I am now convinced that my Schipp family was originally named Sip in
. That the Michael
Sip married to Elizabeth Jusczynska in 1872 are my great grandparents. Poland
I have found no documentation regarding the change in spelling but I have a theory.
The Polish pronunciation probably sounded like “ship” and therefore the Prussian authorities gave it a Germanic spelling. At that time, the area where they lived was in the
in the province of Posen . All civil authority was
Prussian and their goal was Germanification of the region that was once Kingdom of Prussia . Poland
It might be that civil birth records of their children would help verify my theory if they match first names and dates that I already have. Unfortunately, civil records don’t exist before 1874 and I’m still unsure of which LDS films would have the information I’m seeking for later births. At $7.50 a pop, I cannot order films unless I’m pretty sure I’m on the right track so I’ll have to study my dates a little more.
I think that I have also found my 3rd great grandfather Sip, but I’m still waiting for the film that should confirm that.
It’s exciting to finally find one of my ancestral villages. With any luck I’ll continue to uncover details of my family history.
I’ll be grateful for any suggestions and/or comments as to how to confirm or refute my findings.