name being from Sweden....all very interesting. I will ontinue searching. I'll let you know if I find any connections that you would be interested in.
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Post Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:14 am      Post subject: Possible relation?
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My great grandfather was Anthony Gonet. His census info lists his country of origin as Austrian Poland and it looks like he came to the United States around 1900. He lived in Salem, Massachusetts. His son, Albert, was my grandfather.
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Post Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:59 pm      Post subject: Gonet
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I have record of several Gonets in my family tree quite far back in time:

Antoni Gonet 1813 (and his 6 siblings)
His daughter Maria Gonet 1849-1906 (and her 4 siblings)
Maria Gonet married my great grandfather Franciszek Urbanek (1850-1920) and they had 5 children including my grandfather Jan.

Of Maria Gonet's siblings Joseph 1836 married Maria Piwowar. They had two children, John 1872-1934. John and Maria had 5 children.
Josep and Maria had another son Antoni 1866-1924. Antoni married Julia Miesowicz they had 2 children. Antoni had a second wife Mary 1873-1948 by whom he had another 9 children.

This Antoni Gonet went to Salem! Was your grandfather Albert born of Julia or Mary? If so, we have a common ancestry from Antoni Gonet 1813 and Katarzyna Kubit 1817. I can go deeper on the Kubit side by 2 generations, 1737.

Are you Nancy Drew the girl detective?
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Post Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:57 pm      Post subject: re:Gonet
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Hi Walter,
Thanks for the quick response. My grandfather's mother was Mary. I have found many variations for her maiden name: Wierzka, Wienzbicka, Wybicka, Weconybyka, Wicizlika, Weirzbicka, Ubitska, Wierzbicki and Plotycia. Anthony is buried at St. Mary's cemetery in Salem, MA. He died in 1924. My grandfather, Albert, was the last remaining child of Anthony's and he passed away in 2000. He had several siblings. My aunt wrote his obituary and listed John, Joseph. William Boleslaus, Andrew, Frank, Helen, Amelia and Rose. It's challenging tracking down some leads when the names are changed or when there are repeats of certain first names. Add in women changing their name when they get married to confuse as well. Do you know what city Anthony was from? You have done some amazing research and I have enjoyed reading your father's stories that you chronicled! I only have one relative left that speaks Polish and knows the stories and traditions. I plan to write to her to encourage a dialogue about our family.
Thanks!
Nancy (Gonet) Drozewski aka the famous sleuth, Nancy Drew.

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Post Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 10:55 pm      Post subject: Gonet
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Hi Nancy,
The source of information on my Gonet connections was my Aunt who lived in Krosno, Poland. She died in 2015 in her nineties. I believe she found the information in church Baptism and Marriage records in Korczyna, Poland. Maria Gonet and Franciszek Urbanek were married in that church in Korczyna. Their farm was in the village of Sporna which was closeby but had no church. I don't know if the Gonets were from Sporna, Korczyna or some other near village, but they went to Korczyna for church.
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Post Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 11:18 pm      Post subject: Gonet
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Nancy,

Last year I received a Facebook friend request from a Michael Gonet of Boston Mass. He is another descendant of Antoni Gonet. He is a descendant of Albert's oldest brother John.
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Post Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 5:34 am      Post subject: Korczyna
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Hi Walter,
Thanks for confirming the Korczyna church connection. I came across a few things that made me suspect they attended church there. I have been trying to remember everything that I have heard through the years. My mother, who married into the Gonet family, has actually been a good source of tidbits of information that she remembers.
With the number of siblings my grandfather had, I'm sure there must be quite a number of decendents that are still around the Salem area or at least in Massachusetts.
Have you ever used any online genealogy resources?

Nancy

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Post Posted: Thu Feb 16, 2017 1:14 pm      Post subject: Gonet Family Tree
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I have not used any ancestry database but others I know have to great success. I have relied on relatives. I looked in my files and found something put together by Jim Smerczynski (whom I never met) dated 1995. Jim is a distant relative. His work overlaps some put together by my aunt. Your great grandfather is number 35.


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