POST R4 Print and Online Maps


Parish Registers East Prussia Part III

Good maps of each kreis are a necessity to learn the exact location of each parish.

Kevan Hansen’s Parish Registers East Prussia Part III features the Gumbinnen Administrative District.

This link to the Konigsberg Administrative District lists the locations in the volume.

1900 Map of northeastern East Prussia (Prussian Lithuania, Little Lithuania, Klein Lithuania)

This map is from Dr. Darius Petkunas, the unofficial historian of the Lithuanian Lutheran Church. He drew the lines on the map to show where to look for records of Germans who migrated to New East Prussia, who would have come from East Prussia. He thought the theory of concentric circles close to Eydtkuhnen, my first clue, and the diagonal line to identify the “end”, so to speak of Prussian Lithuania.

I had studied the area closely so the names were familiar enough for me to figure them out when compared to German.


Mapywig, the Map Archive for the Military Geographical Institute of Poland (WIG), 1919 – 1939 has a new website in English with many updates in 2018.

The 6 November 2014 G-GLISP also post described mapywig for Suwalki Province.


The 29 July 2018 post described one section of, the GOV, Historical Geo Information System.

The FamilySearch Wiki

displays two maps shown in the previous post about administrative districts and many other East Prussian topics.

An Online Map of East Prussian Places

This website provides a friendly introduction to East Prussia.

The map identifies all the kreise. The purple line through the middle of East Prussia shows the current border of the Kalinigrad Oblast of Russia in the north and Poland in the south. The purple line toward the top shows the Memel/Neman/Nemanus/ River that separates Russia and Lithuania.

Then it lists all the clickable locations. A right click provides an English translation.


Go to the map. Select a Kreis. Select a location in the Kreis. You can read a short history. Some locations have images and some are identified by name and date of image. Large cities may have images in categories. Not all information or images are given for all locations.

Although this post has centered on maps, the next post about gazetteers also includes maps, just as this one about maps includes information about print and online gazetteers.


About suwalkigermans

I started family research in 1993. My first two books focused on my maternal grandparents. Both families came from Kreis Rosenberg, West Prussia, to Big Rapids, Michigan. I left the Spurgats from Wylkowiszki in the Russian Empire as the third book because of the difficult and challenging research it required. After I published the book in 2010, I wondered what to do next. I thought I might try to share some of my research with others and maybe at the same time, by going digital, someone would find me. When you read the comments, you will see that happened. The best part of all this is helping others.
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