Archive trip Silesia July 2015

I undertook a trip from Berlin to Lower Silesia during the last week of July to do some research for a long-term client, whose ancestors originated from Kamenz, which is now Kamieniec Ząbkowicki. As the Kamenz church records for the relevant period between 1800 and 1874 are lost, I consulted a variety of other sources, mainly estate records. I started with some research in the Legnica branch of Wrocław state archive and proceeded to Ząbkowice Śląskie, the former centre of the district of Frankenstein, to which Kamenz belonged. The Kamieniec Ząbkowicki branch of Wrocław state archive is housed in a 17th century building of the former influential Cistercian monastery. Another prominent building is the castle, which was commissioned by Marianne of the Netherlands and built by the famous architect Karl-Friedrich Schinkel between 1838 and 1873. The princess was unhappily married to prince Albert of Prussia, youngest son of king Frederick William III of Prussia and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Marianne left her husband, being known as a modern and unconventionally acting person. My client’s ancestor may have been involved in the building of the castle. I am still working on this. Relatives of his moved to Breslau/Wrocław, where I spent a final research day in the state archive.

Marc Jarzebowski