The village of Węgrzynowo is significant in my family history because it was the location where some of my Chodkowski cousins were married.
Austrian Military Map of the Węgrzynowo 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 24 May 2010.
Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Węgrzynowo
Source: Chlebowski, Bronisław, Filip Sulimierski, and Władysław Walewski, eds., Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajów Słowiańskich (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavonic Countries) – Warsaw 1893, Volume XIII, page 262.
Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Słownik Geograficzny entry for Węgrzynowo. Translated from the Polish, the entry reads:
3.) Węgrzynowo, a village and grange [a large manorial farmstead] in Ciechanów Powiat, Zalesie Gmina, and Węgrzynowo Parish, 28 versts [0.66 miles per verst] from Ciechanów and 8 versts to the northwest of Wyszogrod on the Vistula River. It includes a wooden parish church, a brickyard, a tavern, 39 homes, and 345 residents. The grange includes 1370 morgs [in the Russian partition 1 morg = 1.388 acres]; it belongs to the property of Krasne (Count Krasiński). The village has 39 settlements and 493 morgs. In the year 1827 there were 27 homes and 300 residents. Rogala of Wangrzinowo, the castellan of Zakroczym, probably wrote in this Węgrzynowo in the year 1464 (Kodeks dyplomatyczny Księstwa Mazowieckiego, page 11). The church and parish were erected here in the year 1398 by the Pastor Mdzewski. Żebrowski raised a new one in the year 1684. There were 1640 souls in the parish which belonged to the Ciechanów Deanery (later, the Maków Deanery).
The notation (Kod. Maz., str. 11) or (Kodeks dyplomatyczny Księstwa Mazowieckiego, page 11) refers to:
Lubomirski, Tadeusz Jan. 1863. Kodeks Dyplomatyczny Księstwa Mazowieckiego, obejmujący Bulle Papieżów, Przywileje Krolów Polskich i Książąt Mazowieckich, tudzież Nadamia tak korporacyj jako i osób prywatnych. Warszawa: Druk. Gazety Polskiej.
This publication is available online at the Digital Library of Wielkopolska.
The place described in this entry is only one of at least 4 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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