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FamilySearch5661



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Post Posted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:57 pm      Post subject: Konarzewski, Konaszewski
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My maiden name was Konarzewski, my great grandparents immigrated in 1905 and immigration papers show the spelling as Bartlomiej Konaszewski and Franciska Konaszewska (maiden name Urbanski), yet they used the Konarzewski spelling in the USA.

Would the spelling differences affect my research attempts in Poland? Are there hints within a name and where should I start researching?

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Zenon
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Post Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:14 am      Post subject:
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Kari,

Konarzewski, Konaszewski, Konar-; from Polish konar - „bough, branch, antler” or kon(i)arz - „horse-breeder”.

In 2002 there were 2392 individuals using the surname Konarzewski living in Poland. Detailed map of the surname distribution can be found here: https://nazwiska-polskie.pl/Konarzewski .

There were only 353 people bearing the surname Konaszewski, see the map: https://nazwiska-polskie.pl/Konaszewski .


In the old Poland there was a few noble families of Konarzewski and Konaszewski:

Konarzewski coat of arms Łodzia in Konarzew, Kalisz province in 1518
Konarzewski coat of arms Nowina in Łęczyca province in 1577
Konaszewski coat of arms Pobóg in Konarzew, Mazovia province in 1626
Konarzewski coat of arms Pobóg in Konarzew, Ciechanów province in 1416
Konarzewski coat of arms Poraj in Kanarzew, Poznań province in 1674
Konarzewski coat of arms Prus in the Greater Poland in 1550
Konarzewski coat of arms Wręby in Konarzew near Rawicz in 1668
Konarzewski coat of arms Radwan in the Lesse Poland
Konaszewski in Grodno province in 1674

Listen how your surname is pronounced in Polish (click on the “Listen” button): http://goo.gl/Y10ki and http://goo.gl/CbwzY .

Click here http://polishorigins.com/databases/index?s=Konarzewski and http://polishorigins.com/databases/index?s=Konaszewski to check what can be found about your surname in the PolishOrigins Databases tool.

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FamilySearch5661



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Post Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 7:39 am      Post subject:
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Zenon, Thank you for this information. I deeply apologize for not thanking you before this, but I have not been actively working on Genealogy for many months now and just read this post from you. I will look into this the best that I can.

I do not think that my family was of a noble family, however, my cousin said that my great grandmother, nee Urbanska, told her that her marriage to Bartlomiej was an arranged marriage and that she was forced to join him in the US. She did not want to leave her homeland. My cousin who lived our granny, did not remember any correspondence between our granny and her homeland.

I truly appreciate all the information that you have provided for me.

Kari Peterson
Portland Oregon USA

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Post Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 8:01 am      Post subject:
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FamilySearch5661 wrote:

I do not think that my family was of a noble family, however, my cousin said that my great grandmother, nee Urbanska, told her that her marriage to Bartlomiej was an arranged marriage and that she was forced to join him in the US. She did not want to leave her homeland. My cousin who lived our granny, did not remember any correspondence between our granny and her homeland.

Kari,
It's interesting to hear about your great grandmother's marriage being an arranged marriage. A cousin of mine told me the same about the marriage of his grandparents. I started a discussion about that here:
http://polishorigins.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=3918#3918
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Post Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:32 pm      Post subject: arranged marriages
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My great grandfather Kazimierz Tenczar supposedly came to the US in 1895 and my great grandmother Honorata nee Januszek(Little Busia) in 1897 (although I can't find documentation of those dates, found them on the 1920 census). Little Busia's mother's maiden name was also Tenczar and DziaDzia and Busia's home villages were only 3 miles apart. I have wondered if this was some sort of arranged marriage but they didn't get married until 1902 in Chicago. The marriage certificate from the church is the oldest document I can find on either of them at this point.
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:20 am      Post subject:
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Kari,
I am putting your information from your profile here. I think that the forums are read more than the profiles. You wrote:
'My maiden name is Konarzewski. My great grandparents came to the USA in 1905. It is hard to read their hometowns on immigration papers, but it resembles Bolechow as it is written Bosolewo on my g-grandfather's April 1905 papers, Bolszovska on my g-grandmothers July 1905 papers and Bolezewo on a friend's, Maciej Klimczak's papers in 1906. My g-grandfather's sister was married to a John Galecki. Her papers state that her place of birth was Bresso and her children Boranowska. Boranowska was also her last place of residence. My cousin has told me that the marriage between my g-grandparents was an arranged marriage. They did not have a lot of money so I don't know if arranged marriages were common outside of the wealthy.'

If you are looking for the village, or want to be sure of the village, if you can scan and post any documents here for Polish Origins members to look at. I think it's helpful to have others look at it. Based on what you wrote, I want you to know that there is a village named Bolszewo. That seems to be close to what is on some of your documents. The LDS has filmed church records for Bolszewo. Look here:
http://tinyurl.com/bwtym7l

They have also filmed records from Bolechow, but there appears to be more than one village by that name, and I'm not familiar with any of them:
http://tinyurl.com/c4bzsms

To answer your question about an arranged marriage, yes, I've heard about people that didn't have wealth that had arranged marriages (not in my family that I know of).
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Post Posted: Wed Apr 17, 2013 9:23 am      Post subject:
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Thanks everybody for information about Konarzewski surname! My grandmother from mother side was Konarzewska - the oldest known grand-grand father is Apollinary Henrih August Konarzewski
(Аполинарий Генрих Август (Михайлович)
Конаржевский) He was sent to Russia in 1863/64 after Warsaw rebellion. If anybody can help to find any more information, I'll be very grateful!
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Post Posted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:22 am      Post subject: thank you Cheri
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Cheri, Thank you so very much for all of your information regarding Konarzewski and family history links for Bolchewo. I just now saw the post, over a year later! I will definitely look into this as this is the first and closest I've gotten to finding my great grandparents homeland. I so appreciate you!

Kari Peterson
Portland, OR USA

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