*** John Andrew (O)Brosky circa b: 1877, who was the first to arrive in America pre-1900. I take it you have not located his arrival manifest?
Up to 1918 it was http://users.erols.com/mwhite28/austhung.htm
You mentioned Galicia.Austria. www.halgal.com
Did the 2 ancestors marry in America? If yes, than the church marriage record should have a place of birth and parents names. Possible your ancestor change the spelling when he was naturalized citizen.
Russia has nothing to do with your research. It just suggest that the clerk heard Russian but actually it was Rusyn/Ruthenian - Byzantine Catholic.
http://www.moikrewni.pl/mapa/kompletny/gacek.html Judging by the distribution of GACEK surname holders it would suggest Malopolskie wojewdztwo for this surname.
SKI is Polish ending. http://www.polishroots.org/Research/SurnameSearch/Surnamesendings/tabid/118/Default.aspx
arr. NY Ellis Island
Gacek, Sofia Pola..., Austria 17 1899 1916
Gacek, Sofia Lubla 20 1879 1899
Gacek, Sofie Tranorven, 21 1877 1898
Gacek, Zofia Pryleka 24 1879 1903
Gacek, Zofia Sthonielna 18 1888 1906
Gacek, Zofia Siepla 16 1884 1900
Gacek, Zofia Gorue, Austria 20 1890 1910
Could the ancestor drop N from this surname Broński or did he really dropped from this surname Broniszewski.
to hear pronounciation http://ivona.com
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