CZERNIAK (possibly also Szajniak)
Wolf Czerniak and Sarah Lean Zolka with their two youngest children before leaving Klodawa. 1860.
Wolf Czerniak and Sarah Leah Zolka with extended family. 1862.


The photos taken [ABOVE] in 1860 and 1862 shows Wolf Czerniak and Sarah Leah Zolka with their two youngest children,just prior to leaving Klowada and two years later in England. The family changed their name to Cohen on arrival. Other siblings left Poland between 1850—1890, and then to Australia between 1870 and 1910. Large families in Sydney and Melbourne resulted and in 1995 a family gathering of 200 decendents was held in Sydney.

Using the Mormon church BMD records the Polish family tree was researched  which showed families living in the above towns, from 1770 to 1890.Seven members born between 1762 and 1782, and twenty one members born between 1791 and 1830,all lived and married in the above towns. To assist in finding family connections I attach the tree of the Czerniak family during this period......................Bernie Freedman.



FROM LEN LEVIN 6/15/07: Hi Judy, My maternal grandfather, Hyman Nichinsky, came to England from Klodawa late in the 1880s, changing his name to Cohen His anglicized parents' names were Lewis & Annie. Lewis, a tailor & retired soldier, is reputed to have been murdered by cossacks, so Annie , her daughter Eva & the 4 other sons followed Hyman to England . Eva , Harry & Barnet lived out their lives in England, while Hyman & Joe went to live in Australia, & Marks went to Canada. I gave the family tree details to Elaine Herrett, who gave me your email address, also to Honey Bot in Toronto. My g-grandmother was also from Klodawa. She was Hyman's mother-in-law, & her name was Yetta Cymber, ((or Simber). I have a tree of her parents & siblings, if this is of value to you. She married in Klodawa Jacob Czerniak from neighbouring Przedecz. Regards Len Levin.


See paragraph below from Len Levin explaining photo.

ADDITIONAL EMAIL AND PHOTO(S) FROM LEN LEVIN 1/7/08: The couple pictured on the 68th anniversary of their wedding in Klodawa are Yetta (nee) Cymber & her husband Jacob Czerniak, who came from the neighbouring stetl of Przedecz, and were Hyman Nichinsky's wife Sarah's parents, who lived with my grandparents for many years.

FROM ROCHELLE EISNER 1/1/08:Hi Judy, My name is Rochelle and I was searching my father's family and I found your inquiry about this family name. My father was from Lodz, Poland and survived with 2 sisters from the Holocaust. They lived in Germany after the war. He and his sister Ester came to Chicago and his other Ewa sister went to Isreal and then came to Chciago in the 1950's. When my father came to the US his name was changed when he entered from Elias Island to Scheiniak. All three of them ended up in Chicago. He also has family who settled in Toronto and New York.Is your family also from the same home town??  Let me know.Rochelle.

Email from "Helen" 10/17/07: Szajniak is my maiden name. Are you rsearching the family.Helen.