1000 years of European border changes resource

+29 votes

One of our wonderful Germany project members shared this link to a great time-lapse video showing how European borders have changed over 1000 years. Definitely worth a watch!

Click here to view.

in Genealogy Help by Kylie Haese G2G6 Mach 8 (86.6k points)
Is there anyway to slow it down?
In the top right hand corner of the video is a little symbol, click on that and it has an option called speed, and you can slow it down there.
OMG this is both amazing and terrifying! As a person working on the area mostly within Hanover and surrounding areas of what is now Germany, it will be a pain to figure out which of those little dots represents what at any given time. Great find, Kylie!
I just saw this video for the first time the other day - it's so interesting! It also exemplifies the problems projects have with location fields and categories in Germany (and Europe as a whole) as borders changed so frequently. :-)

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+20 votes
Thank you Kylie for sharing this link.

A very interesting video. It shows how the borders have changed over the years and centuries in Europe and how difficult it is to assign a place correctly in each case.
It is very valuable to understand the European history.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (3.1m points)
Thanks Dieter for your comment.

I guess that you still live in Europe and know most of the history.

I am a descendant of Europeans who all emigrated to Australia more than 150 years ago.

This video is great to help people like me to appreciate the complexity. Following the border shifts is hard enough. This video is written in English. Different languages add to my confusion.
+15 votes
I have seen this before, but it always amazes me.  The world and Europe, have gone through so many changes.  Of course being of German descent I was really watching Germany, and at year 1561 through mid to late 1800 in particular the kingdoms or seperate states were so numerous, can you image just studying German history if school?
Thanks for posting.  Let's see if I can post it on my FaceBook Schindler Family History page.
by Michael Schindler G2G6 Mach 1 (19.7k points)
+8 votes

This is great.  I added it as a source in a free space page Border Disputes

by Lorraine O'Dell G2G6 Mach 3 (38.7k points)
+6 votes

And know you know why creating European profiles in Europe is so difficult.  So many people were born in one place and died in another and always lived in the same town.

by Michael Schindler G2G6 Mach 1 (19.7k points)
+6 votes
Thanks Kylie.  That was hugely interesting!  I have added the link to my Genealogy folder for easy access.  Great to be able to add a picture of the borders during a certain year when an ancestor was alive.  Awesome!!
by Brad Cunningham G2G6 Pilot (184k points)

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