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Project Page: Skała Interactive Data Map 1862

This page describes the unique features of the Skała Interactive Data Map 1862. This map is part of a collection of historical cadastral maps of towns and villages in Galicia, overlaid onto satellite images of modern locations and annotated with historical data about people and places from archival records and other sources.

For a summary of the larger Gesher Galicia project to present interactive historical data maps, a guide to using the maps, and a summary of the tools used to create this interactive map, see the introduction and overview to the project.

The Historical Map:

The historical map presented here is an 1862 final-stage lithographed cadastral map of the Galician town of Skała (now Скала-Подільська/Skala-Podilska in the Ternopil Oblast of western Ukraine), based on a walking review and re-measurement following the original survey of 1827. The numbers shown on the map are building parcel numbers and land parcel numbers (a type of tax identification), not house numbers. The historical paper map survives in only two remaining central sheets of an unknown number of originals covering the full cadastral area, and is preserved by the State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Ternopil Oblast (DATO) as record 146.1.184. A longer description of the map and its features is included with the original version of this map, in the cadastral map section of the Gesher Galicia Map Room.

The map version presented here is a composite geo-rectified digital image assembled from digital scans of the separate paper map sheets, then tiled, overlaid, and annotated. For more information about the conversion process, see the introduction and overview to the project.

The Base Map:

The base map for this interactive tool is provided by Microsoft Bing, using aerial images provided by Maxar, TomTom, and others. Bing aerial imagery is updated from time to time, and may occasionally include clouds or other obstructions. For more information about the conversion process, see the introduction and overview to the project.

The Records Data:

The data linked to this map has been indexed and organized from the following archived public-domain records:

Portions of the data included here were originally indexed and published by JRI-Poland.

Portions of the data included here were originally sourced and published by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Portions of the data included here were originally sourced by Gesher Galicia, and selections are indexed and published on Gesher Galicia's All Galicia Database.

Known Map and/or Data Limitations and Issues:

Only a small portion of the cadastral map for Skała survives in the archives. Although nearly the entire central business and residential area of the town is depicted in the two surviving map sheets, some settled areas to the south and to the east along the Podhorce (today Zbruch) River are missing.

The available property owner records which tie building parcel numbers (as shown on the map) to house numbers (as documented in vital records) are incomplete; buildings on the map with no attached data represent gaps in the property records.

This interactive map excludes data from vital records and other records for which no house number or property number is attached, meaning that the data cannot be tied to a location on the map.

The Project Team:

Records data for this map was gathered by members of the Skala Research Group (SRG), including Racheli Kreisberg, Tony Hausner, Max Mermelstein, Max Heffler, and others. The data was indexed and organized by Racheli Kreisberg for the Skala House Numbers Project (see her article in Gesher Galicia's quarterly journal, The Galitzianer, November 2010). See also Racheli Kreisberg’s related project for Skała in the Simon Wiesenthal Genealogy Geolocation Initiative (SWIGGI).

Gesher Galicia provided project support for the assembly of the digitized map, overlay and alignment of the map to modern geography, and the integration of the records data with the Gesher Galicia data maps project. Funding for software development and project management of the data maps project was provided by the Pamela Weisberger Memorial Fund, in honor of Gesher Galicia's former President.

Gesher Galicia is a non-profit organization carrying out Jewish genealogical and historical research on Galicia, formerly a province of Austria-Hungary and today divided between southeastern Poland and western Ukraine. The research work includes the indexing of archival vital records and census books, Holocaust-period records, Josephine and Franciscan cadastral surveys, lists of Jewish taxpayers, and records of Galician medical students and doctors - all added to our searchable online database. In addition, we reproduce regional and cadastral maps for our online Map Room. We conduct educational research and publish a quarterly research journal, the Galitzianer. Gesher Galicia is also organized for the purpose of maintaining networking and online discussion groups and to promote and support Jewish heritage preservation work in the areas of the former Galicia.

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