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Welcome to the Prussia Team Page

This team is managed by the Germany Project.

Today part of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Switzerland.

Prussia (German: Preußen) was a historically significant German state that originated in 1525.

Team Members

Team Leader: Steve Thomas

How to Join

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The Prussia team is intended for anyone who is interested in Prussian genealogy, history and WikiTree.

The word Prussia (German: Preussen or Preußen; Polish: Prusy) for wikitree purposes and the purposes of this team, is referring to the Prussia in European history, which came under German rule.

Prussia came under German and Polish rule in the middle ages. The Kingdom of Prussia ruled from 1701 by the German royal dynasty House of Hohenzollern. However Prussia was at different times throughout history a duchy, kingdom, region. These classifications and divisions can be confusing and distracting. Therefore this Prussia team is important to help create some clarity.

It is therefore the mission of this team, to create pages to help understand Prussian history. To create profiles for people who were born, married and or died in Prussia. Finally, work towards a unified set of guidelines for the Prussia team, Germany project, and whole wikitree community to follow and refer to when adding and editing Prussian profiles.



Stickers and Templates

You can add the Prussia sticker to relevant profiles.

Flag of Prussia
... ... ... was born in Prussia

{{Prussia Sticker}}

Preferrably add the province sticker

See the Template:Prussia Sticker Page for more information on province stickers
Flag of Prussia
... ... ... was born in the Province of Hohenzollern, Prussia

{{Prussia Sticker|Hohenzollern}}

Flag of Prussia
... ... ... was born in the Province of Pomerania, Prussia

{{Prussia Sticker|Pomerania}}

Flag of Prussia
... ... ... was born in the Province of Brandenburg, Prussia

{{Prussia Sticker|Brandenburg}}

Flag of Prussia
... ... ... was born in the Province of East Prussia, Prussia

{{Prussia Sticker|East Prussia}}

Flag of Prussia
... ... ... was born in the Province of West Prussia, Prussia

{{Prussia Sticker|West Prussia}}

Flag of Prussia
... ... ... was born in the Province of Jülich-Cleves-Berg, Prussia

{{Prussia Sticker|Jülich-Cleves-Berg}}

Flag of Prussia
... ... ... was born in the Grand Duchy of the Lower Rhine, Prussia

{{Prussia Sticker|Lower Rhine}}

Flag of Prussia
... ... ... was born in the Grand Duchy of Posen, Prussia

{{Prussia Sticker|Posen}}


The Kingdom of Prussia included the following provinces:

  • Brandenburg, 1415 (Today in Germany and Poland)
  • Hannover, 1866 (Today in Germany)
  • Hessen-Nassau, 1867 (Today in Germany)
  • Hohenzollern, 1415 (Today in Germany)
  • Ostpreußen / East Prussia, 1813 (Today in Poland and former USSR)
  • Pommern / Pomerania, 1648, 1720 (Swedish Pommern 1815) (Today some in Germany, but most in Poland)
  • Posen, 1793 (Today in Poland)
  • Rheinland / Rheinprovinz, 1814/1824 (Today in Germany and some in Belgium)
  • Provinz Sachsen / Province of Saxony, 1816 (Today in Germany)
  • Schlesien / Silesia, 1742 (Today in Poland and Czech Republic)
  • Schleswig-Holstein, 1864 (Today in Germany and Denmark)
  • Westfalen / Westphalia, 1815 (Today in Germany)
  • Westpreußen / West Prussia, 1772, 1793 (Today in Poland)

Ideally, I would like to see pages for these provinces eventually created by team members who are interested in specific areas. Similar to the Germany regions teams. Haese-11 22:08, 11 February 2021 (UTC)


  • ManyRoads (you'll need to sign up for a free account and log in)
  • Westdeutsche Gesellschaft für Familienkunde - West German Society for Family Studies) this site has resources for research in the former Prussian Rhine Province; today North Rhine-Westphalia (admin districts Dusseldorf and Cologne) and Rhineland-Palatinate (admin districts Koblenz and Trier)
  • Prussia map database with 108,000+ locations with over 45,000 name changes once, and 5,500 twice and more. All locations are EAST of the Oder and Neisse rivers and are based on the borders of the eastern provinces in Spring 1918. Included in this database are the following provinces: Eastprussia, including Memel, Westprussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania, and Silesia.
  • Wilhelm Iwan, Die Altlutherische Auswanderung um die Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts: Eine Episode deutscher Auswanderung: 2 vols. (i.e. The Old Lutheran Emigration at the Middle of the 19th Century), Johann-Heß-Institut Breslau (ed.), Ludwigsburg: Eichhornverlag Lothar Kallenberg, 1943, vol. II Appendix (list and statistics of emigrants).



This is an active Germany Project page with up-to-date information.
Reviewed: Haese-1111 Feb 2021
Last updated by Kylie Haese: 15 May 2021

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off-the-wall question. Wikipedia says Prussia existed until 1947, which would mean that an active WikiTree member could have been born in Prussia, but I don't see any dates that late on this page (except about records, but Germany is listed also).

From Wikipedia's article on Prussia: "It was de facto dissolved by an emergency decree transferring powers of the Prussian government to German Chancellor Franz von Papen in 1932 and de jure by an Allied decree in 1947." ~

I'm asking because I added then removed (then added again... dithering a bit) {{Prussia Sticker} from a list I'm compiling that WikiTree members could use on their profiles. Could they?


posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Certainly not an off the wall question.

