25 March 2013

Mystery Monday: Mystery Solved!

The subject of my last Mystery Monday post was deciphering the handwriting in a church record book of the name of a village in Poland. I believe I have solved the mystery!

I took another look at the microfilm, specifically at the handwriting of the surrounding entries as well as entries with villages named that looked similar to my entry. I found several - below is an image of my original entry and one of the best I could find to compare it to.

From this, as well as the other entries I collected, I felt very confident in all letters except the first two. I went to the Kartenmeister website and did a search in the Polish city name field using a wildcard followed by the letters "oszanowo." The search returned four results. Three of the four results had the exact same Polish city name, Koszanowo, but three different German city names. The fourth result was Włoszanowo. This looks most like the letters in the entry, but I wanted more proof.

Reading more on the Kartenmeister website, Włoszanowo was located in the Catholic Parish of Janowitz, present-day Janowiec. It was also located in the German province of Posen.This corresponds to the Parish where I located the entry, as well as other information I have collected on this family.

Therefore, I believe that the village name where Martin Michalak and Agnes Sobczak were living when they married on 11 October 1885, was Włoszanowo. 


Janowiec Parish. Roman Catholic Church. Copulatorum, 1848-1910. FHL microfilm 2,290,965. Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Kartenmeister (http://www.kartenmeister.com/preview/databaseUwe.asp : 2013)

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