Christfelde, West Prussia is now in where?

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My spouse's great-grandfather, Carl A. Woiwod and a great-grandaunt Albertina A. Woiwod came to the United States in 1882 and 1885 respectively. They came from West Prussia from a town of Christfelde.  What I know about the German States dances on the head of a pin (with room for a six piece band). I assume that this area is now in Poland. I've tried looking for them in the Old World using Ancestry and Familysearch with no luck. I know the names of their parents, August Woiwod and Wilhemenia Rost thanks to information given by each at the time of their respective marriages in Iowa. I am not sure if I am looking in the right 'country' to find the records. Where would this town would have been?
in Genealogy Help by L. Harrington G2G6 Mach 1 (10.1k points)

So you are talking about this location as the option: ?

Michel: According to Meyer's Gazetteer, there were actually two villages named Christfelde in West Prussia. One was the one you have identified in Kreis Schwetz that is now Chrystkowo in Gmina Świecie (this was known as Christfelde only from 1873 on and as Krystkowo before then). The other was the one identified by Dieter Lewerenz below in Kreis Schlochau, which is now Chrząstowo (though the one in Gmina Człuchów, not the one in Gmina Kamień Pomorski). As I point out in my comment to Dieter's answer, I believe his is the correct Christfelde.

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Today the location is  Chrząstowo (Kamień Pomorski) (dt. Granzow), Dorf in der Gmina Kamień Pomorski, Woiwodschaft Westpommern, Polen.

Christfelde today is Chrząstowo, community Kamien Pomorski, Woiwodschaft Westpommern.

The old location was Christfelde, Kreis (county) Schlochau, Regierungsbezirk (governmental area) Marienfelde, Provinz (province) Westpreußen, Königreich (kingdom) Preußen, Deutsches Reich (German Empire).

Christfelde had no lutheran church, but a catholic church. I would sugest to start searching the catholic parish records.

Archion would not be helpful, because there you find only lutheran parish records.

I will look on matricula.

The polish archiv system is very good and you can find a lot online. The problem is that most of the pages are only in polish language avaible.

Maybe some native polish speaker can help here.

by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (2.6m points)
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On matricula I cannot find it.

For Prussia there is another resource in addition to the church books, and those are the Prästationstabellen (essentially property tenancy registers) that were filmed by the Mormons. The most recent one was prepared in 1849 and updated periodically thereafter. Among the Hüter (essentially smallholders) I find that property #33 had been held in 1849 by a Wilhelm Rost and at some unspecified time thereafter was taken over by Aug. Wojwod. My speculation is that Wilhelm was Wilhelmina's father and that August took over the smallholding from his father-in-law.

Incidentally, I believe the Christfelde in Kreis Schlochau is now the one in Gmina Człuchów, not the one in Gmina Kamień Pomorski.

I have looked at, the index to Polish state archives; they do not appear to have church records for either Chrząstowo or Człuchów (the Protestants of Christfelde were in the parish of Schlochau). No records at familysearch or archion, either - it appears these church books have been lost. Thus, it appears the property tenancy records may be the only resource to work with here.
Thank you all for all your help. I had wondered because of either World War if the records might have been destroyed. Both joined a Lutheran Church after coming to the States so I am assuming that they were Protestant back in the old country also.

Thanks C-H Geschwind for the information on the property record. You may be correct and it may be the only resource I have to work with.

There had been a local newspaper article about Albertine Woiwod and her husband Gustav Boehnke taking a trip over to the Old Country to visit with her sisters that had stayed in Germany. It listed their given names but not where they were residing in Germany. It also mentioned a resent passing of a brother who also staying in Germany (no mention where or his given name).

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