You never know what you might find.
Our family is from Wola Se~kowa, which was almost totally destroyed during the war. Some of the town has now been rebuilt, but nothing is the same. There are now 200 where once there was over 1000. The Greek Catholic Lemko population has been resettled. So what is left to see?
The first day we were there, we found a roadside monument with the Piech family name. The Piech family is long gone, but the monument remains. We drove down the road a ways and found a roadside chapel built as a sacrifice by the emigrants to America in 1907. We went back to a neglected Greek Catholic cemetery and found another Piech monument, this time in Cyrillic. All on the first day.
We actually stayed in the guesthouse of the baron whom our grandparents worked for: Dwor Wola Sekowa.
The Piech family is gone, but we still have Luczynski cousins who we met and enjoyed a pleasant evening together.
Another day we walked up the hill where part of the town once stood, but now is cow pasture. And guess what? There was another Piech roadside monument.
It was a very worthwhile trip, even though there was "nothing left." Who knew that Poland has a rich and vibrant culture going back hundreds of years? We spent a week in Krakow. We would not have anticipated the graciousness of the people and richness of the culture unless we had experienced it firsthand.
Here are 2 photo albums from our trip:
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "thephillyfly" <u2rob@...> wrote:
> I appreciate your offer for information on Nieczysty relatives -- it would be interesting to see, thanks. Though I have no current exact connection between Waniejczyk and Nieczysty, perhaps it will become clear in the future.
> There were multiple Waniejczyk emigrants to the Minersville area, some of whom I have not yet managed to connect to the rest.
> Thanks for the reply and info!
> --- In email@example.com, "Justin" <JKHouser84@> wrote:
> > Maybe some of this ground has already been covered. My great-great-aunt was an Anna Nieczysty from the village of Zawadka Morochowska. I have some data on the Nieczystys from this village. Some of them (like a lot of BT people) ended up in the Minersville area of PA. Still others were in New Jersey.
> > I can share the info on my Nieczysty relatives if it would help you. The two villages are about 20 km apart today by car but appear to be much closer if you walk across the hills and fields. Indeed, it appears that the Greek Catholic Church of the Synaxis of the Virgin Mary was built in Belchowka in 1901 and was a filial parish (served by the same priest) of the parish in Wolica. Earlier (when?), Belchowka was served by the priest at Presentation of Our Lord Greek Catholic Church in Morochow. (My ancestral parish at Zawadka was a filial parish of the church in Morochow, and Morochow was also an ancestral parish of mine, further back.)
> > The parish registers of the former Greek Catholic Church in Morochow dating back to 1784 are still in the church, although the church is now Orthodox. I can give you contact information if you'd like.
> > Nieczysty means "unclean" so it makes sense that someone along the way didn't like this last name and wanted to change it.
> > My Nieczysty relatives were Lemko/Ukrainian folks and attended the Greek Catholic Church. Of course some could have adopted different identities through marriage with Polish neighbors, etc. In my Iwanicki family we have Ukrainian Iwanickis and Polish Iwanickis. The root seems to be that some of the Ukrainian Iwanickis married Polish girls and their children - voila! - identified as Polish Iwanickis. I think that this was more common than most realize.
> > Justin
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "thephillyfly" <u2rob@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi all,
> > >
> > > I'm relatively new here; I've only just recently managed to piece
> > > together some of the history that takes my family back to the Bukowsko
> > > Triangle region. I cannot express how pleased and excited I was to
> > > learn that there was an active group dedicated to the history and
> > > genealogy of my paternal ancestors. A most sincere thanks to everyone
> > > who has contributed knowledge, transcription, and discussion. My family
> > > tree has an entirely new set of previously unknown leaves and branches,
> > > and I'm not sure I could have made the connections without the hard work
> > > of people here.
> > >
> > > It only added to my excitement to discover that the provenance of my
> > > family name -- Waniejczyk -- had already been briefly discussed here
> > > (and at length on the Polish Genius group). Got a good kick out of the
> > > idea that Waniejczyk seems to be an invented alias, and that we
> > > seemingly used to be Nieczystys. We're gonna love discussing that one
> > > at the Thanksgiving dinner table, no doubt!
> > >
> > > I've already started assembling pipe dreams of visiting the Bukowsko
> > > region even though there's really nothing left in BeÅchï¿½wka
> > > (where my ancestors lived). Not sure when I'll be able to pull it off,
> > > but having this group's knowledge and advice at my disposal will
> > > certainly be invaluable for whenever I can go.
> > >
> > > Like many of us here I am left with numerous questions, but here are
> > > four that can hopefully generate some discussion, if not answers:
> > >
> > > 1) BeÅchï¿½wka is said to have ceased to exist by 1947. Can I
> > > assume that this is due to Operation Vistula/WisÅa? I would guess
> > > that BeÅchï¿½wka suffered a similar fate to nearby Wola Piotrowa
> > > and other Lemko villages, but I've not read anything definitive.
> > >
> > > 2) Debbie Greenlee's spis parafialny transcription for BeÅchï¿½wka
> > > seems to be the only place that the "Waniejczyk alias Niecyzsty" thing
> > > comes up (see message #10633 here for background). Considering that Jan
> > > Waniejczyk's father JÄdrzej/Andrzej is listed as a Waniejczyk in
> > > the spis, and Jan's siblings Elias and Alexej are also Waniejczyks in
> > > WZBR records, is it reasonable to conclude that the alias was invented
> > > some generation(s) prior to JÄdrzej, possibly by an earlier
> > > Jan/Ivan/"Vaneichik"?
> > >
> > > 3) Assuming that the Waniejczyks used to be Niecyzstys, would we then
> > > likely be Lemko/Rusyn/Ukrainian? I understand that Niecyzsty
> > > (ÐÐµÑÑÑÑÑÑ / ÐÐµÑÐ¸ÑÑÐ¸Ð¹) is a Lemko
> > > surname, but if anyone can confirm/deny...
> > >
> > > 4) What is the likelihood that MichaÅ WanieÅczuk and Jan
> > > Waniejczyk (both listed in Book V of Bukowsko marriages) are related? I
> > > am still largely unfamiliar with all of the alphabets and languages in
> > > play here, and I've seen innumerable spellings of my last name
> > > throughout my research.
> > >
> > > Thanks so much, everyone. I'd love to hear from you if you have any
> > > insights or information that might be of interest to my family.
> > >
> > > -Rob Wanenchak
> > >