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Where to find information on villages Jablonow & Suchostaw, Husiatyn, Ukraine (Galicia area, formerly Austria & Poland)?

Both towns are listed in Gesher Galicia's All-Galicia Database. Gesher Galicia is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes and conducts Jewish genealogical and historical research for ...
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What is the Russian town in this census listing?

A completely different direction - is it clear that the name wasn't written by that person themselves in cyrillic script? The image can also be read as Russian cursive handwriting, spelling 'Одес', ...
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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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What does huba mean in this Polish Catholic marriage record?

Some small differences, especially in word endings: Inter Josephum Wojnowski viduus de Bialybrod operanium et Hedwigem Wojleckem de huba Lukowo non uxor atam ad contrahendum matrimonium ...
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Finding vital records in Upper Silesia (Prussia/Germany)?

If they were catholic or protestant Statistically (based location, given names and surname), as ethnic Poles and living in rural Upper Silesia, your great-great-grandparents were Catholic. (Catholics ...
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Finding vital records in Upper Silesia (Prussia/Germany)?

I wanted to address a point that originally came up in the comments to bgwiehle's answer. Places are known by different names throughout their history. If a place was called by a particular name ...
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What is the name of the sister and what is the town in this passenger list?

I think it might be Kovel. This link will also help. It says: "Volinsky = Volhynia. Prior to WW I, this was a province wholly within Russia. Between 1921 and WW II, it was split in half with the ...
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What variants in spelling and pronunciation might there be for Polish surname Chorzelewski?

If you're trying to guess a proper spelling of a Polish surname, there are two useful resources to look at. The more reliable is the PESEL database, which contains data about every living Polish ...
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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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Finding original Polish surname of 19th Century immigrant to United States?

The basic premise in family history is to start with what you know, and work backwards and outwards from that point in small increments to discover more. You want to be able to say with confidence, ...
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Tracing genealogy of people with particular Polish surname?

I just checked Wikipedia and found that Wozniak is the "tenth most common surname in Poland (89,015 people in 2009)" and, as a result, I suspect you will find people of that name (and its variants) ...
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Where to find information about Grünberg and Rosenbaum relatives from Danzig?

First, look at records in Australia. The Australian National Archives would be the first place to try and track down some record of your grandmother entering the country - they are likely to have ...
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What Polish village is named in this document?

I think it might be Sudlikov. There's a Sudilkov, Ukraine, which gets more matches on Google (see http://grossmanproject.net/sudilkov_jewish_history.htm). But Sudlikov shows up too (eg http://www....
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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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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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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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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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Current name of Jatotowicze village from 1903 Russia?

The answer could be Jatołtowicze. From Google maps it looks to be a very small village.
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Spelling alternatives for polish name "Mushke"

The document is a registration card issued by Central Committee of Polish Jews - Division of Records and Statistics. Line 1 gives the last name of the person (although both are given on this line), ...
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What Polish village is named in this document?

A good resource is The Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavic Countries Looking for names similar to Soodlikov, one finds Sudilowka on p 550 of volume XI which tells one to ...
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Is there a Polish variant of the name Thillmann, and what does this name mean?

The site serwis heraldyczno-genealogiczny has a searchable database of names from the book "Słownika nazwisk współcześnie w Polsce używanych" (Dictionary of names in use in Poland) by well-known ...
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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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Finding records about Germans from Russia (Bessarabia)

There are several primary North American sources for research on the ethnic German population in Bessarabia. The Germans from Russia Heritage Society, headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota, has many ...
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