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German Genealogy

Ostpreußen / East Prussia

(Provinz / Province) [Presently in Poland and Russia]

Some basic facts about East Prussia: (from Uncapher, Wendy K. and Linda M. Herrick. German Maps & Facts for Genealogy. Janesville, Wisconsin: Origins Books, 2002)

  • Size: 14,273 square miles (comparable to 9,838 square miles of Maryland)

  • Population: 1855 - 1,542,434; 1871 - 1,822,934; 1875 - 1,856,421 (890.065 males and 966,356 females)

  • Dominant Religion: Protestant (1871 - Evangelical - 1,569.365; Catholic - 233,007; Other - 6,125; Jewish - 14,425; and Non-Christian - 12)

  • Since 1945 part of: Poland, Russia, Lithuania

  • Prussian: 1701-1947

  • Principal crops: potatoes, rye, oats, sugar beets, tobacco, clover, barley, wheat

  • Livestock: horses, sheep

  • Industry: leather, fishing, distilleries, beer

  • Minerals: amber

  • Rivers: Nogat, Passarge, Alle, Pregel, Niemen. Coastal fishermen catch eel, herring, flounder, and perch-pike int he Baltic Sea.

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Ostpreußen (East Prussia)