Would appreciate assistance with a family mystery.
Although one of my ancestral surnames, SZAMPANIER /CHAMPANIER, is unique,
I'm stuck in my research. I learned that this surname's origins can be
traced to Konskie, Poland, as far back as the late 1700's. Records show
that many family members left Konskie around the 1850's and settled in
Piotrkow Trybunaliski and Lodz, while others remained.
I have been in contact with one other family (#2) bearing that surname.
They live in the US. However, their ancestors adopted the Champanier
name in Poland before emigrating to the US because, as their family
stories tell it, they believed their original surname was too long.
In addition, their family came >from a region relatively far >from
the Konskie or Lodz areas. We have determined that WE ARE NOT RELATED.
I also learned that Polish Jews moved further eastward to the region
near or in Kiev in search of a better life, including opportunities
for farming, which led me to another branch of my family.
This Champanier branch lives in Argentina. Their ancestor, SAMUEL
CHAMPANIER, emigrated >from Kiev in the late 1800's and settled in
one of the gaucho colonies near Buenos Aires (Rivera). His wife's
name was name was MARIA CHEPOWA.
We know we are related and NOT related to family #2 - but can't
figure out the ancestry to match. I have not been able to find any
documentation for Champanier in or near Kiev. Would very much
appreciate information. We will be meeting in December and hope
to establish the common ancestry.
Long Beach, NY
Researching SZAMPANIER, CHECHINSKI, FRYSZ, Konsie, Lodz Piotrkow Trybunalski