located right in between and close to many towns
in Lomza Gubernia. As a result, there was a lot of interaction
between them, whether it was of a commercial nature, socially
or among families marrying. The huge Biebrzanski marshlands
to the east, stretching from Wizna in the south, along the
Biebrza River, up to Klimaszewnica, and then further up to the
northeast, made travel in that direction much more difficult,
limiting interaction with towns located on the other side.
The Prussian border to the west of Szcuzczyn and Kolno,
likewise limited migration in that direction.
Using my family as a typical
example of migration patterns:
A typical Radzilover family had roots and branches in many of
these towns, and vice versa. My family was no exception.
moving to Radzilow:
My Haginski family came from Stawiski.
My Klimaszewski family came from Klimaszewnica.
My Szeraszew family came from Radzilow.
[Szeraszew/Klimaszewski marriage, Radzilow, 1827]
[Haginski/Klimaszewski marriage, Radzilow, 1837]
[Szeraszew/Haginski marriage, Radzilow, 1848]
My Zimnowicz family came from Szczuczyn.
[Zimnowicz/Haginski marriage, Radzilow, 1855]
My Markiewicz family likely came from Lomza.
[Gutsztejn/Markiewicz marriage, 1860]
My Gutsztejn family came from Wizna.
[Gutsztejn/Zimnowicz marriage, Radzilow, 1893]
Descendants of all the above marriages were born in Radzilow,
where most stayed and married for several generations. As a
result, at least 25 different surnames in Radzilow are related to
me in one way or another. Other male descendants married brides
in some of these same nearby towns and subsequently stayed
there to raise their families. Also, my ancestors who came to
in Radzilow had families that stayed behind in their respective
towns. Therefore, I have significant branches in all nine of
these towns, as well as in a few others slightly further away
(Bialystok, Grajewo, Kolno, Mlawa, Myszyniec, Nowogrod,
Ostroleka, Ostrow Mazowiecka, Sniadowo and Sokolka).
Most Radzilover families, or in fact, most families from this
area, would find similar situations occurring throughout their