Bulgaria Gazetteers

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Introduction[edit | edit source]

A gazetteer is a dictionary of place-names. Gazetteers describe towns and villages, rivers and mountains, sizes of population, and other geographical features. They usually include only the names of places that existed at the time the gazetteer was published. The place-names are generally listed in alphabetical order similar to a dictionary.

Gazetteers may also provide additional information about towns, such as:

  • Religious denominations
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Major manufacturing works
  • Canals, docks, and railroad stations

Bulgarian Gazetteers[edit | edit source]

Refer to these gazetteers to learn more about Bulgaria:

  • Rechnik na selishchata i selishchnite imena v Bulgariia, 1878-1987 (Dictionary of villages and village names in Bulgaria, 1878-1987). Michev N. and P. Koledarov. Sofia: Nauka i izkustvo, 1989 (FHL INTL book 949.9 E5m). This gazetteer identifies the jurisdictions and localities in Bulgaria.
  • Bulgaria, official standard names approved by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names. Washington, D.C.: USGPO, 1959 (FHL 949.77 E5u). This gazetteer identifies names in Bulgaria.
  • Bulgaria: A Bibliographic Guide. Marin V. Pundeff. New York: Arno Press, 1965 (FHL 949.77 A3p - digital version available online). This resource reveals more about the land, people, language, literature, history, politics, government, law, economy, social conditions, and intellectual and artistic life of Bulgaria.[1]

Additional gazetteers:

Check the FamilySearch Catalog to see if any records are listed under the name of the town or the district. Finally check national level records that may pertain to a specific place.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Genealogical Library of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Outline for Genealogical Research in Bulgaria,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 1982.