Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia 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:

www.jewishgen.org/databases/Poland/galicia1891.htm

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:

http://www.pgsa.org/Towns/slownik_eng.htm

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

http://www.polishroots.com/slownik/slownik_index.htm

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

http://www.mimuw.edu.pl/polszczyzna/SGKPi/indexse2.html#x3-50002

2. The Digital Library of Malopolska

http://mbc.malopolska.pl/dlibra/publication?id=113&from=plannedpubssearch&dirids=1&tab=3

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:
http://www.lizardtech.com/download/

An excellent guide to navigating these online resources is at:

http://www.polishroots.com/slownik/How_to_use_Polish_Gazeteer_Online.pdf

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:

www.halgal.com/slownik.html

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

Kolbuszowa was part of the Ostrog 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:

http://people.stevemorse.org/gayle.riley/poland01_records.html

Good luck!

Pamela Weisberger
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia
Santa Monica, CA
pweisberger@hotmail.com

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