My relatives were from Ostrow, Ostrowez, or Ostroweic Russia before 1907. Is this now in Poland? Where?

I will be travelling to Poland in a month and I would like to find this place.

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    – PolyGeo
    Mar 24, 2016 at 2:18
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    @PolyGeo The Ostrów you're linking to was part of Germany in 1907 if I'm not mistaken, so it is ruled out.
    – Bregalad
    Mar 24, 2016 at 10:51
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    'Ostrów' meant 'non-flooding island' in old Slavic language, I'm afraid there are hundreds places by that name, as it was a preferable location for settlements (some of them are now districts of other cities).
    – skolima
    Mar 24, 2016 at 14:28
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    Hi, welcome to G&FH.SE! Your question is missing a critical element, which is how you know where your relatives came from. If you could post snippets of any record images showing the place name, and tell us which documents they came from, while leaving out the names of the people on the document, that would give us a better way to analyze the information you have, while still preserving your family's privacy.
    – Jan Murphy
    Mar 24, 2016 at 17:49

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"Ostroweic" doesn't seem like a plausible name in Polish language, very likely it is "Ostrówiec" or "Ostrowice". There is dozens of villages all over Poland with that name, including one relatively large town in Belarus which was Polish before the second world war.

There is also a surprisingly large pound of small villages called Ostrów, in both Poland and Belarus, there's too many of them so I cannot list them all.

Ostrowez is most certainly not possibly a Polish name.

Ostrowice cannot be the village you're looking for, because it was German before the first world war.

Let's not forget several villages called Ostriv in western Ukraine, very likely at least some of those were Polish before the second world war - they would translate to Ostrów in Polish (similarly to Kiev<->Kijów, Lviv<->Lwów or Krakiv<->Kraków)

Finally I'll mention it, this place has definitely never been Polish, but there is a relatively large Russian town called Ostrow close to the border with Lativa.

Without further information it's impossible to tell which of those locations is "your" Ostrówiec / Ostrów


I am 100% sure this is city name not human one.

Correct city name can be Ostrowiec or Ostrów but unfortunately there is multiple small cities named like both above. You can also try search Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski or Ostrów Wielkopolski


Egor(Igor) Kozlovsky brother of my grand-grand father Nikita Kozlovsky imigrated to USA around 1914 from Osowiec (now it's Belarua). They lost the connection because of the political situation.

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