I was always curious about my family's history, what they did, whether they were peasants or noblemen
Probably a mix of both, with mathematically most tending towards the median population. There were very few actual noblemen (magnaty
) in Poland though, however there were a lot of szlachta
(sometimes mistranslated by Poles or foreigners with some Polish roots as nobility; there is a certain amount of wishful thinking here). At the time of the second partition, they were about 12% to 18% of the population. Gentlefolk is probably the most accurate English term. There's also a word yeomanry
, something between szlachta
. Equivalent terms between societies are hard to find, since sociopolitical structures differ.
because village heritage is still badly seen in Poland,
I always think that's sad. It's more or less the opposite where I'm from.
There's no single 'look' here. 'Types', yes, however not everybody fits them, and that's no bad thing. We are all who we are; even two siblings get a different amount of dna from different ancestors. Which is why one person can take after a particular relative in terms of appearance and another sibling can take after someone else entirely. Some ancestors may have given us plenty of their dna, and some many have given is little or none.