These two books for Podewils entail the Grundsteuer, or property taxes, for the village. The documents list owners of land, taxable values, and include maps of some of the streets. The document for the Gemeinde are for the main area of the village whereas the book for the Gut appears to be for the manor. […]

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This document is the last will and testament of Clara Sophia Hessen, who was the widow of the Schulmeister Franz Christian Neumann in Podewils, Belgard. The earliest date mentioned in this document is 1772. This will appears to be rather detailed, listing numerous items with great specificity. From the text, it looks like she died […]

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Last Updated on December 12, 2019 The Gutknecht family has historical roots in Podewils dating back to the 1600s. This study focuses on possibly related lineages from the areas near Podewils in Kreis Belgard. My interest in this family stems from my own Gutknecht lineage, albeit a short and difficult to trace branch of the […]

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The charming neo-Gothic palace in Podewils is literally disappearing before our eyes. The following article was translated with permission from Zwiadowca Historii concerning the dilapidation of a once-beautiful former manor house in Pommern. It chronicles its history in Belgard to modern times as Podwilcze in Zachodniopomorskie. Unfortunately, this is not the only historical structure to […]

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