Brothers and half-brothers

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Life was hard in Austrian Poland in the late 1800s. Financial hardship, illness and death affected families in ways that sometimes make it difficult to trace our family stories.  In one of my genealogical lines there is the story of a man who married a woman. She gave birth to two children, one of whom died. A couple of years after her child died, she herself died, leaving her husband with a young son. He in turn married another woman who gave birth to two sons. Then the original father of the boys died, leaving the young woman with three children.

She married for a second time and gave birth to yet another son. The new husband secured a place in America and eventually the rest of the family came.  I do not know yet what happened to the wife and husband after the early years of the century. If anyone can tell me about Joseph and Helena Stoklosa, I would love to hear it. Are the the same Stoklosas who lived in Michigan? I am not convinced that they are. Also, was Joseph  himself a widower? There is mention of three other siblings still in Poland in 1960.

In the meantime, here is the basic information about the brothers of this convoluted story, as told in their obituaries.

Walter Prusak

Son of Maciej Prusak and Julia nee Kosowski

Born 6 Jan 1886 at Przeciszow

Died 4 April 1948 at Bayonne NJ

Walter Prusak, 61, dies at hospital. Walter Prusak, 61, of 161 West 4th Street, died Thursday at Bayonne Hospital after a brief illness. Born in Poland, he had lived in Bayonne 53 years. He was employed as a weaver by the E. H. Cardinal Company of Jersey City for 20 years and was a member of the John Sobieski Society, Branch 53 Sons of Poland; Polish Roman Catholic Union of America; St. Anthony’s Benevolent Society and the Moniuszko Musicians Society. He is survived by his wife, the former Nellie Jarek; a son, John; two daughters, Julia and Mrs.Wanda Stupinski, four grandchildren, and a brother, John. The funeral will take place Monday from the residence. A solemn high mass will be celebrated at Mt. Carmel Church at 10 a.m. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington.

Antoni Prusak

Son of Maciej Prusak and Julia nee Kosowski

Born 14 June 1888 at Przeciszow

Died 2 Nov 1889 at Przeciszow

John W. Prusak

Son of Maciej Prusak and Helen nee Momot

Born 11 Dec 1893 at Przeciszow

Died 21 September 1976 at Blasdell NY

PRUSAK-John W.of Blasdell, N.Y., suddenly, Sept. 21, 1976, beloved husband of the late Mary Prusak (nee Balon); dearest father of Mrs. Michael (Frances) Skora, Walter (Starling) Prusak, Ted (Clar Prusak, Frank (Alice) Prusak, Stanley (Alice) Prusak, Mrs. Bernard (Mary)Panfil, Leonard (Rita) Prusak  and the late John Prusak; brother of the late Walter Prusak, Frank  Prusak  and Stanley Stoklosa; brother-in law of Verna Stoklosa, Mrs. Joseph (Julia) Kryszak, Albert Peglow and the late Lottie Kozik, Leo Balon,

Louis Balon, Anna Maurer, Edna Balon, Julian Balon and Sophie Peglow; also survived by 26 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held SaturdaySept. 25 at the John J. Kaczor Funeral Home, 3748 So. Park Ave., Blasdell and at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church Interment in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Mr. Prusak was a member of the Holy Name Society, Polish National Alliance No. 1889 and a retired member of the U.S.W. of A. Local No. 2604.

Frank H. Prusak

Son of Maciej Prusak and Helen nee Momot

Born 21 Jun 1899 at Przeciszow

Died 18 Nov 1947 at Hamburg NY

Frank H. Prusak of 187 Buffalo St. died last Tuesday. He leaves surviving his widow, Mrs. Helen Letkowski Prusak, four children, Frank Jr., Edwin, Raymond and Leo; and two brothers, Walter Prusak of Bayonne, N. J.,and John Prusak. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning from Mother of Good Counsel Church. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Stanley Stoklosa

