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My Linde ancestry traces to persons name Linde who lived in what is now north central Poland, a few miles north of Lidzbark Warwinski, Poland, which prior to W.W.II was the early East Prussian city of Heilsberg. Just north of former Heilsberg is the village of Pudlikamy, Poland, which prior to W.W. II was Pudelkeim, East Prussia. About 2-3 miles NE of that is the village of Pieszkowo, Poland, which prior to W.W.II was Petershagen, East Prussia. There are Lutheran Church records for Petershagen that show the Linde family living there back into the early 1700s when the surname Linde was spelled as "Ling," perhaps a regional dialect. This spelling gradually was standardized as "Linde" starting in the 1760s. Some of the Linde family remained farming in this region into the late 1800s and possibly longer. My branch moved in the early 1840s to Elbing, Prussia (about 60-70 miles to the west of Heilsberg) which is now the city of Elblag, Poland. Those who moved were Charlotte Linde (c1810-c1902) and her husband Friedrich Wilhelm Pahnke (c1806-1852). Charlotte was born at Pudelkeim, a daughter of Gottfried Linde (1779-1853) & his wife Christine Neberg (1782-1855). Charlotte Linde and Friedrich Wilhelm Pahnke had 8 children including a daughter Friedericke Maria Pahnke (1839-1910) who had been born at Pudelkeim prior to the family's move to Elbing. Friedericke married in 1863 in Elbing to Carl Ferdinand Mecklenburg (1834-1909) and in 1885 they immigrated with their family to America. They lived in Lincoln County, Wash. starting in 1889 and homesteaded there. Both are buried in Spokane, Wash. Friedericke and Carl are my gr-gr-grandparents. Friedericke's siblings stayed behind in Prussia as did her other Linde (and Pahnke) relatives that I can trace. However, my guess is that there may be persons named Linde in America today who descend from this same East Prussian family. If you have records of your Linde family that connect to places in East Prussia that I have mentioned, I would be glad to hear from you.