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  • Atlas des Deutschen Reichs by Ludwig Ravenstein. It is an 1883 atlas of the all the old names of German towns and maps for finding them. It is slow to download, but well worth the time.
     
  • Baigent, E. "Swedish Cadastral Mapping 1628-1700: A Neglected Legacy." The Geographical Journal, Vol. 156, No. 1 (Mar., 1990), pp. 62-69. Cadastral mapping began in Sweden in 1628 under the auspices of King Gustaf II Adolf (Gustavus Adolphus). The lantmateriet (national survey board) began a comprehensive programme of surveying and mapping in Sweden. By the end of the seventeenth century the non-forested areas of most parishes on the Swedish mainland had been mapped and the maps bound into geometriska jordebocker (cadastral land books). The purpose of the geometriska jordebockerna mapping is not wholly clear, but an assumed link with taxation is now disputed. Although not innovative in technical terms, the geometriska jordebockerna maps are without contemporary European equals because of their number, comprehensiveness, quality and fine state of preservation. Other fine seventeenth-century maps were drawn by Swedish surveyors in Finland, then part of Sweden, and in Sweden's Baltic and German provinces. Many historians of cartography are unaware of their existence because of linguistic barriers.
     
  • Barran, Fritz. Städte-Atlas Pommern. Leer, Germany: Gerhard Rautenberg, 1989. Is a 1939 atlas of 93 Pomeranian cities and 36 Kreise by Barran.  This is a republication.
     
  • Blaeu Atlas - Germania. UCLA map site.
     
  • A detailed 1893 map showing part of the county of Naugard, Pomerania. From Gene Maas' site.
     
  • A detailed 1893 map showing the town of Regenwalde in the county of  Regenwalde, Pomerania. From Gene Maas' site.
     
  • Deutsche Dialkete und mitteleuropäische Garnisionen, mit Schwerpunkt Deutschland (1901) / German dialects and central European garrisons (1901). These are two new historical maps. Site has maps and pictures from historical eastern Germany (Pomerania, East Prussia, Silesia, Posen, West Prussia) and from Berlin (maps and aerial views), agriculture in Pomerania, and annotated genealogical and Pomerania links.
     
  • Digital Historical Maps from the Schwedische Landesaufnahme of 1692-1703.  Dozens of volumes of land surveys of villages in Vorpommern. They are in a 1:8000 scale and are colored. Every house, every estate, every church ... is on the maps.  Many of maps, which are in the Greifwald Archive, are not available to the public.  Some of the maps are at this site. The German-Swedish-Danish DHM has decided to digitize all maps of the westernmost part of Vorpommern.
     
  • Dr. Rademachers deutsch-österreichisches Ortsbuch 1871-1990. Information about German and Austrian towns from 1871-1990.
     
  • Eggert, Oskar. Geschichte Pommerns. Hamburg: Pommerscher Zentralverband e. V., 1961. This publication has historical maps of Pomerania showing political divisions - not towns.
     
  • Einsenbahnen in Deutschland, 1835-1885. Historical maps for the German railroads, 1835-1885.
     
  • Engel, Franz. Historischer Atlas von Pommern, vol. 1-2. Köln: Veröffentlichungen der Historischen Kommission für Pommern Reihe III, 1959.
     
  • Falk Online . Online maps of major German cities, trip planning, and atlas.
     
  • FEEFHS Map Room: German Empire –East (1882) – Pommern..  Maps from the Federation of East European Family History Societies. (In English)
     
  • Freeman, Edward A. Historical Geography of Europe. New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1903.
     
  • Gemeindenlexikon für das Königreich Preußen. Heft IV. Pommern. A 1908 listing of Pomeranian place names. This gazetteer has the jurisdictions of Protestant and Catholic parishes and also the civil registration districts.  (Family History Library microfilm 0806634, item 4).
     
  • Genealogy Unlimited - Maps and Atlases from Europe . Maps and atlases from Poland, Prussia, and Germany.
     
  • Genealogy Unlimited - Former Prussian area maps
    These highly detailed maps show the former Prussian areas (including East Prussia,West Prussia, Pomerania, Silesia, and Posen) as they were in the late 1930s.
     
  • German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy.  You can buy historical maps from Silesia, Pomerania and East Prussia from this source. (In German)
     
  • Germans in America - 1890 Map . From the Library of Congress.
     
  • Geschichte und Kultur - Landkarte Pommern von 1937. Map of Pomerania from 1937. (In German)
     
  • Gohrbandt, Erwin. Heimatatlas für Pommern. Leipzig: List und von Bressendorf, 1926.
     
