"Książyk for America"
1926 was the 150th Commemoration of the Declaration of Independence signed in 1776 in the United States. For this Jubilee, the Polish government invited Polish citizens to sign the Polish Declarations of Admiration and Friendship for the United States. "We, the people of Poland, send to you, citizens of the Great American Union, fraternal greetings, together with the assurance of our deepest admiration and esteem for the institutions which have been created by you." The Declaration was signed by more than 5,5 million people representing almost one sixth of the Polish population. A collection of 30,000 pages in 111 manuscript volumes was compiled in Poland and delivered to President Calvin Coolidge at the White House.
More than 21,000 elementary and secondary schools participated. Among the signatories are 5 young Książyk pupils, 3 boys and 2 girls. The little girls write their names “Książykówna”, which is an old tradition for unmarried young ladies in Poland. Stanislaw and Salomea were in the same school. Unfortunately, two children do not specify their first names.
This collection is now available on the dedicated page of the Library of Congress. Previously, the Polish Association of Genealogy (Polskie Towarzystwo Genealogiczne, PTG) has identified a list of names presented in the website genealodzy.pl. The PTG has achieved a remarkable work considering the difficulty of deciphering thousands of signatures, sometimes written by young children. As noted by a genealogy expert, “In this list are only the names from 13 volumes. Now, we can access the scans of the total 111 volumes but the names are not indexed. We need the human staff who will index all of them”.
Among the names listed by the PTG are the 5 Książyk children mentioned above.
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Kazimierz Książyk (tome 10 - page 166)
Industry Engineering School of Poznan
Doksztalcajaca Szkola Przemyslowa w Poznaniu
J. Książyk (tome 12 – page 76)
Elementary School Adam Mickiewicz in Czarny Las (Bytom, Silesian Voivodeship)
Szkola Powszechna im. Adama Mickiewicza w Czarnym Lesie (Bytom, Śląskie Województwo)
Stanislaw Książyk (tome 12 – page 259)
Class III, Elementary School of Zegrze (Poznan)
Kl. III, Szkola Powszechna Żegrzu (Poznan)
Salomea Książykówna (tome 12 – page 259)
Class V, Elementary School of Zegrze (Poznan)
Kl. V, Szkola Powszechna w Żegrzu (Poznań)
J. Książykówna (tom 8 – page 185)
Secondary School Tytus Działyński in Poznan
Szkoła II Wydziału im. Działyńskich w Poznaniu