Hi Michael and Group - Since our families were both in Monystyriok (sp.), the same person probably did the records! Boy, there certainly are a lot of Jans. I
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, Jan 5, 2005
Hi Michael and Group -
Since our families were both in Monystyriok (sp.), the same person probably did the records! Boy, there certainly are a lot of Jans. I remember years ago on a Polish genealogy list, I think Fred Hoffman said that all the Jan variations are a way of differentiating. Say a Jan of old had six sons and his cousin lived next door to him also named Jan (of course), and he also had a few sons. One would go by Jankowicz, another by Jankiewicz, etc. Even in Polish you will see some names beginning with Iwan, from the Russian Ivan. Iwanowicz, et. al.
Ditto for me as regards the records I obtained from the Memorial Society....
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