|About The Mollach Family of Gortatowo, Poznan
"Those who know not their past are as children": Cicero
“The farther backwards you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.”: Sir Winston
The family photos contained within this web site have been generously shared by family members.
They may not be duplicated or posted on any other web site without written permission of the
web site administrator. Thank you.
How You Can Help: It is the information provided by family members (names, marriages, births,
deaths, pictures, stories, etc. that bring the site "alive" and make it fun to visit and learn of
our heritage. If you are related, please contact me and update your family information! The
"Welcome" paragraph at the top of this page has a "contact me" link. Just click on it! Once I hear
from you, we'll exchange email addresses and any other contact info that you are willing to share.
My pledge is to upload every piece of information you provide in a timely manner. Let's keep the
Mollach heritage alive for future generations! Thank you.
The flag shown is the Poznan flag. It is proudly displayed to commemorate the heritage of our
family. The emblem is plain blue with a huge coat of arms in the middle. Poznań ranks among the
oldest cities in Poland; it was the seat of a bishopric as early as the 10th century. The 14th
century town bore the same signs as the present coat of arms; SS Peter and Paul - the patrons of the
town - flanking an escutcheon bearing the Polish eagle.
Genealogy is a journey of a lifetime! Martin Molachow was my 2nd great grandfather, and this web
site is dedicated to his memory and also to all of his descendents. Research always takes many
twists and turns. This is proven as I had long done research trying to find out more about my
grandfather, Stanislaus Mollach, without any success. The Poznan Project, a group of dedicated
researchers who are putting up the Swarzedz marriage records on line changed all of that. I located
his marriage record. With this new information, I located a "cousin", Jayme Rice, who is a very
experienced researcher with an award winning site. We quickly were able to verify that our family
lines were connected. Thanks, Jayme, for all of your assistance!
The earliest records for Swarzedz go back to 1772 and were microfilmed by the LDS Church. This
family history is based upon those records as well as other birth, death and marriage certificates.
Census and obituary information was also used. Please note that it is not possible for me to
include on this site every source that was used. However, no information has been recorded that has
not been verified and for which source documentation is available. Assumptions in any research are
dangerous, and I have done everything possible to avoid that pitfall in all of my genealogical
Enjoy your visit! Please let me know if there are any errors, omissions or additions that need to
be made. It is only through the dedicated TEAM (Together Everyone Accomplishes More) efforts of our
family members that we can preserve our history for future generations.
Early records indicate many variations of this surname. The earliest of these surname variations is
Molachow and then Molach. Once members of the family immigrated to the United States of America,
the name evolved into Mollach, Mallach, Moreloch and Morlock. Until the passing of the Social
Security Act in the 1930's, both the government, as well as individual, citizens were not very
accurate in recording surnames. Birth, baptism, marriage and death records often had several
spelling variations for the same person.