The Polish Village of Niesiobędy

The village of Niesiobędy is significant in my family history because it was the location where some distant Grabowski relatives lived.

Austrian Military Map of the Niesiobędy Area – 1910

Austrian Military Map of the Niesiobędy Area – 1910

SOURCE: Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary, Sheet 39-53, Ostrolecka. Online http://lazarus.elte.hu/hun/digkonyv/topo/200e/39-53.jpg; downloaded 19 May 2010.

Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Niesiobędy

Słownik Geograficzny Entry for Niesiobędy

Source:  Chlebowski, Bronisław, Władysław Walewski, and Filip Sulimierski, eds., Słownik Geograficzny Królestwa Polskiego i Innych Krajów Słowiańskich (Geographical Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and other Slavonic Countries) – Warsaw 1886, Volume VII, page 113

Click on the link for a PDF copy of the Słownik Geograficzny entry for Niesiobędy. Translated from the Polish, the entry reads:

Niesiobędy,(Stara wieś [Old Village]), a village in Ciechanów Powiat, Bartołdy Gmina, and Zielona Parish, about 15 versts [0.66 miles per verst] from Ciechanów. It has 7 homes, 62 residents, 262 morgs [in the Russian partition 1 morg = 1.388 acres] of land, and 8 morgs unused.

The maps of the Third Military Mapping Survey of Austria-Hungary and the entries in the Słownik Geograficzny were prepared at about the same time and make a good pair for studying places in and around the Congress Kingdom of Poland at the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th century, a time period when the Eastern European ancestors of present-day Americans left their homelands for the United States.

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