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Walenty Racza and Zofia Mical married 1928 lived in Jarczowce? or Staroniwa?

26 Dec 2011 #1
My mother came to New Zealand as an orphan having been sent as a 12 year old to Archangle forced labour camps during Stalins ethnic cleansing of Southern/east Poland. I am trying to get a birth certificate and or information. having a hard time. My mother's name was Helena Racza. She was born 1 Jan 1927. They lived in Staroniwa and Jarczowce

Can anyone help.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
27 Dec 2011 #2
RĄCZY: rączy is an old Polish word meaning quick, swift, lively, etc.; rącza would be the feminine form.

MICAL: extremely rare/close to extinct; names such as Mical., Micek, Micuś, Mikuś, etc. are derived from such first names as Michał or Mikołaj.
boletus 30 | 1,366
27 Dec 2011 #3
They lived in Staroniwa and Jarczowce

The only common thing shared between these two places is their common general location in Galicia, a former South-Eastern part of Poland. However the distance between those two places is quite big, about 293 km by road. It looks like Walenty and Zofia had to work hard to find each other. :-)

Most of the Google searches for "Staroniwa" lead to Rzeszów, a major city in SE Poland. Staroniwa is a part of it, with its own history, and it is easy to find.

The "Jarczowce" search consistently leads to a place between Tarnopol (Ternopil) and Zborów (Zboriv), 36 km apart, in today's Ukraine. It is not shown on any standard modern Ukrainian map, but you can see it here (a satellite map with the old Polish names overlayed):

If your family records mention anything about a famous stud in Jarczowce, or Count Juliusz Dzieduszycki, then you will know that you are on a right track.

Juliusz Dzieduszycki (1817-1885), grandson of Dominik, was one of the best known breeders of horses in Galicia, the owner of the Jarczowiec stud near Zborów. In the years 1844 to 1845 he traveled East [Athens, Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Acre, Jerusalem, Gaza, Smyrna, Constantinople, Bucharest, Transylvania], which was humorously described by Szczęsny Morawski. It cost him 40 thousand fl, but he brought back five stallions and 3 mares of pure Arabian blood, which brought fame to his stud and attracted connoisseurs and breeders from all over Europe. Among them were also members of the ruling family: Emperor Franz Joseph (1851) and his brother, Archduke Charles Louis (1854).

Wincenty Pol, a poet, wrote poetry about Juliusz but it was a painter and a friend of Juliusz Dzieduszycki, Juliusz Kossak, that made this stud widely known.

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