When researching birth, marriage, and death records in the former Austrian province of Galicia, now in Poland and Ukraine, one frequently encounters house numbers. The same house numbers can also be found in Cadastral land records and maps. These house numbers are significant and can be a useful clue for connecting families.
House numbers in the Austrian Empire pre-date the partitions of Poland. They were established by the Austrian Crown primarily in order to be able to identify men for the Austrian Military but were also used in land, vital, and other records. The house numbers essentially functioned as the address of each particular Continue reading