Gesher Galicia Connecting Galitzianers, Restoring History Fri, 17 Oct 2014 01:05:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Galician Refugees Directory Project Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:07:38 +0000

Gesher Galicia has decided to index all the names of Galitzianers from a book, in three volumes, that details Jewish refugees from towns in Galicia to other parts of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (many to Vienna) in 1914-15, the time of the outbreak of the First World War. The title, in Polish, is: Księga pamiątkowa wygnańców wojennych z Galicyi i Bukowiny 1914-1915 oraz album pamiątkowa [Commemorative book of refugees from war from Galicia and Bukovina 1914-1915, and commemorative album].]]> 0
Austrian Ministries Indexing Project Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:57:28 +0000

Gehser Galicia has learned of an interesting set of bureaucratic records generated by the Austrian goverment in the 19th and early 20th century which involves the Jewish population of Galicia. These Austrian Ministries Registers are now held in AGAD, the State Archive of Older Records in Warsaw, Poland.]]> 0
Bakivtsi Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:22:40 +0000 0 Balychi Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:11:27 +0000 0 Antoniv Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:49:07 +0000 0 Podorozhnje Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:31:32 +0000 0 Shyshkivtsi Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:29:01 +0000 0 The Galician Archival Records Project (GARP) Mon, 28 Oct 2013 23:42:08 +0000 Overview and Frequently Asked Questions Announcing The Galician Archival Records Project (GARP) – the new “umbrella” project under which all other Gesher Galicia research projects will now exist. Our extensive “Cadastral Map & Landowner Records Project” will be included, but the availability and desirability of other types of records required the expansion of the scope of our projects. This list is not finite; we are committed to growth, and new projects can be suggested and added at any time by our members.]]> 0 Tarnopol Census Project Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:23:24 +0000

Gesher Galicia proudly announces the completion of the indexing of the Tarnopol 1910 Jewish Census, the last official Galician census conducted by the Austrian government. Although the Austrian Empire - and the Polish government, which followed after the collapse of the Empire - conducted censuses over an eighty-year period, very few original enumerations with names have survived. Tarnopol, a large city about 128 miles east of Lemberg (Lwow, Lviv,) attracted residents from all over Galicia, and even further afield, so the 1910 census is one of the more important records of its kind for Galician researchers and academics.   Containing almost 14,000 names, it enumerates every Jewish resident living in Tarnopol in 1910, along with information on people who had moved away permanently, or were studying in other locales, provided by family members.   Entire households are listed together with house numbers, professions, and ages, with relationships clearly delineated.]]> 0
The Cadastral Map and Landowner Records Project Thu, 28 Feb 2013 04:00:47 +0000

In the spring of 2007, Gesher Galicia (GG) initiated the first phase of a long-term project to obtain cadastral maps and landowner records from the Central State Historical Archives in Lviv, Ukraine. The project has continued to the present day, with maps and records being acquired from the Ternopil Oblast Archives starting in 2010, the Krakow Archives in 2011, and in 2013 expanding to the Przemysl branch of the Polish State Archives and other regional archives in Poland that have maps and records for Galician towns.]]> 0
The Vital Records & Census Project Wed, 27 Feb 2013 05:36:38 +0000 0 The 1939 Stanislawow Census & Passport Project Tue, 26 Feb 2013 05:39:32 +0000

THE 1939 STANISLAWOW CENSUS & STANISLAWOW DISTRICT PASSPORT APPLICATIONS INDEXING PROJECT Participants: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; The Herzl Institute at The University of Haifa; Jewish Galicia & Bukovina; and Gesher Galicia, Inc. Project: indexing 20th century census and passport records acquired from the Ivano Frankivsk State Oblast Archives and creating a database for free searching online and on-site at the USHMM Archives.]]> 0
The Austrian Archives Project Mon, 25 Feb 2013 05:35:35 +0000

The various branches of the Austrian State Archives are extremely valuable repositories of unpublished source material on Galicia and Bukovina. In spite of the wealth of their holdings, these archives have been little explored by Galician researchers. In 2011, Gesher Galicia started collecting documentation from two of their archives: the Staatarchiv (state archives) and the Kriegsarchiv (war and military archives). There are documents in the Staatarchiv that tell of life in every shtetl that was governed by officials in Vienna. From complaints about the rabbi to a scribe asking for a higher salary, there is coverage of every town in Galicia. There are also “global” lists of Jewish schoolteachers assigned to every Galician town that had a Jewish congregation, dating to 1790 by “Kreis” or circle (administrative district) and inventories of every synagogue in Galicia by town, listing the names of the head of the kahal, the rabbi and cantor, which include details such as whether the town had a ritual slaughterer, a mikvah, etc.]]> 0
Family Album: Reconstructing the Lives of Jute and Bronia Horn of Rohatyn Fri, 30 Nov 2012 04:25:29 +0000

For one sister, it began for me with a photo and a story from my Rohatyn grandmother. Jute Horn—Dr. Jute Horn—was my grandmother’s idol, her paradigm, her inspiration. She was my grandmother’ s aunt, the oldest sister of my grandmother’s father. The educated one with the medical degree from Vienna. The one who became the dentist. For the other sister, it began in 1998 with a letter and phone call from a man—an aged, emotional man—who pitifully detailed for me how he grew up in Rohatyn, knew my extensive and comfortably middle-class Horn family. A man whose younger sister in the late 1920’s married the youngest of the Horn sons and produced a family. A man who himself married the youngest of the Horn daughters, Bronia Horn—Dr. Bronia Horn—so she could leave Rohatyn with him for Palestine.]]> 0
Jewish Gravestones and Human Remains: Where to Go from Here? Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:18:12 +0000

It was almost exactly a year ago that we made our first of a dozen visits to Rohatyn in 2011, the prewar home of my paternal grandmother and her large extended family. On that first visit, we were introduced to the 77-year-old Ukrainian school teacher named Mr. Vorobets who was also the town’s recognized expert on local and prewar history and families: Ukrainian, Polish, and Jewish. It was he who directed our attention to the continued presence of the Jewish gravestones, the hundreds if not thousands still existing in town today—some visible, some not—in walls and foundations, on riverbanks and landings, under gardens and asphalt. For more than 20 years, and long before our arrival, Mr. Vorobets had been gathering information whenever these stones and fragments were found by locals and making arrangements to have them moved to the former “new” Jewish cemetery at the north end of town. Now we, too, were part of that process.]]> 0