The Polish Village of Chodkowo (Chotkowo)

The village of Chodkowo (Chotkowo) is significant in my family history because many of my Chodkowski (Chotkowski) ancestors lived there. The village belonged to the parish of Podoś until 1828, after which time the village belonged to the parish of Płoniawy.

Austrian Military Map of the Chodkowo (Chotkowo) Area - 1910

Austrian Military Map of the Chodkowo Area – 1910

SOURCE: Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary, Sheet 39-53, Ostrolecka. Online http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/digkonyv/topo/200e/39-53.jpg; downloaded 09 May 2010.

Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Chodkowo (Chotkowo)

Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Chodkowo

Source:  Sulimierski, Filip, Bronisław Chlebowski, and Władysław Walewski, eds., Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajów Słowiańskich (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavonic Countries) – Warsaw 1880, Volume II, page 638.

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Słownik Geograficzny entry for Chodkowo. Translated from the Polish, the entry reads:

Chotkowo,an area of nobles in the Maków Powiat, Płoniawy Gmina and Parish. Within its limits lie the villages Chodkowo biernaty, Chodkowo wielkie, Chodkowo kuchny and Chodkowo załogi. In the year 1827, Chodkowo wielkie included 18 homes and 104 residents, Chodkowo biernaty included 11 homes and 41 residents, Chodkowo kuchny included 15 homes and 80 residents, and Chodkowo załogi included 20 homes and 98 residents.          Bronisław Chlebowski

Chotkowo,a wood and iron station on the Moscow to Jarosław [railroad] in the Moscow Gubernia.

The second entry for Chotkowo has nothing to do with the village of my ancestors, but I included it here for completeness.

The maps of the Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary and the entries in the Słownik Geograficzny were prepared at about the same time and make a good pair for studying places in and around the Congress Kingdom of Poland at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, a time period when the Eastern European ancestors of present-day Americans left their homelands for the United States.

Copyright © 2010 by Stephen J. Danko

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