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Version 11 as at 6 November 2007
Genealogy of the Banko family: Overview



Would anybody doing research on the Banko family please contact me in order to exchange data. I aim to compile the family tree as completely as possible.

In particular I am doing research on the Bessarabian branch but I am thankful also for every reference you find anywhere.


The persons who I have added to my database are listed in the family tree of the Banko family. If you are interested in receiving further data please contact me. I will be glad to help you as much as possible.

In the database I have collected information from the following sources; the numbers are the numbers of the microfilms that are archived at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where they can also be borrowed.

  • 1198663: Katzbach *oo+ 1821-1840
  • 161713: Kulm Familienbuch, o.J
  • 1766535: Klöstitz +
  • 1766535: Kulm * + 1824-1843
  • 1766535: Tarutino * 1814-1849 (transcription)
  • 1766535: Tarutino * 1824-1843
  • 1766536: Kulm * 1843, Leipzig * 1833-1843, Tarutino * 1841-1851, * 1843-1874, + 1846-1851, + 1843-1874
  • 1766537: Parish of Tarutino * 1844-1852, *+ 1850-1857. Contains among other things Kulm and Leipzig.
  • 1766564: Tarutino oo 1830-1847, 1855-1864
  • 1766565: Tarutino oo 1848-1855
  • 1768035: Parish of Tarutino, * Kulm 1853-1865
  • 1768035: Parish of Tarutino, * Tarutino 1853-1866
  • 1768264: Beresina family book 1881-1895
  • 1768287: Kulm * 1848-1863
  • 1768288: Kulm family book 1861-1880
  • 1768378: Kulm family book 1939 (beginning)
  • 1768378: Klöstitz oo 1842-1880 (fragments)
  • 1768379: Kulm family book 1939 (continuation and end)
  • 2161882: Kulm * 1919-1940
  • 2161885: Kulm + 1878-1891
  • 2161887: Kulm + 1919-1940
  • 38929: Parish of Tarutino + 1830-1847 (contains Kulm, Malojaroslawetz II = Alt Postal, Borodino, Leipzig, Beresina)
  • 38929: Tarutino Tarutino askings, affiances and marriages 1855-1864
  • Ancestors of Daniel Banko * 1864
  • Borodino / Bessarabia Genealogy List
  • Email from Angelika Loos
  • Email from Edith M. Christman, Columbiy Falls, Montana
  • Email from Jan Petrick
  • Email from Marlyn Zimmerman
  • Email from Natalia Zweigert , Meddersheim
  • Email from Sabine Schindler
  • Family tree of Manfred Boehm
  • Flegel, Arthur E.: Extended Relationships of the Kulm, Leipzig, Tarutino Communities in Bessarabia, Russia.
  • Genealogical pages of Heidrun Peters
  • Heimatbuch der Gemeinde Kulm [Homeland book of Kulm] , 1968
  • Klöstitz homepage by Ingrid Reule
  • Letter from Elfriede Mebes, Moeckern
  • Letter from Lilli Gade nee Banko, Wriedel
  • Odessa Genealogical Library, various files
  • Odessa Digital Library - Koblenz Extraction: Annovka-Mannja, Bergdorf, Blumental, Borodino, Dobrudscha, Gnadenfeld, Jargara, Kaschpalat, Kulm, Leipzig, Mannsburg, Maraslienfeld, Neu Arzis, Paruschofka, Romanowo, Tarutino
  • Ortsfamilienbuch Kulm


The Banko family (also written Bankau) emigrated from Geglenfelde near Schlochau in West Prussia via Pabianitz / Poland to Kulm in Bessarabia. The census of 17 May 1939 shows that the Bankau family was still residentiary in the county of Schlochau. The church of Geglenfelde was in Elsenau. The lutherian parish of Elsenau was founded about 1650. The church records which existed from 1691 on probably were destroyed during the Second World War.

Who has old extracts and can help?

In Film 71538 (Kreis Schlochau, Hammerstein *, oo, + 1752-1789), in which also Geglenfelde and Loosen can be found unfortunatelly no records can be found for the Banko family, probably because these are catholic church records.

