[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] travel to Polish/Volhynian sites

Carolyn Schott cgschott at comcast.net
Sun Feb 12 12:52:53 PST 2012

I haven't traveled to any of the Polish towns that my ancestors came from,
so can't help you with those specifics. But I have traveled to a number of
my ancestral towns in Ukraine, Moldova, Hungary, and Germany. And a couple
pieces of advice that I would have are:

1) Be sure to have someone with you who can speak the language. This makes
it MUCH more interesting as you can converse with the people in the town,
ask questions, etc.

2) If there's any way you (or your translator) can make contact in advance
with someone in the town, you're likely to really get a grand tour. (I had a
fabulous time in one of my Hungarian towns when I contacted the guy in
charge of the ethnic German museum in advance. He turned out to be the
mayor, too. I had lunch with he and his wife, met the Lutheran pastor and
got into the church, got to hold the original church books, got a tour of
the cemetery, etc.)

3) That may be less practical in the very small villages, but when you get
there, don't hesitate to stop people on the street and ask about where to
find the old German cemetery, etc.  Or if there's a village administration
office, that's another good place to go ask. My experience in Ukraine and
Moldova was that people were very friendly and very helpful. And the little
old ladies hanging out on the benches in front of their homes know all the
gossip and history.

Have fun!

Carolyn Schott
Author of "Yes You Yes Now! Visiting Your Ancestral Town"

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Message: 3
Date: Sat, 11 Feb 2012 19:08:28 -0500
From: Kenneth Browne <kbrowne01518 at gmail.com>
Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] travel to Polish/Volhynian sites

I just found out that I am likely to have an opportunity to make a trip to
Prague, Czech Republic in late February of 2013 for a family wedding and
while there home to be able to spend a couple of weeks traipsing East to
where my maternal great grandfather was born. I'd like to fill in my
knowledge of my roots as to where they were located at the time of the
events and where those same locations are today. 
Also I'd like to learn of any archives, graveyards, etc. where I might find
traces of my great grandfather, his parents, his siblings that did not
emigrate and settle in the U.S. and Canada.

Samuel Lachmann b. Sept 1865 in Rozhysche. He emigrated and settled in
Chicago, IL in 1891. He was married 1.) Alvine Mroch d. 1902 and 2.) Mary
Koch Schloman. His younger brother Andreas emigrated and settled in
Steinbach, Manitoba about 1907 and was married to Lydia Mantei. To the best
of my knowledge there were three siblings born before Samuel all of whom
died in infancy or young childhood. Surviving siblings who
(apparently) remained in Europe were Emilie, Daniel, Karl, and Juliane who
were born in Antonielow, Vincentow, and Witschin between 1860 and 1875. (I
don't know if these place names represent what we would call a town,
village, city though Antonielow and Vincentow seem to be somehow related to
Kielce (next level of political organization???)

The parents were Johann Gottfried Lachmann and Juliana Josefa Wolf. He born
in Peterkaschutz, Wroclaw, Poland and she in a village of Kielce. 
I believe they settled in/near Antonielow, Kielce, Poland as suggested by
some documents that I have in Polish. I can't read Polish but the file names
suggest b=birth, d=death and m=marriage?

The more I can learn about my ancestors the better I can plan what will be a
whirlwind trip of probably 2-3 weeks. My wife and I traveled by train in
1999 on a vacation tour of Salzburg, Budapest, Prague, and Vienna and
enjoyed that method of travel, staying in pensions/b&bs along the way. I'm
guessing that we will start our trip in Prague (our daughter is getting
married there) and after the wedding will embark on my genealogical quest.
(dear wife does not share my enthusiasm for genealogy so I need to include
some attractive spots for her as well. 
Any and all suggestions more than welcome.



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