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Where do I find a map of 1910 Russia? My grandfather and his sister immigrated from a city that they spell differently on every document they complete. I would like to find the actual name and spelling of the city. Thanks.

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A map isn't a very efficient way of doing this. You need a Gazetteer. –  JustinY Oct 23 '12 at 23:19
    
Welcome to the site, Chrislynn. If you have a variety of spellings, consider posting a separate question with the specifics. There is a similar question here: genealogy.stackexchange.com/questions/1436/… –  GeneJ Oct 23 '12 at 23:21
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As an example, could you perhaps list the spellings you have encountered for that city? Someone on this forum may know it straight away and be able to point you at a suitable map in the same process. –  PolyGeo Oct 24 '12 at 0:16
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Another thing to keep in mind is that the spelling of the town may have changed over your grandfather's lifetime, or it might have had different names in different languages. This would be particularly likely in the area of modern Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Belorussia and Lithuania. IF you can provide additional detail on the place name (if possible including images of it written down), it may be possible for us to be more helpful. –  Gene Golovchinsky Oct 24 '12 at 6:23

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Here is a map of Russia in 1912:

1912 map

Here is a map of Russia in 1910 (although with less detail):

1910 map

I could get you maps with more detail, however, if you could provide what region the city is in (Russia is a big place).

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Please, please, keep in mind that the term "Russia" as used in early twentieth century documents in the United States regarding a 1910 immigration is far more likely to mean Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, or parts of Romania. The old Russian Empire was huge, and more of the "Russian" emigration to the States circa 1910 was from areas that are today non-Russian.

Speaking of which, why not let us know what the city name was so we can help you? We have some good sleuths here who might be able to help.

And don't forget that many Russian cities (and former Russian Empire cities) had their names changed in the twentieth century, especially if the old name referenced a saint or religious figure. For example: Stanislau --> Stanislawow --> Ivano-Frankivsk (Ukraine); Saint Petersburg --> Petrograd --> Leningrad (Russia); Elizabethgrad --> Kirovograd (Ukraine); etc.

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There are a number of university departments, archives and other repositories that now make available their collections of images including maps for study on-line.

A search for {"historical maps" country name time..period} will usually give you plenty of choices.

As JustinY suggests, a Gazetteer may be a better tool so try {"historical gazetteer" Russia 1900..1915}

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You can find both a zoom and PDF 1910 map at:

http://etc.usf.edu/maps/pages/1900/1926/1926.htm

While there is no 1910 map at this site, University of Texas has links to an extenive collection of US and world maps that are useful (including some Sanborne Fire Maps) at:

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/map_sites/hist_sites.html

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