Finding a Village in Galicia
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.
- If you know the name of the village you can use the
parish/administrative district finder, section A, to find out which
village with similar names is the one for your relatives.
- Once you have the parish/administrative district, you can find the
location on a map using section B.
- You can also find details about the village such as population etc.
using section C
A: Parish and Administrative District Finder
First we have Dave Gorz's Index of German settlements in Galicia.
Dave has collected villages from 3 different versions of Rudolph Unterschütz's map (Eastern Galicia and
Western Galicia on our website) to create
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 a
list with map sector references to the Unterschütz map which is available at this link. 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 Ukrainian 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.
B: Find the Location on a Map
Germans from Russia Settlement Locations have added Galicia to their
extensive database. As described on our main Galicia map page, you can
search their database for the village using the past, current, accented, or
unaccented name and it should provide a Google map with its current location
as well as district, GPS coordinates, religion, year founded, and a link to
an 1890s map showing the old German name.
Germans from Russia and Eastern Europe Settlement Locations
have a 195
page listing of German settlements in all of Eastern Europe, including
Russia. Dennis Bender makes it easy to get the GPS coordinates of any
village. Just press CTRL F and type in the name of the village you are
seeking. It accepts searches with or without accents, but you may need to
try alternative spellings. Go to Dennis' website for the latest version, but
the 2018 version is on our
- Gazetteer by Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe
This 13 page online village table 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
Dr. Frank Stewner for the
Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe.
For GPS location, note that the coordinates are in degree, minute, and second
groups. Thus Bolechow is at 49°04'07" 23°51'26" or more
simply, type (49 04 07 N 23 51 26 E) into Google.
- Lutheran Parish Map 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.
- Roman Catholic Parish Map by Hilfskomitee der Galiziendeutschen.
This map and village list 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.
C: Find Details About the Village
- Gazetteer of the Crownlands and Territories Represented in the Imperial Council of Austro-Hungary (Gemeindelexikon der im Reichsrate vertretenen Königreiche und Länder).
A gazetteer is a geographical dictionary of places.
This 1033 page 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.
We have five aids to help you get the most from this gazetteer at this link.
- Genealogical Gazetteer of Galicia 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.
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