Kurland Property Records

Kurland Property Record, Pilten 1347 (DSHI 190 Kurland IV, 18)
Kurland Property Record, Pilten 1347 (DSHI 190 Kurland IV, 18)

This publication entitled “Kurland Property Records” opens up an essential source on Livonian history of the late Middle Ages and Reformation period, and makes these materials available and usable for research. In particular, it provides new insights on matters relating to economic, social and population history.

In cooperation with Klaus Neitmann (Baltic Historical Commission Göttingen/Potsdam), edited by Daphne Schadewaldt.

The “property records”, which concern rural land tenure during the latter period of the Duchy of Kurland, are primarily fiefdom documents, bills of sale, and mortgage deeds as well as documents relating to, among other things, marriage agreements, boundary inspections, judicial disputes, and annuity business. These are documents that were omitted when the Livonian, Estonian and Kurland record book was published, so this edition presents a collection of sources that have, until now, remained largely unknown. The publication covers the time period from the year 1230, when the first documents were handed down, until the end of Livonian independence in 1526.

The publication project received financial support from the Marga and Kurt Möllgaard Foundation in Frankfurt am Main, and the work was carried out, at intervals, from April 1998 until the end of March 2003. The editing process began with the rediscovery of a manuscript by German-Baltic historian Albert Bauer, which was held in the Institute’s document collection. In the 1930s and 1950s, Bauer had gathered a large number of significant source materials from various archives (522 documents in total, 381 of which contained text). As part of the project, originals and/or photographs of these documents were collated, processed and edited using a critical methodology, and numerous additional pieces from archives in Berlin, Riga, Stockholm, and Copenhagen were collected and incorporated. The resulting publication contains close to 1,100 relevant and significant documents.

The text of the records is in german.

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1 Udrarslanke Bauer329
2 Ugesse erg0189 (Uggunzeem 27 km nö Talsen)
3 Uliwa erg0205 (ob Ulpen 5 km sö Frauenburg(?))
4 Undehlen Bauer157 (Undelen, früher Dorf, vielleicht zwischen Feegen und Warduppen)
5 Undehlscher weg Bauer157 (Undelen, früher Dorf, vielleicht zwischen Feegen und Warduppen)
6 U\^{o}phemele erg0231 (Upmale, semgallische Landschaft zwischen Kurl. Aa und Düna südl. der Stadtmark Rigas, bis über die Memel hinausreichend)
7 Upemelle erg0252 (Upmale, semgallische Landschaft zwischen Kurl. Aa und Düna südl. der Stadtmark Rigas, bis über die Memel hinausreichend)
8 Uppit; Uppiten Bauer451 (Uppiten, früher Dorf ca. 10 km sö Tuckum bei Prawingen)
9 Upseden Bauer022 (Upseden 13 km ssö der Sackemündung in die Ostsee)
10 Upseden Bauer186
11 Upsseden Bauer404 (Upseden 13 km ssö der Durbemündung in die Ostsee)
12 Urhsulenn Bauer265 (Jursalem, früher Dorf ca. 1 km nw Perbohnen)
13 Ußkum erg0073
14 Uskum erg0115
15 Usme Bauer046 (Usmaitenscher See 45 km sö Windau)
16 Usmede Bauer046 (Usmaiten 10 km sö Ugahlen)
17 Utenpewe Bauer042