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Raczki, Powiat Suwałki, Województwo Podlaskie, Poland
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.

Premysław Czapliński
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:
Bakaniuk
Bolesty
Chocki
Chodorki
Dowspuda
Franciszkowo
Jankielówka
Jaśki
Józefowo
Koniecbór
Korytki
Krukówek
Kurianki I
Kurianki II
Lipowo
Lipówka
Ludwinowo
Małe Raczki
Moczydły
 
Map of the Raczki Gmina
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Ogrodniki
Planta
Podwysokie
Rabalina
Rudniki
Szkocja
Sidory
Słoboda
Stoki
Sucha Wieś
Szczodruchy
Wasilówka
Wierciochy
Witówka
Wronowo
Wysokie
Ziółkowo
Żubrinek

Fewer than 10 households          20-29 households    
10-19 households          Over 30 households
No information available

Data extracted from the 2002 Suwałki phone book
Map located at Plac Kosciuszki, Raczki

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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.

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:

  • 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.
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.

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.

Click here to link to Landscape page  Landscape Click here to link to Town of Raczki page  Town of Raczki
Click here to link to Parish Church page  Holy Trinity Church Click here to link to Shrines page  Wayside Shrines
Click here to link to Dowspuda page  Dowspuda & Pac Palace Click here to link to Links page  Raczki Area Links
Click here to link to Raczki history page  Raczki History Click here to link to Ostrowski genealogy page  Ostrowski Family from Raczki


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Last updated: 8 Dec. 2002

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