Emigration to Bessarabia

These are the members of the Banko family that I know which emigrated to Bessarabia:

Johann Banko born 1777 is mentioned on the same farmyard as Christian Banko born 1806. Is he the father or the uncle? My hypothesis (which still has to be prooved) is:

  • Johann: * about 1755 + 14 Feb 1851 in Tarutino is the grandfather and married to Maria Elisabeth * 1769 in Loosen
  • Johann: * 05 Oct 1777 can not be their child; perhaps a brother? The following are children or relatives:
  • Rosine: * Jun 1794
  • Dorothea: * 1797
  • Eva: * 4 Jul 1799 in Prussia, Jaegersdorf
  • Michael: * 1801
  • Louise: * 1803
  • Maria: * 09 May 1804
  • Franz: * about 1805 in Prussia
  • Christian: * 09 May 1806
  • Christine: * 1810 Poland, Wiskin
  • Justine: * about 1810 in Poland

In a list written on February 3rd 1838 the sexton D. Traichel notes that it was not possible to specify the dates of birth because the church records from before 1848 were destroyed. The age specified was the age at the date of Kulm's foundation on September 1st 1815. I have added the year of birth which result in brackets. In this list we find the colonist Johann Banko, 56 [1759], from Pabianitz / Poland married to Maria, 46 [1769] and their children Dorothea, 18 [1797], Michael, 14 [1801], Luise, 12 [1803], Christian, 9 [1806], Maria, 7 [1808], Wilhelmine, 6 months [1814]. These are marked green in the table above. How do the other persons fit into this? Have they been forgotten? Were they already dead? We can find Franz in Tarutino, this is probably why he is missing in the list. Probably he is also a child of Johann and Maria because Maria dies in Tarutino and probably had her reserved property ("Altenteil") in Tarutino. Justine * 1810 is still alive in 1838, as Maria * 1804 and Eva * 1799.

Further references

In the book: Der polnische Adel und die demselben hinzugetretenen ausländischen Adelsfamilien von Emilian von Zernicki-Szegliga, Erster Band, Hamburg, Verlag von Henri Grand, 1900 [The Polish nobility and the foreign families of nobility aligned to it by Emilian von Zernicki-Szegliga, volume 1, Hamburg, published by Henri Grand, 1900] we find:

Banko: Prussia 1412. Also written Bankau. Probably the same family as Bankowski. Belonged as Banckow in 1624 to the knights ("Ritterbank") of Livonia.

Bankowski: Wojew. Leczyca 1436, Lithuania

Bankowski: Galicia, Kingdom of Poland, proved their nobility about 1825 in Poland

Bankowski: Lithuania 1763, Galicia. One branch has the surname Zeliszkowicz

Bankowski: Kingdom of Poland. Enobled in Poland in 1836.

Siebmachers großes und allgemeines Wappenbuch, Band 4, 15. Abheilung: Der Adel von Ungarn, Nürnberg, Verlag von Bauer und Raspe, 1893 [Siebmachers large and universal armorial, volume 4, section 15: Nobility of Hungary. Nuremberg, published by Bauer und Raspe, 1893] lists:

Bankó v. Zinna u. Király-Helmecz: Patent of nobility given in Prague by King Rudolf, May 29th 1591 to Michael Bankó v. Zimma u. Király-Helmecz and his wife Susanna Nathafalussy, to their daughter Susanna, his sister Barbara Bankó and the siblings of his father Stefan, Thomas u. Lukas Bankó, and to Stefan and Paul Bohonicz.

Bankó: Patent of nobility given by King Leopold I in Vienna, November 15th 1669 to Andreas Bankó, his wife Katarina Czakó and to their sons Martin, Valentin and Georg.

Stefan Villwock assumes that the Banko family descend from the Bank(e) in Silesia. One branch of the family resided therer in the late middle ages in the county Brieg and the other in the county Kreuzburg. Both are probably related. In detail you can read about his on his homepage.

In the 17th century the Banckow family can be found in Sweden. Probably it emigrated to Sweden in the 16th century (or earlier) from Mecklenburg / Pomerania.

Prussian Land Register

After the occupation of West Prussia and the District of the Netze River by Prussia during the first partition of Poland in the year 1772, the Geheime Finanzrat Rembert Roden was ordered by Frederick the Great to prepare a land survey of these territories. The land survey should produce the necessary foundation for the introduction of the Prussian taxation system in the new territory. In the years 1772/73 three commissions with about 60 officials and 40 surveyors were occupied with this work. For each town a land register was established which could contain up to 91 items. This was largely a head of household registration and not a poll tax or one that counted every person.

Thus the listing of names is restricted to the head of household at the time of the registration. We find

  1. Bankau in Lischkowa / Grabionne in the Netze River District in 1772: .
  2. Adam Bankau in Salesch / Schwetz in the West Prussian Land Register in 1772/73: .
  3. Frantz Bankow in Kaszkowo / Posen / Szremschen / Strelikeschen in the Land Records of South Prussia in October 1793.

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