Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Jewish Minority and the Natural Increase of the Population

The Jewish Minority The Government of Suwalki formed the westernmost corner of the Pale of Settlement where Russian Jews were forced to live by restrictive laws passed in 1795 and 1835. In 1882, 500,000 Jews living in rural areas of … Continue reading

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The Russian Influence

These –at families, as Germans living in the Russian Empire, should not be confused with the more widely-known “Germans from Russia.” Those Germans had been invited to colonize Russia during the reign of the German princess who later became Catherine … Continue reading

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Economics, Birth Rates, and Civilan and Military Population

Economics One sentence may summarize the economic condition of many -at ancestors: “The Government of Suwalki is economically the most behindhand of all the Kingdom of Poland; it is purely agricultural, subject to a great amount of emigration, and inhabited … Continue reading

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People and Religions

The People In the Middle Ages the Germans who colonized Prussia and the Kingdom of Poland were primarily Northern Germans (Lower Saxons) and Germans from the Centre (Franconians). A few Dutchmen and Southern Germans (Bavarians) also came to this area. … Continue reading

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Geography and History from a Russian-Polish Perspective

Geography The Government of Suwalki was a narrow rectangle, barely joined to the rest of the Kingdom of Poland. (See maps in previous blog posts.) Geographically, it appeared no more than an artificial appendage. 1 In reality the government and … Continue reading

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Suwalki Province, Polish-Russian, German, and Lithuanian

The four previous blog posts have provided an overview of the historic events that most likely influenced ancestors who lived in Suwalki Province. The reader cannot help but notice the complexity of the history of this region, the shifting borders, … Continue reading

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