Son of Helen Momot Prusak and Josef Stoklosa

Born about 1900 in or near Przeciszow

Died 8 September 1960 at Blasdell NY

Stanley Stoklosa of 79 Marlowe Avenue, Blasdell, passed away at the OLV Hospital on September 8 after a recent illness. A native of Poland, Mr, Stoklosa had been a resident of Blasdell for over 30 years. The Bethlehem Steel Co. employed him as a Level Operator in the Strip Mill. He was a member of the Our Mother of Good Counsel Holy Name Society, the Polish National Alliance, Group #1889 and the Steelworkers CIO Local #2604. Services were conducted from The Colonial Memorial Chapels, Inc. 3003 South Park Avenue, Monday morning at 9:00 and from Our Mother of Good Counsel Church at 9:30. Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward Roche officiated at the Requiem Mass, assisted by Rev. Manhardt and Rev. Miller. Rev. Sermak assisted in the Sanctuary. Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery. Mr. Stoklosa’s surviving family consists of his wife, Verna Stoklosa; his children, Mrs. Robert (Florence) Carroll, Stanley Jr„ Raymond, Mrs. Daniel (Dorothy) Keefe and Mrs. Robert (Sylvia) Welczak; his brothers and sister, John Prusak, of Blasdell, and John, Walter and Anna, all of Poland; and thirteen grandchildren.

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The Researcher meets the Researcher

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Maybe it was the solar eclipse affecting my brain. I suddenly found myself with some free time and realized that in the dim reaches of time I had started a blog about genealogy. So I used  a bit of that free time to put together a few reports about the Prusaks of Przeciszow Poland,  Buffalo NY and Bayonne NJ.

I put these together thanks to the fact that back in the winter I found a researcher on the Polish Genealogy Facebook page. There are a lot of  very helpful and knowledgable people there, and I asked for and received a contact who proceeded to search in the archdiocesan archives in Krakow after determining that the local parish was not being very forthcoming. There were so many gaps in the records that I was afraid he would not find anything, but he was so diligent that I was able to obtain information that took me back a few more generations!  Sometimes it is best to bite the bullet and hire a researcher, even if you are a trained researcher yourself. I will say if I had not done all the work I could in the United States beforehand I would have had a lot less information to hand over to the researcher.

I was so happy to learn more about a family line that had been hidden from view for a very long time. Of course, there are new questions that I would like answered, and new distant relatives that I hope to find by posting this online. In the meantime I am enjoying my new-to-me ancestors.

Also, if you are doing Polish and/or Galician genealogy you might want to check out some of the Facebook groups, if you have not done so already.

Now to see if I can remember how to post those reports as attachments.

Genealogy speed reading and note taking tough skills to master

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I have felt both exhilarated and defeated by the online Greek Catholic church records for Bialy Kamien and its surrounding villages I can access at my Local Family History Center. For now, I am just concentrating on 1901-1910 and  it is a hard slog in an unexpected way.

Good handwriting? check

Quality of information? check

Ability to  find new relatives? check

But there are so many people with my surnames that it is taking me a couple of hours to just make it through a year and a half’s worth of records at a stretch. I wonder how many evenings it will take to complete just this section before I begin to work on the 19th century. I also am getting concerned comments from the person I live with who may be questioning my sanity after glancing at my color coded spreadsheet.

So far I can divide all these people in 4 groups:

1. Direct ancestors.

2. Those related directly to them, such as siblings.

3. Those who are directly related to group Number 2.

4. People with my surnames who must be related to me somehow, but who for now are mystery relatives.

Considering that years ago I thought I had plenty of people pegged from the Roman Catholic microfilms, it has been an eye-opening experience. As aforementioned PILW says, “So many Bialy Kamieners!”

More on the Poczapy Mystery

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At the end of the post is the second part of the list of names of emigrants from Poczapy I have found on the Hamburg passenger lists. For more information please visit ancestry.com.

I have been playing with the Greek Catholic duplicate records that can be viewed online at any Family History Center, and have discovered a few more people to add to my tree.  I was happy to discover that there are entries for Roman Catholic records alongside those of the Greek Catholic church at Bialy Kamien!  If an individual is Roman Catholic that is noted on the register, and I have found events here that I also had found previously in the Roman Catholic records.

