Pomerania, Prussia Team

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Welcome to the Pomerania page which has been created by the Prussia Team for the Germany Project.


Welcome to the Pomerania / Pommern Team Page

The purpose of this team is for people researching ancestors from Pomerania, Prussia to work together and share information. It is hoped that this page will offer help for those who need it. Researching Prussian ancestors can be difficult, but talking with others who are researching the same place can make it easier.

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Information and short outline of the history of Pomerania / Pommern

Pomerania (Pommern) is a historical region on the southern shore of the Baltic Sea in Europe.

The name Pomerania comes from Slavic po more, which means "Land at the Sea".

Pomerania was first mentioned in a Holy Roman Empire document of 1046, referring to a Zemuzil dux Bomeranorum (Zemuzil, Duke of the Pomeranians).

The following territories existed in history:

  • 1121 - 1637 - Duchy of Pomerania (Herzogtum Pommern), established as a vassal state of Poland in 1121, Dominion of the princely dynasty of the Griffins (Fürstendynastie der Greifenherzöge) originating from Slavic roots, which in changing territorial and political division from the 12th to the 17th century
  • 1630 - 1815 - Swedish Pomerania (Schwedisch-Pommern), a historical Swedish Dominion under the Swedish Crown, situated on what is now the Baltic coast of Germany and Poland
  • 1653 - 1815 - Province of Pomerania (Provinz Pommern), a historical province of Brandenburg, later Brandenburg-Prussia
  • 1815 - 1945 - Province of Pomerania (Provinz Pommern), a historical province of Prussia (Preußen), later Germany, formed after the Congress of Vienna from the Province of Pomerania, Swedish Pomerania and the northeastern part of Neumark. It consisted of Vorpommern, located west of the Oder River, and Hinterpommern.

Pomerania's provincial capital was Stralsund (1720–1814) and Stettin (today's Szczecin, Poland).

After World War II, the Soviet Union handed over the territories lying east of the Oder-Neisse line to Poland. The Western Allies confirmed this in the Potsdam conference.

On the territory of Pomerania, located on both sides of the Oder River, today exist the Vorpommern part of the German federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern as well as the West Pomeranian Voivodeship (Zachodniopomorskie) and, to a lesser extent, the Pomeranian Voivodeship (Pomorskie) in Poland.

Pomerania - folk / national costumes

Blog Website - Costume and Embroidery Pomerania of Roman K

Pommern Trachten - Pomerania traditional costumes
Pommern Trachten - Pomerania traditional costumes
Pommersche Bäuerin - Pomeranian peasant/farmer woman, Pyritzer Weizeckertracht
Pommersche Bäuerin - Pomeranian peasant/farmer woman

Tasks & To Do List

Team members are encouraged to volunteer by working on this list of tasks.

  • Add the Prussia, Pomerania sticker template to profiles of people born in Pomerania, Prussia. Add by copying and pasting {{Prussia Sticker|Pomerania}} directly under the biography section header of profiles.
  • Work on categories. Team discussion required.

existing category: Greifen (Adelsgeschlecht)

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Reviewed: Kylie Haese 15 May 2021
Last updated by Steven Greenwood: 11 Mar 2022

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These are my people, how do I join? 3/8 of my tree is from Pomerania. I have an M.A. in medieval history and my chief interest at the moment is Medieval Pomerania. Before finding this page I have already added Bogislaw XIII, XIV, along with several of their other descendants (Greif-103, 104, 105, von croÿ-2, levin-937). My pomeranian ancestors have been added to wikitree but I'd like to start flushing out the noble houses, starting with the Griffins, and then next the Counts of Eberstein-Naugard, who were during the middle ages, vassals of the Bishop of Cammin.

Thanks! Jesse Thorstad

posted by Jesse Thorstad
I've added all 7 children of Bogislaw XIII. Another thought--I don't think you should add the
Flag of Prussia
... ... ... was born in the Province of Pomerania, Prussia
tag to the profiles of the Griffins. They would not agree! They were born in the Duchy of Pomerania (their Duchy) which was a component of the Holy Roman Empire. Brandenburg-Prussia was their arch rival. The only reason Pomerania became a part of Prussia was because the Griffin family died out. The pre-existing agreement was if the Griffin family ever died out the Duchy would revert to the Elector of Brandenburg, which is what happened. How about a new "Duchy of Pomerania" sticker for Pomeranians before 1653? And then use the "Province of Pomerania, Prussia" for folks from 1653 to 1945.
posted by Jesse Thorstad
edited by Jesse Thorstad
Hi J. Glad to see you have an interest in our team and the medieval nobility. I think you can be added to the project if you are showing such interest and have already this much. Also, from Shawano by chance?
posted by Steven Greenwood
Yes, my mother grew up in Bonduel and her family is from Shawano! I still have lots of family around there. Did you recognize some surnames in my tree?
posted by Jesse Thorstad
The extremely common Sauer, that was my maternal grandmother's surname, though that was in Rheinland-Pfalz.
posted by Steven Greenwood
Hi Jesse, I absolutely agree with you about the use of the sticker and the explanation of the historical background (arch-rivals). This has bothered me for a long time and not only in the Pomeranian area.

Unfortunately, we can not create this ourselves, but must apply for it. On the other hand, it is then opposed (especially in the former German territories) that the issue can quickly get out of hand. I can not understand this historical inaccuracy in the use of the sticker, otherwise is also always emphasized so on correct citations.

If it were possible to implement your suggestion, it would be much better for the accuracy of the respective profiles.

regards, Andy

posted by Andy Gürth
Yes, I see what you mean, it could open up a can of worms, where every little entity in the Holy Roman Empire would need its own sticker!

But I’m glad you agree with my point. If a Griffin came alive a saw that Pomerania was considered Prussia he’d be entirely befuddled! “We’re conquered by the Ordenstaat!?!” he would wonder aloud.

“Well, no, your ducal-ness, the Knights all converted, got married, had kids and settled down, and there’s a King in Prussia now and . . . well . . . it’s . . . the Elector of Brandenburg.”

The poor old Duke would have another heart attack, and flop back down in his crypt, which would be for the best since we hadn’t even gotten around to telling him yet that Pomerania was now a province in this odd new Kingdom of Prussia.

Here’s a great Wikipedia article, by the way. Unfortunately there’s no German translation yet. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandenburg%E2%80%93Pomeranian_conflict

Thanks, Jesse

posted by Jesse Thorstad
I would like to inquire about team membership for this region. I've found that more and more of my Prussia ancestors have turned out to be Pomeranian rather than Posen, especially in regards to my Klitzke name study.
posted by Steven Greenwood
Hi Steven, I added you to the team roster. Best, Traci
posted by Traci Thiessen
Hi Steven,

I'm so glad you are interested in joining. I have ancestors from Pomerania that I am trying to research about, so hopefully we can help each other. Maybe our ancestors even crossed paths once upon a time.

Thanks for joining 😊

Kind regards, Kylie

posted by Kylie Haese

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