This past summer, I was the recipient of a genealogical act of kindness. This wasn’t just a small act–this was a mother lode of genealogical data. Through a distant Rochowiak relative (I still haven’t figured out if we are related or not), I received a number of scanned document images from Gora Znin and Gorzyce with many Rochowiak records contained within them. Imagine my surprise, joy, and glee.
Because of this kindness, I was able to learn quite a bit more about my great-grandmother’s family, the Rochowiaks. My great-grandmother, Frances Rochowiak Przybylski, was the daughter of Adalbertus Rochowiak and Marianna Mazana. I had known for some time that Adalbertus was the son of Alexi Rochowiak and Marianna Brzykca (yes, the k is before the c). But the trail was pretty cold until I had received these scans. I was able to locate siblings for Adalbertus thanks to these scans.
So…Adalbertus Rochowiak had eight siblings that I can verify and was the fifth-born child of the nine total children born to Alexi and Marianna. Here is the list of all children born to Alexi Rochowiak and Marianna Bryzkca with their birthdates and birth records. All children were born in Gorzyce, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Poland, and each of these records were loacated in This is the Baptismal Record Archdiocese of Gniezno, Poland, Catholic Parish in Gorzyce, LDS Film Unit #547GS2, Project #POL 2-009, Roll #13.
- Roch Rochowiak. Roch was the eldest of the children and born 17 August 1788.
- Agnes Rochowiak. Agnes was the eldest daughter, born 17 January 1790.
- Martinus Rochowiak. Martinus was born 22 October 1793.
- Marianna Rochowiak. Marianna was born 17 October 1795.
- Adalbertus Rochowiak. Adalbertus was born 29 March 1797.
- Laurence Rochowiak. Laurence was born 11 August 1799.
- Michał Rochowiak. Michał was born 4 October 1801.
- Adam Rochowiak. Adam was born 20 February 1804.
- Marianna. Marianna was born 11 August 1806. (Yes, the family had two daughters named Marianna).
Additionally, I did get some details on Adalbertus and some of his siblings. I will follow up in the next few weeks with this information. Enjoy–I do know there are a good handful of Rochowiak researchers out there!