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Nailing Marriage Documents To Doors In Augustów, Poland?

Nickidewbear 23 | 609
16 Jul 2015 #1
See the case at

Transcription Of Text In Document: Wigry: On the 28th of February, 1821, on Sunday, we, the registrar for the district of Wigry, the county and voivodeship of Augustów, having gone to the main entrance of the District House, at midday, we informed and announced that a marriage was contracted between Antoni Daniłowicz, a bachelor, age 25, a farmer residing in the village of Krasne, son of Wincenty Daniłowicz and Wiktorya nee Dembska, and Brygida Buczyńska, age 20, daughter of Wincenty Buczyński and Maryanna nee Chrachało, farmers residing in the village of Cimochowizna. After having read the announcement of marriage clearly and aloud, it was nailed to the door of the District House, what was written down in this certificate. The priest Felix Naruszewicz, the registrar of vital records.
Looker - | 1,134
17 Jul 2015 #2
It seems that the Napoleonic Code was applied there. I read somewhere that it was quite common procedure on the rural parishes scattered throughout the area of the Duchy of Warsaw and later on the Congress Poland.

An extract from the act of publication shall be affixed to the door of the town-hall, and remain so during the interval of eight days between the one and the other publication. The marriage shall not be celebrated until the third day exclusive after that of the second publication.

The marriage certificate drew up the pastor of the local parish, acting as an Officer of the Registry. That house was probably the seat of a municipal government and it is quite likely that this district house was just the presbytery. The function of the civil registrar held then the priest.
OP Nickidewbear 23 | 609
18 Jul 2015 #3
They were in Wigry in Augustów, which was in the Russian Pale.
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18 Jul 2015 #4
As far I can see this area in the year 1821 was located on the Congress Poland:


On January 16, 1816 the administrative division was reformed from the departments of the Duchy of Warsaw into the more traditionally Polish voivodeships, obwóds and powiats.

There were 8 voivodeships:

Augustów Voivodeship (capital in Suwałki)
Kalisz Voivodeship
Kraków Voivodeship (despite the name of this province, the city of Kraków was not included; Kraków was a free city until the Kraków Uprising of 1846, after which it was annexed by Austria; the capital was first Miechów, then Kielce).

Lublin Voivodeship
Mazowsze Voivodeship (capital in Warsaw)
Płock Voivodeship
Podlasie Voivodeship (capital in Siedlce)
Sandomierz Voivodeship (capital in Radom)
OP Nickidewbear 23 | 609
18 Jul 2015 #5
Okay. Thank you for the info. Incidentally, now I wonder how my family left the Pale and were able to get into the Congress.

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