Anyone know the town of Witkowo in NW Poland / NE Germany? #general


Saul Marks <saulmarks@...>
 

Dear All,

I was wondering if anyone knows much about the town of Witkowo, which is now
in NW Poland, but was in NE Germany in the mid-19th century? It's a little
to the SE of the city of Szczecin (aka Stettin).

I believe my DOBRZYNSKI & SCHELINSKI families came >from there, although the
former sounds like earlier ancestors could have come >from the city of
Dobrzyn, further to the SE.

Does anyone know of any records >from the town or the region around it? Would
the German SIG know more?

Many thanks,

Saul Marks
Liverpool, England
Family history: http://www.shmuelbennachum.com


Roger Lustig <julierog@...>
 

Saul:
The German SIG might know more, as might the JRI-Poland mailing list.

As co-ordinator for the Prussian part of JRI-Poland's jurisdiction (or
catchment or footprint--whatever), I do know a little about Witkowo and
its records.

There don't seem to be many Jewish vital records >from Witkowo. The
Polish State Archives do have some items:

--school records, some immigration stuff, etc. at the Bydgoszcz
(Bromberg) archive;
--civil registration (Standesamt) books for 1874-1904 at the Poznan
(Posen) archive.

The civil registration books for 1874-84 are available on LDS microfilms.

Witkowo was in Posen Province, and is therefore covered in Heppner and
Herzberg's irreplaceable book on Posen Jewish communities, which can be
downloaded >from http://www.wbc.poznan.pl/ (search on "Heppner"). The
Witkowo chapter is short (about 2 pages), but reports that the Jewish
population peaked at about 1150 in 1840 and had declined to one-tenth of
that by early in the 20thC.

Regarding surnames: the 1836 list of Jews who had taken Prussian
citizenship in 1834-5 (about 20% of the total population, it seems)
mentions one DOBRZYNSKI: a merchant named Joseph, who lived in
Inowraclaw. SCHELINSKI doesn't appear, but then, the spelling could
have been different in a dozen different ways, Polish spelling being
what it is.

There *are* Jewish vital records >from many other towns in Posen
province. There's a downloadable spreadsheet at the JRI-Poland website
(look under "LDS (Mormon) microfilms") that lists the filmed ones.

Best,

Roger Lustig
Prussian Area Co-Ordinator, JRI-Poland

Saul Marks wrote:


I was wondering if anyone knows much about the town of Witkowo, which is
now in NW Poland, but was in NE Germany in the mid-19th century? It's a
little to the SE of the city of Szczecin (aka Stettin).

I believe my DOBRZYNSKI & SCHELINSKI families came >from there, although
the former sounds like earlier ancestors could have come >from the city
of Dobrzyn, further to the SE.

Does anyone know of any records >from the town or the region around it?
Would the German SIG know more?


Alexander Sharon
 

Saul Marks wrote

I was wondering if anyone knows much about the town of Witkowo, which is
now in NW Poland, but was in NE Germany in the mid-19th century? It's a
little to the SE of the city of Szczecin (aka Stettin).

I believe my DOBRZYNSKI & SCHELINSKI families came >from there, although
the former sounds like earlier ancestors could have come >from the city of
Dobrzyn, further to the SE.

Does anyone know of any records >from the town or the region around it?
Would the German SIG know more?
Saul,

There are several towns named or renamed Witkowo in western part of Poland.
If you are certain that 'your' Witkowo is near Szczecin (ex Stettin), then
this particular Witkowo was known in Prussia as Wittchow bei Stargard (3,5
miles distance >from Stargard Szczecinski).

Records were most probably deposited in Stargard.

There is fair amount of data available about the region in English. One of
the general sources is an article in Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stargard_Szczeci%C5%84ski

BTW, there is town Dobrzany near Stargard Szczecinski, and I am wondering
if the researched by you Dobrzynski is not associated with this particular
place, although it was also known in the past as Jakobshagen.

Regards,

Alexander Sharon
Calgary, Canada