If an active Wikitree member thinks of themselves as being born in Prussia before 1947, then that sounds fair to me.

My family connections and personal interests all come from Königreich Preußen in the nineteenth century. I am only speaking for myself, but I'm not looking for any family connections after 1866.

I don't know if anyone else in the Prussia Team of the Germany Project has a different view.

posted by Steve Thomas
edited by Steve Thomas
Thanks! I'll leave the sticker in my list. Appreciate the quick reply :D
posted by Liz (Noland) Shifflett
Hello, I am researching Anton Boleslaw Zaremba born April 1815 in Prussia. He was ethnically POLISH, and the Zaremba name is Polish. But in census records in USA he always calls his birthplace Prussia. At a young age he joined the Prussian Army and rose to the rank of Captain. Then He left to join the French Army where he rose to the rank of Major. He was stationed in Algeria. He had some political dispute with the French Army, or his superiors, and was deported to USA in about 1852. I know all of his life in USA, but I am interested in finding more about his early life in Prussia. His parents married in the Catholic parish Sulmierzyce [Sulmirschütz]. I assume he was born and raised there. Maybe someone has some ideas for further research? Zaremba-65 Best regards, Lilly Martin
posted by Lilly Martin
Hi Lilly, This was answered in our project's Google Group by Dieter Lewerenz (thank you DIeter!):

Sulmirschütz belongs today to the Woijewodschaft Großpolen ( wielkopolskie). I had a look into geneteka. There are some Zarembas in Sulmirschütz but not Anton Boleslaw:

There are two possibiliies to find him. The first is tosearch the polish archives online, but without knowledge of the polish language it will be hard. The other is: I found a remark that the church books from that town are copied by the LDS and the have films of them from 1695-1946. But I don't know how to get access there.

Regards Dieter

posted by Traci Thiessen
Man, I wish I could. I don't have any background in the Hohenzollern or Prussian nobility.
posted by Steven Greenwood
Hi guys, how is everyone going? As you may see above, I have created a page for Pomerania and Steven Greenwood has created a page for Posen.

Pomerania needs a lot of work done to it, probably Posen too. If anyone has an interest in either of those areas, be sure to request to be on the trusted list of the page.

Remember lets all work together and chat on here, using this comment function. How can the Prussia team help you work more on wikitree?

posted by Kylie Haese
Thanks Kylie. I've been added to the Posen page. I know a number of families from Posen settled around Tanunda in South Australia around 1850.

There's a very interesting page,, inside the Posen page. It tells the story of many families travelling together on one ship to Wisconsin. The story is very similar to ones I know of German emigrants to Australia.

posted by Steve Thomas
edited by Steve Thomas
I had already linked to the Pripkowo page from the Posen page. Some of my people are effectively from that location.
posted by Steven Greenwood
Yes, I know that you linked Pripkowo page from the Posen page.

My aim was make more people aware of these good pages.

posted by Steve Thomas
Of course! Good on ya then! Should David Alwin then be considered for this project?
posted by Steven Greenwood
I wouldn't say 'Should be'. I don't expect that this is going to become a major project needing a lot of volunteers to support it.

On the other hand I think David should know about it, and become a team member if he interested. My interest is to keep an eye out for family connections, the structural changes in Wikitree and answer any questions put to me.

Can you contact him?

posted by Steve Thomas
edited by Steve Thomas
I'll see what I can do. I think I also have a connection to him on social media.
posted by Steven Greenwood
Please add me Veronica Shortland to the Prussian Team, my family is from Pommern, Prussia. I don’t see my name on the list. Thank you.
You are all added now Veronica!
posted by Kylie Haese
I am most focused on Posen (Poznan) right now, so I would like to create a space page for it.
posted by Steven Greenwood
Interesting comment. I don't see any limit for creating a space page for Posen if you want to. My ancestors from Schlesien sailed with emigrants from Posen and settled in South Australia.
posted by Steve Thomas
And to clarify I mean the region not just the city particularly. The villages in this region are the origins of multiple lines I'm following.
posted by Steven Greenwood
I added a page for Pomerania, it needs a lot of work but you should see up above where I have added the link. Have you created the page yet or would you like me to do it for you?
posted by Kylie Haese
I will make the Posen (Poznan) page.
posted by Steven Greenwood
Hi guys! Welcome to the Prussia Team! Post comments and reply to comments to communicate with other team members. What information, pages etc should we work on within this team to make it easier for you? I am seeking your ideas right now :-)
posted by Kylie Haese
I am trying to find birth or any certificates for my following family.

Herman PaulBrietzke born Grosmillen Pomerania,Germany June 7, 1855 His Parents were William Brietzke born 1822 Germany Henrietta Foth born 1828 Germany His wife was Fredrika Suckow born 1856 Germany

These names have been handed down thruhistory, but I can’t find any documentation or even the town. I only speak English. Thank you to anyone who can help I would also like join the Prussia part of the Germany Project.

posted by Veronica (Brietzke) Shortland
edited by Veronica (Brietzke) Shortland
Hi Veronica,

Have you put this question about Brietzke family onto G2G? I've looked but it is beyond me. Some of the Wikitree users are amazing.

posted by Steve Thomas
Hi Kylie, I added a new item under Resources (ManyRoads). Feel free to remove it if you don't think it's useful.
posted by Traci Thiessen

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