Gesher Galicia Programs and Conferences

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The Genealogy Event – New York City

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The Genealogy Event in partnership with National Archives at New York City will offer two days of learning, fun – and genealogy enthusiasm! The stunning Alexander Hamilton US Custom House is located in lower Manhattan, an area rich with history and heritage – so what better place to be this October. Galician Topics Covered in these talks on Friday, October 17th: 10:00AM – 10:45AM: Jewish Geography/Jewish Genealogy 4:00PM – 4:45PM Cartography for Genealogists: Mapping Time & Generations (speaker: Pamela Weisberger)

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Galician & Polish Research: Unique & Unusual Resources – Paris, France

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Landowner records, census, property maps, school, tax, magnate and voting records from 18th – 20th century Poland, Galicia, and Ukraine are valuable genealogical resources, especially when vital records are sparse or non-existent. Historical cadastral maps show exact locations of synagogues, cemeteries, schools, and market squares and often have the names of the Jewish land and business owners written onto plots of land. You can chart a family over several generations using the house or parcel numbers and land records can provide the valuation of properties and inheritance patterns.

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Historic Cadastral Maps as a Resource for Genealogists – Tel Aviv, Israel

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014 – 7:00PM Bet Ariela Public Library, 25 Shaul Hamelech Blvd Tel Aviv, Israel 61332Although many types of maps can be useful to genealogists, cadastral maps are particularly valuable because house numbers are usually listed on the vital records obtained from archives. Where the accompanying land and tax records also exist, less apparent family details can emerge which can shed light on a family’s economic position in the broader community.

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Austria Poland, Ukraine: 3 Countries, 5 Archives, 12 Wonderful Days of Discovery – New York City

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Gesher Galicia Spring 2014 Regional Meeting in New York City plus: Austria, Poland, Ukraine: 3 Countries, 5 Archives, 12 Wonderful Days of Discovery Sunday, May 18, 2014 – 11:00AM – 1:00PM Center for Jewish History Forchheimer Auditorium 15 West 16th St. New York, NY 10011Gesher Galicia will return to Manhattan for our annual spring SIG meeting. In addition to highlighting what’s new with our research projects, the All Galicia Database, and our website, there will be a special presentation: “Austria, Poland, Ukraine: 3 Countries, 5 Archives, 12 Wonderful Days of Discovery.” GG board member, John Diener, from Ottawa, Canada and I will talk about our trip in April 2013 to Austria, Poland, and Ukraine.

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The HORN Identity: Historic Academic Records Re-Construct the Lives of Two Galician Sisters from Rohatyn

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Ra ‘anana, Israel May 14, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Community Centre Beit Fisher, 5 Klausner Street Ra’anana, Israel The HORN Identity: Historic Academic Records Re-Construct the Lives of Two Galician Sisters from RohatynThrough records discovered in university and state archives across Europe, Ukraine, and Israel, the lives of Jüte and Bronia Horn, two sisters from the eastern Galician town of Rohatyn, will be traced, from their childhoods in Rohatyn on the eve of the downfall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to their inter-War student years in Vienna, Krakow, and Lwow, through their departures for Palestine and America.

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Rohatyn: A Typical Galician Town in Western Ukraine – Jerusalem, Israel

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Sunday, April 6, 2014 – 6:30PM AACI Jerusalem 37 Pierre Koenig, 4th floor Jerusalem, Israel Speaker: Marla Raucher OsbornSponsored by the Israel Genealogical Research Assocation (IGRA) Marla will discuss ongoing Jewish heritage projects in the town: the projects, the challenges, and how the Rohatyn descendants’ group is working to preserve memory in a town where no Jews live today. The Rohatyn Shtetl Research Group is an online descendants group with 200 members who trace their family roots to Rohatyn.

