To those who might be interested:
The name Szczepkowski derieves from a township in Poland called Szczepkowo, and a family of nobility that settled this area. The following exerpt is from a Polish gazeteer published in the late 1800s in about 19 volumes. (Keep in mind that borders have shifted considerably since that time!) The entry contains much more info, but briefly:
"[Szczepkowo] A neighborhood of nobility in Mlawa district, Szczepkowo township, Janowiec parish, it lies 21-26 km from Mlawa, about 4.2 km from the Prussian border, on a rise overlooking the grassy valley of the river Orzyc. The original settlement encompassed a large territory along the banks of the river Orzyc, and was about 6.4 km wide by about 4.2 km long. With time, several village sprang up within this area, and in addition to their individual names, they often retained the name of the region as a prefix."
For those wanting to do further research, one of the largest parishes in the Szczepkowo area is Janowiec Koscielny. The LDS church does have micro film tapes of a good portion of the church vital records from this parish, dating between the late 1600s to the late 1800s, with a gap in the mid 1800s.
There are a huge, huge number of Szczepkowskis in these records. You will need pretty accurate data (first and last names, village of birth and approximate year of birth or marriage, etc.) to find "your" people. It is quite common to find several individuals within the parish boundaries, but from different villages, who have the same first and last names. Apparently, there was a fad for Franciszek and Maryanna in the 1800s, just as there's a fad for Brittney and Dakota in 2000!
By the way, I've visited Janowiec twice in the last 3 years. The church is quite beautiful, in the gothic style, with three spires (two large and a smaller one over the altar area. It's built of red brick, with some white washed stucco on the interior, and was constructed on the site of the former church (which burned) in about 1911. The church is named St. John the Baptist (Sw. Jana Chrzciciela) and, as mentioned, locted in the town of Janowiec Koscielny. The parish has existed from the 1400s. The church stands at the center of three crossing roads. The cemetary is a short walk away, and faces the church. There are a HUGE number of Szczepkowski's buried there.
My link to the family starts at the level of my great-great-grandmother Anna Szczepkowska, born in the village of Szczepkowo Borowe. Back from her, I have many, many Szczepkowski ancestors.
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I hope this is of some help to you!