Category Archives: East Prussia

One of the provinces of the German Empire, closest to the Baltic countries. Over the centuries German culture absorbed all the other entities and people of this region. When Fredrich I declared that East Prussia would be Protestant, German influence continued to spread.

POST R5 Online and Print Gazetteers

Print and online gazetteers provide the correct spelling! PRINT: Parish Registers East Prussia Part III by Kevan Hansen features the Gumbinnen Administrative District. https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Prussia-Regierungsbezirk-Gumbinnen-Registers/dp/1628590203 There are reviews on other websites. See also https://suwalkigermans.wordpress.com/2015/12/04/east-prussian-gazetteers-part-i/ The Atlantic Bridge Volume 8 Prussia: Brandenberg, … Continue reading

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POST R4 Print and Online Maps

PRINT 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. https://www.amazon.com/Kingdom-Prussia-Regierungsbezirk-Gumbinnen-Registers/dp/1628590203 This link to … Continue reading

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POST R3 Research Strategy: Simultaneous Use of Secondary and Primary Sources

Without a specific location, parish, or kreis to search in, one must use secondary sources. I used them to prepare myself for East Prussian research, especially in the Gumbinnen Administrative District, and most especially in certain kreise in the northeastern … Continue reading

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Post R2 Personal Research Strategy

Finding the records of East Prussian origins of German ancestors is not easy because Many non-German and German groups settled here. Various jurisdictions existed in this area over the centuries. A wide mixture of migration patterns of Germans eastward and … Continue reading

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2019 Post R1 Administrative Divisions of East Prussia

East Prussia: 1807-1818-1923 This is the shape of East Prussia that most family historians are familiar with. The above map and others below are from Lands of the German Empire. These borders were stable until after WWI when the northeast … Continue reading

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Post HF NF 1: East Prussia in Historical Fiction and Non-Fiction

East Prussia from the Novelist’s Point of View Description of East Prussia in February 1804 Michael Gregorio’s Intent of Criminal Reason The setting is French-occupied East Prussia during the winter of 1804. The 19th century brings out the clash of … Continue reading

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2019 Post PH 4 1815 to Present East Prussia after Napoleon

East Prussia after Napoleon: 1815 to Present The capital of East Prussia remained in Konigsberg in the Konigsberg Administrative District. The northeastern border with Lithuania, known as Memelland, remained in East Prussia until 1923. Memelland lay north of the Nemanus … Continue reading

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2019 Post PH 3 1803–1807 Napoleonic Era to Congress of Vienna 1815

1803 to 1807: Lands Prussia Lost Napoleon Bonaparte started his campaign to rule Europe and continued his conquest eastward toward Prussia. In 1806 the Napoleonic army defeated Prussia. Prussia lost areas to the west, south, and north.  In 1807 Prussia … Continue reading

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Post PH 2 The Rise of Prussia 1772 to 1803

The First Partition of Poland Prussia acquired the first of many additional lands. In 1772, the First Partition of Poland, Prussia acquired the part of Poland that became the province of West Prussia. Following the establishment of two administrative districts … Continue reading

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THE RISE OF PRUSSIA to 1772: Changing Borders I

Post PH 1 Political History The political history of Prussia is divided into the next four posts with an emphasis on how this history probably affected those Germans who lived in Suwalki Province in the Russian Empire. Post PH 1: … Continue reading

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