“Kashubia to Canada – Crossing on the Agda” by Shirley Mask Connolly

Tags: , — Yurek @ 10:56 am 21 March 2009

Satisfying the urge to better understand the reality behind the Kashubian immigration to Canada, I have ordered a few books from wilno.org. Although written from dissimilar perspectives, they all describe an important period of the Kashubian and the Canadian Kashubian history.


Shirley Mask Connolly - "Kashubia to Canada. Crossing on the Agda"

“Kashubia to Canada – Crossing on the Agda” is a skillfully written book, undoubtedly based on honest research. Although the book in detail depicts the story of two hundred Kashubian immigrants who sailed to Canada in 1872, documenting their experiences, it reaches beyond this premise. Hence, readers can learn about the 19th century Kashubia and Canada by diving into the vivid depictions of life in these dissimilar worlds. In her 365-page book, Shirley Mask Connolly also provides a gamut of rare photographs (more than 300 of them) and 22 maps, many of them dating back to the 19th century.

Aside from being a writer, Connolly‘s artist talents are evident in her drawings placed throughout the book which enhance the reading experience. The included appendices offer the Agda ship passenger list, tables, aggregation of names of villages of origin, Kashubian last name spellings, and more.  I found the appendices very useful. For example, having family in Lipusz, I have identified a possible relative of mine who had immigrated to Canada on Agda.

I managed to finish reading the entire book over a single weekend which was largely due to the ease of reading (and the many pictures which always helps.)  I strongly recommend this book to the readers as it will broaden their outlook on the Kashubian matters while proving that Kashubs have played an important role in shaping of Canada and the United States.

More reviews to follow.

Book Reviews

Tags: , — Yurek @ 10:31 am 21 March 2009

Here I hope to post book reviews of books dealing with Kashubia and the Kashubs.

Ethnic Kashubia according to Dr. Jan Mordawski (1999)

Tags: , , — Yurek @ 7:35 pm 6 September 2008

Geography of Kashubia according to Dr. Jan Mordawski

Kashubians in 20th century

This map is based on the studies conducted by Jan Mordawski as published in his book entitled “Geografia współczesnych Kaszub“ [en. Geography of Contemporary Kashubia], Gdańsk 1999.
In his book, Dr. Mordawski included territories of the following villages, counties, and cities: Krokowa, Gniewino, Łęczyce, Cewice, Czarna Woda, Dąbrówka, Bytów, Tuchomie, Lipnica, Przechlewo, Konarzyny, Brusy, Karsin, Kościerzyna, Nowa Karczma, Somonino, Żukowo, and Gdańsk (excluding the eastern part of the city) as the bounderies of Kashubia. Only cities with meaningful number of Kashubians (Gdynia – 30, 000, Gdańsk and Sopot – 20,000 each) and areas where at least 1/3 of the population declares themselves as Kashubians were added to the map.

Maps – Kashubia Throughout History

Tags: , , , — Yurek @ 2:52 pm 22 August 2008

Kashubia Throughout History

The presented maps are based on research of Prof. Dr Józef  Borzyszkowski as published in his book “Historia Kaszubów” [en. History of Kashubians], Gdańsk 1999.
They also reflect studies conducted by Dr Jan Modrawski as published in “Geografia współczesnych Kaszub” [en. Geography of Contemporary Kashubia], Gdańsk 1999.


Kashubian and Polish geographical names

Tags: , , — Yurek @ 7:27 pm 6 September 2007

This name compilation is partially based on a map included in Dr. Jan Modrawski “Geografia współczesnych Kaszub “[en. Geography of Contemporary Kashubia], Gdańsk 1999 and contains errors.

The following references were used to determine Kashubian (Pomeranian) name forms of towns and villages:

  • Florian Cenôwa, Kaschubische Orts- und Volksnamen, w: Jahrbücher für slawische Literatur, Kunst und Wissenschaft, rok II, Lëpskò 1844, Heft 1
  • Florian Cenôwa, Skôrb Kaszébskosłovjnskjé mòwé, Świecie 1866-68
  • Stefan Ramułt, Startystyka ludności kaszubskiej, Kraków 1899
  • Friedrich Lorentz, Polskie i kaszubskie nazwy miejscowości na Pomorzu kaszubskiem, Poznań 1923
  • Friedrich Lorentz, Die kaschubischen Ortsnamen nebst Ableitungen, Berlin 1933
  • Friedrich Lorentz (Friedhelm Hinze) Slawische Namen Hinterpommerns, Berlin 1964