Data Collection Jewish Genealogy
Jews living in the Kurmark become Prussian citizens in the year 1812
On 11 March 1812, King Frederick William III issued an edict that put the majority of Jews living in Brandenburg and four other Prussian provinces on a mostly equal footing with Christian residents
However, Jews who wanted to become Prussian citizens had to fulfil the following important condition in advance: They had to inform the authorities of their place of residence within 6 months of the edict´s publication which family name they would be using in future (§ 3).
The names of those who acquired Prussian citizenship in the Kurmark were published in 1814 in a supplement to the Official Gazette of the regional government.
Our database contains information about:
- Previous first and last names as well as places of residence (as of 24. March 1812)
- First names and last names as new Prussian citizens
- Family status and occupation (mainly for Berlin).
In total, about 2700 people are included in the database.
Notes on this database:
1. We determined a person´s gender based on the first name.
2. The digitised version of the supplement to the Official Gazette is not always legible, so that in individual cases a transcription error may have occurred; some errors already seem to have crept in when the supplement was created over 300 years ago.
3. The information in the Official Gazette as far as widows are concerned is not always complete; sometimes only the first name and the last name of the husband are provided.
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