Paper Based Maps and Map-related Books

Some of these resources are dated. Please refer to our maps page for online maps that are now of such good quality that paper maps are seldom ordered.


  • Historical Atlas of East Central Europe - by Paul Robert Magocsi. A History of East Central Europe, Univ. of Washington Press, Seattle, ISBN 0-295-97445-1. Can also be ordered through inter-library loan.

  • Sections, Townships and Ranges - Ray Hill. Article describing the grid system used in sections, townships and ranges. SGS Bulletin #29, #4, Dec 1998 page 135.  to help you locate your ancestor's homestead in provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba (Western Canada). 

  • Galician Cadastre Maps - Land Surveys of 1849 and 1874 by John D. Pihach. Article in SGS Vol. 27 #1, March 1996, page 24-31. Cadastre maps are a collection of texts and maps that provide a snapshot of a community a century and a half ago. These maps can be found in the archives of Vienna, (Austria) Przemysl, (Poland), and Lviv (Ukraine) for those searching in Galicia. Article tells how to read the maps and other info.

  • Galician Cadastre Maps: Land Surveys of 1849 and 1874 - article by John Pihach. EEG June 1994, Vol. 2, #4, pages 16-24.

  • Josephinian Land Survey Maps "Josephinischen Landesaufnahme" at the War Archiv "Kriegsarchiv" in Vienna. Article by Brian Lenius. EEG Vol. 5#3, Spring 1997. Survey produced between 1760-80's shows roads, villages and other features as they were over 200 years ago. Commissioned by Empress Maria-Theresia and Emperor Joseph II and produced between 1764-1787. Pages 11-24.

  • Obtaining Galician Maps from Vienna's Kriegsarchiv - article by John Pihach. EEG March 1995, Vol. 3, #3. Includes address

  • Old World Maps Online has historical maps of the entire world.  Many of them are online and can be downloaded, but some are paper based and must be ordered from the publisher.  This site has an easy-to-use interface where you put a square around the area of interest and it lists all the available maps on the right hand side.