Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesGenealogy · 6 months ago

Great grandmother had polish last name Polanski but was born in Austrian along with her parents but all spoke Russian? She was born in 1897?

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    My Grandpa was the same!! The borders shift back then Thank you for this

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  • 6 months ago

    The Austro-Hungarian empire included portions of what are today eleven other countries, including part of the Ukraine where Russian was spoken. The name Polanski may indicate that your ancestors at one time lived in Poland, but you'd have to research that yourself to find out. Here's a map of the Austro-Hungarian empire: https://www.google.com/search?q=austro+hungarian+e...

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  • 6 months ago

    That is all very nice, what is the question, if it is the nationality of your Great Grandmother - she is a Pole born in Austria, who happened to speak Russian, but I doubt that. Most people born in Austria spoke German and if they were ethnically Polish they spoke Polish,

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  • 6 months ago

    Okay, that sounds pretty normal for NE Europe in the late 19th century. What was going to be your question?

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Thanks for sharing, but this is a A&Q site and you have not asked a question, just made a statement

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  • 6 months ago

    Is this a question or a statement?

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  • 6 months ago

    Likely the family was a refugee family from Poland.

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  • 6 months ago

    She was born in an Austrian along with her parents? Wow. I've heard of mutations but this is wild.

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  • 6 months ago

    Try Ancestry.com. Polanski looks like a slang word for "Polish."

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