I would recommend having a go at these records that are digital versions of the microfilmed records. I find them a bit easier on the eyes. The records from the archives in Lviv have restrictions so that they cannot be emailed or saved; however, with a simple camera/phone  you can get an acceptable image of the screen. I am still relying on the old fashioned method of note taking for the most part. Dealing with  the early 20th century has been a nice break from the older long form records

Departed 30 Jan 1907: Teodor Kapitaniec, Marcin Klak, Daniel Kwas

Departed 8 Jun 1912: Wasyl Kostyk

Departed 17 Sep 1910 Antoni Krogulski

Departed 15 May 1913: Marya Kuzma

Departed 9 Oct 1910: Danylo Kwas

Departed 30 Apr 1904: Prokop Kwas, Onufry Szabatura

Departed 16 May 1907: Ewka Kwas

Departed 11 Oct 1905: Terenko Kwas

Departed 25 Nov 1909: Zofia Kwasnica

Departed 3 Jul 1913: Anna Lachman, Aftanazy Nogacz, Danylo Pyndyk, Fedko Szurko

Departed 30 Mar 1911: Petro Lachowicz, Mieczyslaw Obremski

Departed 27 Nov 1912: Maria Mericz

Departed 30 Mar 1907: Franciszek Mizialek, Pawlo Szabatura, Wladysl. Szabatura

Departed 1 Sep 1910: Bazyli Myrosz, Daniel Pyndyk

Departed 29 Mar 1907: Kata. Niedzwiecka

Departed 7 Aug 1913: Tekla Oriszczin, Wladimir Oriszczin

Departed 4 Sep 1913: Onufryj Pawlyszyn

Departed 9 Oct 1913: Kaska Poczapska, Wasyl Pydyk

Departed 23 Jan 1913: Piotr Poczapski, Anna Pyndyk, Pawel Smolinski

Departed 16 Feb 1907: Teodor Poczapski

Departed 16 Dec 1904: Jan Puszkow

Departed 25 May 1913: Kosc Pyndik

Departed 20 Dec 1908: Konstanty Pyndyk

Departed 8 Jun 1907: Bazyli Pyndyk

Departed 30 Sep 1909: Jewka Pyndyk

Departed 5 Feb 1910: Mikolaj Smolinski

Departed 2 Mar 1911: Mikolaj Smolinski, Anna Smolinski

Departed 6 Feb 1909: Jan Sydor

Departed 8 Jun 1913: Wladzimierz Szabatura

Departed 12 Feb 1910: Johann Szabatura

Departed 25 Apr 1909: Anna Szewczuk

Departed 29 Nov 1906: Mikolaj Szura

Departed 21 Mar 1903: Kazim Teminski, Pazia Teminski

Departed 1 Jul 1909: Kasia Wozniakywicz

Departed 5 Jun 1913: Taube Wurzel

Departed 28 Nov 1907: Jan Zacharczuk

Departed 30 Apr 1910: Safat Zawalij

Blue Shield Statement on Ukraine

Here is the link for the official statement: http://www.ifla.org/node/8419

For those of you unaware of this group, “The Blue Shield is the protective emblem of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict, which is, with its two Protocols, the basic international treaty formulating rules to protect cultural heritage during armed conflicts. The Blue Shield network consists of international non-governmental organisations dealing with museums, archives, libraries, and monuments and sites.”

This important work is done throughout the world and now, unfortunately, is needed to deal with the current crisis in Ukraine, ancestral home to many who read this blog.

 

The Poczapy Mystery

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What is it like to have a really rare surname? If you are a genealogist, you might think that is a good thing because it narrows the field for you. However, as I have found out with the surname Boniszyn, there can be such a thing as too rare. When you enter that name into Ancestry you currently come back with zero results. If you have spent any time with that database it might be hard to believe that happens, especially if you have gone through page after page of results while looking for that special someone. In the case of Boniszyn, it is more complicated in that the earliest town I can connect it to is Rozwaz, although a town by the name of Boniszyn is close by. Was this family originally from Boniszn itself? My Boniszyns moved to the “big town” of Bialy Kamien, but apparently part of the family later settled in nearby Poczapy.

Prompted by a recent commenter I began to try again to find out about the Boniszyns through Ancestry. When I came up with zero, I decided to employ another tactic: searching for information about the locality, since I knew that this surname was found in Poczapy. Although I have not yet found any Boniszyns I did come across 102 instances of others from Poczapy who emigrated. The vast majority of the records are from the Hamburg passenger lists. Here are the names from A-J that I have found so far. For more information about any of them please visit the Ancestry website. In the meantime I plan on taking my search back to the LDS microfilm readers as soon as possible to see if I can learn more about the Boniszyn family in the late 1800s. I want to solve the Poczapy mystery of this extremely rare surname!

