Your post about ghost villages was really exciting. I have spent the last few days poring over all the maps on your link and I have ended up hugely frustrated.
The ghost village I am looking for is Osada Pomorzanka, Gmina Swiniuchy, Powiat Horochow, Wolyn. I have a copy of a hand drawn map which shows the approximate layout, the plots and a few features such as a stream, church, windmill and wayside cross. It also includes vague info on other nearby villages in order to orient the map. Unfortunately the name Pomorzanka does not seem to feature on any map I can find, even those that cover the years up to the end of the Second world War, when it was definitely in existence. I have tried and tried to apply what I know to existing maps as well as to Google Earth images of the area, and have a few vague suspicions but nothing convincing.
Do you have any suggestions of any maps I could access that are not on the internet, but which might feature Pomorzanka? Are there other Osadas that were named but did not appear on maps? Any advice would be really welcome!
on behalf of Colin Forsyth
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This is my first post in the forum, but I have been doing a lot of reading over the past month doing family research.
I've recently found many highly detailed maps available online made by the Germans between 1939 and 1944 covering Wolyn. These maps have the Polish names of the villages and also often have the locations of houses, churches and many other buildings. I've been able to overlay these maps using free tools like Google Earth. When doing so, it's shocking to see how many Polish villages are completely missing now. But, by combining the new satellite imagery with the old maps, it's possible to find signs of them though, like photographs of ghosts.
Just doing a quick search for a missing town on the map, I found an account of what happened in Genocide and Rescue in Wolyn. On page 188 there is mention of the town Marianowka being "liquidated". I see the town on the 1939 map. There is nothing obvious left in the recent satellite image. There are faint signs of roads and yards though. Disturbed soil and vegetation can maintain signs visible from the air for hundreds and even thousands of years.
I would like to find people who might be interested in a collaborative effort to document these "ghost" villages and settlements to be used in a multimedia map that would used to tie testimonials, photos and other documents together.
Attached is a quick example of the village of Marianowka.
Here is a great site for maps http://igrek.amzp.pl/