[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Where to list post?
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PnSWork at aol.com
Wed Dec 22 09:08:06 PST 2004
At 12:17 AM 22/12/2004 CST, MyGenWeb at aol.com wrote:
>> Where would be the best place to list a post re: West Prussia - Grabow /
>> Grabowo Poland?
At 12/22/2004 7:34:23 AM PST, Jerry Frank wrote:
> Well, Rachel, this is as good a place to start as any. We focus on
> Poland and Volhynia but some of us have resources for other areas of
> as well.
You could also post to the East-West Prussia mailing list
(_ow-preussen-l at genealogy.net_ (mailto:ow-preussen-l at genealogy.net) ).
Most of the discussion is in German and most of the contributors are in
Germany, but they also accept English postings.
>> I'm trying to find where the town is. There are several listings for
>> My husband's grgrgrgrandfather came from Grabow/Grabowo Poland. The ship
>> debarkation document states Grabow, W. Preussian.
> You have a really big problem here that posting to another mailing list,
> even with more experience, won't solve. You simply have to find more
> information. I see at least 3 Grabowo in West Prussia (might be one or
> more as I didn't do a detailed check). I don't see any Grabow or Grabowa
> in West Prussia though again it is possible I missed one.
Would it be possible to find out what local region this town was in? That
would narrow down the search a lot.
> I think you basically have 2 choices. You can try to find other records
> that might provide more detail. OR You can start the search in at least
> these 3 places to see if you can find your surname connected to them. If
> you found your surname there, you could do more detailed research to see
> it was the right family. If you want to do the latter, we can point you
> the specific locations for further investigation.
I agree with Jerry. You can pursue both possibilities at the same time.
It's doubtful that a search for additional documentation would immediately
yield results, so while you're waiting for replies from other sources (relatives
or government agencies), you can also search the microfilms that are
available for the three possible sites.
There are a few possible clues that might help. Check for other passengers
on the same ship and see what they give for origins. Immigrants often
traveled in groups, usually small, or sometimes with relatives. If there were
several people on the ship from the same town, one of them may have also given
the region in addition to or instead of the town name. Check death, obituary,
immigration, and naturalization records to see what detail can be found
there. Good luck!
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