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Regional Research > Lithuania > Leitgirren

Regional Research > Historic territory > Germany 1871-1918 > Kingdom Prussia > East Prussia > County Niederung > Leitgirren



Leitgirren, also Leidgirren, Leithgirren, Groß Leidgirren, County Niederung, East Prussia, since 1920 County Heydekrug, Memelland.


Other Names and Spellings

The name refers to a damp forest.

  • Prussian "leit" = to pour
  • Prussian "leitaunikas" and Lettish "leitis" = Lithuanians (Inhabitants of a wet country)
  • Lithuanian "giria" = forest
  • "girininkas" = people living in a forest, forest warden

Political Structure

In 1940 Leitgirren is a municipality with an estate and a village.

Church Structure

Evangelical Church

In 1912 Leitgirren belonged to the parish of Kaukehmen.



The cemetery can be found in the village. It is fenced in and difficult to enter.


Gr. Leidgirren on Schroetterkarte (1796-1802), scale 1:50 000
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Gr. and Kl. Leidgirren,right on the Schroetter Karte 1802, scale 1: 160 000

Gr. and Kl. Leithgirren in Preußischen Urmesstischblatt 1860
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Gr. and Kl. Leitgirren and surroundings in Preußischen Urmesstischblatt 1860
© Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Leitgirren in Messtischblatt 0795 Uszlöknen (1910-1940) with the municipal boundaries of 1938
© Bundesamt für Kartographie und Geodäsie
Sketch from the list of inhabitants from the 1950s (c) Bundesarchiv

Chance Discoveries

Often people, who were not born locally in the area, are found mentioned in church books or other archive source material of a place. These findings are chance discoveries. Such findings are sometimes the only opportunity to break through the Brick Wall in research. On the following page you can add chance discoveries related to this place or even find one for yourself.

Private Sources of Information and Offers of Help with Research

On the following page, private (noncommercial !) genealogists conducting research on this place, and/or those willing to share genealogical information, perform searches or provide scans/copies etc. regarding this place, can add their contact details. All inquiries should be made directly to the listed researcher!

Data from the Geneological Place Database (GOV)

  • Leitgirren Source Landgemeinde 24.153 (deu)
  • Leitgiriai (1923) Source page 1090 (lit)
  • rural municipality (- 1939-04-30)
  • municipality (1939-05-01 -)
  • 66131
external id
  • geonames:597566
Number of households

TK25: 0795

Superordinate objects

Heydekrug (lit. Kreis [1945 - 1950]), Rajongemeinde Šilutė [1950-], Šilutės rajonas, Šilutės rajono savivaldybė (1945 -) ( rural county municipality ) Source

Kaukehmen (1907) ( parish ) Source S. 186/187

Schillgallen, Hochdünen (Hlste. Dreifaltigkeit), Hochdünen (1907) ( parish ) Source S. 186/187

Heydekrug, Šilutės apskritis (1920-01-10 - 1945) ( county rural county ) Source

Niederung, Elchniederung (- 1920-01-09) ( county rural county ) Source Source

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