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Hello Polish Research Colleagues,
May I ask you to submit your Polish surnames that have suffered "Aliases, Adulterations and Anglicizations"?
I'd like to develop a Polish Surname Finding Aid on my Michigan Polonia website to help colleagues identify the earlier / proper Polish surname for their ancestors. The list will include spelling changes as well as anglicized Polish surnames. A column can be added that indicates the area the family came from in PL and
resided in the US -say- 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930. I hesitate to add emails since Spamming is so prevalent.
I have head Fred Hoffman lecture on this topic before. Recently I used a great site to figure out my husband's French Canadian surnames. It's based on Robert E. Chenard's compilation:
So, to start off I have my ancestor's surnames:
Przytula/ Przytulski, Kling
Wojtkowiak / Voight
Zdziebko / Jepko, Japko, Zipko
Please see my sample webpage:
My last notebook covered online European maps for Polish
research. This notebook entry highlights online maps for North American
Successful researchers will access current as well as period maps.
of Congress is a great place to find 19th century maps.
The panoramic map selection has a range of U.S. and Canadian cities
and towns during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
includes many panoramas of large and small communities that Poles settled
in including 18 for Chicago, 2 for Michigan City, Indiana, an 1878
map of Chicopee, Mass. The mining areas in Michigan like Red Jacket
and Ironwood are also represented.
Animated Census / Surnames
The Hamrick Software website
uses government census date to show the frequency and distribution of
names in the continental US. The maps
use data from the 1850,
1880, 1920 and 1990 US Census.
I created a set of maps for the surname Adamski. The surname did not appear
in the 1850 nor 1880 database. (it uses the 50,000 most commonly occurring
in the US) The 1920 and 1990 distribution maps appear below. Once the maps
are created you can animate them on the website.
lines maps software is available. They use 2,300 maps to show
the changing state and county lines from 1776 to the present. They
explain why these maps are useful: Just about
every researcher deals with the problem of finding an old town that has
long-since disappeared from the map. The software also had SiteFinder
a guide to locate cemeteries, farms, country schools, mining camps
and railway stations.
maps were created by the insurance industry to identify the location
and materials of structures in communities across the US. Many researchers
have accessed these maps at archives and libraries. These maps are now
available online. The most common access is via a local library. Since
the annual membership for the collection is pricey your local library
is most likely to offer just your state. Sanborn Maps are excellent references
for identifying older neighborhoods that our ancestors settled. I understand
from a colleague who attended the 2004 Institute of Genealogy and Historical
Research that the whole US collection can be accesses at the Samford
University Library in Birmingham, Alabama.
There are several hundred maps for Detroit that range from 1884 to 1951
while out state regions such as Negaunne has 7 maps available. Access
to the maps of the Polish neighborhoods of Detroit provided long sought
information that there were two churches side by side at St. Casimir
and there was a notation on the Felecian Sisters Convent that their orphan
accommodated 100 girls.
Many researchers use Heritage Quest Online at their local library and
now can buy an inexpensive membership to the Godfrey
Library (as a Godfrey
Scholar ) and access heritagequest online via their home computer. The
Books online have histories
and city directories for the regions common the Polish American community.
A quick search
yielded great maps for Pani Maria,Texas, East Chicago, Indiana and Buffalo,
Colleagues whose ancestors settled in Canada will find useful maps on
the Library and Archives of
Kashubian researchers will find maps Wilno, Renfew,
Ontario. View both sections B8 and B9 for the full view of Renfrew. Renfrew
farmers are listed in the 1880 Atlas of Ontario hosted on the McGill
Using the people
search I found five residences
born in Poland including Jacob Zielinskie living in Kleinburg, Vaughan
Twp.,York. He was a druggist. Search results for birth place GERMANY
brought up 459 matches.
Maps are available online. I searched for a Polish framing community
of Freesoil, Mason, MI. Two maps were online for the location. There
are 6 online maps for Calumet, Houghton Co., MI.