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Local heritage book Hochkretscham

Hochkretscham - Wódka (Polish)

The village Hochkretscham is geographically in the southwest of the district Leobschütz (Upper Silesia)
between the towns of Branitz and Nassiedel.

Postcard Hochkretscham

Link to Measuring table sheet  No. 5973 from 1928
Hochkretscham with surrounding villages

Location of the place: see right side under  “ More links”

In 1223 the village was called Dubova Vodka. In 1377 it was Hoecretschim.
(source: Geschichtliches der einzelnen Ortschaften des Kreises Leobschütz, bearb. von Rob. Hofrichter, Leobschütz 1914)

1784 the place Hochkretscham belonged to the monastery (Jungfräulichen Stift )of Troppau. The monastery was abolished by the king and the goods fell to the king, who sold them again. The place has at that time 1 Vorwerk, 1 school, 24 farmers, 26 gardeners, 14 houses and 390 inhabitants, all speaking Moravian and of catholic denomination.
(source: Beyträge to describe Silesia, Vol. 3, Brieg bey Johann Ernst Tramp 1784, owned by the Bavarian State Library)

From 1688 to 1778 weddings, baptisms and funerals are recorded in the church register of Nassiedel.
Since the inauguration of the catholic church of St. Thekla in 1779, weddings, christenings and funerals are recorded in an separate church registry in Hochkretscham.

On 03.04.1874 the rural community Hochkretscham, together with the neighboring villages Kaldaun, Osterwitz and the district  of Kaldaun are combined  to form the administrative district of Kaldaun. according to the district order for the province Silesia (Schlesien).

Cyprián Lelek, born October 20, 1812 in Beneschau; died April 28, 1883 in Hochkretscham / district Leobschütz, Silesia, was a catholic priest and leading representative of the Czech national movement in Silesia. During the revolution of 1848 / 49  he was a member of the Frankfurt National Assembly.
(source:án_Lelek  )

Matthäus Janotta, born 17.09.1768 in Hochkretscham, died 04.01.1843 in Groß Peterwitz district Ratibor,
Priest, honorary dean, school inspector of the deanery Hultschin.

Josef  Hein, born 14.10.1845 in Hochkretscham, head of the administration in Hochkretscham,


  • Church book duplicate Nassiedel from 1688 - 1690
  • Church book Nassiedel 1690 - 2002 filmed by The Genealogical Society of Utah
  • Church book Hochkretscham 1779 – 1881 filmed by The Genealogical Society of Utah

Abbreviations in the text: Jg = Junggeselle (bachelor), Jf = Jungfrau (virgin), Kr. = Kreis (district)

The local heritage book  is under construction and will continue to be supplemented with data.    
Thank you for their kind support to all persons, which have transmitted further data in the meantime.

I have tried to unify surnames whose spelling is similar and where familial relationships are suspected.
For the correctness of my informations and for occurring errors, I can not guarantee.
Supplements and corrections I accept gladly.

Ralf Macha

:: More links
Pfeil Polen
Pfeil Federal State Schlesien
Pfeil County LeobschŁtz
Pfeil Hochkretscham in the Genealogical Place Register GOV
Pfeil Geographical Location, City map Hochkretscham
:: Contact
For further information concerning these data and, if you have additions, corrections or questions, please contact:
Ralf Macha