Iwona's Sources - Places & Surnames


This list of surnames comes from different areas of 19th Century Poland.  In reality, Poland did not exist during this period, having been partitioned by Austria, Russia and Prussia at the end of the 18th Century. Records during this period were registered as either Austria (Galicia), Russia or Prussia.  Poland did not regain its independence until after World War I in 1918. Map of Partitions of Poland : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Partitions_of_Poland.png

By listing surnames by the three partitions ( Galicia, Prussia and Russia) makes it easier to determine what general area of Poland your ancestors immigrated from, since that was how they were listed in passenger records country of origin.

If you find your ancestor's surname under the Russian column, do not assume they were Russian.  Over the centuries, people from many countries lived in Poland, mainly Germans, Austrians, Russians, Lithuanians, Ukrainians and Jews.

The Places section lists the ssurnames by the town name, county name and partition along with any other information that will be useful to the researscher

The listed surnames may come partly from an entire town parish and partly from specific villages in that parish. 

The names use equivalent Roman letters without the Polish diacritical marks because some software programs do not decode them correctly and provide odd characters instead of the correct letter.

Please Note: The Places section of Iwonia's website is being updated to navigate easily and obtain more information.

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