  • GOV: Das genealogische Ortsverzeichnis / GOV: The German Genealogical Place Database. (In German)
     
  • Hauke Fehlberg’s Genealogy in Historical Eastern Germany.  Historic maps of Pommern and structural and geographic information. Also maps and pictures from historical eastern Germany (Pomerania, East Prussia, Silesia, Posen, West Prussia) and from Berlin (maps and aerial views), agriculture in Pomerania, annotated genealogical and Pomeranian links. (In English)

  • Haus-ostpommern.de. Die Internetseite des Vereins Ostpommern e. V. - Verein für Familienforschung und Heimatkunde. Click on the Kreis site on the map and it will list all of the villages for the Kreis, including population 1905, the village where they attended church, the name of the town for civil registration and the name of the town where the district court (like our courthouse) was located.
     
  • Historic Maps - Germany - Pommern. / Historische Karten - Deutschland - Pommern  A collection of more than 100 historic maps are to be found here, ranging from 1844 to 1856 as well as a number of river panoramas, dating the first half of the 19th century. (In English and German)
     
  • Hubatsch, Walther. Grundriss zur deutschen Verwaltungsgeschichte 1815-1945, Band 3- Pommern. Marburg/Lahn: Johann-Gottfried-Herder Institut, 1975. This book includes a map of Pomeranian border and Kreise changes from 1815-1945.
     
  • Index of German-Polish & Polish-German Location Names in Poland & Russia including: Brandenburg, Posen, Pommern, Ostpreussen, Westpreussen, and Schlesien.
     
  • Kaemmerer, M., compiler. Ortsnamenverzeichnis der Ortschaften jenseits von Oder und Neisse. Leer, Ostfriesland: Verlag Gerhard Rautenberg, 1988. Index of place names of places byeond the Oder and Neisse [the point where post World War II Poland begins, with many formerly German communities now part of Poland]. Place names in German and Polish.
     
  • Karte des Deutschen Reiches/Map of the German Reich, 1914-1917. - LDS microfilm #068814 , scale 1:100000, 1km= 1 cm. Is available through the Family History Centers. Copies are also available at the Library of Congress. Gene Maas has scanned the topographic map for Naugard and the surrounding area. These maps show churches, Guts and most of the tiny hamlets.
     
  • Karten zur Entwicklung der Deutschen Verkehrswege / Maps on the development of German transport lines. Eisenbahnen / Railways; Binnenwasserstraßen / Inland navigations and canals; and, Straßen / Roads.
     
  • Karten der preußischen Provinz Pommern. Map of the Prussian Province of Pomerania. (In German)
     
  • Kartenmeister.com. Most comprehensive database of it’s kind in the world. It contains 60007 locations (Pommern-8211; Posen-7647; Schlesien-13338; Ostpreussen-18694; Westpreussen-8996; and Brandenburg-3121) with over 20,000 name changes once, and 5,500 thrice. 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: East Prussia, including Memel, West Prussia, Brandenburg, Posen, Pomerania, and Silesia.  It currently list most towns or points, points being : Mills, some bridges, battlefields, named trees, cenotaphs etc. As more  information becomes available, (books, maps, your input  etc) this database will be updated. Compiled by Uwe-Karsten Krickhah of Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. (In German, English and other languages)
     
  • Kingdom of Prussia in 1648
     
  • Kreis Belgard.
     
  • Kreis Bütow .
     
  • Kreis Franzburg-Barth.
     
  • Kreis Greifenhagen.
     
  • Kreis Grimmen.
     
  • Kreis Kolberg-Körlin.
     
  • Kreis Köslin.
     
  • Kreis Naugard.
     
  • Kreis Neustettin.
     
  • Kreis Rummelsburg.
     
  • Kreis Schlawe.
     
  • Kreis Stolp.
     
  • Kreiseinteilung der Provinz Pommern 1939 (einige Kreise sind zur Vergrößerung anklickbar). 
     
  • Kreiskarten. Institut für Angewandte Geodäsie, 1930s. (1:100,000).. Individual maps are for the Kreise of: Arnswalde, Belgard, Bütow, Cammin, Deutsch Krone and Schneidemühl, Dramburg, Flatow, Friedeberg i.d. Neumark, Greifenhagen and Stettin, Köslin, Kolberg-Körlin, Lauenburg, Naugard, Netzekreis, Neustettin, Pyritz, Regenwalde, Rummelsburg, Saatzig and Stargard, Schlawe, Schlochau, Stolp, and Usedom-Wollin.
     
  • Kreplin, Laus-Dieter and Brigitte Kreplin. Die Gemeinden und Wohplätze Pommerns nach dem Stand von 1932 mit Ergänzungen 1919 bis 1945. Teil A und B. Archiv Kreplin, Herdecke, 1994. This two-volume set contains information for Pomeranian places by providing the Kreis, the location of the Evangelical church, Catholic church, and civil registration office.

