Skye Sonczalla
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Skye Sonczalla

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Skye Sonczalla
Born 1970s.
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I have been researching my genealogy on and off for over 20 years. I am very excited to utilize Wikitree and share information with other researchers. One tree - many collaborators; focus on quality profiles - not quantity. If I am the profile manager of one of your ancestors, please do not hesitate to ask to be a co-manager or to email me with edits/corrections.

On occasion I have helped adoptees or those who do not know a parent find their relatives through DNA application to genealogy. Typically during genetic genealogy research, one must inspect all DNA match groupings to find the common ancestor between them. Then research all the descendants to find the marriage between groupings. When a marriage is not found, there is either an adoption or question of paternity on that tree. Genetic genealogy shows us that human behavior has not changed, and our ancestors were as imperfect as we are. Those who were adopted or born out of wedlock deserve to know the truth about their genetics.

Aside from my genealogy hobby, I was formerly a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for 8 years, trained in MMA for several years and dabble in various mediums of art. If you have come across any records I have transcribed on the internet; you have my full permission to use them at your discretion. Transcriptions were done to solely to help other genealogists searching for the information, never for personal gain.

Self-published author of TOBE (2022), a biography based on Tobe Jackson. I began my research of Tobe after he captured my interest during one of my many trips to the Paulding County, Georgia genealogy library back in 2006. I often would sit at the microfilm machine and look through old newspapers, looking for obituaries or other information of interest to help others researching their family in the area. His story is the transcription of the newspaper articles which sensationalized his trouble with the law, his several escapes from jail and his final escape where he flees west and assumes a new identity. I've been able to uncover his new identity and was given permission to share it by his descendants. Just as I learned of his future recently, his descendants are learning about his past. If you enjoy genealogy and a good story, you will enjoy this book (via Amazon). The author would like to donate profit from the book towards a memorial headstone where Tobe is buried.

"In history only some people are important. In genealogy everyone is important."


Poland Project Coordinator: Nearly 100% of my time on Wikitree is devoted to this project. The project was dormant for several years and has since been revived with new information, pages and a categorization (aka index) system for Wikitree profiles.

Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria Team Leader: In my work with the Cieplice One Place Study, my experience rippled outward to help others understand the land of their ancestors from the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria (pre-1918). Since this region touches upon the lands of Ukraine and Poland I became directly involved in creating all the categories for about 95% of the villages. Now people who are working on their trees in Galicia, may nest their ancestors in the village where they are from while also seeing if there are other people researching the same area. It's a great tool to use if you are building a family tree by region or transcribing records.

Sączawa Surname Study: the root spelling of my maiden name "Sonczalla" and my Polish lineage. My hope was to collect as much information on individuals with this surname pre-1900 and break some brick walls. After entering all the individuals from a certain region, I was contacted by another fellow Sączawa in Poland, who pieced together my Polish pedigree. It was one of the most wonderful gifts I have ever received from another person!

Cieplice, Jaroslaw, Galicja, Austria One Place Study: I have been working on transcribing various records from this village for several years. My goal was to find all the interconnections throughout the generations and to bring as much information as I could to 1918, making it possible for others to find their relatives.

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Witamy_w_Wikitree! for Polish speakers In working with the Poland Project, I am sensitive to create a "bridge" to the language barrier between Polish speakers and Wikitree. This page will help them to understand the basics of Wikitree.

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Hi Skye,

I was reading through your Cieplice material and I have to say you are a machine. That is an incredible amount of work. I am 1/4 Polish. My grandmother's parents were from Zaczernie, Rzeszow and Bieliniec, Nisko so back in the unlit history of subcarpathian serfs, we are probably related as they lived less than 20 miles from your ancestors.

I have been doing genealogy research for over 30 years and within the last 5 tackled my Polish ancestors. I am publishing the info via Wikitree and try to depict the lives of those upon whose shoulders we stand for family. Examples: (lived during the partition of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth) (emigrated to America from Bieliniec) (Lived a short lurid life in Tombstone, AZ)

I would love to join the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria Project.

I have a couple of questions also: 1. I browsed your Cieplice House Number study. I have been curious about how people came to reside in a house. Were houses assigned by the owner of the village? I had one ancestor who was married three times and ended up living in three different houses.

2. I updated two categories: Bieliniec, Nisko and Bieliny, Nisko with what I hope are the correct geographic name variants for different time periods. Can you check me on those. I know they aren't exhaustive, but I don't want to spread bad info if I got it wrong for the time periods I did do.

Thanks for your work and help, Jim

posted by Jim Myers
Nice to meet you Jim! Wonderful to hear about your success in your Polish ancestry! Here is the project page for the "Galicia" Project:, which gives you directions on how to copy/paste the member sticker (it won't show up if I post it here in the comment.)

