German SIG #Germany Re: Ostrowa, Prussia? #germany

Roger Lustig <trovato@...>

Scott L. wrote: "Depending on the records I view (mostly marriage records for my
g-great grandmother and her siblings, and her own death record), the spelling for
the town in Prussia >from which she and her family came is listed as Ostrowa,
Ostrowo, and Ostrova. I have searched the internet and found quite a few matches
throughout Central Europe with these town names. Any advice on how I can pinpoint
which of these towns in Prussia my family came from?

Tell us more about the records themselves. Where did you find them?
What, specifically, do they say? Can you show them to us on ViewMate or

is a fine source for info about German towns, villages, etc. It tells us that
there were eight (8) places named Ostrowo in Prussia: 7 in Posen province, 1 in
West Prussia. One of them (today's Ostrowo Wielkopolski) was the seat
of the county with the same name, and it's a good bet that among the 8,
that one is where your folks came from. In 1890 there were over 1,000
Jews there--over 10% of the general population. The other 7 seem to
have been wide places in the road, more or less.

Ostrowo is not well-served by the archives, alas. The only Jewish item
that the LDS library has on film is the 1836-8 family register, which
likely connects well with the Posen citizenship list that Ed Luft (Hi,
Ed!) published some years ago. If you have reel--er, real--patience,
the civil-registration books for 1874-1893 are also available on
microfilms--21 of them--but they cover everybody in town, not just the Jews.
On the other hand, the first 4 reels are indexes...

Roger Lustig Princeton, NJ <>
researching Upper Silesia, plus a Posen ancestor or two

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