Discovering our Ancestors' Travels and Travails

Our grandmother, Agnieszka Kapuścińska Skrok Kiec, and her sister, Maryanna Kapuścińska Mastykarz, were baptized in the town of Koprzywnica wikipedia 2015Koprzywnica in Sandomierz County, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, Poland. Koprzywnica lies on the Koprzywianka river, in Małopolska, or Lesser Poland, on the road between Kraków and Sandomierz, and includes the village of Gnieszowice, our grandmother’s birthplace.

Towarzystwa Genealogicznego Centralnej Polski, the Central Genealogical Society of Poland, is currently digitizing and indexing birth, marriage, and death records and placing them online at

1887 Kapuscinski Witon marriage Our great grandparents Wincenty Kapuściński and Maryanna Witoń were married in Koprzywnica in 1887. I found their marriage record in the Napoleonic format online at Although most of the record is Cyrillic, the Polish names are also written in Roman letters. The names Wincenty Kapuscinski and Maryanna Witon are both in the margin and in the text.

Their daughter Maryanna Kapuścińska was born the following year. 1888 Maryanna KapuscinskiIn the upper left corner, you can see her name. In the text is her father’s name, Wincenty Kapuściński, and further down is her mother’s name Maryanny z Witoniów, Maryanna from the house of the Witons. The record is at The year 1888 is earlier than the date on some of Mary Mastykarz’ other American records. She was 87 when she died in 1976!

1895 Agnieszka Kapuscinska birth I had verified our grandmother Agnieszka Kapuścińska’s birth in the Polish Archives in Sandomierz when I was in Poland in 2004. She was born in the village of Gnieszowice, and her 1895 birth record was online at


Comments on: "Kapuścińska Sisters from Koprzywnica" (5)

  1. […] Kwiatek, Kapuscinski, and Witon church and civil records, but enough information to track their origins and movement back to Poland and their return to the […]


  2. […] parents, Agnieszka Kapuscinska and Jan Skrok, moved to the United States in the 1910s with their siblings, cousins, and other relations.  They married in Buffalo, returned to Poland about 1920, and then came back […]


  3. […] in “Bialobozie, Kelecska, Russia.” (Already, spelling is suspect.) Because I knew where my Kapuściński ancestors were from in the former Kielce province, it helped me to find […]


  4. […] actual birth date is uncertain. A December 1888 birth record from Poland may be hers or possibly an older sister named Maryanna who died before her birth. Her age was […]


  5. […] to visit Gnieszowice, the small village near Koprzywnica, Sandomierz, where documents indicated my maternal grandmother had been born in 1895. Although I was able to verify my grandmother’s birth in the former synagogue that had become […]


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