My 3rd great grandfather, Johann Ganas, was born in the
in the village of Czerlejno . His son, Adalbert, my 2nd great
grandfather was born in the same village. But Adalbert was born in Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth Prussia.
The Wikipedia Timeline of Polish History has given me new insight into my ancestors’ lives. The borders of
have flexed over time as various neighboring powers sought to claim its land as
their own. For a time, Poland
did not even exist as a sovereign nation. I've read history, but a concise timeline makes the turmoil much more obvious.
Johann was born about 1779 after the First Partition of Poland. By the time Adalbert was born in 1811, the country had seen two more partitions change or eradicate the borders.
In the meantime, there were multiple treaties made and broken; multiple uprisings, and various degrees of oppression of Polish culture.
So I’m back at the history books trying to develop a narrative to describe what life may have been like for my ancestors in those times.