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German Genealogy

Westpreussen / West Prussia

(Provinz / Province) [Presently in Poland]

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

  • Size: 9,843 sq miles (compared to Maryland at 9,838 square miles)

  • Population: 1855 - 1,094,332; 1871 - 1,314,611; 1875 - 1,342,750 (658,263 males and 684,487 females)

  • Dominant Religion: Equal Protestant and Catholic (1871 - Evangelical - 633,548; Catholic - 641,572; Other - 12,287; Jewish - 26,632; and Non-Christian - 32)

  • Since 1918: Most to Poland and East Prussia

  • Rest went in 1838 to Pomerania and Brandenburg

  • Formerly: Province of Prussia

  • Prussian: 1772-1945

  • Principal crops: potatoes, clover, sugar beets, tobacco, rape, flax, peat, wheat, barley, oats

  • Livestock: cattle, sheep, pigs, horses

  • Industry: ship building, distilleries

  • Minerals: amber

  • Rivers: Vistula, Nogat, Netze

Resources

Westpreußen (West Prussia) - Genealogy.net

  • Bär, Max. Die Kirchenbücher der Provinz Westpreußen. Danzig: Sauniers Buchhandlung, 1908. (Family History Library 943.82 B4a; microfilm 1045433 item 5; microfiche 6000826)
     
  • West Prussia - a brief history.
     
  • West Prussia Land Records, 1772-73.
     
  • West Prussia Site Information. This web site largely deals with the various villages once inhabited by the Remus family of West Prussia. These villages are largely in Kries Flatow with some also in Kries Tuchel and Kries Schochau. The time frame is largely 1700 to 1820.