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Subcarpathian – village Kopki

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Subcarpathian – village Kopki
In Kopki, I am searching for traces of the ancestors of Mierzów and Pasiak as well as Szyja and Szeliga
for now, I am trying to gather all available information, which may allow me to arrange next parts of the
„puzzle” with time.

photo from 2013

The history of this place goes back many centuries.

In 1985, bishop Myszkowski transferred the castellans of the Kopki parish to Rudnik, founded in 1853 by
Anna Lipnicka – the widow of Pius (Zbożny) Komarnica – Anna was the daughter of Katarzyna from
Tarnowiec and Feliks Lipnicki.
In the mid-16th century, the land of the village of Kopki belonged to Katarzyna from Tarnowiec.

„Before the founding of the town, the owner of Kopki and Bieliny was Katarzyna from Tarnowiec
(Tarnowska), who inherited this property from her first husband, Jan Herbut. Katarzyna’s second
husband was Feliks Lipnicki (Boniecki’s armorial p.315, 1.14 – Paprocki’a armorial , p.219), from 1526
hereditary mayor of the village of Zbigniew (Zbydniów). In 1546, Katarzyna Feliskowa Lipnicka is already
a widow. According to the documents, Zygmunt August appoints a commission to separate the royal
property of Zbigniew from Turbia, Zaleszany and Kotowa Wola. The village of Zbigniew is leased by
Feliksowa Lipnicka, the burgrave of Kraków and her children: Stanisław, Katarzyna and Anna. The
children from a marriage with the mayor Feliks Lipnicki (Hołobóg coat of arms). The next entry says, that
in 1553 Feliksowa Lipnicka was Krzystofowa Gnojeńska (Krzysztof Gnojeński was her third husband).
The Gnojeński house had estates in Sandomierskie and in the 16th century, they held officess in
Ruthenia. The members of the house sealed with Warnia coat of arms”*

The Geographical Dictionary of the Polish lands and other Slavic countries mentions Kopki when
describing Rudnik nad Sanem*

” During the Swedish wars, the rittmeister of Stefan Czarnecki attacked here in 1656, Karol X, who was eating
dinner the the presbytery in Kopki, and almost captured him in captivity. The event was presented by H.
Sienkiewicz in The Deluge”*
The map shows the places described as: Pod Psiarnio, Karczmisko, Chałupku, Siedlisko, Ispisko or
Jspisko, Rędzina, Kolipki.

The fields belonging to the village of Kopki from the San river from the east.

Surnames appearing in this region: Bujak Baran, Hasiak, Kolano, Konior, Koszałka, Kak, Kołodziej,
Kostyra, Łach, Maczuga, Madej, Mierzwa, Olej, Olko, Pakulski, Pikuła, Pasiak, Podkowa, Pawłowski,
Sagan, Skiba , Szast, Socha, Szeliga, Sztaba, Worsa, Zastawny, Zygmunt…

„In the Autrian partition, the verification of the surnames took place twice. The first was held in 1792. If
someone did not have properly documented property, he would lose the ending „-ski”, „-wicz”.”* From the
page concerning Olko/Olków house.

At the end of the 19th century, in 1890, births were recorded in Kopki:

Books from 1890-1905 concerning Rudnik nad Sanem with a part concerning Kopki are kept in the State

Archives in Kielce, branch in Sandomierz

Below is one example of a file from Rudnik:

On July 31, 1901, Szyja Maria, age 31, sails from the port of Bremen – she sails to her husband –
reported Brooklyn

With her is the daughter of Maria Leontyna, 5 and a half years old.

Other entries for the region:

Emigracje do USA

Chester, West Virginia- migration

Reaserch maps

to be continued

author: Ania Bernat-Mścisz

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Polish version

Wedding in Szreniawa, 1912

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“Travels educate”

My trip to Poland has brought many interesting discoveries.

During my visit to the Ethnographic Museum in Cracow, which I was delighted with, I came across a photo with a signature “Wedding in Szreniawa, 1912”.

With the courtesy of the museum, I could share the picture on my blog.

On the same day of my coming to Miechów, after my visit in Cracow, from the local history enthusiast – author of the Miechowski Kuferek site – I have learned, that this photo and many other interesting memories are described in the book “Opowieści z pamięci” (Stories from memories).

Anna Seweryn was born in 1894 in Poręba Górna. She was the daughter of Wawrzyniec and Katarzyna nee Galicka.

Anna’s wedding took place in Szreniawa, where she lived with her parents for several years.

The guests invited to the wedding were also: the relatives and the godparents, who lived in Poręba Górna.

From the story of Anna Szopa (nee Seweryn):

“It was already past twelve, when one of the guests said:

  • They’re coming, they’re coming!

On the road from Lgota a row of wagons appeared, with flags surrounding the first cart with the groom and bridesmaids and groomsmen in Cracow costumes. The entire wedding cavalcade looked beautiful. Wedding guests especially admired the groomsmen’s gallop on horses, their assistance to the groom. From the highway to our house, the road ran around a pond, and the house stood on the hill.”

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“We were married by a young cleric Zdanowski. It was from his father’s parents that parents bought the land on which they now lived.“


Jan and Anna lived in Zagórow, in muncipality of Trzciąż/ Olkusz.



młodzi 2.

zdjęcie cz 1

zdjecie 2

zdjęcie 3

zdjęcie 4

zdjećie 5

zdjecie 6

krakowiacy lewa

zdjecie 7


In the book “Opowieści z pamięci”, Anna recalls that Cracow clothers were ordered and sewn specifically for this occasion at the dressmaker in Miechów.

Szreniawa and Poręba Górska are the areas in which their ancestors lived before 1840.  Mardziołek, Mordziołek, Mordzioł

I hope to add more details about this photo soon.


Anna Bernat-Mścisz




Miechowski Kuferek

About me

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– Do you need help finding your roots?

-Do you need help translating record documents?

-Discovering the names and surnames  of your ancestors?

-Do you want to find out in what region they lived?

-Do you what to know  what kind of outfits they wore/ what kind of traditions they followed? 


About my experience:

I have been passionate about genealogy for over ten years.

Over the years , I have been learning how to find ancestors, how to recreate a family tree. At the time, I indexed  about 60 000 birth, marriages and deaths certificates written in Polish, Russian and Latin.

About 1500 translation (birth, marriages and deaths certificates) from Russian and  Polish and into English.

I managed to discover not only my own roots, but also the roots of many people from Poland and from around the world.

My greatest pride is finding ancestors for the Baranek family, whose members fought for independence of Poland. The Baranek family survived the Volynian Massacre, were deported to Siberia, fought in General Anders army, were pilots in the ranks of the RAF, survived wandering thought many countries like India, Iran, Pakistan, to finally settle in the US and Great Britain. One of the heroes of this family, gave  his life on the Italian soil. The roots of the Baranek family are near Miechów. Baranek family



Another success is finding the ancestors of the Kałwa family, currently living in the USA. and coming from the vicinity of Szreniawa. Among them, Maciej Kałwa,  the hero of January Uprising, 1863. Kałwa’s ancestors lived in the area of Szreniawa at the beginning of the 17th century. photo from Szreniawa


I was also very pleased with the search for the Pasiak family, currently living in the USA, whose roots I discovered in the former Galicia, the Łętownia and Nowa Sarzyna district.

Pasiak family


Another big discovery is the finding of the ancestors for the Kobylec family, one of it’s members, after the route traveled in the Brygada Strzelców Karpackiech / Carpatian Riffle Brigade, settled in Tasmania. Kobylec family  also have their roots in the area of Miechów.

The places from which I conducted my research, can be found on the map. research map





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