[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Czechs Moving to Lodz Area

Natalie Nieminen natalie.nieminen at gmail.com
Sun Sep 15 17:37:24 PDT 2013

I wish I understood Polish.  My family lived in Lodz and likely came from
nearby Zelow first.  I still need to confirm this through archives in
Zelow.  I don't know where they came from before, though my grandfather
suspected Czech.  For those who are interested in Zelow ancestry especially
of Czech/Bohemian descent, check out the video below, in particular from
6:54 to 11:43.  I attempted to transcribe what was written on the sign the
reporter is reading from and came up with something like this (then
translated through google).  I'd be interested if anyone could translate
the sign properly for me.  No need to translate the video, I just need to
one day visit Zelow myself for the information.

Tu w Zeloweja w roku 1803 nowy dom
znaleski Bracia Czescy
kloczy dła wolnosci somienia i w znawania wiary
??????  Braci Czeskich

Here in Zelow in 1803 a new home
znaleski Bohemian Brethren
kloczy for Freedom somienia and the granting of faith
????? Unity of the Brethren



Researching Tomesch/Tomesz and Krotochwil/Krotoviel from Lodz and possibly

On Sun, Sep 15, 2013 at 6:19 PM, gpvjem <gpvjem at sasktel.net> wrote:

> **
>     More questions seem to arise than are answered in "old" church
> records.  I can not answer your questions specifically.  All I can tell you
> that as I recall most of the Catholic men, if not all, had surnames that
> indicated they were of German descent.  Without going into a detailed
> history, suffice to say  there were large numbers of ethnic Germans
> in Tschechei for centuries.  That was the excuse Hitler used to invade
> Czechoslokia in 1938.
>     The *full* translations of the Lodz church records gave no indication
> why men from Tschechei came to Lodz.  Usually people move from place to
> place for economic reasons and Lodz was in a modest "boom" during the mid
> 1850s.  BTW the full translations I used to prepare the Legacy file are now
> in the SGGEE library in Calgary.
>     As I mentioned previously, it would be interesting to examine the
> Catholic church records for Lodz  for the period 1825 to 1850 to
> see how many similar Czech migrants were recorded, and to whom they were
> married etc.
> John Marsch
> In still sunny Saskatchewan
> ------------------------------
> I'm very interested in something John Marsch recently wrote regarding
> marriages at Trinity - Lodz between Catholics and Lutherans:
> "Another interesting  tid-bit that I noticed, many of the Catholic men had
> come to Lodz from Tschechei (now the Czech Republic), likely to work in the
> textile industry for which Lodz was famous at the time."
> Does anyone know more about those who left "Tschechei" to come to Lodz?
> When did they leave?  Did they only leave to seek jobs in the growing
> textile industry in Lodz, or was there another reason?  If there were
> Catholics who married in Lutheran churches, does that mean they converted
> to Lutheranism?
> Natalie
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