Mapping out Galicia, Poland and the Pale #poland


Mark Halpern's explanation of the JRI-Poland online
database resources, got me to wondering. Where can
one get maps to see the changing borders of Poland
from about 1850 to 1950?
I am researching family originating in Poland,
Galicia, Belarus and Bukovina. As I'm sure many
others have encountered, when asked the country of
their origin these ancestors gave different answers at
different times. "Austria" is the #1 favorite
response, with "Poland" a close 2nd, but both are
misleading. Until I found the town of origin, I would
often be barking up the wrong tree with my research,
so to speak.

What I would like, if genies were real, is an
interactive 4 or 5 color detailed overlay map that
shows geopolitical changes in either 10 year intervals
or at each redivision of these territories in Eastern
Europe. And with the caveat of including as many
cities/towns/villages/shtetls as possible. Is there
any hope? Am I imagining a new project?

Guess that while I can read verbal descriptions, I
must be a visual learer and I really feel the need to
see these changes [and to see the cities/towns of each
family line in context to one another.]

Thanks for your suggestions,
Shellie Wiener
San Francisco, CA
On Fri, 12 Nov 2004 15:59:57 -0500 "Mark Halpern"
<> wrote:

The JRI-Poland online database contains record indices
from three main 19th Century and early 20th Century
government authorities -- Congress or Russian Poland,
Austrian Galicia, and the Russian Pale of

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