Jaworsynka, Dragon

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    I need ancestry help on my father, Michael Paul DRAGON who was born on August 20, 1895, in Jaworzynka and immigrated to the United States in 1913. The only other information I have is his mother name was Eva, baptized, and he had a brother named Louis. Any help would be very much appreciated.



    Can you tell me if he was catholic or lutheran?

    Catholic church records from Jaworzynka belongs to parish Istebna and records from this parish currently lies in civil registry office in Istebna, you can write them here: urzad@istebna.eu or here usc@ug.istebna.pl

    You can also try to write to catholic parish in Istebna as they have indexed records, try to ask about baptism or marriage of his parents:

    Lutheran are online but i didnt found your father in there.




    My father was Catholic. I will try the Catholic parish in Istebna. Thank You.
    Where would the census records for Jaworzymka be located?


    Hello again

    Which census records are you talking about? Jaworzynka at that time belonged to Austrian empire and unlike in Prussian empire, there were no civil registry records. Your father also emigrated before 1914 so there would be no austrian draft records for I world war…

    Im affraid you can only rely on church books records.


    Hello, Hello!
    Thank you again for the information, and I have inquired with the parish in Istebna. About the census; Since I know very little about Jaworzynka and it’s history, What I have learned is based from Wikipedia which stated the following:

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    Southern tip of Jaworzynka village
    Jaworzynka is located in PolandJaworzynkaJaworzynka
    Coordinates: 49°31′44.8″N 18°51′34.9″ECoordinates: 49°31′44.8″N 18°51′34.9″E
    Country Poland
    Voivodeship Silesian
    County Cieszyn
    Gmina Istebna
    • Mayor Paweł Rucki
    • Total 22.15 km2 (8.55 sq mi)
    Population (2012)
    • Total 3,196
    • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
    Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
    • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
    Postal code
    Car plates SCI
    About this soundJaworzynka (help·info) is a village in Gmina Istebna, Cieszyn County in Silesian Voivodeship, southern Poland. The village is situated in Beskid Śląski mountain range, near to the borders with the Czech Republic and Slovakia, in the historical region of Cieszyn Silesia.

    The name is of topographic origins and is derived from sycamore trees (Polish: jawor) and is a diminutive form of jaworzyna.[1]

    The village was first mentioned in 1621 as Jaworzinka.[2][1] It belonged then to the Duchy of Teschen, a fee of Kingdom of Bohemia and a part of the Habsburg Monarchy.

    After Revolutions of 1848 in the Austrian Empire a modern municipal division was introduced in the re-established Austrian Silesia. The village as a municipality was subscribed to the political district of Cieszyn and the legal district of Jablunkov. According to the censuses conducted in 1880, 1890, 1900 and 1910 the population of the municipality grew from 1,369 in 1880 to 1,642 in 1910 with the majority being native Polish-speakers (between 99.4% and 99.9%) accompanied by German-speaking (at most 8 or 0.6% in 1890) and Czech-speaking people (at most 6 or 0.4% in 1910). In terms of religion in 1910 the majority were Roman Catholics (98.9%), followed by Protestants (19 or 1.1%).[3] The village was also traditionally inhabited by Silesian Gorals, speaking Jablunkov dialect.

    After World War I, fall of Austria-Hungary, Polish–Czechoslovak War and the division of Cieszyn Silesia in 1920, it became a part of Poland and was transferred to Cieszyn County. In 1924 part of the village was separated from Jaworzynka and formed a new village, Hrčava, transferred to Czechoslovakia. Jaworzynka was then annexed by Nazi Germany at the beginning of World War II. After the war it was restored to Poland.

    Many families from the Jaworzyka and Istebna area emigrated to Sheridan, Wyoming to work in underground coal mines along the Tongue River.[4] [5][6]

    Mrózek, Robert (1984). Nazwy miejscowe dawnego Śląska Cieszyńskiego [Local names of former Cieszyn Silesia] (in Polish). Katowice: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach. p. 83. ISSN 0208-6336.
    Panic, Idzi (2011). Śląsk Cieszyński w początkach czasów nowożytnych (1528-1653) [Cieszyn Silesia in the beginnings of Modern Era (1528-1653)] (in Polish). Cieszyn: Starostwo Powiatowe w Cieszynie. p. 171. ISBN 978-83-926929-5-9.
    Piątkowski, Kazimierz (1918). Stosunki narodowościowe w Księstwie Cieszyńskiem (in Polish). Cieszyn: Macierz Szkolna Księstwa Cieszyńskiego. pp. 266, 285.

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