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8606Re: A beginner's question; the name Tymczyszyn

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  • bigmakusa
    Mar 14, 2004
      > I would like to find out where to look for this name
      > to find out how far back it existed, and whether it
      > was regional, or might have been more common for a
      > region, or profession, etc.,


      You might want to start with Kazimierz Rymut's Dictionary of Surnames
      in Current Use in Poland at the Beginning of the 21st Century, it
      listed 637 Tymczyszyn's in Poland as of 1990 located in a number of
      different powiats (e.g.s administrative districts). You can find a
      link to it on the Polish Genealogical Society website, www.pgsa.org,
      look in the databases section.

      Also check out the Polish surames section of the website as there are
      resources there that might help you. For example, there is an address
      for a Polish institute that will research the history of a name to
      tell you its origin for a nominal fee (usually about $20). This group
      understands and will reply in English.

      If you know the town name in Poland where your ancestor resided, you
      can probably find out more about it in the Slownik Geograficzyny
      Krolestwa Polskiego, a geographical dictionary that describes towns in
      Poland. It was published in the 1880's through 1902, so it predates
      WWII. The problem is that all the entries are in Polish, so you will
      need to translate the information.

      Good hunting
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