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Genealogy - Domagala family from Poland

doma 1 | 1
27 Sep 2012 #1
I'm from Australia and am trying to find information about my grandfather, Marian Domagala, as well as find possible relatives who may still be in Poland. Marian was born in Zawiercie, Poland, 26th September 1924 to parents, Franciszek and Antonina (nee Korpusiak) Domagala. I have had a search of the Registry Office of Zawiercie done with no record of Marian's birth found. Is it possible that his birth certificate/record is kept elsewhere (i.e. a Catholic Church)?

I know nothing of his life before the war and not a whole lot thereafter. What I can tell you is that when Poland was occupied by Germany during World War 2, Marian was one of the many displaced and forced to work. From 1940 to 1945 he was a factory worker in Bad Wiesser, then until 1946 he was a driver based in Wildflecken. After that he was part of a Polish Guard Company in Kassel (1947 to 1948). For part of 1948 and 1949 he was a driver at Griesheim and Hersfeld.

In 1945 he married Anna Konieczna and in 1946 they had their first child (my father), Wladyslaw (born in a displacement camp in Aschaffenburg). They had their second child, Zygmunt, in 1948 (born in a camp in Fulda).

When the war ended, Marian and his family decided to leave Europe. On 17th June 1949 they boarded the Nelly, for her maiden voyage. The Nelly set off from Naples and arrived in Victoria, Australia, on month later on 15th July 1949.

I've tried most search sites like and have run out of leads and places to search. Being unable to speak Polish has limited my search, but I do have a contact in Poland who I can pass information onto. I would be grateful if anyone could point me in the right direction. Any information/help given will be much appreciated.

boletus 30 | 1,361
27 Sep 2012 #2
I would be grateful if anyone could point me in the right direction. Any information/help given will be much appreciated.

Are you sure your grandfather's surname is DOMAGALA, and not DOMAGA£A - with L with a stroke? It makes a hell of difference for certain search engines, as some are very, very picky and sensitive to details. If the registry office in Zawiercie behaves similarly than you might have spent a lot of time and money for nothing.

Just compare these two maps of distributions of the corresponding surnames:
18076 - total number of people with the name Domagała in contemporary Poland
610 - City of Kraków
495 - Olkusz County
484 - City of Kielce
482 - Zawiercie County
466 - Sosnowiec County
455 - Kielce County
443 - Pińczów County
431 - City of Wrocław
394 - City of £ódź
357 - Warszawa County

6 - total number of people with the name Domagala in contemporary Poland
2 - Zabrze County
2 - Zawiercie County
1 - Legionowo County
1 - Będzin County

You must see the obvious difference between those two maps. If your granfather's surname is in fact spelled with L-stroke, than it is fine to skip the stroke in searches in Germany or America, but a big no-no in Poland - as those two maps demonstrate.

[A hint: to use Polish extra characters look just above the edit box here]
OP doma 1 | 1
27 Sep 2012 #3
Thank you so much for your reply. It is L with a stroke (as far as I'm aware) and I feel a little silly not picking that up. The stroke must have been dropped when they moved to Australia, as I've never used it before to spell my name. I'll shall change my search parameters.

Thanks again.
18 Jul 2016 #4
Merged: Domagala Surname

Hey y'all. Doing some lineage tracing and family trees and all I know is that my grandfather's last name was Domagala and he was born in Kepno, Poland. I can't find much information on the Domagala surname. Anyone know much?

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