Historical Maps of Galicia (1775-1918)

Borders and Districts of Galicia

Galicia as a geopolitical entity was created in 1772 with the establishment of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria, the Habsburg Monarchy’s (later the Austrian Empire’s) easternmost crownland. The capital of the province was Lemberg (today Lviv). A century and a half later, in 1918, Galicia was wiped from the world’s maps, with the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

The borders of Galicia changed throughout the years. In 1795, in the Third Partition of Poland, West Galicia (also called New Galicia), which included the districts of Kraków, Lublin, Chełm, was created and merged with Galicia in 1803. These districts, along with a small sliver of the  original Galicia, including the district of Zamość, were annexed to the Grand Duchy of Warsaw in 1809. Later, West Galicia referred to only the territory just west of Jarosław through the territory around Kraków.

The regions of Tarnopol (Ternopil) were included in the original formation of Galicia, but in 1809 they were ceded to the Russian Empire. During the Congress of Vienna (1814–1815), Austria gained back these regions.

In 1815, Kraków gained the status of a free city (The Free City of Cracow) and remained so until after the Polish uprising of 1846, when it was incorporated into Galicia as the Grand Duchy of Cracow.

Bukovina was formally annexed to the Austrian Empire in 1775 as part of Galicia. In 1849, Bukovina became a separate Austrian crownland, with its capital at Czernowitz (Chernivtsi).

Map Resources

The Polish digital library Polona has a wonderful collection of high-resolution zoomable maps of Galicia.

The website Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe, which offers a collection of small and large scale historical maps of the lands of the former Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Pale of Jewish Settlement in late Tsarist Russia, has a page devoted Galicia.

The Gesher Galicia Map Room, a long-term research project to acquire and publish land and building records in the former Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, in addition to an extensive collection of cadastral and street maps, has a number of regional Galicia maps.

Historic Maps of Galicia

Below is a collection of different types of historic maps of Galicia spanning from 1775 (the oldest map of Galicia I found, made just a few years after the creation of the crownland) through 1918, the year Galicia ceased to exist as administrative unit.

Lubomeriae et Galliciae Regni Tabula Geographica (1775) F.L. Gussefeld, Nuremberg

Map of the Kingdoms of Lodomeria and Galicia. The map uses a mix of Latin, German, and Polish languages. Lviv is marked as Lwow, Leopol, and Lemberg. The the upper right corner has a decorative title cartouche with banners depicting the flags of the regions Przemysl, Belskie [Belz], Halics [Halisch], Rotrußland, Auschwitz, Zator, Krakau, Sandomir.

Full file view (download)
Source: RCIN

Carte nouvelle des Royaumes de Galizie et Lodomerie avec le District de Bukowine (1780) T.C. Lotter, Augsburg

A New Map of the Kingdoms of Galicia and Lodomeria with the District of Bukovina. Fortified cities, villages, towns, hamlets, post routes, and post offices are marked on the map, with a French key to the symbols.

Original digital size can be found here.

Spezial Karte von des Koenigreichs Galizien und Lodomerien: westlichen Kreisen (1789) Anton Friedrich Büsching, Franz Johann Joseph von Reilly, Vienna

Special map of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria: Western districts

Zoom viewer: Polona

General Charte des Atlasses von Galizien und Lodomerien (1790) F.I. Marie, Vienna

Map of Galicia and Lodomeria. Map is in French and German. The Zamość region, at the uppermost center of the map, is included in this early configuration of Galicia.

Full file view (download)
Source: RCIN

Ost und West Galizien nach den neuesten beobachtungen (1805) Franz Reisser, Vienna

East and West Galicia according to the Latest Observations. Map is in German. “A partly-colored administrative map of (East) Galicia and the short-lived Austrian province of West Galicia (including Lublin and Radom), made just after the merger of the Two Galicias and a few years before West Galicia was lost to the Duchy of Warsaw…the map shows political boundaries, ranks towns by three size symbols, identifies, diocese seats for four kinds of Christian religions, and shows rivers and roads plus mines for salt, iron, lead, and silver.”

Source: Gesher Galicia

Strassenkarte von Galizien (1820) Johann Blaim

Road Map of Galicia. From the Imperial and Royal Galician Roads and Bridge Construction Direction. Galicia no longer includes the northern districts of the original West Galicia, which were lost to the Grand Duchy of Warsaw in 1809.

Zoom viewer: Polona

Das Koenigreich Galizien (1832) C.F. Weiland

The Kingdom of Galicia

Full file view (download)
Source: RCIN

Regno di Galizia e Lodomiria (1833) Giovanni Marieni

The Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria. Map is in Italian. Contains a table of political divisions.

Zoom viewer: Polona

Karte des Konigreiches Galizien (1846) F. Raffelsperger

Map of the Kingdom of Galicia. The Carpathian mountain range is shaded in with green hachures.

