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History of Raczki & the Ostrowskis



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First uploaded:
8 December 2002

Updated:
12 February 2003: material added in this update is in black font against a yellow background (minor editing and structural or organizational changes aren't noted in updates)


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:

In whose dominion has Raczki existed?
To which empire(s) did Raczki belong during the partitions?
What was or were the languages of the Raczki area?
What is known about the history of the gmina?
What can information about the Wołłowicz family tell us about Raczki?
What can information about the Raczek/Raczkiewicz family tell us about Raczki?
What can information about the Pac family tell us about Raczki?
Where did the Ostrowskis come from?


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In whose dominion has Raczki existed?


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.

Was the Raczki locality conquered by the Teutonic Knights? This is a question that I haven't been able to answer to my satisfaction, based on the resources I've been able to find to this point.

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To which empire(s) did Raczki belong during the partitions?

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.


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What was or were the languages of the Raczki area?



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What is known about the history of the gmina?



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What can information about the Wołłowicz family tell us about Raczki?



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What can information about the Raczek/Raczkiewicz family tell us about Raczki?




Pac family lines, based on LDS files:
PAC DOWKSZEWICZ
abt. 1410-?
Polotsk, BL
JERZY PACEWICZ
abt. 1440-1505
Polotsk, BL
MIKOLAJ PAC
abt. 1485-abt. 1550
Grodno, BL
DOMINIK
abt. 1525-1579
Smolensk
MIKOLAJ
abt. 1521-1585
Kiev
STANISLAW
abt. 1523-1589
Vitebsk, BL
PAWEL
abt. 1527-1595
Vitebsk
JAN
abt. 1568-?
Vitebsk
MIKOLAJ
1573-1624
Vilnius
Never married
PIOTR
abt. 1573-1642
Vilnius
JAN
abt. 1563-1610
Vilnius
ALEKSANDER
abt. 1588-aft. 1634
Vilnius
KONSTANTY WLADISLAW
abt. 1620-1686
Vilnius
MICHAL ANDRZEJ
abt. 1653-abt. 1710
Kaunas
KRZYSZTOF KONSTANTY
abt. 1679-1725
Polotsk
ANTONI MICHAL
abt. 1722-1774
Vilnius
MICHAL
1754-1800
Kaunas
LUDWIK MICHAL
1778-1835
"Warsaw"


PIOTR
abt. 1573-1642
Vilnius
KRZYSZTOF
abt. 1614-1633
Vilnius
FELIKS JAN
abt. 1618-1699
Vilnius
HIERONIM
DOMINIK
abt. 1620-abt. 1662
Vilnius
PIOTR
MICHAL
abt. 1654-1696
Bratslav, UKR
JAN
KAZIMIERZ
abt. 1656-1696
Bratslav
KAZIMIERZ
MICHAL
abt. 1657-1719
Pinsk, BL
JOZEF
abt. 1685-1765
Raseinai, LT
No children listed
Purchaser of Dowspuda??
BONIFACYMICHAL
KAZIMIERZ
abt. 1625-1682
Vilnius
KAZIMIERZ
abt. 1627-1695
Slonim, BL

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Where did the Ostrowskis come from?



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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