I apologize, but I just saw your message about the Grucela surname. I spend so much time working on the office computer that I forget to check the home e-mail very often. Sorry.
There is indeed a real possibility that the Grucela name is a variation of the Grucelak name.
My ancestors were from Leluchow, Nowy Sacz, Poland (formerly the Austria-Hungary Empire). Leluchow is located on the border of the Slovak Republic, just south of Tarnow, Poland.
The Grucelak's immigrated to the coal mining communities in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania and the steel mills of Pittsburgh in the 1890s. They changed the name to Brucelak and Krucelyak (as it was written in the Greek Catholic Church records in Circ, Slovak Republic.)
The Polish Genealogical Society of America (e-mail: PGSAmerica@aol.com
) informed me that there were no people with the name of Grucelak in Poland as of the 1990 Polish census. However, there were 257 Grucelas', with 77 of them living in Nowy Sacz (the district my family is from). They explained that the name Grucela meant gruca=oaks or groats, or grucz=bump or swelling or gruczel=piglet. Isn't that interesting?
The Grucelak's of Leluchow are related to practically everyone - the Kierpczar's, Barna's, Stefancsik's, Barnowski's, Popovic's, Romaniak's, Hrabczak's, Haszczak's, Pyda's, Sowicz's, Pohlid's, Zydowski's, Gernat's, Brudnyak's.....just to name a few. I recently posted the Leluchow birth, marriage and death records on the internet at www.censusgiver.com
(click on record database).
I'd be glad to share any information I have if you are interested. Wouldn't it be neat if there was a connection? I'd be very interested in learning about the Grucela family.
The best way to contact me is at the office. (The e-mail is ChambersDK@state.gov
) My home address is:
Debbie K. Chambers
15905 Litton Lane
Accokeek, MD 20607
Tel: (H) 301-292-0526
Tel: (W) 202-647-1812
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I hope to hear back from you!