A Guide to Gesher Galicia Inventories

Gesher Galicia’s primary inventory for the Galician Archival Records Project is here.

This inventory catalogs all the elements included in the “Galician Archival Records Project,” showing you archival holdings in Ukraine, Poland, Israel, Austria and the United States for a variety of records.

These may include cadastral maps, property records metrical records (birth, death, marriage, divorce) and census, landowner, school, tax and voter records. The descriptions are translations from the archives card catalog or are based on our researchers’ viewing the materials and describing the contents.  We continue our inventorying all year long and keep making additions, however, if you don’t see your town listed in the Galicia Archival Records Project Inventory or in own Town Project Page, then it may not yet be part of our project.

We also have several other inventories you can review:

The LDS microfilm inventory can help you locate the microfilmed records of the Jewish Galician community that are held in the Central State Historical Archives in Lviv. Some of these films have been viewed by volunteers and the contents summarized. You can view these films at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, or order them to be delivered to your local Family History Center or Library for a small fee. You can also search the FamilySearch.org website catalog for more details. Many of these Galicia records held in the Lviv archives have been indexed by volunteers and are incorporated in the All Galicia Database, which can be searched here.

The Inventory of Tabula Registers was compiled by Alexander Dunai and provides information on which of these important documents that include inheritance and notary records may exist for your town. Gesher Galicia has indexed some of the alphabetical name listings for these books and those entries are also included in the All Galicia Database.

The separate Map inventories are alphabetical listings of maps held by these two Polish archives.

Every town represented in these inventories should be part of the Galician Archival Records Project. If you don’t see yours, please contact us. Eventually we will integrate all the inventories into one, but until that time you may need to search each one separately to get full information on what is available.  Keep in mind that we have not yet added a complete inventory for some archives in Ukraine and Poland.  Our work is ongoing!

To learn more about this project, click here. You can also find out which records exist for your town by consulting Miriam Weiner’s Routes to Roots database which has also inventoried many archival holdings on Jewish records worldwide.

 

Gesher Galicia is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people research their Jewish family roots in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire province of Galicia, which is today southeastern Poland and southwestern Ukraine. Our organization's primary focus is researching Jewish roots in Galicia, but the diverse community records in our databases contain names that span all the ethnic and religious groups who once lived in this region.

Search our free All Galicia Database, Map Room, and Archival Inventory today, and learn about our terrific member benefits for genealogists, researchers, and families, starting at just $36/year. You can join online!