This is an old color map by J. Bartholomew, F.R.G.S.
It is an engraved map from "Chamber's Encyclopedia" published in 1895. The map shows
the Austro-Hungarian Empire as it existed at the end of the 19th century.
You will not find the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, Czechoslovakia, or Poland
on this map.
You will find Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, Upper Hungary, and Galicia.
When you get confused with where your ancestors came from, you can see why. All of the
countries have changed names and borders over the last 100 years. This is why you will find
Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, Galicia, Austria, Hungary, or Austria-Hungary given as the country
of origin on documents for the period.
To complicate things further, many of the cities and towns have other names. You will not find
Bratislava but you will find Presburg. Even for the towns with the same name as today, the
spelling will be different.
Slovakia was known as Upper Hungary. Parts of Poland were called Galicia. When viewing the
closeups zooms of parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire listed below, it will take several
minutes for you to get your bearings and figure out what you are looking at.
Click on the map below to zoom in closer to that area or click on the geographic names above
for the most detailed view.
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