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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 3 The Old and the New

The idea for the revision of this post came about in July 2019 as I was “mining” the Germans from KreisWilkowischken/Vilkaviskis Lithuania Facebook Group. As I sought new topics for future posts, I considered a description of finding some long-sought … Continue reading

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