Category Archives: history

An understanding of the impact that events have had on this area that in some way may directly affect one’s ancestors or the search to find them.

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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The Peoples of East Prussia

Early East Prussian Peoples The province most family researchers know as East Prussia was the originally a duchy and a kingdom. In the 19th century the original land that was Prussia became a province known as East Prussia. The first … Continue reading

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