1. Leonore’s Tour. Brodnica Lakes area. Day 1.

Map of our today’s trip:

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Brodnica is a fairly large city and it seems that there is a lot businesses. It seems to be a very busy place.

I was very excited to see the church in Pokrzydowo, the original one where my grandmother was baptized.

Church in Pokrzydowo1

Church in Pokrzydowo1

Church in Pokrzydowo2

Church in Pokrzydowo2

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Church in Pokrzydowo3

Church in Pokrzydowo4

Church in Pokrzydowo4

Church in Pokrzydowo5

Church in Pokrzydowo5

Szafarnia surprised me because it was so very small but it is a beautiful area with the lakes in forests. It wasn’t easy to find it!

Szafarnia1

Szafarnia1

Szafarnia2

Szafarnia2

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Szafarnia3

In Tereszewo the church is newer so there is no family there but cemetery has two people named Krakowski and I will look and see if they are possibly descendants of ‘my? Krakowski. I have to do some research of that.

In Sadłowo even if we didn’t find anyone there is impressive because the town is 700 years old and the church is absolutely beautiful.

Sadłowo church1

Sadłowo church1

Sadłowo church2

Sadłowo church2

Tomorrow we are heading for Gdansk to see Solidarity monument and Baltic Sea. After that we are going back to Torun to do research in Archives there.

Leonore and Zenon

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4 Responses to “1. Leonore’s Tour. Brodnica Lakes area. Day 1.”

  1. James says:

    Leonore ,
    It looks like your trip is off to a great start! Beautiful pictures of the church, but what churchs in Poland are not beautiful ? I hope that you have success at the Archive in Torun, and can also visit the Old Town . I have a feeling that your trip will exceed your expectations. Zenon’s guests experience that quite often ;-))

    James

  2. Leonore says:

    James –
    Home today (15th) after a few days in Italy. Poland was wonderful.
    The trip was much more than I expected – and it’s due to Zenon as
    a guide. He is superb. It was fascinating to me to find that the family
    names continue in the same towns, although my direct ancestors have
    been gone for over 100 years. I have more research to do – and I
    would love to be able to return to Poland after it’s done. (I’d also
    like more Bigos).
    Leonore

  3. Valerie says:

    Hello Lenore,
    My great grandmother was born in Pokrzydowo and I still have cousins who live there. Visited it about 5 years ago and am very surprised to see someone else who has roots in the same village. My great grandmother Antonina Hartka married Jan Tuchewicz in that church.

  4. Leonore says:

    Hi, Valerie,
    It’s exciting to hear from someone who knows the village. My grandmother Franciszka Krakowska, was one of eight children born
    in Szafarnia, baptised in Pokrzydowo, to Franz Krakowski and Marianna Michalkiewicz. It seems that Franz and Marianna appear in the
    area when their first child was born in 1863, and disappear from
    the area when Casimir was born in 1884, apparently to Miliszewo
    nearby. Father Zmijewski told us that there are no Krakowski’s
    now in Pokrzydowo, but that there is still a Michalkiewicz family.
    What a beautiful church.

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