(Königreich / Kingdom)
Preußen was a kingdom and the largest state in the Second German Empire. Other German kingdoms ruled over by kings (Könige) included Württemberg and Bayern (Bavaria).
The kingdom of Preußen flourished after it was united with other German states to form the Second German Empire in 1871. The state was not abolished until 1947. Prussia was one of 17 German states and it consisted of 12 provinces, plus the "Reichsland" Elsaß-Lorraine.
The Kingdom of Prussia included the following provinces:
Brandenburg, 1415 (Today in Germany and Poland)
Hannover, 1866 (Today in Germany)
Hessen-Nassau, 1867 (Today in Germany)
Hohenzollern, 1415 (Today in Germany)
Ostpreußen / East Prussia, 1813 (Today in Poland and former USSR)
Pommern, / Pomerania, 1648, 1720 (Swedish Pommern 1815) (Today some in Germany, but most in Poland)
Posen, 1793 (Today in Poland)
Rheinland / Rheinprovinz, 1814/1824 (Today in Germany and some in Belgium)
Provinz Sachsen / Province of Saxony, 1816 (Today in Germany)
Schlesien / Silesia, 1742 (Today in Poland and Czech Republic)
Schleswig-Holstein, 1864 (Today in Germany and Denmark)
Westfalen / Westphalia, 1815 (Today in Germany)
Westpreußen / West Prussia, 1772, 1793 (Today in Poland)
Some basic facts about Prussia: (from Uncapher, Wendy K. and Linda M. Herrick. German Maps & Facts for Genealogy. Janesville, Wisconsin: Origins Books, 2002)
Population: 1816 - 10,349,031; 1822 - 11,664,133; 1834 - 13,038,960; 1843 - 15,471,765; 1855 - 17,739,913; 1871 - 24,639,706
Brief History of Prussia. A very brief history of
Prussia. Includes a link to the old maps of the West
- Definition of Prussia from Word.iq. Shows how the
definition of Prussia varies dependent on a specific time in
and West Prussia Gazetteer.
- East Prussia. Information on East Prussia. (In English)
East Prussia Country Message Board
Preussen (Prussia). by Adalbert Goertz. Frequently asked
questions about Prussia.
- Das Gemeindelexicon für das Könighreich
Preussen (Prussian Gazetteer). Berlin: Verlag des
Königlichen Statiktischen Landesamts., 1908.
Genealogy.com’s Prussian Research Page. Over 100 links
for German-Prussian Research
German-Prussian Genealogy Links. Dedicated to
German-Prussian Heritage Everywhere. (In English)
- Posen-L Website. A
great website for information on the Prussian province of
Posen. Includes a map of Posen showing the Kreise, a table
of the Kreise with links to individual Kreise pages, FAQ,
surname listing, a list of researchers, town lists,
jurisdictions, resources, and more.
Marriage Indexing Project. Marriage indexing for the
1835-1884 period within the former
Prussian province of Posen, now Poznań, Poland.
- Prussia GenWeb Page
- Prussia Home
Page. Maps, Phone Directories, Mailing Lists, Archive
Addresses, Civil Registration Index Lists, and More.
Online. History and research in the former Prussia. (In
English and German).
- Prussian Civil Registration Lists 1874-1877. Civil
Registrations of Births, Marriages and Deaths (Geburten,
Heiraten, Tote) in East Prussia, Posen, Pommern and West
Prussia began in 1874 for the those provinces. Availability
of registrations is 1874-1877 with some extended to as late
Prussian Genealogy Links. Links to Prussian, Posen,
Pommerian and Mennonite Research.
- Prussian Research. Many links for Prussian genealogical
Prussian Territory 1640 - 1700 -1875 Map. Depicts West,
East, New East and South Prussia.
The Rise of Prussia. The Prussian tradition by Professor
Gerhard Rempel, Western New England College.
- Schlesien. German Genealogy: Silesia (Schlesien).
- Silesia. Prussian Silesia from Catholic Encyclopedia.
West Prussia. Information on West Prussia. (In English
- The West Prussian Land Register of 1772-1773.
Introduction to the West Prussian Land Register (R. Drefs
and D. Pöd) in
- Westpreussen (West Prussia) Research List Archives.
- When The Prussians Came to Poland. The experiences of an American woman during the German Invasion, by Laura de Gozdawa Turczynowicz.