[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Why? was: Reading Handwritten Russian

Jerry Frank FranklySpeaking at shaw.ca
Mon Aug 8 20:15:53 PDT 2011

Actually, Poland lost status as a country in 1815 so it was Russia from that point on.  The Russians allowed some semi-autonomy so they were allowed to use their language, run their own schools, etc. with little interference from Russia.  There were several uprisings and rebellions over the next 50 years.  It was the one in 1863 that finally caused Russia to clamp down on the Poles, enforcing, among other things, the Russian language as that of education and government beginning in 1867.


----- Original Message -----
From: Krampetz at aol.com
Date: Monday, August 8, 2011 9:00 pm
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Why?    was:  Reading Handwritten Russian
To: ger-poland-volhynia at eclipse.sggee.org

> I also received records,  in handwritten Russian,  
> from the  1880's.
> My understanding was that Russia suppressed an uprising in 1848
> in their partition of Poland.  That triggered their demand 
> on all  in
> their region to use Russian in all documentation and  writings.
> They also began "educating" all that they now were part of Russia
> and their Poland no longer existed.    (The 
> reason why  emigrants 
> from Poland, of that time, gave "Russia" as their home country!)
> Did that all take 20 years to take hold?  Or were those 
> orders not 
> made until some 20 years later?   Or?
> My family tree has many names, dates and places - but am more 
> interested 
> right now in my ancestor's stories (which they didn't leave, so 
> I  must
> reconstruct what I can).     Insights  
> appreciated. 
> Bob Krampetz
> In a message dated 08/07/11 08:05:10 A.M. Pacific Daylight 
> Time,  
> perry1121 at aol.com writes:
> We also  
> found that between 1868 and WWI almost all records were written 
> in  
> Cyrillic because the Russian Empire controlled much of  Poland.
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