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Re: Gollan Search
Posted by: Elke Diekenbrock-Nikelsky (ID *****3938) Date: January 20, 2003 at 06:04:51
In Reply to: Re: Gollan Search by Tom Oblinger of 121

Hallo Tom,
you have asked for your ancestors named GOLLAN, who emigrated from Germany in 1903. My great-grandmother's maiden name was Anna Gollan, born 1865 in a little place in former East Prussia. Now this territory belongs to Poland,the district town is "Sczytno", former "Ortelsburg". The people, who lived there until 1945 were called "Masuren", most of them slavs, who spoke an old polish dialect. Since 1888 German was the only language, which was allowed in school and church. The GOLLANS probably were emigrated from Scotland in the 17. century. They were Calvinists and asked the tolerant Prussia for asylum. "Masuren" was a very poor place and a lot of people left their home at the end of the 19. century. They went to America or into the industrial centres in the West of Germany. So did my grandmother and all her sisters in 1920. Last year I have been in "Masuren" and I think, it is one of the most wonderful landscapes in Europe. In the village Dzwierzuty I have found an old tombstone with the name "Henriette Gollan, born 1864, died 1917."

I hope, now you know a little more about the "German" GOLLANS.

Best regards
Elke Diekenbrock-Nikelsky


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