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West Prussia 1812 Citizenship Database

Compiled by David Lewin

This database is an extract of 2,382 records from the General-Verzeichniss saemtlicher in dem Departement der koenigl. Regierung von Westpreussen vorhandenen Juden welchen das Staatsbuerger-Recht ertheilt worden. ["General Register of all Jews residing in the Royal Governmental Province of West Prussia to whom Citizenship was granted"], Marienwerder, gedruckt in der Koenigl. Westpreuss. Hofbuchdrukkerey. [Marienwerder, printed in the Royal Westprussian Court Press], (1812).

In the foreword to the register there are "instructions to be observed in regard to the process of Citizens as opposed to the foreign Jews".  Among others: "A further instruction is to be observed by the police authorities in relation to the Jews arriving from foreign lands as set out in the edict of 11 March 1812 regarding the citizen’s rights in relation to the Jews in the Prussian states".

The edict covered all Jews in West Prussia who were able to earn their keep.  It differentiated – and excluded – those Jews who entered the province illegally, and lived off official and unofficial charity.  In future they were to be deported summarily.

The columns in this database are:

  • Surname — Newly opted family name taken by the new Jewish citizen
  • Given Name - Original
  • Given Name - New — Newly opted personal name taken by the new Jewish citizen
  • Town Name - German — Place name of current abode
  • Town Name - Polish
  • Subsidiary List — Sequential number on a local subsidiary list (It appears that local lists - no longer available - were used to compile this Global Register)
  • Page Number — This entry appears on this page number of the original 1812 West Prussia document

There are 50 unique localities represented.  In order to assist research, all locations are listed here below, with both their 19th-century German and modern Polish place-names:

Polish NameGerman Name
Adlich Gut DobbrinAdlich Gut Dobbrin
Adlich Gut MiradauAdlich Gut Miradau
Adlich Gut SartowitzAdlich Gut Sartowitz
Adlich Guth BriesenAdlich Guth Briesen
Adlich Guth Woltersdorff   Adlich Guth Woltersdorff
Biały BórBaldenburg
BiskupiecBischoffswerder
BorzechowoAmt Bordzechow
ChojniceConitz
ChośnicaAdlich Gut Chosnitz
CzarnauAdliches Gut Czarnau
CzarneHammerstein
CzłopaSchloppe
CzłuchówBorwerk Schlochau
DebrznoPreußisch Friedland
DzierzgońChristburg
ElblągElbing
GardejaGarnsee
GniewMewe
IławaDeutsch Eylau
JastrowieJastrow
Kamień PomorskiCammin
KisieliceFreystadt
KościerzynaBehrendt
         
Polish NameGerman Name
KrajenkaKrojanke
KwidzynMarienwerder
Lądek-ZdrójLandeck
MirosławiecMärkisch Friedland
Nowy StawNeuteich
PasłękPreußisch Holland
PrabutyRiesenburg
PuckPutzig
Sępólno KrajeńskieZempelburg
SkarszewySchöneck
Starogard GdańskiPreußisch Stargardt
SuszRosenberg
ŚwiecieSchwetz
Szczytno Kreis Czlochow   Adlich Guth Ziethen
SztumStuhm
TczewDirschau
TolkmickoTolkemitt
TucholaTuchel
TucznoTuetz
WąbrzeźnoAdlich Gut Briesen
WałczDeutsche Crone
WejherowoNeustadt
ZawadaAdlich Guth Zawadda
ZłotówFlatow

This data has been compiled by David Lewin, Search and Unite, London, from a copy of the 1812 official publication. It was printed in Gothic German.

Any researcher who might wish to do a more general search is welcome to contact David Lewin and request the data to be sorted by any of the criteria contained in this database.

David Lewin
London, March 21 2000


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