Paper Based Maps and Map-related Books
Some of these resources are dated. Please refer to our maps page for online maps that are now of such good quality that paper maps are seldom ordered.
Historical Atlas of East Central Europe - by Paul Robert Magocsi. A History of East Central Europe, Univ. of Washington Press, Seattle, ISBN 0-295-97445-1. Can also be ordered through inter-library loan.
Sections, Townships and Ranges - Ray Hill. Article describing the grid system used in sections, townships and ranges. SGS Bulletin #29, #4, Dec 1998 page 135. to help you locate your ancestor's homestead in provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (Western Canada).
Galician Cadastre Maps - Land Surveys of 1849 and 1874 by John D. Pihach. Article in SGS Vol. 27 #1, March 1996, page 24-31. Cadastre maps are a collection of texts and maps that provide a snapshot of a community a century and a half ago. These maps can be found in the archives of Vienna, (Austria) Przemysl, (Poland), and Lviv (Ukraine) for those searching in Galicia. Article tells how to read the maps and other info.
Galician Cadastre Maps: Land Surveys of 1849 and 1874 - article by John Pihach. EEG June 1994, Vol. 2, #4, pages 16-24.
Josephinian Land Survey Maps "Josephinischen Landesaufnahme" at the War Archiv "Kriegsarchiv" in Vienna. Article by Brian Lenius. EEG Vol. 5#3, Spring 1997. Survey produced between 1760-80's shows roads, villages and other features as they were over 200 years ago. Commissioned by Empress Maria-Theresia and Emperor Joseph II and produced between 1764-1787. Pages 11-24.
Obtaining Galician Maps from Vienna's Kriegsarchiv - article by John Pihach. EEG March 1995, Vol. 3, #3. Includes address
Old World Maps Online has historical maps of the entire world. Many of them are online and can be downloaded, but some are paper based and must be ordered from the publisher. This site has an easy-to-use interface where you put a square around the area of interest and it lists all the available maps on the right hand side.
Culture, Remembrance & Recipes
Perogies, cabbage rolls, blood sausage metzel soup, and much much more!
Family stories that are shared with other members.
Stories about cemetery restoration projects submitted to us by our members.
Frank Petersohn created this site to highlight his collection of "Volkslieder, German and other Folk Songs" that he has collected.
Pages from our members or our affiliated German members that give details about villages, families, or Galicia in general.
Cemetery Restoration Projects
These cemetery restoration projects address works in progress and completed projects.
Koenigsberg Cemetery Restoration Project
Shared with us by Erika Paulson. They may be contacted by email (iben-metzgert-online.de) or postal address 12 Walkmoehle, D23611 Sereetz, Germany.
Münchenthal (Mużyłowice Kolonia) Cemetery Restoration Project
This was a major project directed by two of our members, Brian Lenius and Ed Rozylowicz. The work started in 2004. On September 20, 2018, there was a ceremony to dedicate and bless the cemetery and monument. The project is on-going with grass cutting and cleaning occurring three times a year.
For an overview of the colony and project, members can see the Münchenthal Memorial Project page.
Ed wrote an article on the restoration - members can see this in issue #62 April 2010. He has also created two short video clips showing the decaying church (4.5 min) and the cemetery (14 min). Both are publicly available on YouTube.
Brian Lenius (GGD Member L04) continues to be the contact person for Münchenthal and may be reached at .
Reichau Cemetery Restoration Project
See issue #62 April 2010 for more information.
Members may add to this cemetery restoration list by contacting the Editor
This means that the file is locked. For the Münchenthal Memorial Project, see the login link in the top menu. For past issues of our newsletter, see our newsletter page.
Tip 15, Organizations and Genealogical Societies
Organizations Related to Galician Research
The Hilfskomitee der Galiziendeutschen (Assistance Committee of the Galician Germans) was organized in 1946 and is an organization that promotes family research of the Germans in Galicia. This website is in German but most of the main pages are also available in English. Their website has Publications, village plat maps ("Ortspläne") available to order, and the Village Family Books project (Digital copies of these familybooks are available for a fee from our website at this link). They publish two publications of particular interest to Germans from Galicia. The first is their monthly newsletter "Das heilige Band. - Der Galiziendeutsche" ("The Sacred Bond - The Galician Germans) and the second will be very familiar to users of this website as much material in our own publication and on our website has come from the "Zeitweiser" Yearbooks published for over 60 years! Both these publications are in German. While the Hilfskomitee der Galiziendeutschen primarily serves the interests of Germans in tracing their lineages back to Galicia, it welcomes members from all countries.
Some members have asked how they could donate funds to the Hilfskomitee. See this page for details.
