Researching Ancestral Locations in Prussian Genealogy Records

Nancy E. Loe, MA, MLS
Mar 10, 2021
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Speaker's Introduction
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History of Prussia
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Determining Birthplace
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Pleschen Records
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Polish Gazetteers
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Prussian Research Toolkit
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Were your ancestors German in one set of records and Prussian in another? Prussian research, especially locations, can be complicated by shifting borders, languages, and religions. Discover leading and lesser-known online resources to decipher geographic locations of German-speaking ancestors from Prussia (Brandenburg, East Prussia, Pomerania, Posen, Silesia, West Prussia). This presentation has three sections: 1. Prussian? German? Or Both? 2. Helpful Tools for Prussian Research 3. Essential Online Geographic Resources for Prussia.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Archivist, librarian, and genealogist Nancy Loe has been helping researchers with their family trees since 1977. From her time interning at the Smithsonian archives as a grad student to her current work as a genealogist, working with primary sourc
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  1. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    A lot of new sources to use. Thanks!

    Almost too much information

    Although I have listened to other webinars or speakers on doing German research, I found almost all the information new and relevant. Thanks so much Nancy!

    Amazing information, can’t wait to use your resources.

    An excellent presentation. I learned a lot and was glad it covered Eastern Europe.

    Another great web. So glad I have a Webinar Membership as I will return to this presentation often!!!

    Appreciate that have shared with us what you have learned over the past many years about German/Prussian Genealogy.

    As a member to have access to video and handouts as follow-up to information and great useful sites.

    Awesome presentation with so much helpful information

    clear and vary helpful – thanks!

    Clear, concise and helpful!

    clear, detailed, logical presentation of information. Thanks!

    Clear, interesting presentation of a great deal of information of practical use. Thank you.

    Very good presentation.

    Excellelnt material!


    Excellent information and resources!

    Excellent information.

    Excellent information. Very well presented.

    Excellent information. Now a lifetime of research!

    Excellent job by Nancy. Bring her back to give more information on Prussian research!

    Excellent material. The handout is a partiularly good idea so people can focus on the speaker without worrying about writing material down and losing track of the spoken mateial.

    excellent presentation

    Excellent presentation of Prussian-relevant resources, and a nice flow of a geographic approach to working with Prussian records. The presenter was very knowledgeable and provided really good examples to illustrate the different resources. Well done!

    Excellent presentation!

    Excellent presentation, Nancy.

    Excellent presentation. Easy listening, a good pace. Lots of rabbit holes to explore.

    Excellent presentation. Much to take in. Handouts and chat notes essential to keep.

    Excellent speaker: style and content were both excellent! Thank you, Legacy! And, thank you, Nancy!

    Excellent webinar!!! Nancy gave me so many more resources to work with in my ancestor search. Thank you!!!

    Excellent webinar. It was full of important information and resources. Thank you.

    Excellent webinar. This was one of the most helpful with new websites to try to find my ancestors. Excellent!

    Excellent! A lot of great information.

    Excellent! Very informative!



  2. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    Fantastic help for me researching those German and Polish towns.

    Fantastic presentation. Helpful websites. Thank you

    Fantastic! Now I know where and how to start. Thank you

    found it to be very helpful and interesting. Mange takk..

    Gave a lot of info on how to find sites and families.

    Great Resources ….thanks. My husband’s grandfather was born in Posen, Michigan .. and from that area, so lots helpful.

    Great help to me! Thanks for the time and talent.

    Great info especially the part about Berlin being on the paperwork when coming from Germany to U.S. as that is what has happened to me. So now I know I have to do some searching to find out where they did come from and it was mentioned how to do that at the beginning so I will listen to it again. Thank you.

    great information

    Great information

    Great information

    Great information – thank you.

    Great information about Prussia and German. The Gazetteers, Church too

    Great information for me! Thanks!

    Great information which was well presented and explained.

    Great information! Will be watching this webinar again!

    Great information. Lots to research and learn. Thank you

    Great information. Thank you

    Great information–a little faster than I can process. I will have to listen to it, again, and follow up on some of the links and other ideas shared.

    great info–thank you!

    great much to think about thank you

    Great new information. have her back again

    Great presentation & nicely paced. Even with my ancestors from Wurttemberg, not Prussia, I found it useful for my research. Thanks!

    Great presentation and nice style of speaking. Very informative.

    Great presentation! Concise & informative.

    great presentation.

    Great presentation. Going looking for my 1194 AD von Diedenshausen family. Wife’s 22 ggf!

    Great presentation. I’ve been researching Prussia for decades and still learned new resources. Loved her pacing and organization.

    Great presentation-so helpful- I want to drop everything and start researching all the great websites listed!

    Great presenter and facilitator. Super informative, detailed visual examples helped tremendously!

    Great presenter! Clear, organized and so much great helpful information!

    great resources. I can’t wait to try some of them!

    Great syllabus and presentation. Plenty of new information to explore. Thank you!

    Great webinar

    Great Webinar. A must-watch for researchers starting out in Prussian research.


    I always appreciate the good information.

