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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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2019 Post 1 East Prussia

INTRODUCTION: This series of posts presents one researcher’s study of East Prussia specifically for those researching ancestors in what is now Lithuania and whose origins probably lie in East Prussia. At least one family story suggests that movement in the … Continue reading

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Bilder Post 5 A Few Images

In addition to the four images below, many chapters feature parishioners and exterior and interior views of the remaining churches on interest of individual researchers. Translation: The defeated Napoleonic Army on their retreat from Russia to France, marched through Wilna. … Continue reading

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7th Anniversary Post

GOALS for Year 7: GOAL PARTIALLY MET: Almost but not quite, but there have been 24 posts in the last 12 months. Try to continue to post in the middle and end of each month. The delay in recent months … Continue reading

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