Kingdom of Poland Atlas 1907

The Illustrated Geographical Atlas of the Kingdom of Poland may be useful for finding towns in the Russian partition of Poland. The atlas is broken down by powiat which is fine if you happen to know which one to look at. Many records we encounter do not include that information. This combined index lets you look for a town without knowing the powiat.

Cover of the Kingdom of Poland Atlas 1907

There are two important considerations when using this index. The index was prepared from maps which due to their scale did not show every town or village. While useful for its time period, some places may no longer exist or have undergone name changes. An example of this is Nowa Aleksandria which is now Puławy. Another thing that is helpful is to pull up a Google map "side-by-side" with one of the atlas maps. Once you orient yourself with respect to some of the bigger cities, you can find some of the smaller places and their new names. An example is Kościelna which is now Kościelna Wieś.

Stanley R. Schmidt was instrumental in copying the atlas and creating the grid system on which the index is based. The maps had been on his website before the site was discontinued after his death. See image of the map key to explain map symbols and to see the base map of all the gubernia and powiaty in the Kingdom of Poland.

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