How do I locate Hanover in 1754 in accordance with Wikitree Style

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My ancestor, Balthaser Kolb now Baltzer Culp is reportedly from Hanover born 1754.  I have seen many variations as to this location.  Can you tell me how to properly list this location as it existed in 1754?
WikiTree profile: Baltzer Culp
in Policy and Style by Michael Stills G2G6 Pilot (413k points)
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Do you know whether it's the city or the state? In any case it would be Kurfürstentum Braunschweig-Lüneburg, Heiliges Römisches Reich officially, Kurfürstentum Hannover inofficially. The city would be Hannover.
by Helmut Jungschaffer G2G6 Pilot (547k points)
selected by Michael Stills
My understanding from the poor information that I have is Hanover, Province of Hanover in 1754.  Thanks Helmut!

To confirm then,

I would list it as Hannover, Kurfürstentum Braunschweig-Lüneburg, Heiliges Römisches Reich ?  as it existed in 1754.

This would be Hanover (single N), Province of Hanover in English. 

My limited understanding is that the Seven Years war (American French and Indian War) started in 1756, two years after his birth.  I am assuming no political changes were made from 1754 to 1756.  And the Province of Hanover joined with the British against the French (and Others).  They joined with the British because they had the same Monarch at the time.

Ok. doing a little research (always a good idea) my confirmation statement is incorrect.  I have a few unsourced references from different time periods.  Apparently the Province of Hanover, which is often quoted from a 1935 source, did not exist in 1754.  But that explains the Prussia listings as well.

The Kurfürstentum Braunschweig-Lüneburg came into existence in 1692 and was occupied by France in 1803, in 1806 by Prussia, and became part of the Kingdom of Westphalia in 1807/1810. In 1814 during the Congress of Vienna it declared itself the Kingdom of Hanover (Königreich Hannover). The Hanover with one n was the English version which had some rationale in the personal union of the King of England and the Kurfürst of Hannover from 1714 - 1837. In 1866 it was forcibly annexed by Prussia and became the Provinz Hannover which it remained until 1946.


Thank you for your time and knowledge, it is always a pleasure.
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The best way is to go to and enter "History of Hanover" in the search area.  You can then read the article and decide for yourself what the correct answer is.  This is the way I do mine.

    German history is very complicated, and don't expect the answer to be simple. "Holy 'Roman Empire works from around 960 A.D. to 1806, but especially after 1648, you would want to include the local jurisdiction in the description as well, as it would be important for religious and political reasons.

   It's good that you are trying to do this: you will learn a great deal about why your ancestors emigrated as well as a lot of German and European history by doing so..
by Dan Sparkman G2G6 Mach 2 (22.0k points)
Thanks Dan. I generally start with Wikipedia for a lot of things. At the time of this question there was a lot of discussion on wikitree about the policy of listing profiles in the language of the immigrant at the time of the event. Helmut came through with an answer that I went with.

I like Wikipedia for giving me some background on the local history. I agree about learning the history. In fact, I'm currently auditing a graduate-level course on Colonial North America just because I have a lot of Colonial Ancestors.

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