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Describing an Ancestral Village Using Gazetteers–Part 1

By Jim Onyschuk

I had never heard the term “Gazetteer” until I started my genealogical pursuits. I read that if you wanted to find the records of your ancestor’s village, you needed to consult a gazetteer. For example, suppose the village you were searching was called Biala. You would soon discover that there were a lot of Bialas in Ukraine.

According to the “Genealogical Gazetteer of Galicia,” there are seven Bialas listed. Your task would now be to determine which Biala was that of your ancestry. To pinpoint your Biala, you would need to know some towns that were nearby, to locate the correct Biala. You ask your surviving Ukrainian aunt if she remembers some Continue reading