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Grazul in Varniany

Posted: 1476117513000
Classification: Query
I am helping a friend with her genealogy, and I am trying to locate a birth/baptism record for Bronislaw Grazul, son of Maciej Grazul and Brygida Kasiulewicz. Bronislaw emigrated to America (Newark, NJ) c.1913, although I have not been able to find an immigration record for him. His surname may have been different in Europe, although I assume it would have been similar to Grazul.

Bronislaw was born 16 May 1893. His 1917 marriage record shows his birthplace as Wozniany, Russian Poland, and his WWI draft registration shows his birthplace as Bobrowniki, Wilna. Family lore says he was born in Russia. Based on this, I have concluded that he was born in the village of Babrauniki in the parish of Varniany in Belarus.

He was married in a Roman Catholic Church, so I assume he was baptized in one too, although I am not certain. It appears that Varniany was in Vilna district at the time. I have checked the website for the National Archives of Belarus, which seems to indicate that they do not have records for Varniany. Does this mean that the records no longer exist? Would the parish church still have baptism records from that period? Is there a church archive or some other source where I might find Bronislaw's birth record?

Any help would be appreciated.

Steve

Re: Grazul in Varniany

Posted: 1476148806000
Classification: Query
In Poland:
http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/gra%25C5%25BCul.html
http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/grau%25C5%25BCul.html
http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/graj%25C5%25BCul.html
map of Poland's wojewodztwos:
http://www.geneteka.genealodzy.pl/

http://www.radzima.org/eng/

Bobrovniki, Bobrowniki
populated place
54°44' N 26°04' E
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Belarus
83.2 miles NW of Minsk 53°54' N 27°34' E
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http://igrek.amzp.pl/mapindex.php?cat=WIG100
http://www.mapywig.org/m/WIG_maps/series/100K_300dpi/P30_S42...
left top corner; going inward to WORNIANY and BOBROWNIKI.
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NY EI arrival. [ ? ]
Gasiulewicz, Bronislaw
 Warniany, Russia
 37
 1872-1873
 1910

Re: Grazul in Varniany

Posted: 1476155849000
Classification: Query
Thanks for the reference maps and other info. The 1910 immigration record you found is too old to be the person I'm looking for, but I'm struck by the fact that the surname is similar to both the name Grazul and the mother's maiden name. It could be an uncle and may be a useful lead.

Do you have any idea where I might find Varniany/Worniany birth records?

Steve

Re: Grazul in Varniany

Posted: 1476157606000
Classification: Query
You're welcome.
Do you know if Bronislaw was naturalized US citizen?
There is a Belarus Roots Forum on FACEBOOK.
You might want to join Andrei Burdenkov's FB group Belarus family roots. He would be someone to answer your question.
Check out this site that is Andrei's work www.graves.by

Re: Grazul in Varniany

Posted: 1476294513000
Classification: Query
Thanks. I'll check out the Facebook group and the website.

Census records indicate that Bronislaw Grazul was naturalized, but records for the court where he would have been naturalized are not available online; the records are at the NJ archives, but I haven't yet pursued that avenue.

I suspect that the immigration record I'm looking for is this one:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JNBM-QTB

The surname is slightly off, and the destination is way off, but the age, birthplace, and mother's name fit pretty well. The naturalization record could confirm whether this is the right one.

Steve

Re: Grazul in Varniany

Posted: 1476297273000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1476297572000
You're welcome.
You might need to spend some $ for Bronislaw's Intent & Petition. Yes, those papers would have his place of birth, port of departure, port of arrival etc. so than it would confirm whether he is or not the one that arrived NY Ellis Island.
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 Grazun, Bronisl.
 Wovnani, Russia
 20
 1892-1893
 1913
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http://www.genealogybranches.com/naturalization.html
http://www.archives.gov/research/naturalization/index.html
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