From Boston Passenger lists and Crewman
these 3 traveled together: Irvan Hawrys, Josef Roj, Wladzimierz Tzabatura
arr. 19 Jun 1913 – Boston, Massachusetts

From New York Passenger lists All with the destination of Amsterdam NY

Anastazya Hulik
Huat Hulyh
Roman Kûzma
Basily Pryndejk

From the Hamburg Passenger lists
Departed 11 Jan 1908:Kata. Ambros, Anna Ambros, Mihal Ambros, Adam Ambros traveled together

Departed  30 Sep 1909: Prokop Hulyk,  Michal Kwas, Wladek Szabatura, Helena Baran, Onufry Hulyk traveled together

Departed 25 Feb 1903: Prokop Barau traveled with Josef Smolawski of Usznia,  [illegible] Golab of Usznia, Iwan Hulyk of Poczapy and Bronislaw Bielsk of Bialy Kamien

Departed 16 Feb 1907: Stanislaw Bok  and Miecislaw Obremski traveled together

Departed 17 Aug 1911: Iwan Borenko
Departed 25 Apr 1909: Warwara Burudynska  and Anna Kroasnyca
Departed 9 Jun 1909: Emilian Cwyk
Departed 1 Jul 1909: Justyna Dobak

Departed 3 Jul 1913: Antonina Duch, Jan Duch

Departed 3 Jul 1913: Antonina Duch, Jan Duch

Departed Mai 1908: Pawko Duch  Natalia Duch,  Eliasz Duch: destination Brazil
Departed 7 Jun 1914: Hrynko Duch

Departed 25 Jul 1907: Parania Duda traveled with Pawel Duda of Zloczow
Departed 1 Feb 1913: Teofil Gawrys
Departed 30 Apr 1910: Hania (could be Xenia) Gniewek,  Franciszek Ziemlanski, Jozefa Ziemlanski
Departed 5 March 1898: Berl Goldberg
Departed 25 May 1913: Ivan Gos
Departed 8 Jun 1913: Iwan Hawrys
Departed 21 Sep 1909: Pawlo Hawryszkow
Departed 6 May 1909: Wasyl Hawryszkow
Departed 5 Jun 1913: Piotr Hreczanny
Departed 16 Aug 1906: Aftanasy Hulik
Departed 16 May 1907: Anastazya Hulik
Departed 30 Sep 1909: Prokop Hulyk

Departed 30 Mar 1907: Antoni Hulyk
Departed 3 Mar 1907: Hnat Hulyk
Departed 23 Jan 1913: Onufry Hulyk
Departed 1 Jul 1909: Tekla Hulyk
Departed 30 Jan 1907: Franciszek Jamrosz
Departed 15 Jul 1905: Josef Jurasz

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Boniszyn surname

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In response to LV who is researching the Boniszyn family I am enclosing information of the Boniszyn family of Rozwaz and Poczapy. I believe LV may well be descended from Adalbert Boniszyn as he is the only son in the family of seven children. I hope that by searching the microfilms for Bialy Kamien LV will be able to make the connection he needs!

Theodor Boniszyn was born in 1812 in Rozwaz. He marries Agnes Schmutz and together they had one son and six daughters. The son Adalbert (also known as Wojciech) was born in Rozwaz April 4, 1839. He married Victoria Niedzielska and had at least two children, Carolus and Catharina (born 1897 in Poczapy).

Lv, if you are a descendant of Carolus, we are related!

Czajkowskis, Kuczynskis and Gorals

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I am still trying to go through the Roman Catholic microfilms for Olesko (LDS numbers 2328926 and 2328927). It is daunting, to say the least, because  I am trying  to focus on the 1700s and early 1800s. Yesterday I spent an hour and a half trying to train my eyes to the Latin paragraph form of register recording, and did not come up with a single name to add. Once I get to the 1780s I begin to celebrate the printed registers in a way I never had before! Even though it is the same struggle with handwriting, just having an orderly format is such a relief!

