Liebstedt in Thuringia around 1750

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I would have a question regarding a little village in nowadays Thuringia in Germany. As our naming policy states, we use "place names in native languages and using the names that people at the time used, even if they now no longer exist".

So, I am searching for the correct full name for the village of Liebstedt around 1750. As I understand it (from the german Wikipedia article) , it was under direct rule of the Teutonic Order until 1809.

So, should I put them in the place name? Like "Liebstedt, Deutscher Orden, Heiliges Römisches Reich"? Or would some more specific geographical term be better?

in Genealogy Help by Norbert Gitzl G2G6 Mach 2 (20.9k points)

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Sounds good to me!  I live in Thüringen, perhaps 60 miles or so from this place.  Thüringia (the English name) was during that period divided into many dozens of tiny statelets, all more or less independently governed under the vague and rather meaningless supervision of the Holy Roman Empire.  

      This place is surprisingly historic.  The Deutschen Order was historic in itself, but did not have direct rule over very many places in what is now Germany (though it played a huge part in the medieval history of the eastern Baltic area, where once "Prussia",  existed).

     As you might have read, Liebstadt was on the main trading route from Venice to Denmark in the Middle Ages.  It must have been a greatly used stopover point.  By the time your ancestors left there though, the Deutschen Orden would have been what it is today, merely a historic footnote and curiosity.
by Dan Sparkman G2G6 Mach 2 (21.7k points)

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