Richard O. Schienke otto at schienke.com
Tue Jan 19 09:16:25 PST 2016

> On Jan 19, 2016, at 11:24 AM, <marlo50 at bex.net> <marlo50 at bex.net> wrote:
> Wasn't she born in Volhynia???

Wikipedia is an excellent reference resource preferable to many of the cut and paste volumes published without adequate reference. . .

Catherine was born in Stettin, Pomerania. Frederick (alte fritz) ll, the Great’s cousin.
Bit o’ rivalry, aye? as the Canadians would ask.
Connect Catherine to this:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volga_Germans

If I am correct without referencing Mike’s original query, he was asking about settlement of what were the Prussian held areas (alte Fritz) 
Especially Neu Ostpreussen 1795-1806  Congress Poland/“Russian Poland”.
We, users of the altered Roman Alphabet, shudder thinking about translating records written in cursive in the old Cyrillic of the 1800’s, especially some that appear to have been entered by a wobbly-handed paster at candlelight sipping his stein of beer. So, many of the old Cyrillic records wait for a princess to kiss them and turn them from a frog into a prince. :)

Łódż, pronounced Wudzch = ‘boat’, city named after the little round boats on the river.
Check it out:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Łódź
Łódż became the textile center early 1800’s, excessive taxation by the Russians attempting to drive the industry into Russia proper created problems for the settlers and cottage industry. 1830-1860 turmoil resulting in a complete takeover by Russian administration. . . many Germans, and others, moved to Volhynia. A few may have moved to the Volga River district. 

   . . . Otto
        “The Zen moment. . . wk of January 1 2016
                “The fruit. . .  grows on the tree."

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