House numbers for Pre-WWI Przemysl? #galicia
Marla Raucher Osborn asked:
"Does anyone know of a house numbering resource for pre-WWI
Przemysl (Galicia/Poland)? I ask because I have collected quite a few
19th century birth and death records for my RAUCHER and
KESTENBAUM families >from Przemysl which identify their dwelling
numbers at the time of the event. As I plan to visit Przemysl in Spring
of this year, it would be great to know if any of these houses are still
standing and where I can find them."
House numbers can be found on the cadastral (land) maps that are
housed at Polish and Ukrainian archives for towns that were once in
Gesher Galicia's "Cadastral Map & Landowner Records Project" has
been acquiring these maps over the past three years, and many
versions of these maps not only have house numbers indicated, but
often the names of the residents are written directly onto the map.
Our primary researcher for this project has been Brian Lenius, who
describes the mapping system:
"Three distinct property land surveys were conducted for all of
Galicia during the Austrian period of the 18th and 19th centuries.
These consisted of detailed records showing the size of land parcels,
type of land, crops grown and more. The Austrian Stable Cadastral
Survey of the 1830s to 1860s consisted of records and extremely
detailed maps showing the smallest parcels of land, individual yards,
houses, barns, roads, field plots, synagogues and even large trees. At
least three versions of these maps were created at the time including
a field sketch, a preliminary drafted version and the Cadastral Map in
full color. At least one or more versions of these maps still exist
for most villages."
Our research has focused on the Ukrainian Archives (Ternopil and Lviv)
which house many of these maps, not only for Ukrainian towns but for
a few Polish ones, but we are hoping to expand this project to the
Polish State Archives. =A0I recently visited the Krakow State Archives
and have acquired images of cadastral maps >from Krakow >from 1900
which will be available online soon.
Gesher Galicia has other members who are working on utilizing
Google Earth to overlay cadastral maps onto the satellite images for
their towns. In the case of smaller villages, many of the roads and
land plots have stayed the same over hundreds of years, even if the
structures built on them may be new.
These maps offer a snapshot of history and often can, literally, be a
road map to your ancestors' lives.