Re: Seeking information about nobleman ?SKINETSKI? from Rzeszow area #galicia

Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>

Beth Sommer writes:

<<I have been told that my MGGM, Frymet FELD GREHER, who lived in the Rzeszow area,
worked as a purchasing agent for a nobleman. I have been trying to find out his
exact name and about his family.>>

Have you checked the 1891 Galician Business Directory at:

The page for Rzeszow lists the Polish magnate landowners who lived in Rzeszow and
surrounding towns during that era. If your ancestor worked as a purchasing agent,
it most likely would have been for one of them.

Another way to find out this information is to have your town's entry >from "Slownik
Geograficzny -- Dictionary of the Former Kingdom of Poland" -- translated.
It provides, in great detail, the history of which nobles owned the towns and which
others (even some Jews!) had estates in that area, and the numbers of people who
lived and worked on these estates.

An excellent guide to translating these entries can be found at:

A list of town entries already translated into English is at:

It appears that Rzeszow has not been done yet, though a researcher might have
privately commissioned it.

As of Feb 2007, there are two websites where all 15 volumes are available free for
online browsing and downloading of images:

1. The University of Warsaw

2. The Digital Library of Ma?opolska

(MODERATOR NOTE: The tiny URL for the above site is

You will need a special browser plug-in called Djvu to read the actual pages.
Usually, the plug-in is already installed in the latest browsers, but if it is not
on your system, you can download it for free here:

An excellent guide to navigating these online resources is at:

If you prefer microfilm, it can be ordered by your local Family History
Center >from the FHL in Salt Lake City. A guide to the film numbers (and
sample pages) is at:

As an example of the landowner information found in this dictionary, here is
what the Kolbuszowa entry details:

Kolbuszowa was part of the OstrĂ³g estate, then belonged to the Lubomirski
princes, and currently the major estate is the property of Count Zdzis.
Tyszkiewicz. In the 17th century there was a famous palace here, beautifully
constructed, all of wood with headless nails wrought by the local
ironworkers; but in the course of time it deteriorated and was finally torn
down on the order of Count Jerzy Tyszkiewicz.

Getting more specific information on the work our relatives did for these
landowners is a more difficult proposition. For some excellent suggestions,
go to Gayle Schlissel Riley's website on "The Magnate Landowners Records of
Poland," at:

Good luck!

Pamela Weisberger
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia
Santa Monica, CA

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