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Spelling Polish name pronounced Ko lo jay?

If polish spelling rules are applied to "Ko lo jay" it'd look like Kolodżej. However, Kołodziej is more likely to be your answer as it is a real polish family name but it is NOT pronuced "Ko lo". But ...
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Original Spelling(s) of Polish surname anglicized as Shemynski?

It could be 'Szemiński' (that's male form, female would be 'Szemińska') but that's quite an approximate guess. Things to consider is that 19th Century Warsaw had at different times, Prussian, Polish, ...
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Finding a town in Russia-Poland from 1910

I've left in my wrong turns below on purpose, to show the process of genealogical research and how to build evidence. This manifest is both correct and a red herring. It led me to some hypotheses ...
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Ostrow, Ostrowez, or Ostroweic Russia before 1907- where now?

"Ostroweic" doesn't seem like a plausible name in Polish language, very likely it is "Ostrówiec" or "Ostrowice". There is dozens of villages all over Poland with that name, including one relatively ...
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Where is the Friedrichsbruch near Kokotzko in West Prussia / Poland?

According to Familienforschung in Westpreußen, which maps German and Polish names in West Prussia, Friedrichsbruch today is Bruki Unisławskie. Checking with Google Maps shows it's a bit over 7km ...
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Finding church records for the Kuck family in Grudziądz, Bydgoszcz, Poland?

You have the wrong administrative description of Grudziądz in 1879, which is possibly contributing to your difficulty in finding records. Per Wikipedia, "Following the First Partition of Poland in ...
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Reading city name in Eastern Europe on passport from around 1900?

Not sure about the town, but the locality is "pow. Kamień Koszyrski" - powiat Kamień Koszyrski. Here's the list of "powiaty" (counties) in 2nd Polish Republic (1918-1939) : https://pl.wikipedia.org/...
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What is this city name in this passenger list from Russia/Poland in late 19th/early 20th century?

The first letter looks like a 'C' and is not very different from the C in Chicago on line 7 or in Cleveland on line 11 (both in column of final destination). The second letter puzzled me first but ...
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Finding Grandfathers birth certificate born in Lwów Poland

If he was Jewish, try searching the All Galicia Database or the JRI-Poland Database under his mother's maiden name. Many Jews in this area of Galicia were assigned their mother's maiden name on ...
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How Piasecki was spelled originally?

This is a common question for beginning genealogists. However, the emphasis on the correct spelling of a name is a relatively recent phenomenon. Even if you could determine a preferential spelling for ...
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Deciphering 1910 Russian city name?

The name appears to be written as "Dovgirdeli" or "Dowgirdeli". However, this will have been an attempt to render a Russian/Polish/Lithuanian name into English so we shouldn't expect that the ...
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Chruszow, Poland,1901

It does seem that the province shown in your document for both the birthplace and the desired destination is "Śląsk". That is the polish word for the Silesia region of Poland which existed ...
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Alternative spellings of Polish surname Swider?

If Andrew had emigrated from Poland, then his original surname quite probably was "Świder". By simply dropping diacritics we get "Swider". Someone who would care for phonetics, could make "Shwider" ...
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Looking for location in 1910 Russia (family spoke Polish)

I took a look at towns in The Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavic Countries There are no towns with names similar to Dolowicz or Dołowicz in the second volume but if one ...
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Finding church records for the Kuck family in Grudziądz, Bydgoszcz, Poland?

You might want to join the forum at Genealodzy.PL which has a section for questions in English. On the site, they are also building a database of birth, marriage and death records at the site although ...
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Seeking Russian Orthodox Church Records 1840-1900 for Lagody, Poland/Russia (now Belarus)?

Lahady didn't have their own orthodox church, so their parish was in Szchuchin (Shchuchin) - foto of the church here, and you need records of the church in Shchuchin. Records of this parish are in ...
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Finding Listing of Polish Soldiers that were forced to fight with Germans in WWI?

For your grandfather’s cousins the same research strategies apply as outlined in: How to find information on German soldiers from World War I and World War II? For this surname the Verlustlisten ...
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Where is Ribet, Russia-Poland?

There are a number of possibilities but Georgenburg (in German): Rybitwy is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Pakość, within Inowrocław County, Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, in ...
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Finding original spelling of Polish name Vazuka which was anglicized on arrival to US?

There is no simple way to determine the original name with any accuracy from the information you have supplied. This is partly because there would have been no single event, such as an arrival, during ...
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Looking for Czaruazien, Russia?

The first thing I'd do is look for further records to their place of origin - records created at different times, as well as records created for different people who may have come from the same area. ...
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What is the meaning and origins of the family name, Majersdorf?

Majersdorf is a compound word, Majers + dorf The "Meier" (see Meier for all its spelling variations) was a functionary (an overseer or steward) in the household of a higher status individual. ...
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Finding village called Rubel in Poland, pre WW2?

There's this village called Rubel in Belarus. It would have been part of the Russian Empire until 1917 and then in easternmost Poland until 1939, then Belarus. Be careful, there could be other places ...
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Americanization of Polish names

Keep in mind, in 1885 Poland did not exist as an independent country, and the population was rather mixed between speakers of different languages. On top of this (and partly because of this), people ...
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Seeking passenger list for SS Wittekind which landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1910

I suspect the vessel you are looking for is actually the SS Wittekind, which arrived in Baltimore on 26 May 1910. The passenger list is available on Familysearch, and Marcin Glowacki, aged 18, is ...
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Translating Polish certificate

I'm a native Polish speaker. 4th row reads, with headers: Liczba bieżąca record number Ulica (Plac) i Nr. domu orjentacyjny i konskrypcyjny Street (square) and house number - literally "...
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What is the "father's profession" (conditio it professio) listed here?

"Conditio et professio" means "(social) status and profession". There are two such columns here, one for the parents and one for the godparents (patrinorum). Said status/profession ...
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What is the "father's profession" (conditio it professio) listed here?

Building on what @jadepx translated and this being from 1844 Grand Duchy of Posen (part of Kingdom of Prussia), about 30 years after abolition of serfdom: inquilini (plural) would be komornik / ...
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Seeking birth family of Michał (Michael) Gudzinowicz Praniewicz from Poland/Russia?

The Geographical dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic Countries lists three different locations for Ryski. The first is a village in the powiat lidzki; the second is a small town in ...
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Identifying Polish town recorded as Plugazewa, Russia in 1913?

I took a look at the Słownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów słowiańskich (Geographic Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic Countries) to see if I find a town with a ...
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