Partitions of Poland
There were three Partitions of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth that eventually eliminated the existence of Poland, starting in the late 1700’s and ending at the close of World War I in 1918.
Definition by Date
The Partitions of Poland are sometimes described as the three dates when Poland was divided:
- The First Partition took place on August 5, 1772
- The Second Partition took place on January 23, 1793
- The Third Partition took place on October 24, 1795
Definition by Geographic Area
At other times, the three partitions are referred to the three geographic divisions:
- The Prussian (German) Partition
- The Austrian Partition
- The Russian Partition
It is helpful to have knowledge of the three partitions to better understand the lives of your ancestors during those times, and there is a wealth of information online.
We suggest that you start with the link below, which shows the slides that Jay Biedny, one of our PGS-MN members, used in his presentation on the Partitions of Poland at the September 1, 2018 PGS-MN program meeting.
PGS-MN Newsletter Article
(You will need to scroll down to the page indicated to find the article within the newsletter link)
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