Back in December of 2014, the Przemysl branch of the State Archives of Poland released many digitized records and published them to their website. Some of the items released were 1850’s era Galician cadastral maps which along with their indexes and other related documents are a great resource for Genealogists as they show the owners of houses and plots of land in Galician villages, towns and cities.
Using Google Maps
When viewed on their own on the Przemysl state archive website, the cadastral maps can be a bit confusing to understand, as they are split up into multiple pages. If you’re not map savvy it can be a difficult experience in trying to put these maps together. The quickest and most simplest way is to print out each individual image of the maps, cut them to size, and stitch them using scotch tape. We’ll be doing the exact same thing – digitally, and once the maps are stitched up into one solid image, we will overlay them using Google Maps, so that objects of interest on the maps, such as buildings, rivers and roads can be easily referenced. The State Archives of Austria has done something similar with much of their old map holdings. As an example, you can view the First Military Survey of Galicia (1779-1783).
A Test Example – Bachlowa, present day Bachlawa
We have taken a sample image from the 1854 cadastral map of Bachlowa, present day Bachlawa, Poland, and overlaid it in Google Maps using MapTiler software. You can view the functioning example, by clicking on the image below:
The above example is just a first draft test of a single image, and doesn’t take into account the other four images that compose the map. Once we have all the village images stitched up, we will be adding them one at a time to our site.
The Project Villages
The following initial set of villages will be part of our project: