Previously published in PGS-CA Bulletin (Issue #75, July 2005)

Kupienin Translated from the Słownik Geograficzny (1880-1902)
by Helen C. Bienick

Kupienin, a village in the county of Dąbrowa Tarnowska, belonged to the Roman Catholic Parish in Bolesław. Its postal district was in Szczucin. It is situated on the left bank of the Wisła river (Vistula). It is on the road which leads from Tarnów to Dąbrowa, near the border of what once was the Kingdom Congress which was established by the Russians. It has a level terrain, and it is 173 meters above sea level. In the late 1800s, there were 691 Roman Catholics, 11 of whom resided on the estate of Count Arthur Potocki. This estate covered 38 morgen [1] of farmland and 101 morgen of forests. The village area covered a total of 685 morgen of farmland in total. Kupienin is somewhat encircled by the Wisła river on the north and west. On the south, in a straight line of two kilometers lies Mędrzechów, and on the east about three kilometers distant, lies the village of Odmęt.

Kupienin - Catholic Church Records 1785-1901 by John Walter Dudek

Kupienin is listed as a neighboring town of Mędrzechów (Dąbrowa Tarnowska), Kraków, Poland; formerly in Galicia, Austria. The records were extracted from films obtained from the LDS Film Library in Salt Lake City (film # 1895996 & 1895997); and contained marriage, birth and death records. As is the case of most records of this era the text was in Latin. Most given names were Latinized and surnames were kept intact.

A great resource for understanding Poland Catholic Microfilm Records is an article that was written by Peter Gwozdz. It is thirty pages long and can be accessed by going online and addressing Poland GenWeb. It is a valuable asset to anyone considering extracting any microfilm records.

Previously, this author had extracted records for the same period of the parish of Mędrzechów in trying to find information on my maternal grandfather. Finding his birth records led to the discovery of an additional four generations of my family. This led to my tracing the names of all the individuals on my pedigree. It became easier to simply extract all the records from beginning to the end. Using the PAF (Personal Ancestral File) program, the huge task of assembling all individuals into families became the task of my wife. Dona Christensen Dudek is an accredited K-12 Librarian and a person that enjoys picture puzzles. Using these skills she was able to place hundreds of people into families.

I cannot guarantee the spelling of the surnames. Having been born into a family that spoke Polish in the home, I still have some ability to speak and read the language. Because of the poor quality of a great number of the records and the penmanship of the various record writers many of the names were indecipherable. I then had to rely on name recognition much like when a child learns to read. When they are told C A T spells cat and shown a picture of a cat, they then quickly associate that word as cat the very next time they see it. After having seen the names repeatedly, I was able to recognize names without actually being able to decipher each letter in the name when it was poorly written. What was interesting to me was that I was familiar with a great number of these surnames. These were names of actual people I went to school with, whom I went to church with, and who labored in the mills with my parents. The city of Utica, New York and the outlying villages of Yorkville, and New York Mills, New York had a great number of immigrants from Poland.

This work has been gratifying, interesting, exhausting, expensive and at times emotional, encountering records of a person being born, married, having children, and dying. Seeing children dying at birth because of diseases which no longer exist or are controlled by life saving medical procedures can be a tight tug on the heart. Finding additional ancestors make all the long hours of work worth the effort. I am grateful for the availability of the films from the LDS Library in Salt Lake City. Also for the facilities of local Family History Centers and the staff of the many volunteers who are friendly and helpful. These facilities are open to all who need assistance in doing personal research. Another resource which I found valuable is the LDS Church site on the internet, (Familysearch.org). Again, the family history centers have computers and can assist with the use of the computers and use of the web site. It is available on home computers.

If there is anything I can be of assistance to anyone concerning the two parishes of Kupienin and Mędrzechów, I can be reached on the internet at jododudek@.aol.com


    Terms Requiring Further Explanation:
  • ↑ [1] morgen - a land measure equivalent to ~ 2.1 acres


