JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Prussian geography and statistics c. 1800 #general
Logan J. Kleinwaks
On the website of the Kujawsko-Pomorska Digital Library (http://kpbc.umk.pl)
are volumes one (http://kpbc.umk.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=623) and two
(http://kpbc.umk.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=726) of "Geographie und Statistik
von West- Sued- und Neu- Ostpreussen : nebst einer kurzen Geschichte des
Koenigreichs Polen bis zu dessen Zertheilung," by August Karl von Holsche,
published in Berlin in 1800 and 1804. (The file format in which these
appear, .DjVu, requires that they be viewed using a special viewer.
Instructions for downloading this viewer can be found in the archives of
I am not qualified to fully assess the genealogical usefulness of these
works, but two points struck me while perusing their contents: 1) each
begins with a list of prenumeranten (pre-subscribers), which could be useful
to genealogists, though it is not clear to me whether any Jews are included;
and 2) beginning on image 397 (p. 385) of volume two, there is a list of
census statistics that includes the number of Jews for several places near
Leczyca (e.g., Gabin).
Perhaps, someone with sufficient expertise can more closely examine these
works and apprise us of their Jewish content?
Thanks very much to Edward Luft for publicizing this Digital Library's
website (and others) in his article in the most recent issue of Gen Dobry!,
the e-zine of PolishRoots.
near Washington, D.C.