Full file view (download)
Source: http://rcin.org.pl/dlibra/docmetadata?id=370

Das Koenigreich Galizien (1849) Carl Ferdinand Weiland

The Kingdom of Galicia. Shows Ost Galizien (East Galicia – Ruthenian or Lviv Gubernium) and West Galizien (West Galicia – Polish or Krakow Gubernium). (West Galicia is now much smaller than the original West (New) Galicia, having lost its northern districts in 1809, and now the new east-west border is farther east (Rzeszów, Tarnow, and Jaslo/Dukla regions now part of West Galicia) – see map from 1805.)

Zoom viewer: Polona

Galicyja i Lodomeryja z ksiestwami Bukowina, Oswiecimem, Zatorem i wielkiem ksiestwem Krakowskiem dla użytku szkół ludowych (1872) Wladyslaw Miczynski, Rzeszów

Galicia and Lodomeria with the Duchies of Bukovyna, Auschwitz, and Zator and the Grand Duchy of Krakow for use in national schools

Zoom viewer: Polona

General Post- und Strassenkarte von Galizien und Lodomerien mit Auschwitz, Zator und Krakau so wie des Kronlandes Bukowina (1893) R.A. Schulz

General Post and Road Map of Galicia and Lodomeria with Auschwitz, Zator and Krakow as well as the Crownland Bukovina. This map contains a table of population statistics from the 1890 census. Railways are clearly marked.

Source: RCIN

Mapa ścienna Królestwa Galicyi i Lodomeryi z Wielkiem Księstwem Krakowskiem z Księstw: Oświęcimskiem i Zatorskiem (1894) Stanisław Majerski, Lviv

Wall Map of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria with the Grand Duchy of Krakow with the Duchies: Auschwitz and Zatorsk.

Zoomer view: Polona

Karta klimatyczna Galicyi (1899)

Climate Map of Galicia

Zoomer view: Polona

Mapa Galicyi (1900)

Map of Galicia. Shows Polish single-mandate district, Ruthenian single-mandate district with the exclusion of Poles, Polish and Ruthenian two-mandate district, Ruthenian cadastral district, and Polish cadastral district.

Source: Digital Library of University of Wroclaw

General Post- und Strassenkarte von Galizien und Lodomerien mit Auschwitz, Zator und Krakau; so wie des Kronlandes Bukowina (1900) R. A. Schulz, Vienna

General Post and Road Map of Galicia and Lodomeria with Auschwitz, Zator and Krakow as well as the Crownland Bukovina

Zoom viewer: Polona

Mapa ścienna Królestwa Galicyi i Lodomeryi z Wielkiem Księstwem Krakowskiem z Księstw: Oświęcimskiem i Zatorskiem (c. 1910) Stanisław Majerski, Lviv

Wall Map of the Kingdom of Galicia and Lodomeria with the Grand Duchy of Krakow and the Duchies: Auschwitz and Zator. Shows towns, elevation, and major geographic landmarks.

Source: Gesher Galicia

Galicya (1918) Stanisław Majerski

Zoomer view: Polona

27 thoughts on “Historical Maps of Galicia (1775-1918)

  1. Hola. Mi abuelo Stanislaw Iwanicki nació en Ostrow Galtzia en 1904. Podrian orientarme donde encontrar su partida de nacimiento? Espero con ansiedad quien me pueda ayudar. Gracias

  2. May I suggest adding to your great list two more excellent historical maps of Galicia available via mapywig.org :
    – the Liesganig map (1790/1824): “KOENIGREICH GALIZIEN UND LODOMERIEN HERAUSGEGEBEN IM JAHRE 1790 VON LIESGANIG. NACH DEN VORZÜGLICHSTEN NEUERN HÜLFSQUELLEN VERMEHRT und VERBESSERT VON DEM K.K. OEST. GENERALQUARTIERMEISTERSTABE IM JAHRE 1824” – the visual index of which is available via Mapster at http://igrek.amzp.pl/mapindex.php?cat=KGL288
    – the Kummersberg map (1855): “Administrativ-Karte von den KÖNIGREICHEN GALIZIEN UND LODOMERIEN mit dem Grossherzogthume KRAKAU und den HERZOGTHÜMERN AUSCHWITZ, ZATOR UND BUKOWINA in 60 Blättern”, C.R. von Kummersberg, 1855, 1:115 000. Wien, Verlag u Eigenthum von Artaria – the visual index of which is available via Mapster at http://igrek.amzp.pl/mapindex.php?cat=AKKGL115

  3. I am looking for this village -Prewusipl- it was where my great grandparents came from, back in 1903, when they chose to settle in Saskatchewan, Canada.
    The information I have is that it was a village, located in the province of Galatia, which at time was part of the Austrian Empire (today part of Ukraine, I believe). Any information you can share would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

    1. Olivia,
      I am looking for your town, but the spelling is not working. I will look around Galicia more.
      If you have any documents that show other spellings it would be helpful to have those alternate spellings. Perhaps you can share your ancestors names. Sometimes a search will reveal town names.

