[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] What citizenship does Bürger imply?
paul.rakow at cantab.net
Tue Sep 27 10:03:22 PDT 2016
As Frank says:
"Bürger" will be a citizen of the town - usually someone
of "middle-class" status, for example a master in one of the
craft-guilds. For some towns the records of the town council
have survived, and you can find out when your ancestor took
the oath to become a Bürger, but in the books I've seen, it
hasn't included any extra information about where the new
citizens came from.
On Mon, September 26, 2016 01:39, Frank Schultz wrote:
> 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.
> From: Ger-Poland-Volhynia <ger-poland-volhynia-bounces at sggee.org> on
> behalf of Dana Parker <parker.dana at sbcglobal.net> Sent: Sunday, September
> 25, 2016 6:08:03 PM
> To: ger-poland-volhynia at sggee.org
> Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] What citizenship does Bürger imply?
> 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?
> Kind regards,
> Dana Parker
> Dana Parker
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