The The Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS)
was organized in 1992 as an umbrella organization that promotes family research in eastern and central Europe without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions. It provides a forum for individuals and organizations focused on a single country or group of people to exchange information and be updated on developments in the field. While it primarily serves the interests of North Americans in tracing their lineages back to a European homeland, it welcomes members from all countries.
Resource Guide Listings of Organizations Associated with FEEFHS (sorted by country)
Bukovina Society of the Americas
This site is a goldmine of information about Bukovina which was the eastern most crown land of the Austrian Empire; now divided between Romania and Ukraine. Many Galician Germans in the extreme South-East of Galicia had branches of their family in Bukovina.
Ethnographic Map of Bukovina in 1910.
Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe (SGGEE) : The SGGEE is devoted to the study of those people with German ancestry who lived in present-day Poland and also those people who lived in the western part of present-day Ukraine, in the old pre-World War II province of Volhynia. Auch vorhanden auf Deutsch.
East European Genealogical Society (EEGS): The EEGS "identifies and marshals genealogical resources for east European research". Galicia is one of the most popular regions in their mandated area of interest.
University of Alberta, Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics: This site has a single page on Galizien Germans which you can choose from the left-hand menu, and several other pages on the history and distribution of Germans in central Canada.
Black Sea Germans: This website focuses on Germans who settled in Russia around the Black Sea and it has a large database of Germans who lived near the Black Sea at some point. It is helpful for those who have Galician German ancestors who either came from or went to Russia at some point before they immigrated to North America. Be aware that there are Russian villages with identical or similar names to Galician villages (eg. Kaiserdorf).
Glückstal Colonies Research Association: GCRA is a non-profit organization researching family histories of the German colonists living in the Black Sea colonies of Glückstal, Neudorf, Bergdorf and Kassel. Again note that their village list has many entries similar to village names in Galician.
Genealogical Society of Małopolska: This website contains many online books and some maps about the part of Galicia that is currently in Poland, which often include information about all of Galacia. For example, this is the location of the indispensable "Das Kolonizationswerk Josefs II in Galizien". It has an English version, but many of the references are still in Polish or German. The use of Chrome/Edge or Google Translate is recommended.
Personal Web Pages
Many of these pages are written in German. If you use a Chrome or Edge browser, you can get automatic translation of those pages.
Gauer Family Website: Put up by one of the GGD webmasters and focused on the Gauer surname. Murray's ancestral village is Bedrykowce, district Zaleszczyki in Galicia.
www.felizienthal.de: A German-language site put up by Lorez Guntner with more information on the village of Felizienthal.
Felizienthal-Forschung website. Siegfried Grüdl maintains this website which is all in German. It does have some pictures and good maps. Siegfried has written a large book about Felizienthal which also has some information about many other villages. The website has the Table of Contents in German, but here is an English translation: Other villages included are Karlsdorf, Smorze, Tucholka, and Klimiec. See the Members-only page for an English version of the entire book, made available to GGD members with the permission of the author.
www.felizienthal.com: Jim Lang created this website featuring a trip to the village of Felizienthal (now, Dolynivka), and telling the story of his quest to find this village on behalf of the Lang family. The last third of the first video is a great summary of the history of many of our ancestors and all 3 videos present a moving presentation for anyone first visiting their ancestral home. Sadly, the church in Felizienthal burned down in October 2006 but Jim has created a website with a wealth of information about the Lang family and the village.
Halychyna! website: Roman Zakharii has collected a tremendous amount of information about Galicia on his site. He lists numerous cities in Galicia with information and pictures.
www.galizien-kraus.de: Werner Kraus has collected information (including more than 10,000 names of former residents and descendants) about a number of German speaking settlements in the vicinity of Lemberg, Galicia. The pages are in German.
www.semanchuk.com: Philip Semanchuk's "Semanchuk-A-Rama" includes information and links about the villages of Dolina, Neudorf and Bolechow with particular focus on his ancestors from those villages. Well worth a look
www.koenigsau-galizien.de/: Angela Fabian's website on Königsau north of Stryj. The site is in English/German and includes a history of the village, history of activities with group pictures, and a bit about Augustdorf, Bolechow, Machliniec and other villages nearby. Angela was a devoted Königsau researcher who has organized annual reunions in Germany and has led several bus tours to Königsau. Courtesy of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine which is slow to load.
www.myvolyn.de: Mechthild Walsdorf maintains a site, all in German, about a few eastern villages including Josefow near the Russian border. The site includes many pictures, including several of gravestones. There is also a brief history of the town. Use the menu along the left side to manoeuvre.
www.galizien-online.de website: Veit Olschinski created this German language website with information and links about Galicia. Courtesy of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, but slow to load.