  • Krickhahn, Uwe. "Kartenmeister.com: What It's All About and How to Get the Most Use Out of It." Die Pommerschen Leute. 31, 2 (Summer 2008): 29.
     
  • Landkarten vom Hofer Verlags - maps.  Pommern maps available.
     
  • Landkarten von Pommern. Maps of Pommern (1913 & 1939) and of 12 counties (kreise) -- Belgard, Bütow, Franzburg-Barth, Greifenhagen, Grimmen, Kolberg-Körlin, Köslin, Naugard, Neustettin, Rummelsburg, Schlawe, and Stolp.

  • Liedtke, Herbert. 2008. "Landesamt fur Umwelt, Naturschutz und Geologie Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Hrsg.): Geotourismuskarte der Region "Pomerania". 1:200.000". Berichte Zur Deutschen Landeskunde. 82, no. 3: 309.
     
  • Map of Pomerania from FEEFHS.
     
  • Map of Pomerania in 1938
     
  • Map showing villages in parts of Naugard, Regenwalde, and Saatzig counties (Kreise) in the 18th century. From Gene Maas site.
     
  • Maps Locating Village Churches in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.  (In German)
     
  • Mecklenburg Gazetteer and 1819 Census. By Daniel M. Schlyter.
     
  • Mecklenburg Map - 1890.
     
  • Minert, Roger. Pomerania Place Name Indexes. Woods Cross, Utah: GRT Publications, 2003. This publication has a reverse place name index which is useful for determining a place name when the beginning of the word is hard to read in written documents.
     
  • Place Names East of the Oder & Neisse Rivers Database (East Prussia, West Prussia, Brandenburg, Pomerania, Posen, Silesia)
     
  • Polen Hinterpommern: Köslin - Stolp - Danzig. Höfer Verlag. (1:200,000). The map is indexed and the place names on the map are in German with Polish names underneath.
     
  • Polen Südlisches Pommern Netzebruch: Schneidemühl - Bromberg. Höfer Verlag. (1:200,000). The map is indexed and the place names on the map are in German with Polish names underneath.
     
  • Polen Westpommern: Stettin - Kolberg - Landsberg. Höfer Verlag. (1:200,000). The map is indexed and the place names on the map are in German with Polish names underneath.
     
  • Pomeranian Maps - Online maps from 1628 to 1938
     
  • Pommern. History and maps from 1945 with German and Polish place names. (In German)
     
  • Pommern 1913.
     
  • Pommern Landkarte - Color maps of Pomerania in 1938 (1:300,000)
     
  • Pommern maps page 1. From the Historischer Atlas von Pommern, Karte 3, Karte der Historischen Dorfformen, 18 Jahrh., Vol. 3, 1963. Map showing villages in parts of Naugard, Regenwalde, and Saatzig counties (Kreise) in the 18th century.
     
  • Pommern (Pomerania), Prussia - From an 1882 Blackie & Sons atlas (color, 215 KB)
     
  • Pomerania in 1882
     
  • Pomeranian Maps. Links to various online maps relating the historical region of Pomerania and links to other Pommern sites. (In English)
     
  • Pounds, Norman J. An Historical Geography of Europe 1800-1914. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1985.
     
  • Prussia 1415-1914
     
  • Putzgers, R.W. Historischer Schul-Atlas. Leipzig: Verlag von Velhagen & Klasing, 1910.
     
  • Sattler, Hannelore. Die schwedische Landesaufnahme von Vorpommern 1692-1709. Ortsbeschreibungen. Bd 5. Die Dörfer der Universität Greifswald. Steinbecker, 2001.
     
  • Schwedische Landesaufnahme von Vorpommern 1696/97 - Kreis Grimmen.
     
  • Sonderkarte von Pommern. Institut für Angewandte Geodäsie, 1937. (Scale 1:300,000). A four-colored map of Pomerania.
     
  • Topographical Maps (Messtischblaetter 1:25000) may be purchased from Institut für Angewandte Geodäsie, Stauffenbergstr. 13, 10785 Berlin Germany (ask for map catalog of Pommern).
     
  • Verdenhalven, Fritz. Kleiner historischer Städtenamen-Schlüssel für Deutschland und die ehemaligen deutschen Gebiete. Verlag Degener & Co., 1970. A little historic key for names of cities for Germany and the formerly German territories [alternate German place names].
     
  • Verdenhalven, Fritz. Namensänderungen ehemals preussischer Gemeinden von 1850 bis 1942. Verlag Degener, 1971. Name changes of formerly Prussian communities, from 1850 to 1942.
     
  • Wehrmann, Martin. Die Kirchenbücher in Pommern. Published in 1892, this works gives the beginning years of baptism, marriage and death records in a primary parish and its affiliate. This list can be found in Baltische Studien Band 40-41 and begins on page 201.