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German Genealogy

Rheinprovinz / Rhineland

(Provinz / Province) [Presently in Nordrhein-Westfalen] [Presently in Rhineland-Palatinate]

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

  • Size: 10,412 square miles (compared to Maryland at 9,383 square miles)

  • Population: 1855- 3,006,657; 1871 - 3,579,347; 1875 - 3,804,381 (1,915,979 males and 1,888,402 females)

  • Dominant Religion: Catholic (1871 - Evangelical - 906,867; Catholic - 2,628,173; Other - 5,834; Jewish - 38,423; and Non-Christian -50)

  • Since 1949 part of: Nordrhein-Westfalen & Rheinland-Pfalz

  • Formerly: Province of Prussia

  • Prussian: 1815-1947

  • Principal crops: rye, oats, hay, wheat, potatoes, fruit trees

  • Livestock: poultry, cattle, pigs

  • Industry: wine, iron, glass, timber, ceramics

  • Minerals: coal, lignite

  • Rivers: Rhine, Mosel, Wupper, Saar

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