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German Genealogy

Schlesien / Silesia

(Provinz / Province) [Presently mostly in Poland] [Presently in Sachsen]

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

  • Size: 15,550 square miles (compared to West Virginia at 24,124 square miles)

  • Population: 1855 - 3,182,496; 1871 - 3,707,167; 1875 - 3,843,699 (1,836,322 males and 2,007,377 females)

  • Dominant Religion: Protestant/Catholic (1871 - Evangelical - 1,760,441; Catholic - 1,896,136; Other - 3,860; Jewish - 46,629; and non-Christian - 101)

  • Since 1945 part of: Sachsen and most in Poland

  • Formerly: Province of Prussia

  • Prussian: 1742-1947

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

  • Livestock: cattle, horses

  • Industry: iron, steel, leather, sugar, glassworks, textiles, paper

  • Minerals: coal, iron, lead, lignite

  • Rivers: Oder, Queis, Bober, Katzbach, Lusatian, Neisse

Resources

Schlesien (Silesia) - Genealogy.net

  • Heimatortkartei für Schlesien, Abt. Niederschlesien, Luitpoldstr, 16, 96052 Bamberg, Germany. Homeland card file for Silesia.
     
  • Minert, Roger P. Silesia Place Name Indexes: Identifying Place Names Using Alphabetical and Reverse Alphabetical and Reverse Indexes. Provo, Utah: GRT Publication, 2006.
     
  • Randt, Erich and Horst-Oskar Swientek. Die älteren Personenstandsregister Schlesiens. Görlitz: C.A. Stärke, 1938. (Family History Library Ref943.85 K2r; microfilm 862039).