AGOFF Central Poles is the Central Poles research center for Arbeitsgemeinschaft Ostdeutscher Familienforscher, an East German Genealogy Society with research centers throughout Eastern Europe.

“Spatial concepts of the Great Polish, Little Polish and Central Poles date back to the 14th century, the time of Władysław I, from 1320 King of Poland. However, the fewest researchers can refer so far back to ancestral lines.”

“In the German and partly also in Polish historical research, the Polish area east of the Prussian-Russian borders is also referred to as “central poles” or “congress poles” from 1815 onwards. In 1815, the former Polish monarchy was restored with the Vienna Congress. However, Poland was subordinated to Czar Alexander I., who also became King of Poland at the same time. As a result of the Polish January uprising of 1863, Russian administrative reforms took place in 1867, and the country was divided into ten governorates.”

“On the 7th. On October 1918, the Warsaw Regency Council proclaimed an independent Polish state. The boundaries of the Polish state from 1921-1939 were mainly used in the literature of the Federal Republic of Germany until the 1990s.”

“The changing history of the Evangelical-Augsburg Church in Poland dates back to the 16th century. The 10 dioceses of Warsaw, Plock (Płock), Kalisch, Petrikau (Piotrków Trybunalski), Lublin, Łódź (Łódź), Vilnius (Vilnius), Wolhynian, Silesian and Great Polish dioceses With a total of 159 municipalities and branches.
In our research, we refer to the German settlers in central Poland without the areas, Which belonged before 1920 to the German Reich and without the historical areas of Galicia and Volhynia. This results in a huge research area, which can hardly cover a single research center. Thus, we are limiting ourselves to our current possibilities and remain in the term “middle poles” for our research center.”


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