Galicia on United States 1920 Census Data #galicia


I was just going over some old census data from my ancestors and I read for place of birth of the "person" as "Galicia POA". The place of birth for the mother and father were both filled out as "Galicia AU". What would the reason for this be? Could something have changed between generations? Thanks.

Matthew Levine

Steven Turner

I would not place too much value on how Galicia was described in a census. It was not uniform by any means and is whatever the individual described it as. Don't forget either that Galicia ceased to exist at the end of WW I so in 1920 this was fairly fresh and people described where they were born in various ways.


Just a guess - in the one case, Galicia in Poland, and in the other case, Galicia in Austria
Ron Heller