SPUSCIZNA
Polish Heritage Research Group
SPUSCIZNA

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Welcome to the online pages of the Spuscizna Group. We are a small and dedicated group of family history researchers with families and a variety of "day jobs" in Europe and North America. The one thing that we have in common and that draws us together is our love of our Polish heritage. Spuscizna means heritage, bequest or continuation.

Our Feature Pages


St. Nicholas
Day

Wigilia:
Xmas Eve

Polish
Xmas Carols

Oplatki, the
Xmas Wafers

Carol for
The Absent

Christmas
Carols
Great Moments in Polish History
History
Poland
  • History: North America
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  • History: On Polonia
  • History: Galicia
  • History: Polish Home Army
  • Ethnicity: Wislanie
  • Ethnicity: Highlanders
  • Ethnicity: Roma
  • Ethnicity: Jewish
  • Ethnicity: Tatar
  • Transport: Rivers
  • Transport: Kayaking
  • Transport: Highways
  • Transport: A4 Motorway
  • Transport: Rail
  • Transport: Horses
  • Food: Zapiekanka
  • Food: McDonalds
  • Food: Golabki
  • Food: Recipes
  • Fun: Beer
  • Fun: Weddings

  • Music Index

    Classical

    Koledy

    Weddings

    Hejnaly

    Toasts

    Malopolska
    The Old Crownland of Galicia
    One of the research goals of the Spuscizna Group is to identify, build, and maintain "unofficial" websites for the old parishes that existed in southeast Poland (particularly the area between Tarnow and Rzeszow) at the turn of the 20th Century. This area had been administered primarily by the Diocese of Tarnow two hundred years ago, but today is divided between the Diocese of Tarnow, Rszeszow, Przemysl, and Sandomierz. Because JewishGen's Kolbuszowa Regional Research Group does such a nice job of providing websites for the former Jewish shtetls (communities) of the area, we have chosen to focus on the old Catholic parishes. We enjoy a good rapport with JewishGen's KRRG and collaborate with them whenever possible.

    When the Diocese of Tarnow came into existence over 220 years ago, there were 371 parishes in its jurisdiction. This means that there should be an estimated 120 old parishes within the intended area of our focus. Can we accomplish our goal? To date, we've built over 155 unofficial parish websites and we still have a long way to go. Why? Because we didn't take into account the old parishes in the Diocese of Sandomierz and Przemysl, because there's always something interesting just over the next hill, and because a critical online searchable database of the 19th Century Polish parishes has been inoperable for the last three years . To find the old parish that you are interested in, check the PARISH INDEX or consult one of the four INTERACTIVE MAPS below.



    PARISH
    INDEX
    BOCHNIA
    MAP #5
    INTERACTIVE MAP OF AREA NEAR TARNOW/DEBICA TARNOW
    MAP #1
    RZESZOW
    MAP #2
    SANDOMIERZ
    MAP #4
    PRZEMYSL
    MAP #3
    Memorials to
    our collaborators
    called to God --

    Jan Olko
    2008

    Jozef Krzemien
    1920-2010

    Gene Mikrut
    1935-2012

    Diana Needham
    1945-2013

    PARISH
    INDEX
    COLLECTION OF POLISH MAPS
    MAP COLLECTION
    GREEK CATHOLIC PARISHES PRIOR TO 1945
    GREEK-RITE PARISHES

    RIGHTEOUS
    POLES

    Victim of
    Katyn Massacre
    Classical Polish Art - Rural Poland in 19th Century Art
    Polish Art

    INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO DEBICA COUNTY:

    TIME LINE OF LOCAL HISTORY. Written primarily for old Debica, Pilzno, Stara Jastrzabka, Straszecin, and Zasow Parishes.Timeline SPUSCIZNA INTERACTIVE MAP. Click dots to view area websites with historical, genealogical, or photo content. Map RZESZOW TELEPHONE DIRECTORY 2002. Includes all of the villages in old Debica, Dobrkow, Gumniska Fox, Nagoszyn, Pilzno, Stara Jastrzabka, Straszecin, Zasow and Zawada Parishes.Directory Research into the origins of the West Slavic Wislanie TribeWislanie History


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    Piotr Olko photographing the parish church at Zdziarzec

    PHOTO GALLERIES
    The Spuscizna Group is blessed by the generous photo contributions of its members, guests, and viewers. Pictures do indeed say a thousand words. We include photos of the old parish church and surrounding area on our webpages whenever possible. Here are some of the galleries that we have assembled.

