How to describe Hanover Germany in 1800?

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In selecting the birth location of Heinrich Heuer it gave me choices for 1866-1945 and 1814-1866. This works for Heinrich, born in 1832, but doesn't work for his parents born in 1795 and 1808? How should the little village of Meitze be specified in that era?

When in America Heinrich gave his birth location of Prussia, but it looks like this area wasn't part of Prussia until two decades after Heinrich left it.
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in Genealogy Help by Paul Kinney G2G6 Mach 1 (10.8k points)

I've been using Holy Roman Empire ( for my German ancestors born before 1806. I can't vouch for its accuracy as "their convention," though!

In _general_ Heiliges Römisches Reich is correct, but there are tons of different smaller entities that formed the HRR. The 1795 one is definitely "Kurfürstentum Hannover, Heiliges Römisches Reich". After reading different articles on Wikipedia and looking on different maps of the time and place there I'm quite confident that the 1808 one is also "Kurfürstentum Hannover", but this time without HRR

I speculate that Heinrich used the simple, contemporary, description 'Prussia' to make it easy to explain the region he came from. If he migrated when he was 13, then I also wonder if he possessed a clear view of the political structures.

In another profile I manage I have also asked myself the same question of 'How to classify Hanover'. I thank Lindy and Jelena for the useful information they posted.

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