Surnames Found in the Parish Records of Kupienin Compiled by John Dudek From FHL Microfilms #1895996 & #1895997
Babiarz
Babicz
Badon
Banach
Banas
Baran
Baron
Basorczyk
Bednarz
Bialek
Bielasko
Bobowcona
Bobowiec
Bobowszek
Boczatek
Bozarki
Bozecki
Bretaska
Brolek
Brozek
Budzyna
Burgel
Burgiel
Byk
Bzdula
Caban
Cepil
Chorcowna
Chrzan
Chwalkawna
Chwatek
Chwiat
Chwijol
Cichonka
Ciepiela
Cieplinski
Colcza
Copil
Cup
Curyło
Cwatek
Czepiel
Czub
Dabrowski
Diszezka
Doktor
Dolinski
Dominik
Duda
Dulesczonka
Dulowska
Dupri
Dyba
Dybala
Dynak
Dysc
Fial
Fijal
Fiol
Florkiewiec
Frac
Frącz
Franc
Francz
Frankowski
Franusiak
Fronc
Froncz
Furgal
Furgiel
Furjal
Gabian
Gabiga
Gadek
Gadowski
Galus
Gardor
Gasonka
Gierczynska
Gil
Gizionka
Glock
Glozecki
Glozowski
Golonka
Gozeski
Gozowski
Gracki
Gradzki
Grebczowaczaka
Grzywacz
Gwadera
Gwodz
Gwozdecki
Gwozdz
Nadolski
Jacha
Janic
Janicki
Janik
Janusik
Januszek
Jasak
Jasonka
Jawarski
Jaykowski
Jurczyk
Kaczmarczyk
Kaczocha
Kaczor
Kaczoska
Kadra
Kaminski
Karczmarczyk
Kardas
Kaskowna
Kasparek
Kaspinek
Kawa
Kawionka
Kawsonek
Kazak
Kazmier
Kedra
Kiling
Kiska
Kiszka
Klaga
Klimaj
Klimczak
Kmiecik
Kminska
Kochanek
Kogut
Kolano
Kolcioka
Koleja
Kolowanka
Kopka
Korbas
Kordas
Kornas
Kortkowna
Korzec
Krzan
Kulaga
Kulazaka
Kupiec
Kusmierz
Kusnicz
Kutaga
Kuzia
Kuziak
Kuzma
Kuzmierz
Kuzna
Kuznia
Kuzniak
Kuznierz
Kuzowka
Kwarciak
Kzran
Lak
Lalka
Lasak
Lech
Lekarczyk
Leyconka
Lichterzowna
Lichwata
Lira
Lizak
Los
Losowki
Loss
Lozoski
Luscak
Luszowna
Lysik
Macuchowski
Magiera
Majka
Makuch
Maliga
Mandala
Maranek
Marchwiana
Marcinek
Margoliak
Margosiak
Markociak
Markol
Marsiak
Mastalerz
Matusiak
Matusik
Matuszczak
Matuszczek
Maykowa
Michalec
Mietla
Mikuta
Miolta
Miosta
Miotla
Misiaszek
Mlodecki
Mocugoski
Morawiec
Moskalka
Motyka
Motyl
Nadolski
Nawelszyk
Nawzonek
Niedalina
Niedolska
Niedzwiadek
Niejadlik
Niemiec
Noga
Nowak
Obara
Odrobiak
Olszewski
Olszowski
Orszulak
Osiarski
Ostrowczanka
Oszowa
Pachal
Pachol
Padotek
Padus
Paluch
Palus
Pamez
Partyczaka
Partyczanka
Partyczonka
Pawelczyk
Pawelec
Pawelek
Petcrzaka
Pictrunka
Pieczyk
Piekielniak
Pielnik
Pierdosow
Pierga
Pieron
Pietrowski
Pietruszka
Pikol
Pikul
Piorkowska
Piorskos
Pistul
Pitulaka
Pleban
Pluta
Poczatek
Polak
Polmakowna
Polniak
Polnik
Polus
Powatek
Przetacznek
Przybylow
Przychodnia
Pulata
Pyrczak
Racikowna
Radzik
Raycowna
Robak
Rubinszcaka
Rumianowski
Rusek
Rusiecionka
Rusinkiewicz
Rusinek
Ruznia
Rys
Rzesotowna
Saier
Sajor
Sajowna
Saletnik
Salniczonka
Saltys
Samelonka
Sayer
Scepil
Selidzaka
Seliga
Setela
Sichterz
Sierant
Sieron
Siktyrz
Siostrowna
Sipiwzowna
Skał
Skowron
Skowrya
Skutnik
Sliska
Sliwiaka
Slizki
Sobieraj
Sobionka
Sobon
Sobor
Socha
Sojczonka
Sokol
Solnic
Solnicy
Solnika
Solonica
Soltys
Soyczonka
Soyka
Stanek
Starciak
Stohandel
Stopa
Stopinski
Stosek
Stryczonka
Subiaka
Sulowszonka
Suskowna
Sutowszczaka
Swiatek
Swiatkowski
Swiech
Sychterz
Sychtyrz
Syktyrz
Szaier
Szajor
Szczepanek
Szczygiel
Szktyrz
Sznaydor
Taras
Tarczak
Tehaboski
Tobias
Topor
Tratka
Trzepacz
Turgiel
Ukleja
Urban
Wadas
Wadocha
Wajorzonek
Warchol
Warzcha
Watora
Wawnonka
Wawrzynek
Wawrzonek
Waydosczanka
Wazchol
Wdowiak
Wegiel
Wesotowski
Wictorkowna
Wieczorek
Witkowski
Wlodarz
Wnuk
Wojcik
Wojtasek
Wotowiec
Woytasek
Woytasik
Woytosik
Wrobel
Wytrowat
Zabek
Zackarzonka
Zaglaniczny
Zając
Zamora
Zawada
Zdiacowna
Zieba
Ziemniak
Zietara
Zimoski
Zimowski
Zwirecki
Zych
Zywiak

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