Author: Jay M. Orbik
Pages: 794 (including 76 in color)
Format: 21 x 29,7 cm
Cover: hard, lacquered
"The Orbik Families from Tajno" is the first position of JZI's publishing house to be published in English. The author, Jay Orbik holds an Ed.D. in Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment from Northern Illinois University, where he retired as the Director of Media Services. He has been working on his family's genealogy and history for over 30 years and has traced all of his family lines back to the oldest records available, especially the Orbik surname, originating in the village of Tajno and the nearby town of Augustów as far back as 1662. He is the author of many articles published in Polish and Eastern European genealogical journals in the U. S. and in Poland.
The book summarizing the results of this research is a tremendous publication containing almost 800 pages of text interwoven with hundreds of illustrations (including photocopies of unique documents and maps) and over 800 endnotes. Everything was published on coated paper. The author not only discusses in depth the genealogy of the Orbik family, but also the history of the region from the earliest times to the present day. On the basis of the available documents, he also analyzed the fate of the local nobility and soldiers of various ranks, but above all, the most numerous local peasantry. It is an extremely valuable item for regionalists, historians, and also a standard book for people who would like to write their own family history.