Cadastral records #galicia

Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>

Logan Kleinwaks writes:

<<Mark (Halpern) mentioned Cadastral records, which interest me greatly,
since I would like to locate precisely where some of my ancestors lived in
the late 18th century. Is anyone aware of projects to index or
systematically acquire (copies of) Galician Cadastral records? Would this
even be feasible? I imagine it would involve shtetl-specific fundraising.
Have any SIGgers acquired any Cadastral

Gesher Galicia has long been interested in doing some kind of project with
cadastral maps, but with the closure of the Lviv Archives, any projects
involving documents held there must be postponed. There is no doubt,
however, that these maps are a potentially rich resource for genealogists.
Not only can they help us gain an accurate picture of where our ancestors
resided in their shtetls, but they can also serve as aids in deciphering
family relationships, as Israel Pickholtz pointed out.

If any Galician SIGgers have acquired copies of these maps...or any other
hand-drawn town maps during their research or travel abroad, I invite you to
contact me to see if we can begin to set up a research project in which maps
of this type can be used.

For those who want to learn more about cadastral records, I refer you to an
excellent article by Matthew Bielawa published in 2001 in "Rodziny," the
publication of the Polish Genealogical Society of America entitled: "The
Central State Historical Archive in Lviv, Ukraine and Polish Genealogical
Research." Not only is it an excellent primer for doing on-site research in
this archive, but it also provides fascinating details on cadastral maps.
Here's a link to the article:

Matthew explains that two surveys were commissioned by the Austrian crown
upon first gaining control of the region. The Josephinian Cadastral Survey,
taking place between 1785 and 1788, and a second survey, the Franciscan
Cadastral Survey, compiled between 1819 and 1820. A third cadastre is a
series of maps and related documents for a particular village or town
produced at different points through the 19th Century and into the early
20th Century. These were usually commissioned for legal purposes to prove
land ownership and often covered a period of several years. A rough drawing
was made of the village, indicating various houses and plots of land. A
second map was drawn based on the original rough sketch, the names of the
owners were written out right on the particular plot. A final map was made
in color, but then the actual names of owners were replaced by numbers.
Accompanying documents must be used to fully understand these maps, and
often there is a guide linking the number on the map to its equivalent house
number, which may or may not be the same number that appears on vital
records. Another document lists each plot of land and its owner, which is
listed by plot number. These cross-referenced documents can be quite large
depending on the size of the village.

As many of you already know, Brian Lenius, author of the "Genealogical
Gazetteer of Galicia," has also written extensively about cadastral maps and
their importance in genealogical research.

Pamela Weisberger
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia
Santa Monica, CA

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