The village of Mierzęcin is significant in my family history because it was the location where I believe some of my Wiśniewski cousins were born.
Austrian Military Map of the Mierzęcin 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 23 May 2010.
Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Mierzęcin
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 1885, Volume VI, page 355.
Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Słownik Geograficzny entry for Mierzęcin. Translated from the Polish, the entry reads:
Mierzęcin1.) a village in the Pułtusk Powiat, Zatory Gmina, and Pniewo Parish. In the year 1827 there were 6 homes and 75 residents.
The place described in this entry is only one of at least 5 places in Poland called Mierzęcin.
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.
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