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Zalewski Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Zalewski Zaleski Salewski
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This is a project that we hope will become a valuable reference point for any Zalewski researchers alike to share their knowledge by posting their DNA tests, resources, pictures, stories, and anything else of interest to this surname.

Please join by contacting the project leader, Brian Zalewski. See the section on goals and what you can do below. Post questions and comments to the bulletin board and add details about your particular area of interest.

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Etymology

The Zalewski surname is Polish: topographic name for someone who lived by a flood plain or a bay, Polish zalew, or a habitational name for someone from a place named with this word, in particular Zalew in Sieradz voivodeship or Zalewo in Olsztyn voivodeship. There has been considerable confusion with Zaleski.[1]

Goals

This surname study is still very new. Currently, it mainly includes Zalewski lines from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, though there are some from Michigan and New Jersey. The main goal would be to try to at least connect some of these lines back to Poland/Prussia/Russia/Germany where the Zalewski name seems to originate.

The purpose of this study is to bring together any Zalewski descendants who are willing to work together to establish an accurate Zalewski Family tree by using the best possible sources available for documentation to make new connections. There are many spelling variations (i.e., Salewski, Zaleski.)

What Can I Do?

  1. Work together with other Zalewski profile managers to create the best Zalewski tree possible.
  2. Add the Zalewski Name Study category to profiles.
  3. It's always best to look for original rather than derivative documentation and add sources to your Zalewski profiles.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Check for duplicates and request merges.
  6. If you are a male with the Zalewski surname or a variant and haven't already, please consider testing your yDNA through Family Tree DNA so that we can all have a better understanding of our heritage and possibly make new discoveries.
  7. Do you have a Zalewski profile you are especially proud of? Let Brian know and we can feature it on this page.

DNA

DNA is becoming a very important piece to our genealogy research toolbox. As they say, DNA doesn't lie. Currently, we're only aware of a few Zalewski descendants who have been tested and are available on GedMatch, including Brian and his father John.

There are a few other Zalewskis tested on 23andMe and Ancestry.

See other Zalewski profiles that are connected to DNA tests on WikiTree.

Country of Origin

Current research points to modern day Poland being the origin of the Zalewski surname, though there are definitely lines that have been found in Germany and Russia (usually ending in -sky.) Furthest lines have been found in central and north-central Poland.

The yDNA Family Tree DNA test by Brian has been shown to be part of the R-Z283 Y Haplogroup based on research by the R1a1a and Subclades Project.

More specifically, they have broken his yDNA down to Z282>Z280>CTS1211>YP343>YP340*-z (YP340 not tested, more STRs and/or Big Y needed) This test is currently only done at 37 markers, but will hopefully be upgraded or other STRs tested.

This "subclade" puts the origin of this specific Zalewski line into Central & Northern Europe (e.g., Poland) possibly around the Carpathian Mountains.

Confused by a lot of the terminology related to genetic genealogy? Hop on over to the International Society of Genetic Genealogy's Wiki (ISOGG) for tons of helpful information.

Zalewski Lines

Here are some Zalewski lines that were collected via the Zalewski Family Facebook Group and the ongoing Zalewski Project Website. Currently, most of these lines are from the Milwaukee area, please help by adding more.

You can also see all profiles linked to the study by viewing the Zalewski Name Study category.

ID Earliest Ancestors Earliest Date Earliest Location Current/Main Location Y-DNA GEDMatch ID(s) Notes
A Michael Zalewski / Anna Muschowska 1858 Krotoszyny, Gmina Biskupiec, Nowe Miasto County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Poland (Krotoschin) - Residence in 1858 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States R-Z283 M092030, M210715 Sons Frank and Jacob have been confirmed genetic close relations (assumed brothers)
B August Zalewski / Julianna Wyttbrut 1851 German Poland Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
C Andreas Zalewski / Hedvigis Balcerzak 1839 Jaksice Parish, Inowrocław, Poland (Jakschütz) - Marriage in 1839 Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
D Leon Zalewski / Emilia Koszela 1920s/30s Koszalin, Koszalin County, Poland Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States Possible connection to Line A. Some notes mention Leon's father being cousins to Frank of Line A.
E Peter Zalewski / Julia Blasyewicz 1870 Western Poland (West Pruessen, Germany) Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
F Michael Zalewski / Magdalena Szymanska 1858 German Poland Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
G John Zalewski / Marianna Unknown 1829 Suwalki, Suwałki County, Podlaskie Voivodeship, Poland Stevens Point Wisconsin, United States Connects to Jacob Zalewski line (A) via Ambrose Zalewski (H) marrying Phyllis Zalewski (A)
H Friedrich Wilhelm Salewsky / Freida Augusta Sach 1896 Zalivino, Kaliningrad Oblast, Russia (Rinderort) UK
I Vitold Zalewski / Josphae Brzostouska 1885 Poland New Jersey, United States

Pronunciation

Even within one family, there are many pronunciations of the surname. Most seem to pronounce it like it looks in American English, which is Zuh-loo-ski. Other family members have pronounced it closer to the original Polish like Zuh-leff-ski. Others pronounce it Zuh-less-key. This doesn't include how other people try to pronounce it when reading your name.

Helpful Links

  • Zalewski Family Facebook Group - For discussions, sharing, and questions on the Zalewski lines. Meet your distant cousins!
  • The Zalewski Project website - the main "headquarters" of the Zalewski Surname Study. Lots of other information including an interactive tree. A lot of the information will probably move here very soon.


  1. Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press'






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Frank & Anna Zalewski Family
Frank & Anna Zalewski Family

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On 3 Aug 2017 at 03:08 GMT Maggie N. wrote:

Very, very nice Name Study page, Brian !