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Non-English Geographical Sources

Administratives Gemeindelexikon der Cechoslovakischen Republik. Prague, 1927-28.
LC call number: DB194.A5 1928
LC control number: 30031780

Place names in interwar Czechoslovakia.


Fényes, Elek.
Magyarország geographiai szótára. 4 vols. in 2. Budapest, 1984.
LC call number: CR57.Y8E85 LH&G
LC control number: 85231535

Geographical dictionary originally published in 1851, describing localities in the old Hungarian kingdom.


Gemeindelexikon der im Reichsrate vertretenen Königreiche und Länder. Vienna, 1903.
LC call number: HA1175.A25
LC control number: 05034980

Standard work, based on Austrian imperial census of 1900.


Gemeindelexikon für das Königreich Preussen. Berlin, 1907.
LC call number: DD308.A2 1905
LC control number: 43031291

Territories in the former Prussian kingdom.


Iordan, Ion, Petre Gâstescu, and D.I. Oancea.
Indicatorul localitatilor din România. Bucharest: Editura Academiei Republicii Socialiste România, 1974.
LC call number: DR204.I56
LC control number: 75565225

For modern-day Romania.


Magyar Köztársaság helységnévtára. Budapest, 1995- .
LC call number: DB904.A3
LC control number: 96640154

Place names for modern Hungary; 1985 edition was entitled Magyar Népköztársaság helységnévtára.


Majtán, Milan.
Názvy obcí na Slovensku za ostatných dvesto rokov. Bratislava, 1972.
LC call number: DB664.5 .M35
LC control number: 73319012

Slovak geographic names.


Meyers Orts- und Verkehrs-Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs. Leipzig, 1912-13. Reprint. With researcher's guide and translations of the introduction, instruction for the use of the gazetteer, and abbreviations in English by Raymond S. Wright III. 2 vols. in 3. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Pub., 2000.
LC call number: DD14.M5 2000
LC control number: 99085938

For territory in the former German empire.


Slownik geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i innych krajów slowia skich. Warsaw, 1975-1977. 15 vols. Reprint. Originally published 1880-1904. Index published 1995.
LC call number: DJK403.S46 1975; DJK7.S46 1975 Index
LC control number: 77502653; 97149173 (index)

A particularly useful geographical dictionary because it reflects the situation just prior to and during massive emigration.


Spis miejscowo ci polskiej rzeczypospolitej ludowej. Warsaw, 1967.
LC call number: DK403.S6
LC control number: 68077763

Place names for modern Poland.


Skorowidz miejscowo ci Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej. Warsaw, 1934-1938.
LC call number: DK4030.S56 1934
LC control number: 92183451

For Polish geographic names extending far into eastern Europe.

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