Pyritz, Pomerania Genealogy
The town of Pyritz, Pommern, Kingdom of Prussia, Germany was chartered in 1263 and is now known as Pyrcyze, Szczecin, Poland. Pyritz was chartered in 1263 and its shape is unique - similar to an egg with the point to the north leading to Stettin and the flatter part of the egg to the south leading to Bahn. This photo was taken in the late 19th century showing that the 13th century shape still existed.
The town's layout has remained the same since 1263. One can quickly walk through the Town from gate to gate within 20 minutes - including crossing streets with traffic.
For a bird's eye view of Pyritz today via Google map,click here.
1263-1963 history book of Pyritz[edit | edit source]
This is a book of general historical information which in turn can provide a researcher with a base for other types of records to search for ancestral information. It provides through poetry and writings of Pyritz a sense of ties to this medieval town which still draws descendants back to its boundaries. In searching for basic historical information about Pyritz and its beginning, a book "1263-1963 - 700 Jahre Weizackerstadt, Pyritz, Pommern" [which means "1263-1963 700 Years of a wheat city known as Pyritz, Pommern"] was referred to by directors of archives in both Poland, Berlin and Griefswald, German.
The book is 6" x 8" in size, written in German, and contains 106 pages. The book is not indexed, however, it does contain historical photos of buildings within Pyritz and the surrounding areas.
A copy of this book was also located on the shelves at the Ogden Utah Family History Center located at 539 24th Street, Ogden UT 84401, Phone: 801-626-1132. The Family History Library of Salt Lake City Utah does not have a copy.
The Table of Contents is as follows:
Memory (Joh. Koc)
We Commerate Those Who Have Passed On (Mayor Dr. Zimmermann)
Welcome! (District Councilor Dr. Reccius)
Welcome to All Pyritz Citizens (Pomeranian Homeland Association)
Sponsorship Certificate (Korbach District Committee)
Greetings (Dr. Oskar Eggert)
Foreword (Home District Coordinator Krause)
Preface (Retired Mayor Mr. Floret)
Grant (City Charter Pyritz) Introduction
Past History, the Country and its People
Timeline of the City's History
The Medieval City Fortification and its Expansion
The Cultural Center of the Weizacker
Church and School, Science and Art, Foundations and Clubs
The City's Agriculture and its Connection with the District
Agriculture and Industry
The City's Assets
Hiking in the Pyritzer Countryside
Folk Saga in the District of Pyritz
List of Cities and Towns in the District of Pyritz
The District City Korbach [a sister city]
Sources: 1263-1963 700 Jahre Weizackerstadt Pyritz, Pommern bei FLORET, Otto and KRAUSE, Walter.