We are walking on the traces left by others, who lived here before us.
It is on top of their already-written stories that we fill the page anew with our own;
blurring the signs of their sojourn, adding our own storylines to theirs.
trans. Karen Underhill & Tomasz Tabako
Raczki is a gmina--or commune, borough, parish--comprised of the town of Raczki itself, along with over 30 hamlets (settlements, rural neighborhoods) which range in size from fewer than 5 to around 40 households:
Click on the map to see a full-screen version.
Raczki is the area from which my grandfather and several of his siblings emigrated to the U.S. at the beginning of the 20th century. Having finally had the opportunity to visit recently, I'm using the pictures I took and my prior research to create a website designed to provide some information about--to catch the flavor of--the area from which your ancestors might have come, and to share what I've been able to learn about my Raczki ancestors.
|Fewer than 10 households
|| 20-29 households |
|| Over 30 households
|No information available|
Data extracted from the 2002 Suwałki phone book
Map located at Plac Kosciuszki, Raczki
In exploring the Raczki of today, I was also trying to get a glimpse of the Raczki of yesterday. That glimpse, while primarily from my imagination and research, was aided by remnants of the past that I saw:
And although I wasn't able to find any more documentation about my family history, I was fortunate to meet local residents who were willing to work patiently with my pitifully weak Polish to try to help me in my search.
- 19th century, non-gasoline powered farming technologies--next door to 20th century technologies;
- the parish church, which both reflects post-Vatican II Catholicism and bears witness to the past through statues and fixtures bearing 19th century dates;
- wayside shrines;
- monuments to the sorrows and courage of Poland's past.
So, while the following subpages of this site may not help you with your search for data about your Raczki-area ancestors, perhaps just as importantly they might help you gain a stronger understanding of the land and life.
Since these pages are filled with photographs, they may load slowly.
|| Town of Raczki|
| Holy Trinity Church
|| Wayside Shrines|
| Dowspuda & Pac Palace
|| Raczki Area Links
| Raczki History
|| Ostrowski Family from Raczki
Ancestral Streams Homepage.
|© Constance J. Ostrowski|
Last updated: 8 Dec. 2002