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From: "Dennis Benarz" <>
Subject: Re: [POLAND] Telephone directory
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 17:06:01 -0500
References: <012101c58a4a$d8fb7ba0$7a32c33e@arnhem.chello.nl> <BAY103-DAV106156C68081E14336DCC5CFD20@phx.gbl> <001401c58ca6$4add3d00$7a32c33e@arnhem.chello.nl>

Hi Jan

Polish telephone directories (including the online directory) are structured
so that you must know province, city/town/village, and surname. If you enter
Mielec as the "miasto" (city/town/village), the results will be only for the
incorporated city of Mielec. Neighboring villages such a Zlotniki and
Cyranka will not be included in the results. The directories are very
location specific and no "metropolitan area" directories (which mix the
listings of multiple towns together to form a single list) exist to my

Further, telephone subscribers are protected by Polish privacy laws This
means that only those persons who have expressly agreed to appear in the
directory can be found there.

This makes the use of Polish telephone directories somewhat difficult as a
research tool unless you know the exact place to look. However, because your
grandfather said he was from Mielec, we could easily used the telephone
directory to confirm that Przygodas are indeed still present in Mielec.
Thus, Polish telephone directories should really be used only to confirm
what we already suspect to be true.

It will take a different tactic to reveal the locations of the many
Przygodas living in old Kielce Province.

The 1990 Polish Census results are the number of individuals, not families,
using the surname. So, it is possible that many, most, or all of the 57
Przygodas residing in Rzeszow Province were counted in the Mielec area.

Good luck!


----- Original Message -----
From: "Jan Prygoda" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 19, 2005 4:06 PM
Subject: [POLAND] Telephone directory

> Hello Dennis (and all others I am writing)
> I am now concentrating on the Polish telephone directory as the microfilms
> did not lead to much information yet. I have a question. What does Miasto
> (City) cover in the Polish telephone directory. I have checked the
> Przygoda name in
> Mielec 15 times
> Sandomierz 2
> Kielce 2
> Tarnobrzeg 1
> Starochowice 28
> Rzeszow 1
> Ropczyce 0
> Kolbuszowa 0
> I searched Borowa - Przygoda Czermin - Przygoda but nothing comes
> out. Are the people of Borowa and Czermin included in the telephone
> directory of Mielec ? I checked Starochowice as I saw a priest being born
> there in 1962 in who I see some Przygoda features. I wonder where all
> those 550 Przygoda people in the old province of Kielce are when there are
> only 2 in Kielce city. Does the name frequency list mention families or
> individual persons in that province ? If 57 in the Rzeszow province means
> individual persons it could be that almost all people with my family name
> live in Mielec. In that case I could perhaps concentrate on Mielec and
> find out if there is a marriage certificate of my grandparents. There
> could also be a birth certificate in 1909 of one unknown name male
> Przygoda.
> I have written to the Civil Records Office in Warsaw if they can find my
> father's birth certificate there among the data of Chorostkow.
> By the way, I do not know when my grandfather was born. I can only guess
> when one of the two oldest sons where born in 1909 and his youngest son in
> 1926 that the range is about 1880-1890 and that the marriage took place
> between 1905 and 1909. My father was born in 1923 (and I was born in
> 1964).
> With kind regards,
> Jan
> ----- Oorspronkelijk bericht -----
> Van: Dennis Benarz
> Aan: Jan Prygoda ;
> Verzonden: zondag 17 juli 2005 23:48
> Onderwerp: Re: [POLAND] Kielce - Mielec ?
> Hi Jan
> The number of SEKs in Poland in 1990 was underwhelming (with only 24
> persons
> scattered across 13 provinces using this surname) while the number of
> SE~Ks
> was about 5900. On the other hand, there were over 3900 PRZYGODAs in many
> different provinces in Poland, including some in both Tarnow and Rzeszow
> Provinces which are the closest to Mielec.
> 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
> me.
> 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
> Mielec.
> Good luck.
> Dennis
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