      Hap Ponedel

  4. My grandparents list their birthplace as Stubianko-Galicya, Austria. He was a Slizak, his parents were Grzegoz Slizak, Rozalia Sekowska. My grandmother was Steczynska. my great grandmother, Czerwiecka. I would like to follow my grandparents path, in reverse of course but do not speak Polish or Ukrainian as they did and am unable to find any information on Stubianko online. Any help would be greatly appreciated

  5. I am wondering if anybody can locate the village “Dobrowovy” near “Lwow”. My grandfather was from there

  6. I’m looking for a village or city of Antoniwka (possible misspelled variation, lost in translation) in the state of Galicia?

  7. I’m looking for the town of STRONIOWICE (1914′ name of the town) in Galicia, where my grandfather
    seems has dead in a battle against Russian Army on october 20,, 1914.
    I’m asking you if there is/was, in Galiacia, a town so called and if in that zone there have been any battle
    in those period.
    I would like to know the location of the town and if there is a war cemetery…
    Maybe STRONIOWICE is not in Poland, now…
    Thank you for your kindness
    Giovanni Concer
    Cles, Italy 07/04/2020

    1. I have a Tomasz and Julian Golub / Golab from Stroniowice, too. Tomasz emigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in 1926. If you come across them please let me know. Cheers!

    2. Giovanni,

      I believe your town may be in Bohemia, the Czech republic. There is a Strunkovice nad Volynkou, and also a Strunkovice nad Blanici. Both are south of Prag. The spelling you gave produced these results in a search. I have not found this town in Galicia yet.

      Hap Ponedel

  8. My great grandparents, Gregor and Nastia Sirko migrated to Pittsburgh, PA in between 1899-1902. I found official documentation from U.S.A. stating they came from “Syniowo”, Austria-Hungary Empire. Ukrainian language is documented as their native language, however, I have found census reports from later years (1920-1950) listing Poland as former country homeland. In my search of this village and I cannot find anywhere with this exact spelling (not surprised), however, I found three villages that sound similar to “Syniowo” and are all three villages are spelled the same: Sieniawa. Two in southeast Poland and one in Ukraine.

    Any thoughts? Leads? Or ideas as to how to determining which village it was?

    1.) Sieniawa, Poland – a village off the San River, just north of Jaroslaw, Poland. Current population: 2,100.


    2.) Sieniawa, Poland – an even smaller village in southeast Poland just 4 km east of Rymanów, Poland. Current population: 1,000.


    3.) Sieniawa (or Synyava, Syniava, or Stara Synyavka), Ukraine – a small village 180 km east of Ternopil, Ukraine. Current population: 5,500. I have only found one piece of evidence (a map) linking this village to former Austria-Hungary Empire, Galacia.

    Map: http://easteurotopo.org/images/regional%20maps%20of%20eastern%20europe/Galicia/Liesganig_94.html


  9. Hello,

    I have an ancestors that foght in 1914 in Galizia. He mentioned in a letter that he was wounded and carried out to the city of “Luiz” there.
    Please, can you tell me the right spell of the name of this city? Because I supposed it’s wrong written.

    Thank you.

  10. My grandfather’s mother’s family was from what was called Wilkie Oczy, or pronounces Villkutch in Yiddish. They immigrated to Pittsburgh in the early part of the last century.
    The town in Galicia is near Lviv, or Lemberg in Yiddish, current day Ukraine, then Poland Galicia.

  11. My paternal grandparents emigrated to Manitoba, Canada. Both were born in SKALA, AUSTRIA which I understand is on the eastern border of former GALICIA (Galicyi) now in Ukraine. My grandfather (surname Maydanuk) was born 13th January 1887 and emigrated to Canada in 1903 (aged 16) presumably with his family; my grandmother (maiden name Syrovetanyk) was born 18th August 1888 and emigrated to Canada in 1905 (aged 17) again presumably with her family. I am unsure of the exact spelling of their respective surnames – I would be interested if anyone could advise if they are typical names of the area? Also can anyone advise how to access birth certificates etc ?; if they are readily available as I would very much like to trace their siblings/parents if at all possible? Most grateful to anyone who can advise. Very happy to have discovered such an interesting site.

  12. My Father was born in Proskurov now Kmelnitzki Russia in 1884. I need to know anything I can about his life. He never spoke about what he went through. Do not know if i have relatives, cousins in Russia or in South America. Our last name was Uroda.

  13. My father, Demstiuk, was born in Zhelekhiv, Galicia. I was wondering where it is on the map and any information about his ancestors. His parents farmed near there.

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