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, "Ronald Polle" <rldep@m...>
> Greetings --
> My name is Laurie and I currently live in Iowa, USA. My husband and
I both grew
> up in the Chicago, IL area. Hopefully, this group will be a great
help as I search
> for both my Father's Family -- BASTIAN -- and my husband's Mother's
Family -- BOLISEGA. Any bit of information that points me in the
right direction of our
> Family History will be deeply appreciated!!!
> My husband and both believe there are relatives in the "old"
> his Grandfather used to write letters. We are seeking information
> JOSEPH STOZEK, Krakow,Poland & MONICA(MARY) POTOCZEK, Krakow,Poland
> child: Mary Stozek, b. abt. 1892 Mszana Dolna, Limanowa GAL.
> JOHN BOLISEGA, & ANNA WODZISZ
> child: PETER BOLISEGA, Kasinka maca. GAL.
> MARY STOZEK wed PETER BOLISEGA 30/05/1911 at St. John Cantius
Chicago, IL, USA
> I haven't been able to find when or where Mary and Peter came to the
> Another close family name that somehow connects is:
> Thank you -- Laurie
Except for surname Stoszek you may not be posting for the
From the late 1700s until the end of WW I, Poland did not exist as a
country. It was divided among the Russian, German (Prussian), and
Austrian Empires. These divisions were known as Partitions.
The southern Polish territories around Kraków and Lwów were
incorporated into the Austrian Empire and renamed "Galicia".
Galicia was formerly a Austrian Crownland and part of Austro-Hungarian
Monarchy (1867-1918). Sometimes referred to as Austrian Poland.
Other names for the area were Galicja (Polish), Galizien (German),
Halychyna (Ukrainian) and Rus Halicka (Polish)
In 1918, Galicia was annexed to Poland as "Malopolska" (Little
After the 1939 partition of Poland by Germany and Russia, East Galicia
became part of Ukraine while West Galicia remained in Poland.
Its former territories are now shared between southern Poland and
Your placenames were located in former Galicia in SE Poland just over
the NE Slovakia border.
Mszana-Dolna (lower) is located 181 miles SSW of Warszawa and west of
Nowy Sacz and Limanowa, Poland.
Kasinka Mala (little) is located 180 miles SSW of Warszawa and
about 4 miles NW of Mszava Dolna, Poland.
GF used to write letters in what language ?
How are you ? English
Jak sie masz ? Polish
Wie geht es Ihnen ? German
Hogy Van ? Hungarian
Ako sa más^ ? Slovak
Jak se máte ? Czech
In 1912, a Jan (John) Bolisega, age 30, married, Polish, emigrated to
Birthplace was Kasinka Mala Galicia .
He had been here earlier in 1904/1908.
Went to his brother L ? Bolizega.
Looks like Oliver PA ?
Oliver is located in Fayette CO in SW PA.
This is where Slavic surnames went to work in the
region's bituminous (soft) coal mines and coke ovens.
In 1908, a Jerzy (George) Bolisega, age 35, married , Polish,
emigrated to the U.S.
Birthplace Kasinska Mala.
He went to brother-in-law Joseph Kucharcz at:
4550 Laflin Ave, Chicago IL.
Surname Bastian is another matter.
361 surnames Bastian emigrated to U.S. via Ellis Island (NYC)
1892-1924 and came from many countries.
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