Wrocław Voivodeship, Poland Genealogy
Go to the Wiki article Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland Genealogy for information, instruction, and important internet links that apply to the 1967 voivodeship of Wrocław. The following explanation explains the relationship between Wrocław and Lower Silesia.
Throughout its history Lower Silesia has been under the control of the medieval Kingdom of Poland, the Kingdom of Bohemia and the Austrian Habsburg Monarchy from 1526. In 1742 nearly all of the region was annexed by the Kingdom of Prussia (Germany) and became part of the German Empire in 1871. After 1945 the main part of the former Prussian Province of Lower Silesia fell to the Republic of Poland, while a smaller part west of the Oder-Neisse line remained within East Germany. The voivodeship was created on 1 January 1999 out of the former Wrocław, Legnica, Wałbrzych and Jelenia Góra Voivodeships. Sources: Wikipedia, Lower Silesia and Lower Silesian Voivodeship.
Because of this history of changing nationality, records for Lower Silesia are found in the FamilySearch system under both Schlesien, Germany and Wrocław, Poland. Use the gazetteer, Kartenmeister - German/Polish Place Name Conversion to find the name of your town in both languages.
- See also: Silesia, Germany Genealogy