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Ancestors from Galicia - does this mean you are Polish?

1 Oct 2013  #1
If you have ancestors from Galicia, would you consider yourself Polish? There was a mix of Ukrainian, Ruthenian, Lemko, and Polish. Would you consider religion between Catholicism and Greek Catholicism to be the answer. Also, I read that many last names that were of Lemko or Ukrainian were Polonized when it was under Polish rule.
rybnik 18 | 1,462
1 Oct 2013  #2
my mother was from Stanisławów.
she considered herself 100% Polish
FlaglessPole 4 | 669
1 Oct 2013  #3
Would you consider religion between Catholicism and Greek Catholicism to be the answer.

generally yes, particularly (and rather ironically) the Greek Catholic Church is widely accredited with having preserved the Ruthenian (Ukrainian) culture.
1 Oct 2013  #4
Austro-Hungarian Galizien (Galicja) was a temporary and ahistoric zone established by Habsbourgs for their needs. It consisted of Ruthenian Halitia (Haliczyna/Red Ruthenia) and small, south part of Małopolska Province. Galizien has nothing to do with national or ethnic commiunities or divisions. Małopolska was populated by Poles, Vlachs, Germans and Jews while Haliczyna by Ruthenians, Poles, Vlachs, and Jews mostly.

That is why all descendants of huge Sas coat of arm family from east Carpathians (like Baczyński, Dobrzański, Kulczycki, Jaworski, etc.) now living both on Polish and Ukrainian side have mixed Polish/Ruthenian/Vlach bacground.

So on.
sagewiz 1 | 4
10 Oct 2013  #5
My ancestors were from that area and called themselves "Polish". however there were many ethnicities and minorities in the area. Politically, at different times the region belonged to Ukrain, Austro-Hungary, and Germany. I have read that some Poles in other parts of the country refer to many of them as "Ukrainian". I have researched a family word "Pedahea" which is what my grandparents called what most people refer to as "pierogi" and it turns out that it is a regional pronunciation that Poles use that sounds like the Ukrainian word for that food.
billpawl - | 32
10 Oct 2013  #6
My father's side of my family was from Galicia, in what is now Poland(very near the crossing at Medyka). They were very definitely Ukrainian. That being said, my relatives that still live there have been intermarried over the last couple of generations with (ethnic)Poles. I only converse with them in Polish and I would imagine the younger generation only think of themselves as Polish.

Re: Paul Waletko born in Galicia about 1884

"looking for any information on my grandfather paul waletko born in galicia about 1884"

Waletko is probably Ukrainian. Maybe your relatives were Lemko like some of mine. Do you have any immigration records? It may show Paul's native village.
18 Oct 2014  #7
Merged: Debowa Galicy Clarification

My great-grandmother's entrance into Ellis Island reads, Debowa Galicy. Is that the same thing as Debowa Lodz Poland?
Looker - | 1,010
18 Oct 2014  #8
I don't think so. Galicy - Galicia is a historical and geographic region, and Lodz never was in Galicia if I'm not mistaken.

Debowa Galicy

It's might be rather that Dębowa (once in West Galicia area) -

village in Subcarpathian Voivodeship, in south-eastern Poland.[1] It lies approximately 4 kilometres (2 mi) south-east of Jodłowa, 23 km (14 mi) south of Dębica, and 53 km (33 mi) south-west of the regional capital Rzeszów.,_Podkarpackie_Voivodeship

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