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Following the 30 Years' War time, much loss of life of soldiers caused there to be many single woman and girls. The population was reduced from 17 million to only 4 million. As a result, there were areas in Germany where men were allowed to have 2 wives. More on this topic can be found in an article by Udo Macholdt in the Brandenburgische Genealogische publication "Roter Adler". Year 4, Bd. II, Heft 1 1/2009.