Posen, Prussia Team

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



Posen was a province in Prussia that existed from 1848 to 1920. It was later superceded by both Posen-West Prussia and Poznań Voivodeship, and now currently the Greater Poland Voivodeship (Województwo Wielkopolskie). The province of Posen was broken up into two governmental districts called Regierungsbezirke: Regierungsbezirk Posen and Regierungsbezirk Bromberg. Later Bromberg, anchored by its titular city Bromberg (later Bydgoszcz) was broken off to be the center of the Bydgoszcz Voivodeship followed by the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship.


The purpose of this team is for people researching ancestors from Posen, 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.

Team Members

  • Steve Greenwood - Team Leader
  • Steve Thomas interested in mid-19th century migration to Australia from Posen, mostly the region near Meseritz (now Międzyrzecz in Poland)

German exonyms to Polish placenames

Lists on Wikipedia:

List of German exonyms for places in Poland
German exonyms (Greater Poland Voivodeship)
German exonyms (Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship)

Italized placenames exist on the flanks of the Province of Posen and are placed here for additional reference.

  • Adelnau - Odolanów
  • Bahrenbusch - Brokęcino
  • Birnbaum - Międzychód
  • Bornst - Babimost
  • Briesen - Wąbrzeźno
  • Bromberg - Bydgoszcz
  • Chodziesen, Kolmar in Posen - Chodzież
  • Culm, Kulm - Chełmno
  • Czarnikau, Scharnikau - Czarnków
  • Dobrin an der Drewenz - Dobrzyń
  • Filehne - Wieleń
  • Flatow - Złotów
  • Flederborn - Podgaje
  • Fraustadt -Wschowa
  • Friedheim - Miasteczko Krajeńskie
  • Gollub - Golub
  • Görzberg - Górzno
  • Gostyn - Gostyń
  • Gnesen - Gniezno
  • Grätz - Grodzisk
  • Graudenz - Grudziądz
  • Inowrazlaw, Hohensalza
  • Jastrow - Jastrowie
  • Jarotschin - Jarocin
  • Kempen - Kęrmo
  • Koschmin - Koźmin
  • Kosten - Kościan
  • Krojanke - Krajenka
  • Krotoschin - Krotoszyn
  • Krügershof - Rydzynka
  • Landeck in Westpreußen - Lędyczek
  • Lessen - Łasin
  • Lissa, Polnisch Lissa - Leszno
  • Lobsens - Łobżenica
  • Luban - Luboń
  • Lümzow - Łomczewo
  • Meseritz - Międzyrzecz
  • Mogilno - no change
  • Neuenburg in Westpreußen, Neuenburg (Weichsel) - Nowe
  • Neutomischel - Nowy Tomyśl
  • Obornik - Oborniki
  • Ostrowitt - Ostrowite
  • Ostrowo - Ostrów Wielkopolski
  • Posen - Poznań
  • Pripkowo - Przybychowo
  • Ratzebuhr - Okonek
  • Rawitsch - Rawicz
  • Rehden - Radzyń Chełmiński
  • Samter - Szamotuły
  • Schildberg - Ostrzeszów
  • Schmiegel - Smigiel
  • Schneidemühl - Piła
  • Schönsee (Kreis Briesen) - Kowalewo Pomorskie
  • Schrim(m) - Śrem
  • Schroda - Środa
  • Schubin - Szubin
  • Schwerin an der Warthe - Skwierzyna
  • Schwetz - Świecie
  • Strasburg in Westpreußen, Strasburg an der Drewenz - Brodnica
  • Strelno - Strzelno
  • Thorn - Toruń
  • Tuchel - Tuchola
  • Usch - Ujście
  • Vandsburg - Więcbork
  • Wongrowitz - Wągrowiec
  • Wirsitz - Wyrzysk
  • Wissek - Wysoka
  • Wittenau - Witkowo
  • Wollstein - Wolsztyn
  • Wreschen - Września
  • Zempelburg - Sępólno Krajeńskie
  • Znin - Żnin

See also

  • Space:Pomerania, Prussia Team
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Reviewed: Steve Greenwood 26 May 2021
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I have added passenger information for the migrant ship Heloise which arrived in South Australia in 1847. I've been specifically looking for Wikitree profiles which are underlined in the attached space: https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Space:Heloise%2C_Immigrant_Voyage_to_South_Australia_1846_to_1847

The majority of passengers left from the region around Nekla in the Kreis of Schroda in Provinz Posen.

Nekla is now in Poland, almost exactly half way between Warsaw and Berlin.

posted by Steve Thomas
edited by Steve Thomas
I found a great resource for Posen (Poznan) research: The Poznan Project, at: http://poznan-project.psnc.pl/

You can run a name search there and it will produce a transcription of exact results and fuzzy results, I found a reference to a record I've been searching for years to find because my great-grandfather had changed his name several times after emigrating to the U.S. The marriage record referenced showed me the parish and place, as well as parents names and age of both spouses and year of marriage. I would still love to get my hands on an image for this, but a great hint to old country family and original surname spelling has been found!!

posted by Bonnie Follett
Nice work. In the middle of C19th many families of German descent migrated from the Prussian Province of Posen to the British Province of South Australia. Can you add me to this team? My main interest is around the Kreis of Meseritz.
posted by Steve Thomas
edited by Steve Thomas
Thanks Steve! Not a problem at all.
posted by Steven Greenwood

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