Sassy Jane Genealogy

US and European Genealogy Research

Sassy Jane Genealogy

US and European Genealogy Research

Prussian Place Name Research


Are your ancestors Prussian, German, or both? The answer may be all three.

Prussian Place Name Research helps you locate Prussian ancestral places in German, Polish, and Prussian resources.  Gazetteers, maps, databases, and more are featured to find locations for German-speaking ancestors from Prussia (Brandenburg, East Prussia, Pomerania, Posen, Silesia, West Prussia).

Discover where your Prussian ancestors lived, and what place names are in use today. Church and civil records for German-speaking Prussian ancestors are easier to find with this Sassy Jane Genealogy eBook.



Prussian Place Name Research advances your genealogy research in Prussia. This eBook offers direct links to find locations of German-speaking ancestors from Prussia: Brandenburg, East Prussia, Pomerania, Posen, Silesia, West Prussia.

Are your ancestors Prussian, German, or both? Perhaps you’ve found records saying ancestors were German, but other records state they were Prussian? All three of these answers may be correct.

German Peasant Costume Prussia Spreewald

German Peasant Costumes – Prussia – Spreewald, [unidentified artist], [c. 1861-1897], Louis Prang & Company Collection. Courtesy Arts Department, Boston Public Library

Finding Prussian Ancestors and Their Locations

Identifying place names and parishes of immigrant ancestors and their forebears is essential in German and Prussian genealogy research.

An overview of languages, religions, and borders between Germany, Poland, and neighboring countries over the last 300 years improves your research results.

Prussian Place Name Research eBook

The first section of this Sassy Jane Genealogy eBook offers a broad understanding of the geographical and historical changes to the land once known as Prussia.

Prussian Place Name Research

The Eastern Provinces of Prussia

The second section offers links German and Polish gazetteers, databases, and maps. These resources identify Prussian locations of immigrant ancestors and their families. Finding precise locations for your German-speaking ancestors unlocks a world of primary resources.

The third and final section provides a Prussian Genealogy Toolkit. Resources for reading German handwriting, pronunciation guides, accent marks, and using translators  are included.

Inside This Sassy Jane eBook

I. Prussian? German? Or Both?

  • Six Provinces
  • Prussian Geographical and Governmental Hierarchy
  • Overview of the History of Prussia

II. Online Resources for Prussian Place Name Research

  • Gazetteers and Geographic Dictionaries
  • Databases
  • Maps

III. Prussian Genealogy Research Toolkit

  • Reading Old German Handwriting
  • German Pronunciation
  • Diacriticals (Accent Marks)
  • Dictionaries/Translators

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