East Prussia Population

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The residence list of Stallupönen from 1725-1819
     Wilhelm I pursued a rigorous colonization program, giving colonists access in Amt Insterburg. Those who settled there were 12.000 Salzburger and 45.000 settlers from the lower regions of Germany and the Netherlands etc. Among others he founded the city of Stallupönen. On April 6, 1722 Stallupönen received city privileges. In 1725 three hundred citizens had citizenship privileges. On the list the date appears when a new citizen was sworn in, the profession, the place of origin etc.

     The list was established by Erich Sehmsdorf and can be found in Archiv für Sippenforschung, 8 Jahrgang, Heft 1 starting with page 13. The periodical is available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah, International Floor, call number 943 B2as.

The farmers of Amt Uderwangen/Preussisch Eylau from 1772
     In the 18th century Frederick the Great initiated some administrative reforms in East Prussia. Several offices were consolidated and formed 10 county seats. These came under the jurisdiction of so called Domäneämter in Königsberg, Gumbinnen and Marienwerder. In Kreis Brandenburg (1752-1818) were the offices of Balga, Brandenburg and Preussisch Eylau. The administrative area went from the Frische Haff to the river Aller and from northern part of Ermland to the river Pregel. A Amtmann was overlooking all business pertaining to a Kreis. He was responsible for the properties belonging to the manor lords and the activities of the general population.

     The author, Emil Johannes Guttzeit, has listed the people of the farming community Uderwangen by using documents called Amtsrechnungen and Prästationstabellen. Amtsrechungen give information about yearly income and expenses of a Amt and also give the names of the nobility and others whose names are attached to any property.” Prästationen” are the taxes and deliveries the farming community has to give. Included in this list are besides the farmers (Käthner, Gärtner) Instleute, Hirten, Witwen, Soldaten whose names are listed together with their families. All persons are listed according to the villages of Amt Uderwangen in 1772.

     The list was pusblished in Archiv für Sippenforschung, Jahrgang 44, Heft 71 (1978). The periodical is available through FamilySearch, Family History Library, call number 943 B2as.