Since the village links in Galicia are from 1772-1918 and you have ancestors from outside the parameters, I will create parallel village categories. Within the Poland Project, we "parallel" using present day location which allows anyone to nest anything related to that village from any point in history. If you have collected a lot of information about the village, consider making a free-space page and share your information. I would be happy to add it to the village categories.

House study ... very good question. In the archives, you can sometimes find land maps for a village, and study to find the house number on the map. Most citizens did not own their own land, you can find on the census for the village who did own it (otherwise the census only reveals stats of persons living in the village ... it's not like our census record.) Why one would move homes could be any reason. Several generations would live within a home, your ancestor may have left the home when he remarried because he had a son or daughter with a growing family. Some times the home burned to the ground they had to move locations, etc. I initially set up the house study while I was matching up individuals to families via the marriage records, then later went back and filled in birth/death. I found the house number study to be very consistent and reliable with everything I was transcribing. I wasn't going to transcribe all birth/death records (as a new Wikitree profile) as the mortality was so high, I would have probably 3 times the amount of profiles transcribed! However, I did record the birth or death in the parent's profiles in the event they moved away.

Your geographical location timeline looks great and thank you for adding it! I'll add the present day categories for your villages tomorrow (they would be needed if you come across cemetery records for the village and want to add a cemetery category.) Please reach out if you have any other questions or need help! Thanks!


posted by Skye Sonczalla
Your house study is a remarkable effort. I have reviewed tons of metrical records over the years. House numbers are an enticing clue into family relationships and social norms. I can see how birth records might create a lot of noise in the data due to mortality. I had a grandfather who had 14 children with 3 wives. Two of the wives died and most of the kids died.

You still created over 6000 profiles in Cieplice. That stuns me. Kudos again to you for that work. It is remarkable.

My question about housing isn't really about what would motivate a serf to want a new house. It is, given a set of housing stock and peasant stock, how is the assignment made? In the US, the market drives who gets what house. In a village some houses might be in better condition that others, closer to a resource like a road, river or well.... I suspect it is similar to a grace-and-favor system. Maybe the house with a forge always went to the blacksmith. I would say most houses in your house number study stayed within a family. You can trace the surnames. This implies the serf had a say as to which house they lived in. Other houses like House #29 had a huge variety of family names.

When could a young person be able to get a house? Did they have to get married to get a house? Is that how the village owner increased their serf population?

Anyways, this isn't the end of the world. There just seems to be a rule set in place that I do not understand. I have seen Catholic parish records in many parts of the world that never mention house numbers. It is usually date, village, event, parties to the event (maybe parents). That's it. In Galicia we get house numbers. Why did the parish priests record them? I would think it was all about the owner managing the village...


posted by Jim Myers
edited by Jim Myers
Thank you! I know of a good person to ask this question. I'll copy/paste your message and send it to him. He works with metric records in Poland and has a good grasp on Polish history. Aside from Cieplice, I forgot to mention to you that my furthest recorded ancestor on the Saczawa line is from Kamien, Nisko ... not far from your other line.
posted by Skye Sonczalla
My friend writes this:

Hi, the subject of house numbers in Galicia is fascinating and in this area genealogical searches are mainly based on this number. Numbering in the area of Galicia appears when Austria-Hungary took power, lists were introduced to settle tax liabilities, the first Josephine record and house numbers already appear there. The Church Books were reformed shortly before 1784, and therefore all of them (the vast majority of them from Galicia) look the same with the house number entered. The matter of inheritance under that law was that the youngest son was to take care of his parents and the house, and he inherited. The first children of the heir's siblings were also usually written under the number of the house they were leaving from. And houses could be obtained from grandparents, sometimes new ones were built, but the enormity of work related to obtaining wood and its processing meant that it was not so frequent (my great-grandfather, according to the memories of my aunt, collected material for a new house for 3 years and had to go to work in Argentina for earnings ~1920). I gathered this information while researching my roots in Nienadówka pow. Rzeszów, where there is access to books from ~1776. Numbers of houses where several families lived were houses of peasants (cmetho) and wealthy people who could afford to maintain tenants.

posted by Skye Sonczalla
Great info. Thank you very much!
posted by Jim Myers
If you wait a few days, you will be able to see the Polish paralleled villages. An example of what I mean by "parallel" The yellow bar along the top shows "de":deustch, "en": english and "pl": polska. Any profile nested under any of the three will show across all three categories (so you don't have to add all three categories.) I've been working through Posen, Prussia for the last few months. Once the project is a bit more settled with the creation of new categories in Prussia, I plan to go back into Galicia and clean it up a bit.
posted by Skye Sonczalla
Thank you. I'll watch for it.


posted by Jim Myers
Hi, Was wondering if you have come across any records for the villages of WolaRanizowska (before 1890) or Zdziarzec anytime. Maybe someone is working on indexing them?

