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From: "Jan Prygoda" <>
Subject: Family search
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 00:11:16 +0200
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Thanks for your reply. Well, my father said he was from Tarnopol but I am pretty sure that they lived at a farm in Wierzchowce. He wsa not very exact in such things. I have been trying to find the Polish telephone directory on line but I could not find it. I am happy to know that there are 15 Przygoda's listed there.
Do you also know how many people with the name Se,k are listed ? 15 out of 57 Przygoda's in the old province of Rzeszow in Mielec means it is a stronghold.
I do not know much about my Polish relatives. There were father, mother, 4 boys and 1 girl. Father, mother and 2 boys did not survive the second world war because of the Soviet invasion and deportations in 1939-1940. One brother was born in 1909. The girl was born at 11.11.1911, my father in 1923 and his younger brother in 1926 or 1927. I am now trying to find out birth dates and birth places of my father's parents and his two older brothers whose names I do not know.

With kind regards,
Jan Prygoda

----- Oorspronkelijk bericht -----
Van: Dennis Benarz

Because surnames emerged spontaneously and independently in different places
in Poland about 400 years ago, it would be difficult to ascertain whether
PRZYGODAs in Kielce are directly related to PRZYGODAs in Mielec. But why
bother to go through the anguish of trying to prove this point? Why not just
take Grandpa at his word? If he said he was from Mielec, I'll believe him.
There are 15 PRZYGODAs listed in Mielec in the online Polish telephone
directory (Polska Ksiazka Telefoniczna) and that's good enough evidence for

So, focus your research on Mielec, particularly with regard to determining
his parish church. Saint Matthew the Apostle (Sw. Mateusza Apostola) is the
oldest parish in Mielec and served Mielec and adjacent villages in 1890, so
you might start there. However, it is not the only parish in Mielec and you
haven't said when Grandpa was born, when he married, and when he emigrated.
Plus, Grandpa might have come from an outlying village near Mielec that was
served by another parish and merely used the place name "Mielec" because it
was the largest nearby town. But, you have to start somewhere and Saint
Matthew would be the logical choice.

Was Grandpa in the aviation field? A lot of small aircraft were built in

Good luck.


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