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  • I contacted Iwona in May of 2000 by e-mail and gave her all the information I had on my relatives who came from our “Cluster Villages.” I told her that I didn not need any official documents, just whatever family background information she could find on my surnames. Iwona agreed to do the research and first made calls to find out where records for these villages were held. This was the first time Iwona did research in the Lemko area of Poland. I sent Iwona a letter addressed to the General Director in Warsaw stating that I officially authorized Iwona to do research for me in the city of Przemysl (located in eastern Poland next to the Ukraine boarder) where the oldest records are held. The earliest records begin with 1784, but there are some gaps in the records.

    Iwona started in Przemysl because she was abstracting all records she could find with my surnames. This was a very big job. Normally when someone is researching a family they would begin with the newest records (in the local archive offices) and then work backwards, which is what she did in some cases where it was difficult to find my names.

    So, in August of 2000 I began to receive from Iwona who was in Przemysl, e-mails with pages, and pages of lists of births, deaths and marriages from my villages of people with my surnames. These records were from the 1780s up to the 1870s. From Przemysl Iwona went to the local archives offices, which were close to the villages. For the villages of Pielgrzymka and Klopotnica the offices were in Osiek Jasieski. For the villages of Wola Cieklinska and Folusz these offices were in Debowiec. It was not always easy for her to view the records. One of the officials at the office in Osiek gave her a very hard time, but eventually she was able to see all of the records.

    These local archives offices of Osiek and Debowiec have since sent their records to the archives office in Skolyszyn, Poland which is just west of Jaslo.

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