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Maps, Gazeteers, and Localities

Cities, Towns, and Wide Spots in the Road:

Known Mathia - Matthia Localities

These cities and towns are listed by their old German names and their current Polish names. A link is provided to see a map showing each locality.

The Koschneideri

A map of the Koschnaewjerdörfer that were home to many Mathia and Matthia families. The map also shows the surrounding area with more Mathia - Matthia towns.

East and West Prussia Gazeteer

This excellent gazeteer by Stephen S. Barthel includes the City/Town names, the Province, the District (Kreis), the location of the Catholic and Protestant parishes, and the Civil Records office. There are also some additional helps for finding places.

Kartenmeister (Mapmaster)

The largest database of it's kind in the world. It contains over 60100 locations with over 23500 name changes. All locations are EAST of the Oder and Neisse rivers and are based on the borders of  the eastern provinces in Spring 1918. Included in this database are the following provinces: Eastprussia (Ostpreussen), including Memel, Westprussia (Westpreussen), Brandenburg, Posen, Pommerania (Pommern), and Silesia (Schlesien). Also includes some history. Pages in English, German, and Polish!

ShtetlSeeker - Town Search

Search for towns in Central/Eastern Europe by name or by Soundex. Graciously provided by JewishGen(erosity). An excellent tool!

An Index of German-Polish Locality Names

Link to a useful, but not exhaustive list of place names that was created for numismatics. Indexed German-Polish and Polish-German on the same page.

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