I am trying to find ANY information on my grandmother's family in Poland. She was born Eleanor Nitcznski, married name was Beattie, in Dushore, Pennsylvania in 1921. I'm told that Nitcznski is a "misspelling" (result of mistranslation). Her parents were Walter Nitcznski from Poland and Mary Calcznski (another possible "misspelling") from Pennsylvania. Mary's parents were from Poland. For now, I'm trying to gather info on the Nitczynski / Nitcznski / Nichinski side in Poland (but if you know anything about Calcznski , or something similar, do message me!) Even though I am not sure how Nitcznski was/is spelled in Poland, I have been told that it is a relatively unique name. So, if there is anyone out there with information on a name like this, please contact me!!
Here's what little I know: Walter emigrated from Poland as a teenager and he may have been a "stow away"-- there are no official records of his arrival, as far as I know, but it would have been sometime around the turn of the 20th century. His first name was Americanized from Wladyslaw or something similar. He was illiterate and never learned very much English, but his brother had emigrated previously and connected him with work in the coal mines and with a Polish community in Pennsylvania. Walter identified as Catholic (his wife was very devout), but rarely went to church and we are not sure if he was really a Catholic or if he was Jewish in Poland. He had quite a few kids in America, all with the surname spelled Nitcznski. However, the American descendants of his brother spelled/spell it Nitczynski (possibly a more accurate spelling).
My grandmother said that Walter's family was from Warsaw, but after emailing with some various geneology people over the years, it seems they may have been from a rural area close to Warsaw. This would make sense because my grandmother said that Walter would mail packages to his immediate family, but he was always unsure if they would receive them since they did not live close to a post office. He also had described them as peasants. Either way, his family stopped returning mail to Walter after the on-set of WWII, indicating that they were displaced and/or many of them killed during Nazi invasion and occupation. Walter also died soon after (pretty young-- black lung from his days in the mines).
Some of my internet research has shown that people with this surname (or ones very similar to it) still live in the Warsaw area today. I've only been able to find lists from census records, though and so it would be exciting to learn some actual information!
Thanks for reading, hope to hear from someone with similar interests / relevant info / tips !