    Kliknij na zdj�cie aby zobaczy� powi�kszenie:
    Click on the image to view the photo gallery:
    Photo Gallery: Straszecin Church Photo Gallery: Straszecin Cemetery Photo Gallery: Jablonowski-Rey Manorhouse Photo Gallery: Gora Motyczna Photo Gallery: Cemetery at Gora Motyczna
    Straszecin
    Church
    Straszecin
    Cemetery
    Przyborow
    Manor
    Gora
    Motyczna
    Gora Motyczna
    Cemetery
    CHURCH AT ZASOW AROUND ZASOW PARISH THE VILLAGES OF OLD ZASOW PARISH Photo Gallery: Cemetery at Roza THE VILLAGES OF STRASZECIN PARISH
    Zasow
    Church
    Around Zasow
    Parish
    Villages of
    Zasow
    Roza
    Cemetery
    Villages of
    Straszecin Parish
    CITY OF DEBICA CEMETERY OF SAINT JADWIGA PARISH PILZNO OLD PILZNO CEMETERY PUSTKOW: SITE OF NAZI LABOR CAMPS IN WWII
    Debica
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    Debica
    Cemetery
    Pilzno
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    Pilzno
    Cemetery
    Pustkow
    Nazi Camps
    THE OLD CHURCHES OF TARNOW THE OLD CURCHES OF SANDOMIERZ LEMKO GREEK CATHOLIC CHURCHES IN THE BESKID NISKI REGION KALUZOWKA - WORLD WAR TWO BATTLEGROUND NEAR GUMNISKA VILLAGES OF SWILCZA PARISH
    Tarnow's
    Old Parishes
    Sandomierz'
    Old Churches
    Beskid Niski
    Lemko Churches
    Kaluzowka
    WWII Battleground
    Villages of
    Swilcza Parish
    Villages in Mrowla Parish Views of Debica in June, 2006
    Villages of
    Mrowla Parish
    Debica's
    Jewish Cemetery
    Stubenvoll
    Manor
    Debica
    Museum
    Debica
    2006

    Mazovia
    Future Project in the Polish Heartland

    Sneak Preview: Northern Mazovia Project
    CLICK for sneak preview of Mazovia Project
    Chicago
    "The Fourth Partition of Poland"

    Spuscizna's Rules
    The information provided by the Spuscizna Group is a combination of history, heritage, geography, and parish information. These are noncommercial and educational websites intended strictly for use by individuals in the course of their own personal research. The use of these websites for any other purpose is strictly prohibited.

    The Spuscizna Group believes in and adheres to the policy of "fair use". If you find any of the information that we make available online helpful in the course of your research, you are welcome to download and use it.

    We are always pleased to offer our advice and answer questions. Inquiries are welcome.

    ABOUT US: SPUSCIZNA - POLISH HERITAGE RESEARCH GROUP
    ABOUT US - click for more information on the Spuscizna Group

    All of the above websites, webpages, maps, and research are provided completely by volunteers. We charge no fees although we now incur some limited expenses.

    Our cornerstone is sharing. This is family history research the way it should be - free of charge. And that's simply our cordial Polish hospitality. "Zastaw sie a postaw sie."


    Music for the Marian months of May and October: Serdeczna Matko (Beloved Mother) Click for sheet music, lyrics, and MIDI file
    To exit, CLICK HERE.
    Editor - Dennis Benarz, Chicagoland USA 2001-2015
    Co-Editor - Karen Wisniewski, Detroit USA 2006-2015
    E-mail: spuscizna@catholic.org


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    Spring 2010
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    Summer 2011
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    • Making Polish Costumes
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    Fall 2012
    World War II
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