German Empire

Uetrecht, E., comp. Meyers Orts und Verkehrs – Lexikon des Deutschen Reichs [Meyer’s gazetteer and directory of the German Empire]. Leipzig: Bibliographisches Institut, 1912. (Family History Library call number: European Collection Ref. 943 E5mo; also on microfilm, Film 496640 – for places A-K, Film 496641 – for places L-Z; also on Fiche 6,000,001 – 6,000029)].

Towns are listed alphabetically. This gazetteer is written in the old Gothic script. This gazetteer gives the 1871Ð1918 political jurisdictions and indicates whether the locality had its own parish or synagogue.


Gemeindelexikon fur das Konigreich Preussen [Gazetteer for the Kingdom of Prussia]. Berlin: Verlag des Koniglichen statistischen Landesamts, 1907-1909. (Family History Library call number: European Collection Ref. 943 E5kp; also on microfilms listed below).

  • Vol 1 Ostpreussen (Film 1186701 item 3)
  • Vol 2 Westpreussen (Film 1186701 item 4)
  • Vol 3 Brandenburg (Film 806635 item 1)
  • Vol 4 Pommern (Film 806634 item 4)
  • Vol 5 Posen (Film 806635 item 3)
  • Vol 6 Schlesien (Film 806633 item 4)

Each volume has an index at the end listing in alphabetical order all localities in the province. In the index, there are two numbers given after each place name. The first number refers to the Kreis (district) to which the locality belonged. These numbers can be found at the top of the page in the body of the book. The second number refers to the town. Thus 21 17 refers to the 17th town listed in district 21. The parish is given in the columns marked as Kirchspiel; Evangelisch (Lutheran) in column 25 and Katolisch (Catholic) in column 26. Note: If the town in question is not listed in column two, refer to the footnotes in the gazetteer.

Russian Empire (Including localities now in Poland and in Lithuania)

Sulimierski, Filip, ed. Slownik geograficzny krolestwa polskiego i innych krajow slowianskich [Geographical dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavic countries]. 15 Vol. Warsaw: Sulimierski i Walewski, 1880-1902. (Family History Library call number: European Collection 943.8 E5c; also on microfilm.) Film numbers are as follows:

920,957 vol. 1 Aa-Dereneczna 920,967 vol. 11 Sochaczew-Szlurbowska Wola
920,958 vol. 2 Derenek-Gzack 920,968 vol. 12 SzlurpkiszkiÐWarlynka
920,959 vol. 3 Haag-Kepy 920,969 vol. 13 WarmbrunnÐWorowo
920,960 vol. 4 Kes-Kutno 920,970 vol. 14 WorowoÐzyzyn
920,961 vol. 5 Kutowa-Malczyce 920,971 vol. 15 AbabiÐJanuszowo
920,962 vol. 6 Malczyce-Netreba (addendum)
920,963 vol. 7 Netreba-Perepiat 920,972 vol.15 JanuszpolÐSniatyn
920,964 vol. 8 Perepiatycha-Pozajscie (addendum)
920,965 vol. 9 Pozajscie-Rukszenice
920,966 vol. 10 Rukszenice-Sochaczew Arranged alphabetically with text in Polish.

Austrian Empire

Gemeindelexikon der in Reichsrate vertretenen Konigreiche und Lander [Gazetteer of the crownlands and territories represented in the imperial council]. Vienna: K.K. Statistisches Zentralkommission, 1903-1908. (Family History Library call number: European Collection Ref Q 943.6 E5g; also on microfilm). Film numbers are as follows:

  • 1187927 item 2 Vol 11 Schlesien
  • 1187928 item 1 Vol 12 Galizien
  • 1187928 item 2 Vol 13 Bukowina

Based on the 1900 census. The volume for each province is arranged by district with an index to both German and local place names. If you do not find the town on the page listed in the index check the footnotes. The parish or synagogue location is not listed in the main text but is given in an appendix, located between the main text and the index of each volume. The appendix is arranged alphabetically by district and subdistrict. The parish and synagogue are given in the last column: Standort der rom- kath., gr-kath. und isr. Matrikelstellen.


Sprogis, Ivan Jakovlevich. Indeks alpfabetyczny miejscowosci dawnego wielkiego Ksiestwa Litewskiego [Alphabetical Index of Localities of the Former Grand Duchy of Lithuania]. Vilnius, 1929. (on set of 37 microfiche, Family History Library number 6002146)

Text in Russian and Polish.

Poland between WW1 and WW2 (Including areas now in Lithuania)

Bystrzycki, Tadeusz. Skorowidz miejscowosci rzecrypospolitej polskiej [Listing of Localities of the Polish Republic]. Przemysl: Wydawnictwa ksiaznicy naukowej, 1934. (Family History Library book 943.8 E5sm; also on microfilm 1343868).

This is a gazetteer of the early republic of Poland as it existed from 1918 to 1939. Poland at that time extended far into the east, including areas which after World War II were ceded to the Soviet republics of Lithuania, Belorussia, and the Ukraine. These are areas which had a substantial Jewish population. This is the most accurate gazetteer available for that territory. It is arranged alphabetically with information in columns. Localities are listed alphabetically down the page in the first column. Township, district, province (voivodship), post office, railway station, bus station, local and regional courts, and Christian parish for the locality are listed in successive columns to the right. The nearest synagogue is not listed.

Modern Poland

Spis Miejscowosci Polskiej Rzeczypospolitej Ludowej [Gazetteer of Polish People’s Republic Localities]. Warsaw: Wydawnictwa komunikacj i lacznosci. 1968. (Family History Library call number: European Collection Ref. 943.8 E5s; also on microfilm 844922).

Localities are listed alphabetically down the page in the first column. Township, district, province (voivodship), post office, railway station and vital records office for the locality are listed in successive columns to the right.