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There are numerous improvements to the original Where Once We Walked (WOWW) in Where Once We
Walked: Revised Edition (WOWW-RE)
• 4,500 more synonyms. An additional
4,500 synonyms for towns (new total: 17,500) were made possible due to
our discovery of two remarkable name-change gazetteers that gave the
pre-World War I names for towns that were once part of the German and
• Hundreds of towns
located. Hundreds of towns that could not be located in WOWW have now been
located and their exact latitudes/longitudes have been added.
• 800 towns added. The original
version of WOWW was rather
rigorous, containing nearly 23,000 towns. This new work includes an
additional 800 towns.
• Town names changed
to contemporary names. With the collapse
of the Soviet Union, thousands of town names in Belarus and Ukraine
have been changed from their Russian names to Byelorussian and
Ukrainian names. For example, Grodno, Byelorussian SSR, is now Hrodna,
Belarus. Kamenets Podolskiy, Ukrainian SSR, is now
Kam"yanets'-Podil's'kyy, Ukraine. WOWW-RE reflects the town
names as they exist today, and the Russian names for these towns are
now identified as synonyms.
• Expanded and
improved soundex. The Daitch-Mokotoff soundex index has been
expanded and improved. Certain Polish and Romanian letters that do not
sound identical to their English equivalents have been double coded.
• Diacritic marks
added to town names. The current names
of all towns include their correct diacritic marks.
• Integration of WOWW Companion. Avotaynu has
previously published another book titled WOWW Companion, that made it
possible to determine which towns listed in WOWW were in the
vicinity of a particular shtetl. We have incorporated an updated
version of this entire work into WOWW-RE. See example.
• Eleven new sources
of information about the Jews of Central and Eastern Europe have
been added including all the towns identified in Miriam Weiner's books Jewish Roots in
Poland and Jewish Roots in
Ukraine and Moldova, the new Pinkas Hakehillot (Encyclopedia of
Towns), Finding Your Jewish Roots in Galicia, and others.
• Many original
sources have been updated, such as the yizkor
book collection, the holdings of the LDS (Mormon) Family History
Library, and those of the Central Archives for the History of the
countries identified. Czechoslovakia and
Yugoslavia no longer exist. WOWW-RE identifies the
country in which the towns of these former political entities are now
corrected. The latest data available from the United States
government Board on Geographic Names has slightly different
latitude/longitudes for many of the towns. WOWW-RE reflects these
changes. WOWW was based on a 1966
version of BGN data. Perhaps due to better mapping capability through
the use of satellites, BGN has changed the exact location of many towns
throughout the world.
• Regional names
included. Sometimes what is perceived as the name of a
town, is, in fact, the name of a region. We have included 45 regional
names such as Banat, Bavaria, Bessarabia, Bohemia, Dalmatia, Franconia,
Galicia, Gubernia, Kurland, Lietuva, Moravia, Podolia, Pommerania,
Prussia, Transylvania, Volyn, and Westphalia to name a few.
Bilhorod-Dnistrovs'kyy, Ukr.; (Akerman,
Akkerman, Belgorod Dnestrovski, Belgorod Dnestrovskii, Belgorod
Dnestrovskiy, Cetatea Alba, Ir Lavan) pop. 4,239; 42 km SW of Odesa;
46°12'/30°21'; AMG, CAHJP, EDRD, EJ, GUM4, HSL, JRUM,
LDL, PHR2, SF, YB.
number of towns identified in WOWW-RE listed here by country: