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From (September, 2012) ·

Town Research: Żurów

by Hazel Sandow Boon

My mother’s father was born in Żurów, Galicia (now Zhuriv, Ukraine). I was very excited to see that the Gesher Galicia Cadastral Map and Landowner Records Project listed records from Żurów. I have agreed to be the new Town Leader.

For Gesher Galicia to do any additional work on Żurów records, we must raise at least $250. At that point Gesher Galicia will match our donated total and our Żurów project will have $500 to draw upon for transcription work.

You are probably wondering how this project might benefit you and your research. If you think that you might have family from Żurów or family that married someone from Żurów, you could learn the house and parcel numbers that belonged to your family; chart who their neighbors were; trace inheritance patterns of how land was handed down through generations; find out how much your ancestors paid in tax and what kinds of buildings they had on their land. I know from records I’ve obtained that my Haber family lived in house #84. I’m hoping to find other surnames in neighboring houses that connect to my family and will help me piece together my great-grandfather’s siblings and cousins. The same could come true for your family from Żurów.

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