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Jurisdictions of Westpreußen (West Prussia)
Provinz Westpreußen was established in 1773 when the First Polish Republic was divided between Prussia, Russia and Austro-Hungarian Empires. Proviz Westpreussia was divided in 1806 by Napoleon, and restored in 1815. In 1919 the Treaty of Versailles granted most of Westpreußen to the Second Polish Republic. This action created the "Polish Corridor" and granted Poland access to the Baltic Sea. Westpreußen was disestablished in 1922.
During the long period of German administration, most civil records and many church records used for researching family history were written in the German language. A notable exception was Catholic church records, which were kept in the Latin language.
In 1900 Westpreußen (West Prussia) was divided into two Regierungsbezirke, namely Danzig and Marienwerder:
|Regierungsbezirk||Communities||Area in square kilometers||Population|
|Total for Westpreußen||3,362||3,265||25,534.9||25,554.64||1,563,658||1,703474|
Regierungsbezirk Marienwerder (Kwidzyn)
On 1 January 1900, Regierungsbezirk Marienwerder included 1 Stadtkreis and 15 Landkreise, namely: (in Polish)
On 1 April 1900, Thorn (Torun) was made a Stadtkreis:
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