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Counties of Romania[edit | edit source]
This map can assist is finding which historical area your ancestor is from. Transylvania includes the areas Crisana and Maramures. The Banat is also included in Transylvania and comprises the counties of Timis and Caras-Severin in the southwest of Transylvania. Moldavia includes southern Bukovina in Suceava county. The current Republic of Moldova is also shown; historically, it was part of Moldavia.
Historical Maps[edit | edit source]
Here are some historical maps tracing the development of modern Romania:
The map below shows the Romanian principalities when they were united under Mihail Viteazu in 1600. Two centuries later, the principalities were still surviving, surrounded in a sea of empires, who still desired the Romanian lands. The biggest change is that the Russian empire had replaced the Polish empire to the east. As of 1794, Poland no longer existed, itself being the victim of surrounding empires.
The map below shows the union of Wallachia and Moldavia, which occured in 1859. This is the first time the name "Romania" was used for the area. The united principalities were christened the Kingdom of Romania in 1878 by King Carol I, when Romania was recognized as an independent country by the Congress of Berlin. Dobrogea was added to the kingdom at that time.
The map below shows Romania at its greatest extent, between the two World Wars. There are a couple of errors in the map: the current Republic of Moldova does not include northern Bukovina or the area along the Black Sea. These were annexed to Ukraine in 1940, about the same time that southern Dobrogea was ceded to Bulgaria.
Online Resources[edit | edit source]
- Links to Old maps online of Romania by oldmapsonline.org
- Cities of Romania by mapsofworld.com
- Maps of Romania by biega.com
- Romania Vintage Map by discusmedia.com
- A collection of antique maps issued before 1850 by Molls Map Collection