I wonder what part of Poland that Anna Frydryawska (Frediakowski) might be from?

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The first known record of her in America is her 1876 marriage license in which she is called Ana Frydryawska (and in the marriage record Fridricouska). In later it morphed into masculine variants similar to Frediakowski or Frediakovski.  In the 1880 census she said that she and her parents were born in Poland, but in later census records she says Germany,  So I assume she was born in present day Poland which was then in Prussia.


     Is there anyway to know in what part of Poland that Anna and her father John (Johan?) might have been born?  The only known indication of her father's name was in her death certificate ( source for his profile at  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Frediakovsky-2 ).

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in Genealogy Help by Kenneth Kinman G2G6 Mach 6 (67.6k points)
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The Wikipedia article, Former Eastern Territories of Germany, has a good discussion of territories that were transfer to Poland and other countries.

As to finding out where your family came from without some document, family letters, or perhaps family tradition to point to an area in modern Poland or Russia,  or finding them in the extant records would take an extraordinary amount of luck.

There are some sources that can give the Polish or Russian equivalent of former German place names.

Knowing your ancestor’s religion is important. Poland is largely Catholic, but Evangelical is common in Northern areas. There were also many Jewish areas. Poland suffered greatly during World War II, so much may have been lost.

I assume you have not found the family in the passenger lists. If you have not yet looked, try Steve Morse’s “one step” web pages at https://stevemorse.org/

by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (390k points)

I think I might have found her on a passenger list.  Anna Frydrychowska (b. ca. 1855) departed Hamburg on 23 October 1875 on the ship Hansa.  She was from Kletzko, Poland.  The birth year matches perfectly, and it also allows her time to get to Porter County, Indiana, by May 1876 (date of marriage license).

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=1068&h=5814777&tid=&pid=&usePUB=true&_phsrc=yWB7965&_phstart=successSource

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It looks to me as if Kletzko/Klecko is situated in Posen/Poznan. If I'm reading the map right, then you have a great resource in the Poznan Project: http://poznan-project.psnc.pl/ which indexes the region's 19th-century marriages. Not all marriages are in the database, but coverage is pretty good at this point. Once you know the parish, you can see if the Mormon's have filmed the records.

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