Thanks for any help, Susan Polmatier

Hi Susan! Take a look here: and scroll toward the bottom for "Other Resources" etc. We have several links for you to explore to see what records can be online for you. If your village did not have a church, make sure you locate all nearby churches and use those names in the search engine. I do know right now the Polish Archives website has been down for awhile due to fixing cyber attacks, so if that link is "broken" it is temporary. Happy Hunting!
posted by Skye Sonczalla
Thanks for updating categories in my watchlist. I'm in Australia, and there were a lot of German speaking immigrants to Australia in the 1800's. The most well-know immigration was to South Australia, but my wife's family came to Queensland, where there was another focus of German/Prussian/Polish immigration.

I don't think they spoke Polish. From this distance (time, culture, geography, language, family) it is difficult to understand and record family details, so I appreciate all the help I can get. My wife's mother (90YO) is the last person I know who remembers German being spoken at home. From my research, the desire to be accepted, and government action (eg internments) diminished the use of German in the community, and I think also celebration and nurturing of culture. For example before WW1 it was common for sermons to be preached in German. I also find it difficult to understand whether to think of the family as Prussian, Polish, or German. Anyhow, thanks for all the help, and message me if I can be of assistance.

posted by Peter Kane
Hi Skye- we are connected through the Hancocks of Virginia - my line made it to Tennessee. My ex-husband is also from this same Hancock family of brothers.

Nice to meet you Debra Maggart

posted by Debra (Young) Maggart
Skye, I got your Poland badge up finally! Thank you for breathing new energy into this long dormant project (-:
posted by Maggie N.

I just wanted to thank you for all the challenging work you're doing on the categories for the Poland project. Some of my profiles were impacted and I noticed the clarity of the new categories right away.

Thanks so much for making it easier to navigate around WikiTree!

posted by Beverly (Wilson) Diaz
Thank you Beverly!! :) I’m working on categorizing counties and and set up a category proposal in the G2G.
posted by Skye Sonczalla
Thank you for categorizing my great-grands (Krochmal-5 and Trusiak-2)! I'd love to hear if you have any suggestions for researching them further. I haven't found much online and am wary of hiring a local researcher without a reference.
posted by Anne Guglik
Hi Skye,

I popped into this profile to add the DNA message, and she had sent you a message, but had posted it in a new comment:



posted by Claire (Chapel) Nava
edited by Claire (Chapel) Nava
Thank you for alerting me, I’ll get in contact with her. 😊
posted by Skye Sonczalla
Skye is probably the most helpful genealogist I have had the pleasure of "meeting". I appreciate the help she has given me to find the link between my "family" and the extended family I have found on Wiki tree. Thank you Skye.
posted by Connie Scheer
Thank you Maggie! I peeked and it looks very interesting! Will read it through soon! :) Hope you are wonderful and Happy New Year!
posted by Skye Sonczalla
Thanks for all you've done for me and my family, Skye. I'm new to this, so I'm off to a slow start, but I look forward to filling out more and more of my genealogy here. Yoy're a wonderful genealogist!
Skye, every contribution to WikiTree improves the quality of our Shared Tree. The Appreciation Team thanks you for all your efforts by making more than 1,000 contributions during the month of September.

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

PS: Last quote in your bio: Spot on!

posted by Pip Sheppard
Skye, the Appreciation Team thanks for you for efforts toward making our Shared Tree the best it can be with your 1000+ contributions during August 2019. You are an important part of what we are all about!

Pippin Sheppard

WikiTree’s Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Haha, maybe we'll link up our trees on the Polish side someday!
posted by Aaron Skomra
For the 101 and plus some things you do at WikiTree, and especially giving life to the Galicia Project,
posted by Maggie N.
Hi Skye!

Thank you for your time and energy in creating over 1000 (actually, over 2000!) contributions to WikiTree for the month of July 2019. Your efforts are appreciated!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
I have a photocopy of several pages from a book "Salute to you Ukraine, outline of my native village Putiatynci" by Wasyl Ewanciw published 1971 in Rochester, NY, printed in Canada. It was lent to me by my mother's first cousin. Her husband's family was from there (Kowba).

Do you know where this village is?

posted by Sue Hall
I just wanted to let you know that the records on szukajwarchiwach are available to down load with their new search engine And they allow more rights to copy and use as you wish for research genealogy etc.

posted by Rae King
Hi Skye - I'm responding to you question about the Ukrainian ancestral village of my great grandmother, Anna Petrov (Petrov-27). My mother did the research in 2005 and we visited Soroki in 2006. There were two villages by the same name Soroki in the same general area. We believe her village was the Soroki, Austria (Galicia), now Ukraine located approximately 15 miles from the city of Kolomyja within the Kolomyja Administrative District. It is approximately 4 miles from Ostapkowce.

I hope that answers your question.


posted by Stacy Stanley
Skye Sonczalla and Sue are 7th cousins twice removed with 21 common ancestors. Skye Sonczalla and Sue Hall are both descendants of Samuel Parsons. Too bad we can't trace the Galicia connections yet.
posted by Sue Hall