You have reached the family tree collaboration page for the extended Makowiecki family that lived in Myszyniec, Kadzidlo and various towns Ostrolenka District of the Lomza Province of Russia, which in 1918 became a part of Poland. These towns lay along the border between Russian Poland and East Prussia.
It is part of the family's oral history that the family originally came from Germany, where its surname sounded like the name Goncher. This tradition has not been firmly established.
It is also our family tradition that the Makowiecki males are Cohanim. This is firmly established by our Y DNA study, which reveals that The Y chromosome carried by the men of the family is described by geneticists as J2b2e, a very rare haplotype that is only found among Jewish Cohanim from Central and Eastern Europe. To show how rare a haplogroup it is: only 15% of Jewish men are Cohanim, and only 2% of this 15% (0.3% or 3/1000ths of the total Jewish male population) carry this particular gene.
The surname is spelled in numerous different ways, including but not limited to Makowiecki, Makowieckaya, Makovitzky, Makovitzki, Cohen, in Polish, Russian, and Hebrew and likely other variants. Family members appear to descend from a single family living in the Lomza Gubernya (Province) of northeast Poland. Some branches emigrated to the United States and Israel at various times during the 20th Century.
It is our hope to to build a collaborative tree on Geni tying together all genealogically-minded members of the family, wherever on the globe they may be found.
How can you participate?
(1) Add your branches to the tree, or any other branches that you may have researched. This is a 100% shared collaboration and the tree belongs to all of us. But please do not duplicate existing entries. If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact Geni curator Adam Brown.
(2) Upload photographs and documents to the tree. Primary materials are the lifeblood of any historical endeavor and yours are valuable!
(3) Invite family members to tree. The more the merrier and maybe you will uncover someone with a latent talent for historical research; and
(4) If you have the last name of Makovitzky or one of its variations, please participate in our new Y Chromosome DNA study of the family as a means of sorting out the branches of the tree. We actively encourage family members to participate by contacting Adam.