Polish Ancestry Brick Walls: Anyone working on surnames KURDYLA, WALCZAK, LORENC??

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First time asking the G2G forum for anything.  Therefore, I'm not sure where to start or how much to get into here. Nevertheless, here it goes.

I am looking at a major brick wall for my polish ancestral tree branches.  My maternal grandmother’s maiden name was KURDYLA.  Our ancestors hail from Jasliska, Poland.  This was part of Galicia, Austria (pre-WW1).  I also have some known half-relatives (from my 2nd great-grandmother’s second marriage) with surnames ORLINSKI and LORENC (and beyond).  I have some DNA matches via Ancestry website that have the surname WALCZAK. 

Most of the DNA matches I’ve reached out to so far, don’t have trees built out far enough back, or at all.  Some, have not responded to me at this time.  I am doing my best to find any KURDYLA (for example), to note and see if I can follow the sources etc., and find connections and leads that way.  So far, I just have many piles of folks who have same/similar surnames, but have not been able to find our common ancestors yet.

Anyway, I am just hoping to connect with some folks who might also be searching these surnames, in hopes that we can find a common thread, and hopefully that helps unlock some leaves and branches for my personal tree.

If anyone out there has researched these surnames, or if they sound familiar, or any insights or advice, I would be happy to hear it.  I try to poke around on G2G, especially for Polish related topics, but have not found a great source that leads to new clues/insights.

I appreciate any and all help y’all might have.  Thank you so much for getting this far!



p.s. here is my Great-Great-Grandfather, Casper, so you might have some context to a few profiles I have on wikitree.

in Genealogy Help by C. Verworn G2G6 Mach 2 (25.7k points)

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I'm not sure whether this is going to help you much, but I took a look at the digitized offerings of the Polish archives (at http://www.szukajwarchiwach.pl), and they do have a burial register for the Roman Catholic parish of Jaśliska for 1854 to 1907 (unfortunately no baptismal register). The headings are in Latin, so not too difficult to figure out.

Flipping through it, I found the death on 1 November 1903 of a Marianna Kurdyła, born 7 [?] December 1883 to Joannis [probably Jan in Polish] Kurdyła and Theresia nee Gasiorek. This family lived at house nr. 48 in Jaśliska (see https://www.szukajwarchiwach.pl/60/1135/0/-/1/skan/full/q34RHSP9cXhXWZp1b3SABA, left-hand side, third from the bottom). Might Jan and Theresia also be the parents of your Casper born in 1881?

by Anonymous Geschwind G2G6 Mach 8 (82.0k points)
selected by Dieter Lewerenz
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If you click on Find (upper right of this page) and go down that menu, you can enter the Kurdyla surname where there is one individual to contact, Walczak surname has 76 potential contacts and Lorenc surname has 85 contacts. They all could potentially be a resource for your genealogy quest.
by Frank Gill G2G Astronaut (2.3m points)
Thanks Frank.  I'll start pursuing some folks connected to those names.  I was hoping I might be able to inspire some folks to find me, this way I'm not contacting over 100 people, with no leads to go on as far as how we might be connected.

Kurdyla, I think I'm the only person who's made some profiles for that surname.  There is one other in the search list, but the profile appears to need adoption.

Thanks for your input.  I'll start digging into those potential contacts.

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