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Looking for Chrabaszewski Relatives in Poland

Edchrab 1 | 1    
17 Oct 2008  #1

My grandparents on both my father and mother's side emigrated to the USA in the first decade of the 1900's. My father's parents were named Teador Chrabaszewski

and his wife's maiden name was Zosia Phillipkowski. My mother's parents were
Stanley and Saleoma Michalak. I do not have the foggiest idea where they resided in Poland. Any valid information would be appreciated. Thanks. Ed

Polonius3 1,020 | 12,550    
18 Oct 2008  #2

The Chrabaszewski surname exists in Poland but is about to become extinct.
Wroclaw 45 | 5,409    
18 Oct 2008  #3


Nothing under this name at Ellis

It could be under Filipkowska, which does appear.

They are both pronounced the same apart from the final letter 'a', which shows female form.


Nothing under this name at Ellis

A soundex search, elsewhere, did bring up Grabiszewski.

1. They may not have entered the States at New York.
2. Please, consider alternative spellings.
3. Ship's Records (basic info) will show point of departure, but maybe not home town.
4. The ship's manifest, when you find it, will/should show next of kin in country of departure. This is your clue as to where they came from.

For Stanley. Try Stanislaw or Stanisław. There are thirty-eight passengers named Stanislaw Michalak. All but one have original residence. But I can't find Saleoma

I need more specific dates, if possible.
Polonius3 1,020 | 12,550    
19 Oct 2008  #4

The name's original form was probably Chrabąszczewski.
Wroclaw 45 | 5,409    
19 Oct 2008  #5

My grandparents on both my father and mother's side emigrated to the USA in the first decade of the 1900's

You will get quite a lot of possible results at: familysearch LDS

It should be quite easy to work out who you want, if you know the town they settled in in the States.

Try name variations for best results.

The Social Security Death Index should give place of birth too.

The LDS don't have everyone, but I think you have a good chance of finding someone, as I've already checked some possibilities with regard to your names.
OP Edchrab 1 | 1    
15 Apr 2010  #6

It has been a while since I checked on my inquiry. Can you explain why you state that the surname, Chrabaszewski is about to become extinct?
Polonius3 1,020 | 12,550    
15 Apr 2010  #7

CHRABASZEWSKI: The -ewski ending suggests a topo nick, hencn a way of indicating a native of Chrabaszewo. The root chrab- appears in the word chrabąszcz (a kind of beetle, maybug), the verb chrabęścić (to rustle or make a scratching sound in the underbrush) or possibly chrabry, a form of chrobry, and archaic word for brave as in the first King of Poland Boelsław Chrobry. Depending on which root actually gave that locality its name, we could translate it as either Beetleburg, Rustleton or Braveville. Take your pick!

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