Jacob Feuerstein Street in Drohobycz

History of Drohobycz

For a history of the town until 1939, please see the History of Drohobycz.
For events in the town during World War II and to the present day, please see World War II and After.

General Historical Information

A great number of the Jews who lived in the Drohobycz area were involved in the petroleum industry. With the exploitation of the oil and natural wax (ozokerite) resources, the population of the district exploded. Drohobycz prospered as the administrative centre of these industries. For more information on this industry, see Petroleum.

Map of the Drohobycz Administrative District


This section contains a number of maps that relate to the period before 1939. For Drohobycz please see the Map section, specifically two maps of the Drohobycz area and a streetmap of the town with the names of the streets before 1939 and after 1991.

For a modern map of the Drohobycz area see JewishGen's Shtetl Seeker.

View of Borysław

The Drohobycz Administrative District

This web page is part of a larger site, The Drohobycz Administrative District. The town of Drohobycz was the administrative centre of this district that was created in the province of Galicia in 1867 under Austrian rule.

When referring to their place of origin, our ancestors often used the name of the nearest large town such as Drohobyz. However, we may discover that they were born in small villages nearby and used the names of the nearest large towns as a matter of convenience. Also, legal records of births, marriages, and deaths were made Drohobycz and after 1878 in Borysław.

To see if your ancestors came from one of the smaller towns in the district, see Other Shtetls where you will find lists of the businessmen from the years 1891 and 1929.

See also a History of Galicia for a general history of hte province and of the Jews in this region.

The people of the region come alive in photographs and memoirs in the section, the People.

Drohobycz was closely allied with the neighbouring town of Borysław the centre of the petroleum industry. For more information on the town, see Borysław.

The Drohobycz Landsmanshaft in New York

For information on Drohobyczers who formed a benevolent association in New York, please see The Independent Drohobycz Young Men's Sick and Benevolent Association.

This page includes a list of members of the Association which may be useful for those searching relatives from the town.

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Genealogical Resources

For help in finding your ancestors in this region, please see General Information for a bibliography, links to all the rescources relevant to Drohobycz on the JewishGen site, links to other sites on the web, and contact information.

This page was compiled by Valerie Schatzker.

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Updated: February, 2007