This is a blog about peoples, communities and maps – maps of interest to genealogists, social historians, ethnographers and other researchers.

Initially, the blog reproduced text and maps from the late bluebirdresearch.com site, with new articles and maps then appearing as time permits.

The focus is primarily on Eastern Europe and the Near East – areas within the former Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman and Russian Empires in which I have a particular interest.

I recognise that this is a niche blog which will be caviar to the general and accordingly I thank each and every reader for their interest. Commenting has been turned off in an endeavour to stem the flow of spam but, if you are a bona fide human being, you are welcome to get in touch through the Contact page of this blog.