Cadastral Map Questions #subcarpathia

Pamela Weisberger

To answer some of the questions raised about how these cadastral maps
should be interpreted...

There were usually three versions of the maps, with the early versions
being rougher sketches, but with more detail on the landowners, and
the final full-color version of the cadastral map being the one you
are seeing online. Sometimes the archives will hold earlier versions
of the maps--a future area of research.

Pay attention to the time frame and redline updates as the maps were
refined over the years. These were not just for show, but working
copies used for inheritance, land division and settling neighborly
disputes, just like we use property maps today when buying and selling
homes (or building fences, cutting down trees) and so on.

One of the Galician legends is here; and
annotated here:

It seems, >from a quick glance at the Hungarian maps, that there were
many fewer traditional market squares (ryneks, in Polish) and more
agriculture, so having larger land plots makes sense. I'm hoping
someone more familiar with Hungarian history will be able to add to
this discussion to compare shtetl life in Galicia to life in Hungary.
Although part of the same empire for a time, life was different
between the two.

Maps could have many different numbers on them, so it is important to
sort that out. House numbers, building numbers (barns, sheds, etc.),
plot or ground-parcel numbers all figure in the mix. It was all about
taxes, so knowing the size of the parcel along with the type and
number of buildings factored into the equation. Now that these maps
are available -- with more to be added soon I hope -- perhaps the
Hungarian SIGs will create an info-file as a guide to land ownership
and registration in pre-Trianon Hungary. I've been told that the land
records may also be digitized, which will expand the ability for
Hungarian researchers to learn specifics about their families living
in Hungary. (Gesher Galicia has indexed many of these land records
and added them to the All Galicia Database.)

To learn more about these maps, >from the Galician standpoint, I
suggest checking out the Gesher Galicia cadastral map room here:

Read the "references" link as well. It is very informative:

Thanks to Jay Osborn for writing it so clearly. Keep in mind that the
rules were still governed by the Hapsburg Empire and should be quite

Gesher Galicia has many province and Eastern European maps showing
telephone, telegraphy, trade routes, etc. that pertain to Empire
research and will be of value to Hungarian researchers. Start at the
top of the page and scroll down. If you are attending the IAJGS
Conference in Jerusalem this summer, come to the Gesher Galicia SIG
program and research talks. We will be dealing with cadastral maps
and landowner records.

Pamela Weisberger
President, Gesher Galicia
Santa Monica, CA
(also with Magyar roots in Humenne, Eor, Darma, Csap, Nagy Tarkany, Karasz,
Gyulahaza and Tiszaszalka)

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