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Offline glassgirlnz

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Polish or German
« on: Tuesday 14 March 17 08:33 GMT (UK) »
My GGG Grandfather Friederich Adrian and his family came out to New Zealand on the Fritz Reuter in 1875. They originated from Christburg Prussia. A country no longer. My question is this, Is there a way to work out whether they were Polish or German, as I have been getting conflicting information. Any suggestions on how to go about working this out are better than my nothing.
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Re: Polish or German
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 14 March 17 08:42 GMT (UK) »
What was called Christburg, Prussia is now called Dzierzgon, Poland ;D
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dzierzgo%C5%84

I don't think there were hard lines of demarkation?
They could be German people, who lived in Poland.
Equally, they could be Polish?
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Re: Polish or German
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 14 March 17 08:45 GMT (UK) »
All you can do is look on the map and see where the place is geographically - who has claimed the territory doesn't change that although it  now appears to be known as Dzierzgoń, and is in Poland.

That whole area has changed "nationality" numerous times, but it was Prussia in the C19th, which became part of the unified Germany in about 1871 I think.



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Re: Polish or German
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 14 March 17 11:05 GMT (UK) »
Judging by the spelling of his first name, I would say that they were ethnically German.

Christburg must have had a predominantly German population, hence the vote to remain part of Germany after 1920.

Why do you ask?

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