Like the genealogy pages on this site, this page is currently a work in progress: while I've been able to find a little information about the history of this area, not only is it quite sketchy, but a lot of it is also in need of substantiation.
Therefore, to avoid representing inaccurate or misleading information as verified fact, yet at the same time to share what I have found in the hopes that readers may be able to provide verification, I've decided to construct this page as a set of research notes on different aspects of Raczki's history. Following each piece of information will be a link to the website or a bibliographic reference to the non-electronic source from which I obtained that information.
I'm publishing these notes on my website in order to make possible an exchange of information.
Therefore, if my research helps you in your own genealogical quest or in your creation of any text on the subjects contained in these notes, please credit me (in the same manner that you would credit me or any other source that provided you with information).
I'd also appreciate reciprocation: if these notes have opened any doors for you, I'd like to ask that you share with me any information that the research directions you've followed have revealed to you.
The following categories of notes exist on this page:
From what I've learned so far, several dominions:
On all of the maps depicting ancient Europe that I've been able to find, the Raczki area seems to have been part of that region inhabited by the Balts. The Baltic tribes include the Jatzvingians, the original Prussians, and the Sudovians (among others).
It seems to have been part of Lithuania, both politically and culturally.
As far as I've been able to learn, during most of the partition Raczki was under Russian control, except for the period between 1795 and 1807. However, Raczki and its neighborhood were so close to the East Prussian border that I don't know whether or how often the border may have shifted for East Prussia to swallow it up.
This is a dynastic family; therefore, the names that appear below are not in a straight line of succession.
abt. 1485-abt. 1550
abt. 1588-aft. 1634
abt. 1653-abt. 1710
According to William F. Hoffman, connections between some toponymic surnames and actual locations might be made, especially over a relatively small expanse of territory. With that possibility in mind--slight though it may be--I used JewishGen's ShtetlSeeker to locate towns and settlements starting with "Ostrow--" within a hundred mile radius of Raczki. The results of my search can be found on the following map:
What is the likelihood of my Ostrowskis having come from any of these other places? For that, we have to see what effect serfdom might have had:
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