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Mapping the Książyk

Mapping tools

can help you

locate your

Książyk lineage


Mapping your Książyk lineage is easier than you think. With much patience and relevant web tools, you can find the location of your family and explore the evolution of the environment. The collection below ranges from 1721 to 1946. Most of these maps mention the village of Grochale in Mazovia which is our focus point. Some of them indicate the hamlet of Grochale Górne where the property of our Great-Great Grand Father was located. Click to enlarge and view gallery.

All these maps have been digitized with standard quality. You can get the same but before launching your researches, keep in mind some useful tips:


  • Poland was under the military occupation and administrative rule of Austria, Prussia, and Russia during 123 years of Partition, from 1772 to 1918. Therefore, one same town or village may have different names on Austrian, German, Russian maps.


  • The borders of Poland were dramatically transformed in 1945. Today the 16 Voivodeships (provinces) do not reflect the historical borders of Polish regions.


  • Keep in mind that the administrative regions have changed names and delineations several times. During the early 15th century, the 19 Zemia of the Kingdom of Poland were redesigned into Voivodeships.


  • When you focus on a small village, check carefully the different administrative organisations such as Powiat (county), Gmina (commune/municipality), and Sołectwo (sector) to get the right map.


  • Parishes are of critical importance but they do not systematically cover the area of the Gmina. Check the geographical radius of parishes and cemeteries.


  • Last but not least, check the name of your village: in Poland, you can find similar names in other Voivodeships, and sometimes in the same Powiat.


Here are two very relevant links to launch your researches:




Our researches highlight that many locations of Książyk lineages are rather well documented, in particular the areas of Serock, Kalisz, Koscian and Gostyń. The maps collection of the Wojskowy Instytut Geograficzny is absolutely wonderful but the navigation is quite uneasy. Take your time and have fun. Whenever you find something of interest for your lineage, you are welcome to share with the Ksiazyk Community. Team work is the best option to advance genealogy researches.


The pre-partition maps above (1650, 1696 and 1771) highlight the importance of old administrative divisions in mapping.

Information management is critical for the success of your researches. Always keep records of your findings in a document that specifies maps, dates and links.