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

Monday, March 31, 2014 – 7:30PM – 9:30PM

Beth Weizmann Jewish Community Centre,
306 Hawthorn Road, South Caulfield, 3162

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In 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.

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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.

Examples will include an 1801 list of “Jewish Tavern Owners.” and a list of Jews who bought vodka from the magnates, Austrian governmental complaints from the Shtetls bearing actual signatures of the residents, province-wide inventories listing Rabbis, Cantors and Shochets, and a 1788 listing of Jewish teachers assigned to the German-Jewish schools in 1788 – the point in Galician history when Jews were required to adopt family surnames. Included will be a guide to on-site archival research and online research as the names in these records find their way to the All Galicia Database.

Sponsored by the Australian Jewish Genealogical Society Victoria. Members $5.00, non-members $10.00. More info contact: Admin@ajgs-vic.org.au, website: www.ajgs-vic.org.au.

Pamela WeisbergerPamela Weisberger is president and research coordinator of Gesher Galicia and 1st V.P./program chair for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles. She is also a professional genealogist, writer, genealogical videographer and international speaker and has conducted research in Polish, German, Israeli, Ukrainian, and Austrian archives.



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!