Dear Doreen, I wish that I could tell you more, but I know very little myself.What I do know is this; The Orlowski family is related in someway to the Radzwil and Jaworski families of Poland. My Great Grandmother said that we were Royal (for what that's worth). Old letters that we have are written by very educated people, both men and women in the 19th century (unusual, I am told, for women to be so).The history of conflict in the area (of Posen) is rife with blood feuds and racial genocide. My family said that they were driven off their lands by the Polish army and lost everything. My cousin died fighting in Poland in 1937 (well before the accepted date of 1939 for WWII).And if you look into, what is now dismissed as Nazi propaganda, concerning the civil and intercene strife in Posen you will find that the Germans and Poles in that area every bit as blood-thirsty as any Serbian and Bosnian. My Great Grandfather hated the Poles. I have found that inquiery about Germans that were driven out of what is now Poland to be a "touchy" subject in Poland and likely to be greeted with silence at best.The ravages of several European wars and the "Politcal Correctness" that followed them have destroyed records, buildings, boundaries and families.My family in Prussia was nearly destroyed in WWI and erradicated in WWII. In the U.S. my relatives resided in New York state and a branch of their family moved to the Detroit Michigan area and some of them later to Kansas. If you can find any links to the Radzwil family you may be very lucky. They were hereditary Princes in Poland (Polish and German Royalty and Nobility works in different ways than you might think) and have pretty good records of their family.