Ethnography in Krakow

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Genealogy is often a detective search. One has to be attentive and inquisitive, and then a reward awaits.

When I visited the Ethnographic Museum in Cracow, in order to buy a book about fold costumes two months ago, I did not expect that I could also find interesting facts about genealogical research there.

At home

The first exhibition that I visited at the Ethnographic Museum in Cracow was a

reconstructed chamber of a traditional homestead.

Carved and painted wooden bed, benches, chairs and other household appliances placed under the walls of the room. Colourful sacred pictures, wall tapestries with multi-coloured patterns, embroidered pillows stacked on top of each other. Everything seemed to be waiting for the bustling housekeeper and children running around.

Ethnographic Museum in Cracow


At war

Other museum halls showed scenes from life crowned with old photographs.

There were family photos, photographs depicting rural life, field work, school children, teachers and others were associated with working on flax processing.

The scenes at the museum exhibitions changed as in a kaleidoscope.

In one place, an exhibition of crafts and just around the corner soldier attributes from the early twentieth century.

One of the photos depicted a soldier of the 2nd Brigade of Polish Legions.

Place: Zawoja, Suski County, Lesser Poland, voivodeship, 1914



Traditional wedding pastries

exhibition, wedding pastries, Ethnographic Museum in Cracow

An interesting exhibition showing wedding pastries. The first is ‚wedding bark model, Zamość district, Lublin province, turn of the 19th and 20th centuries’

Small baking (by the shot glass) is a ‚wedding cone model (the cake was carried before the wedding procession, placed at the top on the wedding rings, Boguchwała, Rzeszów county  XIX/XX century’

The woven wheel is ‚a model of a wedding cake, Ropczyce, Podkarpackie , the beginning of XX century’

The big cake on the left side of the photo is ‚wedding cake model, Janów , Lubelskie voi., 1905.


Something for the head

Magirka , Ethnographic Museum in Cracow

Magier’s description of the album “Stroje Krakowskie” published by the Ethnographic Museum in Cracow.

“Magierka, is a warm round hat, with an inverted rim, woolen, knitted with a garter stitch, full and turned up.Tyniec was the main center of the product near Cracow”


Clothes like painted

The exhibition of regional costumes is the most colourful corner of the museum.

Striped, flowery, checkered, embroidered, woven, printed – various outfits depicting the old fashion from different areas of Poland.

Muzeum Etnograficzne w Krakowie
Ethnographic Museum in Cracow


Ethnographic Museum in Cracow

The Ethnographic Museum in Krakow is not only interesting exhibitions, you can also use archival resources there.

It was there that I found some interesting photos that are helpful in genealogy searches.

From Kamień to Cracow

In the museum resources I also found photos from Kamień in the Podkarpacie region.

The photographs were taken in 1913.

Mayor from Kamień /Nisko .

IV, 1913.

Ethnographic Museum in Cracow

Peasants from Kamień/ Nisko, April 1913.


Kamień , Nisko rok 1913

Peasants in „sukmanas”, Kamień, Nisko, 1913.


Ethnographic Museum in Cracow

Kamień , powiat Nisko ,w zbiorach Muzuem Etnoraficznego w Krakowie

Ethnographic Museum in Cracow

Girls at the corset sewing course, Kamień, Nisko poviat.

In this entry I presented only a part of what can be admired in the museum.

I hope that thanks to the publication of the photos, it will be possible to recognize at least some of the people in them.

The Ethnographic Museum in Cracow is a place which I highly recommend. Interesting exhibits and friendly service await you.

Previous entries on similar topics.

Wesele w Szreniawie



Zamojskie wsie

Mieszkańcy Jeżowego

Koszyce wiek XIX

 indeks urodzeń Jeżowe/Kamień za lata 1890-1897



Ania B.M

źródła: Muzeum Etnograficzne w Krakowie



Chester, West Virginia, Jeżowe, Galicia, Stories hidden in photography

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What is hidden in the photographs we keep in old boxes, envelopes or old bags?

I encourage you to look at family albums and re-discover the stories of people in these photographs.

Today, I was looking through a section of collections about a family from south-eastern Poland from Jeżowe  and Groble (South-East, Poland)


The oldest man in the photo Karol Mścisz, born in Jeżowe, Andrzej‚s son (Jędrzej) Mścisz and Agnieszka nee Drelich
Karol Mscisz -Carl Metz with his family a photo taken most probably in Chester, Hancock, West Virginia, USA a photo of the relatives of Jeżowe, photo taken no later than in December 1962

Children  of Karol and Józefa:

Michael G. Mścisz Metz

John Mścisz Metz

Andrew? Mścisz

Julian Mścisz Metz

Paulina Mscisz Metz- wife of Carl Karol Słodziński

Frances Josephine Mścisz Metz -Edwin Szetela 
Mary Josephine Mścisz Metz- wife of Cecil Charles McGraw

Katharine Mścisz Metz wife of Chema Paul

Information about the descendants of Mścisz from Jeżowe, who immigrated to the USA, I have managed to establish through the Ellis Island website (information about Karol Mścisz), while the information about his American part of the family I have found by searching the websites. The photographs above, were sent by the relatives of Karol to the relatives remaining in Poland.

Karol Mścisz Metz and his wife Józefa nee Strong (?)



Karol Mścisz / Metz had a brother Jan (1871-1954) 

Jan Mścisz


Karol’s sisters were:

Agnieszka, born about 1870 she married Stanisław Iskra, 1896

Marianna born in 1882 she married Chmura

Franciszka born in 1885

 Karol Mścisz (30/03/1877-1963), Andrzej Mścisz (1923-1947) and Józef Mścisz (1888-1926)

karol msc

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rodzinne Antoni i Stefania Jezowe kopia.jpg
  Stefania niece of Karol Mscisz (oldest in the picture) with family – Jeżowe, ca. 1955 




1 Maria Pasiak i Antoni Mscisz 1933.jpeg
Antoni Pasiak son of Jędrzej (Andrzej) and his wife Maria nee Pasiak , photo from 1933




photo found on the web – shows a group of musicians, Jeżowe village

I encourage everyone to take care of photographs, scan them and also describe them (people, surnames, when they could be taken and where).

author: Ania Bernat-Mścisz



 Ellis Island

Photo from cemetery Jeżowe  click

cemetery  Hancock click

 Polish version click