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Słownik geograficzny Krlestwa Polskiego i innych krajw słowiańskich

Geographic Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic Countries
15 volumes. 1880-1902


Available either on microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City (which can be ordered through your local Family History Center) or online.

Online Instructions:

University of Warsaw Library version
First, you must download the reader (called DJVu Browser), which is available at: or .  Download the appropriate Browser (Windows for Windows users, Mac for Macintosh users).
Then, visit a site containing a Table of Contents for the massive 15 volume collection.  This makes for easier searching.

DIR version (Domena Internetowych Repozytoriw Wiedzy)
Click on the link to DIR
's Słownik Geograficzny page.  Click on the appropriate volume number (see the chart below for the contents of each volume).  You can search the gazetteer by typing in your village (using Polish letters) in the left-hand box after "Wyszukiwanie w książce" ("Look up in the book"), then click "Szukaj" ("Search").

By checking the box "szukaj w całej serii" ("search in the whole series"), you can search for the village throughout all 15 volumes at once.


Family History Library Microfilm Numbers:

Volume Locality by Polish alphabet FHL microfilm no.
Volume 1 As Dereneczna 920957
Volume 2 Derenek Gżack 920958
Volume 3 Haag Kepy 920959
Volume 4 Kęs Kutno 920960
Volume 5 Kutowa Malczyce 920961
Volume 6 Malczyce Netreba 920962
Volume 7 Netreba Perepiat 920963
Volume 8 Perepiatycha Pożajście 920964
Volume 9 Pożajście Rukszenice 920965
Volume 10 Rukszenice Sochaczew 920966
Volume 11 Sochaczew Szlurbowska Wola 920967
Volume 12 Szlurpkiszki Warłynka 920968
Volume 13 Warmbrunn Worowo 920969
Volume 14 Worowo Żyżyn 920970
Volume 15 Ababi Januszowo (addendum) 920971
Volume 15 Januszpol Śniatyn (addendum) 920972


This massive collection took over 20 years to publish all 15 volumes. The gazetteer was published when officially there was no Poland in existence. From 1772 to 1918, Poland was dominated by three empires: Austria (later known as Austria-Hungary), Russia and Prussia. The gazetteer contains a great wealth of information on cities, towns, and villages, as well as mountains, rivers, and other geographic points of interest in the lands that were once a part of the old Kingdom of Poland. Although some areas are given preference, namely the region controlled by the Russian Empire, the region of Galicia, including Halychyna/Eastern Galicia is well represented.

This reference can be challenging to use. However, this should not dissuade even the beginner genealogist from attempting to use it. The gazetteer presents information in long text form in Polish. The text may include archaic terms and cryptic abbreviations which makes the gazetteer somewhat complex. If you dont understand Polish, youll have to find a translator or use a very good dictionary (though the complex grammar of Polish makes using a dictionary not an easy task for someone not familiar with Slavic grammar). Even if you have a fair knowledge of Polish, you many not understand all the meanings of all of the words due to the many archaic terms. Remember to check the beginning of each volume for an index to the abbreviations used.  Click on the images below to see the index of abbreviations.



When using the gazetteer, remember that it follows the Polish alphabetical sorting rules. Letters with diacritic marks (ą, ę, ć, ł, ń, у, ś, ż, ź) are considered separate letters and therefore come after the letter it closest resembles. Therefore, Pajewo comes before Pajęczno. This can be tricky if you are not familiar with the Polish alphabet, so give yourself time when using the reference.

When there are several villages with the same name, each unique entry is separated by a number. Check the county (powiat in Polish, povit in Ukrainian) to determine which particular village is yours. Remember that the county is often give in its adjectival form in Polish. (In Polish grammar it makes sense since it is describing what kind of county it is.)

The adjectival form closely resembles the form you are used to seeing. So long as you know that Lwowski powiat is the same as the powiat of Lww, you wont have a problem.

Examples of adjectival forms versus the standard form (for you linguists, thats the proper noun in the nominative case!).

Between the two world wars, Poland ruled the region of Halychyna/Eastern Galicia.  Here are the three provinces (wojewdztwa in Pol./ voievodstva ( воєводства) in Ukr.) in southeastern Poland at that time:

Polish Ukrainian
Lww Lviv
Tarnopol Ternopil
Stanisławw Stanislaviv
(now known as Ivano-Frankivsk)

Here are the counties (powiaty in Pol./ povity (повіти) in Ukr.) that made up each of the three provinces above:

Adjectival form in Polish Proper Noun in Polish Proper Noun in Ukrainian
Bohorodczański Bohorodczany Bohorodchany
bobrecki Bbrka Bibrka
borszczowski Borszczw Borshchiv
brodzki Brody Brody
brzeżański Brzeżany Berezhany
brzozowski Brzozw Bereziv
buczacki Buczacz Buchach
czortkowski Czortkw Chortkiv
dobromilski Dobromil Dobromyl'
doliński Dolina Dolyna
drohobycki Drohobycz Drohobych
grуdecki Grdek Jagielloński Horodok
horodeński Horodenka Horodenka
jarosławski Jarosław Yaroslav
jaworowski Jaworw Yavoriv
kałuski Kałusz Kalush
kamionecki Kamionka Strumiłowa Kaminka Strumylova / Kamyanka Strumylova
kobuszowski Kolbuszowa Kolbushovo
kołomyjski Kołomyja Kolomyia
kopyczyniecki Kopyczyńce Kopychyntsi
kosowski Kosw Pokucki Kosiv Pokutskyi
krośnieński Krośno Krosno
leski Lesko Lisko
lubaczowski Lubaczw Liubachiv
lwowski Lww L'viv
łańcucki Łańcut Liantsut
mościski Mościska Mostys'ka
nadwуrniański Nadwrna Nadvirna
niżański Nisko Nisko
podhajecki Podhajce Pidhaitsi
przemyski Przemyśl Peremyshl'
przemyślański Przemyślany Peremyshliany
przeworski Przeworsk Perevorsk
radziechowski Radziechw Radekhiv
rawski Rawa Ruska Rava Rus'ka
rohatyński Rohatyn Rohatyn
rudecki Rudki Rudky
rzeszowski Rzeszw Riashiv
samborski Sambor Sambir
sanocki Sanok Sianik
skałacki Skałat Skalat
skolski Skole Skolie
sokalski Sokal Sokal'
stanisławowski Stanisławw Stanislaviv (now Ivano-Frankivs'k)
starosamborski Stary Sambor Staryi Sambir
stryjski Stryj Stryi
strzyżowski Strzyżw Stryzhiv
śniatyński Śniatyn Sniatyn
tarnobrzeski Tarnobrzeg Tarnobereh
tarnopolski Tarnopol Ternopil'
tłumacki Tłumacz Tlumach
trembowelski Trembowla Terebovlia
turczański Turka Turka
zaleszczycki Zaleszczyki Zalishchyky
zbaraski Zbaraż Zbarazh
zborowski Zborw Zboriv
złoczowski Złoczw Zolochiv
żуłkiewski Żłkiew Zhovkva
żydaczowski Żydaczw Zhydachiv

Here is are two sample entries.




This longer paragraph is for Biały Kamień (in Ukr. Bilyi Kamin / Білий Камінь)

(Click on the image to make it larger.)




This one is a smaller one for the village Czeremosznia
(in Ukr. Cheremoshnia / Черемошня)

(Click on the image to make it larger.)            Questions and Comments to Matthew Bielawa
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