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Exploring the Archives: Unique & Unusual Resources in Galician and Polish Research – Melbourne, Australia

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Monday, March 31, 2014 – 7:30PM – 9:30PM Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre, 306 Hawthorn Road, South Caulfield, 3162In this digital genealogical age, we need to remember that not everything is online. Learn about the exciting (and unusual) treasures available in archives and libraries in Vienna, Ternopil, Lviv and Krakow which relate to Galician, Austrian, Ukrainian and Polish research. Maciej Orzechowski, Pamela Weisberger and John Diener at the Przemysl Regional Archives in Poland We’ll cover an array of documents dating from the late 1700s through the interwar years, like the Lviv family registration books, 1920s and 30s voter lists, taxpayer records, Lvov (Lemberg) and Jagellonian University student records and magnate landowner records.

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Snakes & Ladders: Innovative & International Approaches to Genealogy – Perth, Australia

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Thursday, March 27, 2014 – 7:30PM Noranda Chabad Synagogue 11 Gardon Court Noranda, Western AustraliaIf you treat genealogical research like a game to be mastered or a puzzle to be solved, it makes the adventure of finding your family that much more challenging and exciting. This presentation covers unusual, creative — or simply overlooked resources in genealogical databases you know about and ones you never considered!

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Austria, Poland, Ukraine: 3 Countries, 5 Archives, 12 Wonderful Days of Discovery – Canberra, Australia

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Monday, March 24, 2014 – 7:45PM National Jewish Memorial Center Forrest, Canberra, Australia Pamela Weisberger at the site of the Warsaw ghetto – April 2013 In April 2013, Gesher Galicia’s president, Pamela Weisberger, and board member, John Diener, traveled to Austria, Poland, and Ukraine. Over twelve days they visited archives in Vienna, Warsaw, Przemysl, Lviv and Ternopil. In Warsaw they attended the opening of the new Museum of the History of Polish Jews, followed by an incredible dinner with Count Peter (Piotr) Pininski, great grandson of the magnate nobleman who once owned the Galician town of Grzymalow where John’s father and Pamela’s grandfather were born.

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Galicia Galore and More – Sydney, Australia

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“Exploring the Gesher Galicia Website” Sunday, March 23, 2014 – 9:30AM – 5:00PM North Shore Synagogue Treatts Road Litchfield, Sydney, Australia Sponsored by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Australia (Sydney) Two presentations: “Cartography for Genealogists: Mapping Across Time & Generation” and “Exploring the Gesher Galicia Website” plus one-on-one consultations and “Ask the Experts” and a “Walk Through the Websites (of JewishGen)” sessions.

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Unusual Galician Records as They Apply to Many Communities – West Palm Beach, Florida

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014: 1:00PM South County Civic Center 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL. This meeting will be preceded by an 11:00AM tutorial on “Searching the All Galicia Database,” followed by a Brick Wall session at 12:30PM hosted by the Jewish Genealogical Society of Palm Beach County speaker: Pamela Weisberger Unusual Galician Records as They Apply to Many Communities Landowner records, census, property maps, school, tax and voting records from 18th – 20th century Poland, Galicia, and Ukraine are valuable genealogical resources, especially when vital records are sparse or non-existent.

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Cartography and Cadastral Maps: Visions From the Past, For a Vision of Our Future – Pisa, Italy

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Jay Osborn, Gesher Galicia Map Room Coordinator, and Pamela Weisberger, Gesher Galicia president, will be presenting a joint paper at this two-day workshop taking place November 6-7, entitled: "Gesher Galicia's Cadastral Map and Landowner Records Project: A Virtual Recreation of a Vanished Province." Their presentation takes place at 2:30PM on Tuesday, November 6 and is open to the public.

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Historical Newspaper Research & Exploring the Gesher Galicia Website – Jerusalem

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Historical Newspaper ResearchHistorical newspapers provide the who, what, when, where, why and how of your ancestors' lives, loves, business dealings and predilections. Using new online resources researchers can discover long-lost family in old newspaper pages, uncover scandals and solve long-standing mysteries. This talk will cover searching techniques using ProQuest's vast collections of US, Israeli and United Kingdom newspapers, along with free resources like the US National Archives "Chronicling America," US state digitized papers, and Australia's "Trove" collections. and....

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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 $25/year. You can join online!