So far I seem to be finding that my Kuczynski surname is mainly found in Olesko, while  the Gorals are staunchly in the Rozwaz village.The Czajkowskis are found in Olesko and in several of the surrounding villages.

A word of warning to those who may be searching through 2328927. Item 1 reminded me of the Dead Sea scrolls exhibit I saw recently. Even with a top of the line reader, there are lots of torn edges with missing information. Here are my findings so far. I am listing every one of my surnames as an event with that surname, so you will find  father and child, for instance, separately, as two events even though there was only one birth.

Goral Agnes was married to Stephanus Witkowski, age 20

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1786 Jan 19 Rozwaz RC

2328927

mar Stephanus Witkowski age 20, Michal Dutkiewicz, sutor, wit.
Goral Josephus was born to Matthias and Marianna nee Bykowska?

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1794 Jan 4 Rozwaz RC

2328926

6

Matthias Goral and Marianna Bykowska?
Goral Magdalena was born to Mathias and Marianna nee Golab

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1803 Mar 19 Rozwaz RC

2328926

6

Mathias Goral and Marianna Golab
Goral Matthias became the father of Josephus

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1794 Jan 4 Rozwaz RC

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Goral Matthias became the father of Magdalena

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1803 Mar 19 Rozwaz RC

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6

Kuczynska Agnes was born to Joannes and Catharina nee Urbanska

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1803 Feb 19 Olesko RC

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6

Joannes and Catharina nee Urbanska
Kuczynska Rudnicka Catharina gave birth to Marianna

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1805 July 21 Olesko, HN 304 RC

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6

Kuczynski Antonius became the father of Thomas

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1792 Dec 29 Olesko, HN 277 RC

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6

Kuczynski Joannes died

56

1837 oct 15 Olesko, HN 150 RC

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6

hn 150
Kuczynski Joannes was married to Apolonia Lonska ?, age 19

25

1801 Nov Olesko RC

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mar Apolonia Lonska? Age 19
Kuczynski Nicolaus died

67

1822 mar 8 Olesko RC

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6

(generoses)
Kuczynski Thomas was born to Antonius and Catharina nee Lytwn

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1792 Dec 29 Olesko, HN 277 RC

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6

? Agatha was born to Petrus — and Marianna nee Czajkowska

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1808 Feb 7 Olesko RC

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6

parents: Petrus — and Marianna Czajkowski
Czajkowska Julianna died

14

1834 Mar 15 Ozydow, HN41 RC

2328927

7

dau of Joannes and Marya, hn 41
Czajkowska Marianna was married to Mattheus Gugalski, age 40

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1800? Oct 9 Olesko RC

2328927

2

mar Matheus Gugalski age 40
Czajkowska Marianna was married to Andreas Kawa-ck of Usznia, age 30

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1814 oct 16 Olesko RC

2328927

2

mar Andreas Kawa-ck de Usznia age 30
Czajkowska Marianna was born to Joannes and Marianna nee Bankowska

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1788 Aug 3 Rozwaz, HN 64 RC

2328926

6

parents: Joannes and Marianna Bankowska
Czajkowska — Marianna gave birth to Agatha — 1808 Feb 7 Olesko RC

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6

Czajkowska Honkowska Marianna gave birth to Thecla 1786 Jan 26 Juskowice RC

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6

Czajkowska Nizenska Anna gave birth to Marianna 1802 Nov 9 Olesko RC

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6

Czajkowska Nizenska Anna gave birth to Thomas 1802 Nov 9 Olesko RC

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6

Czajkowski Francis was born to Jacobus and Barbara nee —

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1804 Jul 17 Olesko RC

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6

parents: Jacobus and Barbara —
Czajkowski Gregorius was married to

1792

Olesko RC

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2

Czajkowski Josephus was listed as father of Paul

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1836 may 20 Rozwaz RC

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Czajkowski, Paulus, son of Josef and Anna, mar Anna
Czajkowski Josephus died

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1827 oct 1 Olesko RC

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6

Czajkowski Josephus became the father of Francis 1804 Jul 17 Olesko RC

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6

Czajkowski Paulus was married to Anna nee — 1836 may 20 Rozwaz, HN 43 RC

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Czajkowski, Paulus, son of Josef and Anna, mar Anna