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General Tips for Finding a Town or Location
If you know the name of your village and want to find its location or details
about it, go to the map page and click on Finding
Your Village in Galicia.
The tips below are to help you determine which
village is the one you want.
- Betty Wray has general tips on finding a village
- Try to find the surnames of your family in our surname listing of Manfried Daum's Family Books. See GGD website,
left hand column "Galician German Familybooks". A list of villages plus
the dates included therein is included online. What you would want to do is to
use the surname search (try both search engines) to find the surname that you
are seeking. Look at each resulting village list to see if the persons
listed have the first name and birth dates of those you are seeking.
Family Books are primarily
extracted from church and some civil records by Manfred Daum. Each village is
$10.00. The files include birth/baptism, marriage and death records with sources
referenced. If the info was available, spouses and children’s names, birth dates
and birthplaces, etc. are recorded as well as connections to other family
- If you want to trace your ancestor in Galicia or back to Germany, I would
suggest looking in the various emigrant records available at the LDS Family
The best is
Das Kolonisationswerk Josefs II in Galizien (The Colonization
Programs of Josef II (emperor of Austria) in Galicia, Austria) by Ludwig
Schneider. (Found in the "Austria, Galizien - Emigration and immigration"
topic) which lists 3,404 heads of household names of settlers. It gives much
detail of the history, reasons for emigration, organization, recruitment,
village descriptions and, most importantly, lists of German settlers
in two surveys 1790s and 1820. It is available at many
public libraries). It also is available in
the LDS Family History Library at
www.familysearch.org> and all Family History Centers in North America
can borrow a microfilm copy for a nominal charge – Schneider’s book is found
on film #1256477.
This book is arguably the best reference for emigration
from Germany to the Galician province of Austria.
However, it is written in old German script and can be hard to read.
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)