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1 German Maps and Gazetteers Eastern European Research Workshop Salt Lake City, UT Milan Pohontsch, AG ® 1

2 German Gazetteers Gazetteers in print Gemeindelexikon für das Königreich Preußen Mayers Orts- und Verkehrslexikon des Deutschen Reichs Gemeindelexikon der im Reichsrate vertretenen Königreiche und Länder 2 Gazetteers on the Internet Ancestry Kartenmeister Mapquest Wikipedia Shtetl Seeker

3 Gemeindelexikon für das Königreich Preußen 3

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8 Run- ning num- berName of community Total size ha Average taxes per 1 ha Occu- pied houses Other occupied living spaces HouseholdsPopulation present Regular with 2 or more persons Singl eTotal Of which Religious Evangelical Male Active militaryTotal Of which are native speakers GermanPolish Other language German and other language

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11 on Dec. 1, 1905 Church parish Civil Registration district City or office district Run- ning num- ber affiliation Catholic Other Christia nsJews Other relig. affiliat. Total Of which are native speakers EvangelicalCatholic GermanPolish Other language German and other language Total

12 Mayers Orts- und Verkehrslexikon des Deutschen Reichs 12

13 Three sections: Topographical description and main services 13 Population Services, offices, parishes, schools

14 Kuckau, rural community, at [the creek] Klosterwasser; Saxony, government district [and] district command [in] Bautzen, army corps [and] lower court [in] Kamenz, civil registrars office [in] Crostwitz, post office [in] Panschwitz, railroad station [in] Elstra; 617 inhabitants, [with] electric power source [and] mill – Includes village Alte Zie- gelscheune, [to] railroad station 7 km, 60 [inhabitants]; village and administration [in] Kuckau, [to] railroad station 6.5 km, 557 [inhabitants] with a copper mill, inn [called] Schanzenhaus; manorial district [called] Kloster [=monastery] Sankt Marienstern, [to] railway station 6 km, 145 inhabitants, reform school for girls [named] Sankt Joseph. 14

15 Gemeindelexikon der im Reichsrate vertretenen Königreiche und Länder Useful for: Austria Northern part of Italy Slovenia Croatia Czech Republic Southern part of Poland Western part of Ukraine North-east part of Romania 15 Also available on microfilm ( , and it.1)

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18 AAmtsbezirk Ab.(e)Abbau, Ausbau Abt. Abteilung || 18

19 Other Publications Der Schlüssel [= The Key] 19 Contains an index of all in Germany published genealogical periodicals since 1950, including titles, subject index, town name index, and family name index (only family names mentioned in titles) Lists the libraries that own these individual Periodicals Vol. 9 includes indexes for specific periodicals back to 1866 A problem solver when searching a specific area Only available in German and for areas in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

20 Internet Ancestry (several gazetteers available, some are free) 20 Go to Search all Records, scroll down, choose tab called Europe, choose Germany, scroll down to Germany Maps, Atlases & Gazetteers or to Germany Reference, Dictionaries & Almanacs

21 Internet Kartenmeister (for locations east of the Oder and Neisse rivers) Go to scroll down and enter data 21

22 Internet Mapquest (use the version of the country where the town is located, for example: 22 More exact than the U.S. version, especially for small towns

23 Internet Mapquest – German version via 23 Contains former German names for Polish and Czech towns (for example: Hindenburg = Zabrze)

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25 Internet Wikipedia (general wiki and FamilySearch wiki) 25

26 Internet Shtetl Seeker (only east and south-east Europe, lists mostly towns where Jews once lived), via 26

27 Internet Shtetl Seeker (cont.) 27

28 Locality search through passenger lists Family History Library: on microfilm as book publication Online sources: Ancestry.com, AncestorsOnBoard.com, TheShipList.com, GermanyRoots.com, Passagierlisten.de, EllisIsland.org, CastleGarden.com, Lib.byu.edu/mormonmigration/ 28

29 Locality search through immigration / emigration records Ancestry.com: naturalization records Family History Library: Klüber Karteien (microfilm), Germans to America (book series), other area-specific publications Local archives and county courts in the US: Addresses on the Internet Local archives in Germany: almost no success promised 29

30 Microfilm / microfiche through catalog of FamilySearch.org 30

31 German Maps 31

32 Area Search in German Maps 32

33 Online Atlas of the German Empire (with borders as existed between 1871 and 1914) 33 Easy to use but only with localities of 500+ inhabitants Huge magnification possible, download possible

34 Online Atlas of the German Empire (with borders as existed in 1907) 34 Easy to use but only with localities of 300+ inhabitants Satisfying magnification possible, no download possible

35 David Rumsey Map Collection (via 35 More than 1900 maps for Germany – but not all are useful Very good magnification possible (only online) Download of useful magnification only after log-in

36 German Maps via Ancestry.com Very detailed, includes every small settlement and landmark Not possible to download Only free if used at LDS Family History Library/Centers and BYU 36

37 German Maps via Ancestry.com (cont.) 37 abt. 7 miles

38 German and Austrian maps via FEEFHS Not very detailed 38

39 Boundary Changes in Europe throughout History Very general, magnification possible 39

40 Maps indicating the predominant religious affiliation Europe before 30-Years-War (1618) 40

41 Maps on microfilm Same German maps as on Ancestry.com Königliche Preußische Landesaufnahme. Kartographische Abteilung. Karte des Deutschen Reiches (Map of the German Empire). Scale 1:100,000. Berlin, Germany: Königliche PreußischeLandesaufnahme, (FHL film 68,814) 41

42 Maps on microfilm (cont.) Austrian Empire map (FHL film 1,045,395) The grid at the beginning of film is difficult to use. The article on FamilySearch Wiki is designed to help you find your locality easier on the filmed map (search keyword: Austrian Empire map). The localities are listed alphabetically and followed by the page number. Aagyar 4861 Aba 5161 Abaujszanto 4666 Abenau 4951 Abony 5164 Ach 4749 Achenkirchen 4947 Ada 5664 Adaiszallasok 5664 Adamello 5545 Adasevci 5962 || 42

43 Printed Atlases Auto Atlas Deuschland. Scale 1:200,000. Berlin, Germany: RV Verlag: Berlin, (Family History Library book 943 E7a) Der Grosse V.A.G. Atlas (The great V.A.G. atlas). Scale 1:200,000. Berlin, Germany: Reise-und Verkehrsverlag, Annual. (FHL book 940 E7gv1991-2) Der Grosse Shell Atlas (The great Shell atlas). Scale 1:500,000. Ulm/Donau, Germany: Franz Spiegel Buch, Annual. (FHL book 943 E7gs) Stier, Hans-Erich. Westermann Grosser Atlas zur Weltgeschichte (Westermann atlas of world history). Eighth Edition. Braunschweig, Germany: Georg Westermann, (FHL book Ref 940 E3we) 43

44 German maps and postal codebooks for purchase from: Genealogy Unlimited Interlink Bookshop & Genealogical Services 4687 Falaise Drive Victoria, B.C. V8Y1B4 Canada Internet: 44

45 45 Any questions to maps and gazetteers?


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