I actually thought this board was dead...I hadn't looked at the dates on other posts until after I had put in my post on the code of arms.
Anyways, I'm not sure if this will be of any help or not...as I think I had mentioned in my post, the sites I found with the Walczak name listed didn't give you -anything- unless you pay first...I just simply saw the Walczak name listed as being available. The first one that I found was http://family-crests.com. They charge $14.99 to e-mail you a .jpg of your family crest and there's no information as to the authentisity so needless to say...I am quite sceptical. I also found the Walczak name listed at http://shop.store.yahoo.com/4crests/coatofarfamc21.html, but again -nothing- unless you pay first. Since theres nothing in regards to how genuine this is, or anything to specify the family affiliation, I really don't want to spend the money until I know for sure that it is correct. Not to sound overly sceptical, but for all I know, someone could simply be sitting at a computer with a decent graphics program and just slapping stuff together regarless of authentisity and saying "here ya go...this is your family". As a graphic artst myself, I know how easy it would be to do this, and in fact -could- do it myself...so obviously I'm being very cautious here. Also, I have looked at a number of other websites that appear to be reputable and have seen no reference whatsoever to the Walczak name. On the other hand, I have also checked those sites for my wifes family, Markus (Slovak), who does have a family crest and have found no reference to that name either so I'm not sure what to think. There was one last site, that I can't find anymore that did have an example, -BUT- after running my wifes family name thru it, the example graphic was the exact same image, so I didn't bother to persue it any further...that one was definatly a scam.
Probably worth mentioning, that I have seen 1 family crest (not on the internet...in a bar in downtown Cleveland actually) that -supposedly- was related to our family, but the spelling was slightly different....Walzak. It was simply a triangular shield with 3 circles or "balls" in the center (rather boring and unimpressive actually) and looking back, I honestly think it was a different family...but it was -many- years ago and I could be mistaken.
Unfortunatly, I do not know anything really about my family history. This portion of the Walczak family is not very close at all. I grew up in the same city as my cousins (my father's, brother's children), but we never kept any kind of contact. There were one or two family reunions when I was -very- young, but they never seemed to go well from what I remember and there have been none that I've known of for many many years. I know my fathers parents names were Chester and Jean, and I believe they were both born here in the US, but thats about all I really know. Grampa Chester died before I was born and Grandma Jean died when I was 2 so I never knew either of them. While my father is still alive, we actually don't talk all that much any more and the little that I have discussed with him on the topic, he really doesn't seem to know much more about the family other then "we were all Polish" then I have been able to discover...one of these days I'll sit down with him over a few beers and see if I can pry anymore info out of him :-)
I am still researching this, but have not had much luck on the internet. Also this has had to take a back seat to other projects I have going on at the moment (time and money wise), but I will eventually get back to it. If and or when I do find something though, I would be more then happy to let you know about it :-) My main interest in this really was simply as a graphic artist more then anything...I thought if I could find something on the internet, that perhaps I could maybe do a nice print out to have in the house (an perhaps for my portfolio). If no family crest exists, then it has also crossed my mind that if I could find enough information on the family (and heraldry in general), that perhaps I could, again as a graphics artist, actually design one myself, but I'm a very long ways from that...
Anyways, it was nice to hear from you :-) It kind of upset me after I had written my post when I looked at the dates of the other posts...I really thought my attempt at this was in vain. I will have to keep an eye on this board from time to time to see if there's anyone else still around out there!
I wish you Bright Blessing's & Gentle Breeze's,
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