[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Ludwig Trauntner - born Plotz 1886

Jerry Frank franklyspeaking at shaw.ca
Mon Mar 15 06:32:54 PST 2004

Jutta has given good advice for researching in Plock.

It seems that most of your data is from family lore.  With that in mind, 
one must consider if Ludwig was born in the city of Plock or in that 
region.  If he was from the region, then it will increase greatly the 
number of Catholic records you have to research.

You can research the microfilmed records of passenger lists for Canada but 
the only way to do it is manually.  I see from a GOOGLE search that you are 
in Australia which may complicate this for you.  I think you can order 
these microfilms through your nearest LDS Family History Centre.  You would 
need to search the ports of Halifax, St. Johns and Quebec City.  These 
records might give you an exact place of origin.  It is a tough task but I 
did it for my Frank family and found them by searching through 7 years of 
many microfilms.

According to http://www.whitepages.com/ , there is only one Trauntner 
family in the entire United States.  It is an usual surname and, if spelled 
correctly, this should help your research.  However, there are no listings 
with that surname in Germany so I am suspicious about whether or not this 
is a variant of Trautner, a very common surname.

I think the best place to start is with the passenger lists as this may 
confirm the spelling and a location.

At 04:31 PM 15/03/2004 +1100, jamie trauntner wrote:
>I am trying to research my G.F. His papers state he was born in Plotz. I 
>suggest this would be Plotzk which is now Plock in Poland. At that time of 
>couse it was Russian. In about 1890 he with his elder brother and their 
>Mother sailed for Canada. On the voyage the Mother died. Both young boys 
>arrived in Canada as orphans and wer placed on a farm (Unknown where) 
>Elder boy (Johann) ran off to USA and they never met again. Luwig ran off 
>also to USA when about 15yrs (1901?)He spoke of New York, the Bronx and 
>Pittsburg. He worked on ships which I believe were a German line. He 
>sailed to Africa several times. He ended up in England in WW1 and served 
>in France with the Middlesex Regiment. He left that regiment in 1919 and 
>his discharge papers state he joined the Polish Army. I do not know if he 
>served in the Russo-Polish war of 1919-21.
>Can anyone please advise if Plotz is indeed another spelling of Plock. As 
>he was a Catholic what organisations would be best searched for his Polish 
>roots. Can anyone suggest how we can find out what ship from which port he 
>would have departed from to end up in Canada as a child.
>Please reply to jamie_trauntner at hotmail.com

Jerry Frank - Calgary, Alberta
FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca  

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