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East Central European Genealogy and Local History:
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Geographical Sources

One of the most difficult aspects of East Central European genealogical research is variations in geographic names and changes in boundaries. Titles listed below will assist the beginning researcher. Most researchers, however, will eventually find it necessary to consult the standard non-English gazetteers listed briefly in the next section. These can be interpreted with the help of handbooks cited at the beginning of this guide.

Crampton, R. J. and Ben Crampton.
Atlas of Eastern Europe in the twentieth century. London: Routledge, 1996. xv, 197 p., one atlas, maps.
LC call number: G2080.C7 1996
LC control number: 95004172

Describes boundaries and distribution of ethnic groups in early 1900s.


Flynn, Randall E. and Gerd Quinting.
Gazetteer of Yugoslavia: names approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names. 2 vols. Washington, D.C.: Defense Mapping Agency, [1983.] xix, 874 p., maps.
LC call number: DR1209.F55 1983
LC control number: 83602318

Lists standard and variant place names for regions that were part of Yugoslavia as of 1983. Provides map coordinates.


Gardiner, Duncan B.
German towns in Slovakia & Upper Hungary: a genealogical gazetteer. Lakewood, Ohio: D.B. Gardiner, 1993. ii, 118 p., ill., maps.
LC call number: DB2707.G37 1991
LC control number: 94226886

Helps researchers identify names of German ethnic settlements in Slovakia that were part of pre-1918 Hungary.


Gazetteer of Hungary: names approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names. Washington: Defense Mapping Agency, 1993. 737 p. Maps.
LC call number: DB904.G38 1993
LC control number: 93190091

Lists standard and variant place names and map coordinates. Publication of the Board on Geographic Names.


Gazetteer of Poland: names approved by the United States Board of Geographic Names. 2 vols. Washington, D.C.: Defense Mapping Agency, 1988. xvi, 1323 p.
LC call number: DK4030.G38 1988
LC control number: 89601608

Similar to Yugoslav and Hungarian sources listed above (publication of the Board on Geographic Names).


Kowallis, Otto K., and Vera N. Kowallis, compilers.
A genealogical guide and atlas of Silesia. Compiled from original maps. Logan, Utah: Everton Publishers, 1976. xiv, 442 p., 1 atlas, maps.
LC call number: G1953.S5K6 1976
LC control number: 82168945

Identifies present day names and locations of German towns and villages in former German Silesia.


Leksikografski zavod "Miroslav Krleza".
A concise atlas of the Republic of Croatia & of the Republic of Bosnia and Hercegovina. Edited by Mladen Klemencic. Zagreb: Miroslav Krleza Lexicographical Institute, 1993. 159 p., 1 atlas, ill. (chiefly col.), maps.
LC call number: G2030 .L45 1993 <G&M>
LC control number: 93676431

Provides detailed regional maps and an index of place names.


Lenius, Brian J.
Genealogical gazetteer of Galicia. Anola, Man., Canada: B.J. Lenius, 1994. 1 vol. with various pagings, maps.
LC call number: CS878.G35L46 1994
LC control number: 95105400

Lists place names, administrative and judicial districts, parishes, and map locations for towns and villages in the former Austrain territory of Galicia (now part of southeastern Poland and western Ukraine).


Magocsi, Paul R.
Historical atlas of East Central Europe. Cartographic design by Geoffrey J. Matthews. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, 1993.1 atlas (xiii, 218 p.), col. maps.
LC call number: G2081.S1M3 1993b
LC control number: 94153592

Maps illustrate historical and demographic development of region.


Pogonowski, Iwo.
Poland, a historical atlas. [New York, N.Y.: Hippocrene Books, c1987] 1 atlas (321 p.): ill. (some col.), maps.
LC call number: G1951.S1P34 1987
LC control number: 87675198

Useful historical information as well as extensive maps showing fluctuating borders of Polish territories.


Tenczar, Thomas M.
The post office town list for Hungarian portion of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (1871 to 1920). Scottsdale, Ariz.: T.M. Tenczar, 1976. 12, 122 leaves.
LC call number: HE6980.5.A4T46 1976
LC control number: 83162068

Designed for use in postal history research. Lists place names for the Hungarian part of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy from 1871 through 1919. Clarifies two-part names and bilingual names (especially Croatian or German) and identifies countries to which areas were assigned after the empire's breakup.


Thode, Ernest.
Atlas for Germanic genealogy. Chicago: Polish Genealogical Society of America, [1993.] 12 p.
LC call number: G1912.2.T5 1983
LC control number: 84112795

Maps showing geographic names for European German-speaking areas.


United States. Office of Geography.
Austria; official standard names approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names. . Washington, U.S. Govt. Print. Off., 1962. v, 391 p., map.
LC call number: DB14.U5
LC control number: 62062165

Publication of the Board on Geographic Names. Lists standard place names for both populated areas (towns, villages, larger administrative units) and natural landmarks and bodies of waters in present-day Austria. Refers researcher from variant names (including non-German) to these standard names. Provides map coordinates to locate designated areas.


United States. Office of Geography.
Czechoslovakia: official standard names approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names. Prepared in the Division of Geography, Department of the Interior. Washington: Central Intelligence Agency, 1955. 879 p.
LC call number: DB14.U5 1955
LC control number: 75318082

Publication of the Board on Geographic Names listing standard place names for populated areas and natural landmarks and bodies of water in the present-day Czech Republic and Slovakia. Variant names, including those in other languages, are included with "see" reference to standard name. Map coordinates accompany standard name.


United States. Office of Geography.
Rumania; official standard names approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names. . Washington, 1960. iii, 450 p.
LC call number: DR204.U5
LC control number: 60062205

Listing of official and variant place names and their coordinates, produced by the Board on Geographic Names.

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