    I am just starting researching my husband’s family and they are from the Prussian partition of Poland. Having to mentally switch from Galician records in Polish and Latin to Fraktur and German has been daunting. This was so helpful — and timely…

    I appreciated all the different sources for research, and tips.

    I have been researching for many years. This is the best webinar I have attended in ages. Very useful targeted information. Thank you!

    I liked her voice, and the speed which was not too fast. I may be contacting Nancy to do some research on my grandfather’s background in Pommern.

    I really enjoyed this presentation on Researching Ancestral Locations in Prussian Genealogy Records and am looking forward to trying out the links. Thank you!

    I think this was challenging subject matter, but Nancy did a tremendous job. Good webinar.

    When mentioning different kinds of German script please show samples eg.Fractur.

    I’m glad she has her e-mail & newsletter

    Informative excellent well prepared

    interesting new sites and methods

    Interesting, and helpful. I will look up some of the websites and resources mentioned. Looking forward to more webinars in the future.

    Thank you.

    It was generally very good and I have a lot of new resources to investigate.

  3. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    It was great!

    It was very helpful.

    Learned a lot about good Prussia research. Presenter did a great job. I appreciate her advice and knowledge about this topic.

    Learned a lot. We might join. Very will done.

    Learned way more than I thought. I now need a lot of time to research my relatives from the area. I really did not know how to research this area until now.

    Lots of excellent resources, including translation assistance sites I was not yet aware of. Well done presentation.

    Lots of good information.

    Lots of helpful information

    lots of info. well presented too!

    Lots of information

    Lots of work to do but this definitely will help! Thank you for a most informative session!

    Loved it! This will help me tremendously in my searches!

    Many thanks to Nancy –

    More on translation websites for German to English

    Most interesting and helpful. Thank you.

    My German (Prussian) GGPs are my problem children so now have a bit more info to use to find out about them.

    Nancy has a way of making things sound easy and her handouts are outstanding!

    Outstanding presentation. Loved it.


    Overwhelming amount of good info!

    really comprehensive & informative

    Really good webinar as she shows the difference between Prussia and how it could be German and could be Polish and how sometimes the records overlap. When the records overlap, you don’t have to be so afraid that you will not find what you are looking for because it expands the number of places to look–what a relief! The webinar put a lot of things together in the same place.

    Really great presentation! Nancy took a huge subject and distilled the most important information without going off on the many tangents possible in this area 😉

    She had a wealth of information. It was very informative.

    So helpful.

    So much info great work Thanks

    So-o-o-o much info. Excellent!

    Speaker was fabulous

    Starting German research is a little overwhelming and this helped with good places to start and what kinds of things I will find and probably saved me lots of time in learning curve the hard way. Thank you.

    Take aways – FS Place Search, Kartenmeister, & Polish Friends. Good beginner intro

  4. Legacy Family Tree
    3 years ago

    Terrific information – well organized. Great presentation by speaker and great class management skills by moderator

    Thank you for a interesting webinar.

    Thank you for all of the information! Can’t wait to applying it! Blessings!

    Thank you Nancy!!!

    Thank you!

    The speaker were very quickly and lost me. it is possible this is too advanced for me at this time

    The speakers is well informed about the subject and presented the material in an easy to understand format. I learned a lot and enjoyed the presentation. Thank you very much.

    This is one I’ll watch several times–so much information.

    This is the first time I attended live. I have only been a member for less than a month.

    This was a great webinar with loads of wonderful information. Thank you Nancy!!

    This was an excellent survey of what appear to be especially helpful resources. Thx!

    This was extremely helpful Thank you

    This was of particular interest to me, because I have ancestors from Posen and now I have places to look for more information. Thank you so much Nancy Loe

    This webinar offered step-by-step instructions which will be helpful to me. It was nice to hear encouraging words from the speaker in relation to reading and understanding German for our research.

    This webinar was a great resource for me as I try to find my Prussian/Polish ancestors!!!

    Time went quickly – loads of useful info. Thank you.

    Useful, but I’ll need to watch it again, and probably again.

    very clear information, well presented

    Thanks so much

    Very comprehensive – so much to take in.

    Very good information! I will need to watch again to be able to absorb all the new information! Thank you for doing these webinars!

    Very good information. Thank you.

    Very good.

    very helpful

    Very helpful in researching my Prussian ancestors. Thanks!

    Very helpful.

    Very informative

    Very informative and she is a great speaker explaining everything she says

    very informative in such a short time

    Very informative presentation. Thank you! : )

    Very informative presentation. Thank you.

    very informative!

    Very informative. Thanks!

    Very interesting and helpful information

    Very interesting, I am not ready for such in-depth research yet but heard some things that I know will be helpful. Thank You

    Very knowledgeable presenter – with good examples and great reference websites!

    Very useful information

    Very useful information, very glad I signed up. Just purchased her ebook!

    Very very knowledgeable

    Very well done and lots of information. Thanks

    very well done!!

    Very well organized presentation.

    very well organized with loads of resources

    Wealth of information

    Wish you had higher ratings for this survey.

    Great presentation!

    wonderful outstanding information. I got more information from this webinar than I ever contemplated. great!

    Wonderful presentation – Thank You!

    Wonderful presentation!


    Wow! This was fabulous. Thank you!


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