[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] What citizenship does Bürger imply?

Frank Schultz frankinclt at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 25 17:39:13 PDT 2016

Hello Dana,

"Bürger" is actually an old medieval term and referred to people who lived in a stronghold, a "Burg". Nowadays the term means basically being a citizen. In the context you mentioned my guess would be that it means men who lived in a town since country people would have their profession listed. I do not believe that it will help with identifying where somebody came from.
That said, I hope to see some of the other responses.

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Before any of the Partitions of Poland, Lutheran records from Zduny, Krotoszyn refer to some, but not all, of the men as Bürger.

What does Bürger mean in this context?   Town citizen, without regard to nationality?   Prussian citizen living in Poland?   Courtesy title?  Does it imply where someone came from?

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Dana Parker

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