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European Resources for Family Historians: Mapping Resources

This State Library of South Australia guide highlights resources available at the Library as well as various databases and websites that may assist your search for ancestors in Europe and the Mediterranean.

Maps at the State Library

This page covers present day countries whose regions wholly or partly were part of the former Prussian Empire. It lists selected published sources including gazetteers, atlases and maps held primarily in the Map Collection of the State Library.

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Chisholm, George. The Times gazetteer of the world 1899.

Knight, Charles. Cyclopaedia of geography 1856.

Lippincotts gazetteer of the world: a complete pronouncing gazetteer or geographical dictionary of the world 1890.

Room, Adrian. Place name changes 1900-1991 1993.


Hall, Charles M. The Atlantic bridge to Germany 1974 -1989. This multi-volumed set has been orientated towards genealogical research in areas of Germany where people migrated to the United States of America. This information is also relevant to South Australian researchers. Information includes: Research aids with address to authorities in Germany, an index to communities (Gemeinde) with appropriate maps, historical orientation of the area covered in the volume. Vol 1 Baden-Wuerttemberg, Vol 2 Hessen. Rheinland-Pfalz (The Palatinate) Vol 3 Bavaria (Bayern) Vol 4 Saarland Alsace-Lorraine Switzerland Vol 5 Schleswig-Holstein Vol 6 The Mecklinburg Vol 8 Prussia

United States Board on Geographic Names. Gazetteer. Germany-Soviet zone and East Berlin. 1959. (U.S. gazetteer series)

Wright, Raymond S. Meyers orts- und verkehrs-lexikon des Deutschen Reichs : with researcher's guide and translations of the introduction, instruction for the use of the gazetteer, and abbreviations. 2000

Germany - Poland

Kowallis, Otto. A genealogical guide and atlas of Silesia. 1976. Maps are included in this volume.

The following gazetteers give German place names and the new Polish names as at 1 January 1954. They cover the corridor comprising the old Polish border established after the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 and current in 1939 and the new Polish border established on the River Oder at 1 January 1954.

Bundesanstalt fur Landerskunde. Ampliches gemeinde und ortsnamenverzeichnis des Deutschen odegebiete unter fremder verwaltung, 1955. This multi-volume set has the names alphabetically arranged in a German-Polish and Polish-German sequence.

Rospond, Stanislaw. Slownic nazw geograficznych Polski zachodniej i Polnecnej. Warszawa:Polskie Towarzystwo Geograficzne, 1951.
This set is arranged alphabetically in Polish-German and German-Polish sequences, locality maps are included in this volume.




Alliance Internationale De Tourisme. Europe Milano: Del Touring Club Italiano, 197

Central European maps 1865 [microform], 1988, "... cover most of Germany (East and West), Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg, Poland, northeastern France, and small parts of Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Czechoslovakia and the Baltic States."

Generalkarte von Mitteleuropa 1:200,000. Wein: Bundesamt fur Eich-und Vermessungswesen. n.d. This incomplete set of official Austrian topographical series covering Austria and Central Europe is reproduced from 1880-1912 mapping. These maps now incorporate the current international boundaries of Austria, Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Eastern Russia, Albania, Romania, Bulgaria, Jugoslavia, Hungary, 196?.


Atlas osterliches Mitteleuropa. Bielefeld: Velhagen & Klasing, 1959. This set shows the German provinces as at 1-9-1939. 1:300,000

Deutschland in den Grenzen von 1937. Bad Golesberg:Selbstverlag der Bundenstadt fur Landeskunde und Raumforschung, 1962. This incomplete set shows German kreis (administrative areas) in 1937.

Stadt u Landkreis. Berlin: Herausgegeben vom Reichsamt fur Landesaufnahme, 1939. This set is incomplete and is based on the complete Prussian set Karte des Deutschen reiches 1:100,000.


Karte des Deutschen Reiches 1:100,000. Berlin: Herausgegeben vom Reichsamt fur Landeshaufnahme, 1939-1944. This set shows the Prussian Empire pre 1914 and was published between 1939-1944 and is incomplete. The missing maps are included in the 1:200,000 series, see below.

Topographische Ubersichtskarte des Deutschen Reiches 1:200,000. Berlin: Institute fur Angewandte Geodasie, 1950-56. This set is based on 1930's mapping and is incomplete. The missing maps are included in the 1:100,000 series, see above


Warszawa plan miasta  Legend in English, German, Polish, and Russian (1978)