Our plan for today was to visit Toruń. First we headed for State Archives in search of records of Bielawy village which is now part of Toruń. There are numerous Bielawys in this part of Poland, the only clue we have is that the Bielawy we are looking for was somewhere in Western Prussia, 19th century.
The records in the Archives were not in chronological order at all, there were no indexes in the book, what’s more, they were written in German, Polish and Latin, and these were not in any order, either!!! Anyway we looked through 20 years in searching for three specific years 1824-1827. After all that we still did not find any records with surname we were interested in.
Before we left the Archives, Zenon asked about the location of the parish church. So we headed out to find the church. On our way we noticed this sign.
This was visible confirmation for us, that there was a Bielawy near Torun. But we still do not have confirmation that this is James’ ancestors Bielawy…
After finding the church and talking to the priest, he told us that he had given away all the records to the Bishops Archives. So we stop at the gas station, bought a Toruń map and drove across the town to the Archive. Unfortunately, it was closed until Monday…. But on Monday James will be back in West Virginia!
Having so much free time we visited beautiful Toruń Old Town. Just look at a few pictures below.
After coming back to agritourism and taking naps we played a third chest match. Zenon was not hospitable to his guest this time and he won the third match.
And tomorrow we have an appointment with a far distant relative of James, in Włocławek. We will also explore the cemetery there.
James & Zenon