For those of you researching Kashubian/Polish ancestors, especially those that settled in Winona, Minnesota, my page should be helpful to you. My ancestors were all Polish. Most of them were Kashubian. The names I am researching from Kashubia are: PALUBICKI, MELING, MAJKOWSKI, ORLIKOWSKI, SADOWSKY, LITERSKI, MONDRY, MADRA, PIECHOWSKI, MEGIER, WIERKUS, WIERZBA, DEMBROWSKY, to name but a few!
My mothers grandparents were from Lekno, just northeast of Poznan and their surnames were BARTKOWIAK and RYMARKIEWICZ (New information on the route Jan and Anna Rymarkiewicz followed to America...they boarded the ship FLAMINGO in Hamburg on April 13, 1881. The ship was bound to America via Glasgow and Hull. Still looking for the next ship they took as apparently the Hamburg indexes incorrectly noted where the passengers were to board a new ship. It could be that they took a train to Liverpool. Now the search begins for ships to New York from Liverpool during May and June of 1881. It's never easy!) UPDATE: I still do not know when the Flamingo arrived at Glasgow. However, I found the names on the State of Nebraska, leaving Glasgow via Larne, Ireland. The ship left Glasgow on April 23, 1881 and arrived in New York on May 5, 1881. The surnames were spelled incorrectly and the homeland was also incorrect.
My database is a work in progress and I will continue to add more data as it becomes available to me. Most of this information was gleaned from LDS microfilms, vital records in the United States, newspaper articles and obituaries. Some of it is taken on "faith" from other researchers so all of it should be suspect to a serious researcher. It is important for accuracy that you verify any data you find here that pertains to your research by going to the LDS microfilms or other sources to double check the accuracy of my work. I am sure that despite my intentions to record everything correctly, mistakes were made.
The LDS microfilms I used were: 0500540,0162330, 0500542, 0500541, 0162333, 0162332, 0162331, 1618612, 1194753 and 0475067 all dealing with Birth/Death/Marriage records for Borszykowy parish, Poland (villages included: Kosabude, Smaldzin, Borowy Mlyn, Pradzona, Borzyskowo, Lakie, Glisno, Lipniece, Karpno, Stoltmann, Rutzenwalde, Mielno, Woyski, Osusznica, Lubon, Ostrowitz, Ossowo, Modziel, Liepnitz, Kiedrau, Kiedrowice, Hamer, Zapcen) as well as the following which covered Birth/Death/Marriages for Lipusz parish, Poland; (villages included: Mechau, Ploczyc, Lippusch, Pod. Niedamowa, Tuschkau, Papiermuhle, Kalisz, Mechowo-Lip., Squirawen, Gostomken, Grzybau, Bimachej, Sluza) 0163522, 1417785, 1417786, 0161891, 0529600, 0529601, 1618607.
Most of the Palubicki surnames were found on these films: 1201420 and 1634015. The locations of these films cover mainly Polschen a/k/a Kniprode-Polschen or Polczen, Pommern, Germany, now Polczno (Bytow), Koszalin, Poland, also the following; Mangwitz, Czarndamerow, Jukowin, Klein Polczen, Lippusch, and Oslawdamerow. Recent additions for Rymarkiewicz and Bartkowiak were received from a researcher I hired in Poland. She took the information from: Pila Archives, and Gniezno, as well as the civil registry offices in Lekno. Some of the place names she found in her searches are; Golancz, Sienno, Wagrowiec, Morkonos, Miescisko, Chojna, Zerniki, Izdebno and Srebmagora.
NOTE: There are variations in spelling of surnames and place names! Feel free to download this material but give me credit for compiling it and please do not publish it without my permission!
You can begin your search further down the page under "Polish Surname Database". Surnames are listed in alphabetical order.
If you're interested, take a look at map of Lipusz, Poland and the surrounding area. This map contains the names of many of the small villages in Lipusz parish and may be helpful.
Take a look at the last home in Poland of the Patriarch of the American Palubicki family, Michael and his wife Josephine (Meling), in 1869. This photgraph was taken in 1996. The house was demolished to make way for new construction in 1997.
The above information was obtained from a paid researcher in Poland, as well as from others researching the Bartkowiak surname. I'll be adding more as I compile it.
Links to other sites on the Web
Cyndi's List of Genealogy sites
FEEFHS, go there, you'll love it!
Peter von Pazatka Lipinsky Genealogy Page
Email me if you need to clarify some of the information on my database.