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Gorzelnik and/or Podgorczyk family tree

sar 1 | 13
23 Aug 2009 #1
Gorzelnik and/or Podgorczyk - trying to find region or town from where my grandparents were born. Can anyone help?
Josef Gorzelnik had brother in Poland who did not migrate to USA. Josef came to USA in 1913. From USA immigration report, Josef was from Wiczravice, Galicia.

Apolonia Podgorczyk came to USA between 1913 and 1916.
caprice49 4 | 224
24 Aug 2009 #2
Josef was from Wiczravice, Galicia.

There is no such place however there is a place called Wierzawice
Apolonia came in 1914 but can't read the place on the ship's manifest. A lot of the records are inaccurate in spelling partly due to the handwriting on the ship's manifest.
OP sar 1 | 13
24 Aug 2009 #3
Thank you for your assistance. I'll start wtih Wierzawice.
caprice49 4 | 224
26 Aug 2009 #4
start wtih Wierzawice

Good luck. I hope it proves accurate.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
12 Sep 2009 #5
For what it's worth, Gorzelnik is a distiller (moonshiner) and Podgórcyzk was someone living in a piedmont area (in the foothills).
OP sar 1 | 13
26 Dec 2009 #6
thanks. Every bit of information helps.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
26 Dec 2009 #7
Presumed etymology:
Gorzelnik - occupational nick = man who owns or operates a still
Podgórczyk - patronymic nick = son of Podgóny (the man who lives at the foot of the hill)
Shellie 1 | 11
5 Jan 2010 #8
This link will give you an idea of the current distribution of the name Gorzelnik in Poland: /mapa/kompletny/gorzelnik.


I checked the surname database at Polish Origin - your names have not yet been added by anyone else.

Good Luck with your research!
OP sar 1 | 13
11 Aug 2010 #9
Thanks to all for the help.
Have been away for some time, but now back at computer.
26 Aug 2010 #10
my father Marian Gorzelnik was born in Wierzawice and used to live there,
I believe I still have some aunts living there as well, but I lost touch with them
ever since I moved to the States

OP sar 1 | 13
20 Sep 2010 #11
Thanks, George.
Is there any way to get in contact with them or their children?
I'll follow up, then, and see if they are related to my grandfather.

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