Galizien German Descendants

Books About the Germans and their Villages in Galicia

Die evanglisch Kirche Oesterreichs in den deutsch-slavischen (1.8 MB)
(The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Austria in the German-Slavic Areas by Julius Kolatschek)

A digital copy of the full German language version of this book (247pp) is available at Google Books. Chapter 12 of this book has about 50 pages devoted to Galicia and is viewable at this link (1.8MB, in German). Chapter 12 includes many of our Galizien villages along with a short description of the status of the parishes including, for example, names of pastors, school teachers, monetary funds (or lack thereof), general description of village, etc. Member Heike Wolf has translated these Galician pages for GGD members and her English translation is now available by clicking on this link(325KB).

Geschichte der Deutschen in den Karpathenländern [locked]
(History of Germans in the Carpathian Countries by Raimund Kaindl)

A digital copy of the full (530pp) German language publication of this book is available free at the Internet Archive. This three volume book is a history of Germans in Galicia, Hungary, Bukovina, Romania from about 1770 to 1911. Volume 3 (pages 128 to 184 of this work) is about the Germans in Galicia. An English translation of Volume 3 is now available to GGD members at this link[locked]

Quellen zur deutschen Siedlungsgeschichte in Sudosteuropa [locked]
(Sources on German history of Settlement in Southeastern Europe by Wilhelm & Kallbrunner)

This is Book #11 of a series published by the "Deutschen Akadamie" from 1932 to 1936. It lists German settlers in Southeastern Europe who passed through Vienna. The amount of information given about settlers is uneven but where they were from is usually given. There is a Surname index and a German village index which includes the page in the book and the line number on the page. This is a valuable companion resource to the Schneider book below. Note that this book is not available online but specific entries can be obtained from GGD. The indexes are now available to GGD members at this link[locked]

 Das Kolonizationswerk Josefs II in Galizien

Ludwig Schneider researched Austrian records from the time of emperor Franz Josephs II and published this indispensable book about the emigration of German settlers in the late 1700s to Galicia. It gives much detail of the history, reasons for emigration, organization, recruitment, village descriptions and, most importantly, lists of 3,404 heads of household names of German settlers passing through Vienna on their way to villages throughout the Galizen province of Austria. 

NOTE : This book is in DJVU format which requires a special viewer. See this page on how to view this book.
Once you have a viewer, you can access the 216 page book here. (12 MB)
Details about getting this book from a library or viewing it at a local LDS Family History Center is available on our Research Tips & Techniques page in the "Researching the Journey from Germany to Galicia" section.

Gemeindelexikon der in Reichsrate vertretenen Königreiche und Länder, Band 12 (Galizien)
(Gazetteer of the Crownlands and Territories Represented in the Imperial Council of Austro-Hungary, Vol 12 (Galicia))

This is a geographic dictionary of villages and areas found in the found in the Austro-Hungarian empire as at 1907 (when it was published). See the GDD Map Index page for more details and a link to an English Language finding aid for this gazetteer.


The Hilfskomitee der Galiziendeutschen (Support Committee of the Galician Germans) has published yearbooks called "Zeitweiser" for over 50 years! These are in German, but GGD has had several articles translated into English and published in our own newsletter, with permission of the Hilfskomitee. The index to these books is available at this link

One article of interest to anyone from the region is " Important Occasions, Persons, and Coworkers of our Ethnic Group" by Leopold Rindt. These 16 pages list some key dates and persons associated with Galicia.

newFalkenberg, a German village in Galizien [locked]

This book was written by Sepp Muller in 1963. Much of it was translated by GGD members to give a 66 page summary. They provide a detailed history and genealogy of the German village Falkenberg, Galicia, Austria. It lists all house owners in 1820 and gives a paragraph about most of the residents.

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