Galizien German Descendants has a comprehensive collection of information to help you find your Galizien German ancestors in Galicia. We do this because knowing where your ancestor's village was located and what parish it belonged to is important to finding records of your family in Galicia. Be aware that some villages are known to have spelling variants over time so if the spelling doesn't exactly match while using these references, check into names that are close in spelling. GGD has the following resources:
First we have Dave Gorz's Index of German settlements in Galicia. Dave has collected villages from 3 different versions of Rudolph Unterschutz's map (Eastern Galicia and Western Galicia on our website) to create this index. (, 175K, © 2007 David Gorz)
Another very large listing of over 6000 villages in Galicia with their districts and parishes is available at Gesher Galicia, www.geshergalicia.org/galician-town-locator/. Try the "Find" command on your browser and only search the non-accented characters in your village names.
Member Oskar Wolf has also created an index for the Unterschutz map which is available at this link(, 1.4MB, © 2001 Oskar Wolf). His index includes the maps themselves as well as the index. Entries for each village include when the village was founded, the primary religion of the inhabitants, the equivalent Ukranian name of the village, what administrative district it was in and the number of inhabitants in 1934. However, it is in German and it is not as complete an index as David created above.
A gazetteer is a geographical dictionary of places and where they are located. If you know the name of your ancestral village this gazetteer will assist you to find its location.This 14 volume gazetteer was published in German between 1903 & 1908 and is available at Mormon Family History Centers for a small fee on microfilm #1187928 but Volume 12 (Galizien) is available online courtesy of the genealogy.net digital library (DigiBib). (NOTE: The genealogy.net server is sometimes busy so errors may be given when trying to view this page. Just try again another time). This gazetteer contains valuable information like population, area, religion, native language, livestock, buildings, etc for most of the villages and towns in the Austro-Hungarian territories of Galizien, Bukowina & Dalmatien.
by Brian Lenius, 3rd Edition 1999. Brian has
collected information from a large number of sources (including the gazetteer above) to create his comprehensive gazetteer. If you cannot find your village in the resources above Brian's gazetteer may have your village.
More information about Brian's gazetteer and how to purchase it is available at this link and at Brian's website.
This online gazetteer is unique in that it gives the GPS coordinates of villages as well as the variations in their names and their current name in the Ukrainian alphabet. It is a 13 page pdf document created by the Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe. For GPS location, add the degree, minute, and second symbols and copy into Google. e.g. Bolechow is at 49°04'07" 23°51'26"
by Hilfskomitee der Galiziendeutschen. This one page map from "Heimat Galizien im Bild", copyright 1983, shows the boundaries of the Lutheran parishes. It is for personal use only and not to be republished without permission.
by Hilfskomitee der Galiziendeutschen. This one page map from "Heimat Galizien im Bild", copyright 1983, shows the boundaries of the RC parishes in Eastern Galicia. The map is for personal use only and not to be republished without permission.
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