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James
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 7:18 pm      Post subject: interactive Poland map
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searching for towns, villages that might not be on most maps? I was directed to one site recently that really helped me alot, as I was searching for villages named Bielawy, in the Wloclawek area.
http://www.mapa.szukacz.pl/
It is in Polish, but if you don't understand Polish, you can go to www.nancy.polishsite.us/PilotInstrfr.htm , and it is explained for you , in English , what the meanings are for the entries boxes.

good luck, Very Happy
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NancyM
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Post Posted: Mon Apr 28, 2008 9:58 pm      Post subject:
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Hi James,

I am glad to hear that those instructions still work. I really like that map site but have not used it recently.

For some reason, the link you posted gives an error message, but this one (with capital letters) should be OK.

http://nancy.polishsite.us/PilotInstrfr.htm


cheers,
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Post Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 11:55 pm      Post subject: instructions for Polish map web site
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Thanks Nancy for the information you posted on the site http://nancy.polishsite.us/PilotInstrfr.htm
It was a great help in using, and better understanding the site with the interactive map of Poland.
Great job Very Happy

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Post Posted: Fri May 02, 2008 11:59 pm      Post subject: instructions
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Nancy, thanks for noticing my mistake in typing the url, and for giving the correct address. I did edit my original post to reflect your info Embarassed

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 10, 2008 6:30 pm      Post subject:
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No doubt Szukacz is an excellent map. However, researchers must have in mind that it covers only present-day Poland. If your ancestors come from what was then Galicia, for example, you would have to look for Ukraine or Belarus maps.
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:52 pm      Post subject:
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One of the best *old* Poland map I've found is at
http://igrek.amzp.pl/mapindex.php?cat=WIG100

The map of Poland is broken out into nearly 400 sections, each is high res (300-600DPI) and most are about 10,000 x 8,000 pixels - or 40" x 50"..
(i.e. Don't even try to print it on you home printer!)

Most maps are around 1930 so cover what was Poland at the time. Lithuania, Belarus & some Ukraine.

What is delightful to find are indications of swampland, creeks and dirt roads as well as placement of buildings, etc .. Even more detail than satelite views.

The small section below shows 7Km between Nieciecz (upper left) and Bielica (lower right).
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:47 pm      Post subject:
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That is a great site, Bob, thanks!
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Post Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 4:31 pm      Post subject:
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Excellent find!! Wonderful maps and detail. Thanks for the link . . .

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 25, 2008 7:31 pm      Post subject:
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The problem with the map given in the first post, it is of current day Poland. If you're searching origins, that eliminates nearly 50% (or more) of Poland when most people were immigrating to the US (1900-1925).

Nieciecz is the town my grandmother was from, I had little to describe *which* of the many Nieciecz villages it was. Current day poland has 4 or 6 of that name (depending on where you search for that name. The one above shows 6, http://www.jewishgen.org/ shows 4, and yet there was another.

I was puzzled over the distance my grandmother had to travel to meet my grandfather who was from Lida. Finally someone on another forum pointed out that there was a village of Nieciecz near his home town of Bielica which was a short distance south of Lida. All of that area is currently in Belarus, and Belarus is behind in Internet information, no road maps, no town searches, little information. Those old Polish maps show it.

With so many villages named Nieciecz, does it have some widely known meaning? A reason it's chosen so often?

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Post Posted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 5:59 am      Post subject:
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BobK wrote:
With so many villages named Nieciecz, does it have some widely known meaning? A reason it's chosen so often?


According to 'Geographical Names of Poland' study by Head Office of Geodesy and Cartography in Warsaw, Nieciecz, Nieciecza in old Polish means water flowing slowly.
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