Polish EagleThe Plachno Family and

Borzecin Genealogy Site

(The crowned White Eagle shown here is a traditional symbol of Poland and the Polish people. The photo below the line came from Helen Piatkowski in Syracuse and shows the Catholic Church in Borzecin.)

Borzecin ChurchMy name is Larry Plachno. My family became interested in genealogy back around 1996. Both of my paternal grandparents came from Borzecin in Poland. We have traced our Plachno family back to the individual who we think became the first Plachno in 1698. We have shared information with several other branches of the Plachno family as well as other families with roots in Borzecin.

Now, 20 years later in 2020, I am finally getting around to putting some of this information on the Web. However, I need to add a disclaimer: Much of this information comes from old microfilms, verbal reports and other unconfirmed sources. It is not guaranteed and probably is difficult or impossible to confirm. We do not claim any accuracy or responsibility and suggest that you approach the information accordingly.

Borzecin and PGSA Presentation

Borzecin in the Slownik Geograficzny. - The Slownik Geograficzny was published in the late 1800s and included information on most major communities in Poland. Here is the information it provided on Borzecin.

Your Polish Genealogical Family Newsletter, in Print and on the Internet. - This was used for a presentation to the Polish Genealogical Society of America on Saturday, October 7, 2000. It provides basic information and suggestions for developing your own genealogical newsletter.

General Articles

The Plachno Line - This 12-page document was originally written in 1998 and follows the Plachno line from the first records to Thomas Plachno who was born in 1849 and would be my great grandfather. It was revised in 2019 to include information on the first Plachno and how our family name originated.

Why Our Ancestors Left Poland - This three-page report was used by the Polish Genealogical Society of America. It explains some of what was going on in Poland that prompted many people to leave.

Coincidence Or A Love That Spanned Two continents? - This three-page report was originally put together for the Polish Genealogical Society of America. It tells the interesting story on how our grandparents were born, raised and attended church in Borzecin, Poland. Both came to America, found each other, and were married in Chicago. We never did figure out whether this was just a coincidence or was there some planning involved?

Plachno Family Reports

We actually started doing genealogical research on the Plachno family in 1996. While this was going on, I began providing reports on progress. The early ones were simple letters but they later evolved into newsletters with illustrations, maps and photos. Our first problem was finding where our paternal grandparents came from in Poland. This took a little while but was finally documented in Report #4. Our second problem was in tracing the origin of our Plachno family name. At first there was some confusion but we finally discovered that the name originated in a battle in 1698. Hence, I am not providing Reports 1 through 3 because they have little to offer. I am also eliminating Reports 5 and 6 because they provide earlier confusing information on the original of the Plachno family name. Here are the others. Some of these are several pages long.

Report #4 - Mormons, Microfilm and a Marriage Certificate - This four-page report was a major breakthrough for us because it confirmed where our paternal grandparents came from in Poland and opened the door for using the Mormon microfilms to research our family tree.

Report #7 - More Onomastics - Onomastics is the study of the origin and meaning of family names. This report covers several of the popular Polish family names in the Borzecin area, some of which ended up being related or friends of our family.

Report #8 - An Update - This two-page report offers several updates including a possible source of information for tracing our maternal grandfather, Jan Cholowiak, back to Jaslo, Poland.

Report #9 - The Cholewiak Family - Following up on the previous report, this 12-page document traces my material grandfather's Cholowiak family back to Hankowka, Poland, not far from Jaslo. It has several maps and photos including a World War II map and a Cholowiak family photo taken in 1928 or 1929.

Report #10 - The First Plachno - Trying to clarify previous incorrect information on the origin of the Plachno family name, this five-page report brings out the fact that our name originated in a battle in 1698.

Report #11 - Coincidence, Or a Love That Spanned Two Continents? - This an expanded version of the article written for the Polish Genealogical Society of America by the same name. It brings out the fact that our paternal grandparents were born and raised in Borzecin but found each other in Chicago and got married. It also includes a wedding photo taken in 1906.

Report #12 - Verbal Family History and Notes - Containing eight pages, this particular report combines some research plus several verbal reports from our mother, Marie Plachno, collected by my brother Bob Plachno. Included is the story of our paternal grandmother, Mary Czuj, as a Harvey Girl; how our maternal grandmother, Katarzyna Kubeczka, came from Brzozogaj, Poland; why our material grandfather, Jan Cholewiak, came to America; and some family members who served in World War II.

Report #13 - How Poland Twice Saved Europe and How the Plachno Name Came About - This 12-page report combines more recent research on a couple of different items. The first covers Poland's location, provides a map, and offers some general information. The second provides additional information on Polish family names and how names were chosen. The third and longest part covers the European conflicts that led to the Battle of Podhajce where our family name originated. It includes information on the famous Battle of Vienna in 1683 when Polish King Jan Sobieski led the largest cavalry charge in the history of the world and saved Europe for the first time. The report ends with the lesser known confrontation between the Poles and the Russian troops in 1920 that saved Europe for the second time.

Please e-mail me with your suggestions and comments.


Last updated 04/11/2020.