Last Updated : 24 Sep 2012
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The Unke Genealogy Page
You're evidently interested in genealogy, and the name Unke is perhaps of special significance to you. If so, our internet contact could - and hopefully will - lead to a mutually beneficial exchange of family history information.
The subject of this site and its genealogical records are Unke families which originated in Storkow and other small towns in the district of Neustettin in the German province of Pomerania. Pomerania was formed as a Prussian province in 1815, and became part of a unified Germany in 1871. The Oder River, which became the boundary between Germany and Poland after World War II, divided the province into Western Pomerania (German: Vorpommern) and Eastern Pomerania (Hinterpommern). Stettin, on the Oder River, was the provincial capital and the seat of the county (Regierungsbezirk) of the same name. There were 2 further counties: Stralsund County to the west of Stettin County, and Köslin County with seat Köslin to the east of Stettin County. The district of Neustettin was in Köslin County. Farming was the principal occupation in Pomerania, especially in Köslin County. Stettin was Pomerania's main commercial and industrial center. The great majority of Pomeranians were Lutheran (evangelisch).
Germany's defeat in World War II led to the loss of its eastern provinces, and that part of Pomerania which was east of the Oder River became a part of Poland. Neustettin became Szczecinek, Storkow became Storkowo, Gramenz became Grzmiaca, and the Germans were forced to leave and resettle within their new boundaries.
Numerous Unke families lived in the district of Neustettin in the 18th century. If and how these familes were related can in most cases not be determined, since the church records only go back to about 1794. Descendants of these families left Pomerania in the next 2 centuries, usually to come to America in the 19th, and to move to other places in Germany in the 20th, especially after World War II. Of those who came to America in the 19th century we have been able to trace the following Unkes and, in some cases, their spouses and children to specific places in the USA:
Information on the descendants of these persons is still being gathered; we hope to be able to present more information soon.
Robert and Helga Haberstroh
Bonner Logsweg 37
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