Turczynski family heritage (Turzak was the original family name)

As told by Sister Marcel in 1961, she was Franciszek's (aka Dzia Dzia) second cousin.

Thanks to cousin David Turczynski for passing this along.

Sister Marcel Story of Turzak History 1961

Sister Marcel was Dzia Dzia (Frank Turczynski's) second Cousin. She told the story that Franciszek Turczynski was actually from Russia. During the early 1900's there was a war or uprising where they lived, which is now Lithuania. Instead of being drafted into the Army he fled to Poland and changed his name to Turczynski. If you read the two articles the story fits.

David Turczynski DNA Results
Eastern Europe & Russia 55%
Baltic States 45%

Michael Nelipovich (Dzia Dzia Sisters Son)
Regions: Europe East
Trace Regions: Great Britain, Finland/Northwest Russia

He was traced to Russia which would be the same area as us. His Mothers DNA

The Russian Revolution of 1905, also known as the First Russian Revolution, was a wave of mass political and social unrest that spread through vast areas of the Russian Empire, some of which was directed at the government. It included worker strikes, peasant unrest, and military mutinies. It led to constitutional reform (namely the "October Manifesto"), including the establishment of the State Duma, the multi-party system, and the Russian Constitution of 1906.

Early History of Lithuania

In 1918, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania each declared independence after the Russian Revolution. Though they tried to stay neutral during World War II, all three countries suffered under German and Soviet occupation. Hundreds of thousands fled to Sweden, the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, and elsewhere before the three states were absorbed into the Soviet Union after World War II. During the Soviet years, thousands of residents were deported and hundreds of thousands of Russians immigrated to Latvia and the other Baltic States. In 1989 two million people joined hands to form a 600-kilometer human chain across the Baltics in an anti-Soviet demonstration called the Baltic Way. By 1991 all three Baltic States were again free and independent nations.

As a result of the Great Retreat during World War I, Germany occupied the entire territory of Lithuania and Courland by the end of 1915. A new administrative entity, Ober Ost, was established. Lithuanians lost all political rights they had gained: personal freedom was restricted, and at the beginning the Lithuanian press was banned. However, the Lithuanian intelligentsia tried to take advantage of the existing geopolitical situation and began to look for opportunities to restore Lithuania's independence. On 18-22 September 1917, the Vilnius Conference elected the 20-member Council of Lithuania. The council adopted the Act of Independence of Lithuania on 16 February 1918 which proclaimed the restoration of the independent state of Lithuania governed by democratic principles, with Vilnius as its capital. The state of Lithuania which had been built within the framework of the Act lasted from 1918 until 1940.