[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Locations in PLOCK - Naming Hierarchy Conventions in the 19th & 20th Century

Gary Warner garyw555 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 26 14:40:49 PST 2015


SGGEE has decided that it makes more sense to limit the village name to 
that that exists today.   That means that we use the modern powiat 
(county) and woj. (state) in Poland (and anywhere else in the world for 
that matter).   To summarize, even though Poland was indeed part of the 
Russian, Prussian and Austro-Hungarian empires, we do not use those 
designations.   You can, and should indicate the names used in those 
empires in the notes or event fields and for each record.

See the first few links at


to see a lengthy discussion on how we name villages, maps, and also 
including significant (although not complete) gazetteers that will help 
you find the naming per our conventions.

Gary Warner
SGGEE Databases Manager

On 1/26/2015 11:45 AM, Peter wrote:
> Hi All,
> For far too long, I've been casual about how I name the places where
> my ancestors were born and died in my database. For example, if
> someone was born in Nowe Broyszewo, I would enter it simply as "Nowe
> Boryszewo, Plock" and left it at that.
> This must change -- in part because the excellent software I use has
> gained the ability to have one place accurately reflecting different
> names based on a certain date range.
> But I'm not looking to plug my software at this time. I'd like to know
> the proper naming hierarchy for places in Plock during specific time
> periods in the 19th and first half of the 20th century.
> For example, we all know that Plock and Poland at one time were under
> control of the Russian Empire -- no question there. Please forgive my
> naive ignorance, but was Poland ever really PART of the Russian
> Empire? Legally? Or at least, legally enough to enter a birth location
> in my database from 1866 as:
> Nowe Boryszewo > Plock > Masowein > Poland > Russian Empire ?
> Or, legally would it just be Poland?
> And if Poland was legally part of the Russian Empire, what years did
> that start and end?
> I'm very eager for my database to accurately reflect the locations I
> have in their full hierarchy based on specific dates. In part because
> my software allows for that, but more importantly because I just think
> it's important to be accurate.
> If someone could please help shed light on my ignorance of exactly
> when and if Poland was truly part of Russia, I'd greatly appreciate
> it.
> Many thanks,
> Peter Schmidt
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