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Fall, 2007 Regional Meeting — New York City

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Center for Jewish History (CJH)
15 West 16th Street
New York City

Gesher Galicia Program
11:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Using Cadastral Maps, Land and Homeowner Records in Genealogical Research
Research Coordinator Pamela Weisberger will present a report on Gesher Galicia’s ongoing Lviv Archive project. Learn about the different property surveys—detailed maps showing parcels of land, buildings, and gardens. Examples of cadastral, tax and homeowner records will be displayed, along with maps for Grzymalowe Rozdil, Dobromil and Bolechow to illustrate how these documents can be used as a creative alternative to vital records in furthering your family research.

Shtetl Trip Report
Genealogist Linda Cantor and Bukachevtsy native and survivor Cipora Blitz traveled to Bukachevtsy, Ukraine in the Ternopil District this past June where they arranged for the completion of a fence around the remains of the Jewish cemetery. Linda will share some of the details of this project with you.

JRI-Poland Update
Mark Halpern, AGAD archives project coordinator for JRI-Poland, will discuss the current status of JRI-Poland with the Polish State Archives, the new Lviv Archive Jewish microfilms catalogued by the LDS Family History Library, and his personal ongoing work with 400 death records from 1941 which reflect the first Aktion taken by the Nazis days after the invasion of Tarnopol on July 4, 1941.

Bolechow Jewish Heritage Society (BJHS)
On behalf of the Board of this newly-established nonprofit organization (which includes Daniel Mendelsohn, author of “The Lost”), Joan Adler will talk about the BJHS’s projects to preserve Jewish sites in present-day Bolechow: cemetery restoration, transformation of the decaying old synagogue into a Museum of Galician Jewish Life, and an interactive genealogical website. This type of group can serve as a model to others interested in memorializing their shtetls and fundraising to restore synagogues and cemeteries in throughout Eastern Europe.

Screening of the film: Past Lives: The Stan Diamond Story (20 min.)
The quest of Canadian genealogist, Stan Diamond, to reconstruct his family in order to solve a genetic medical mystery led to the creation of the largest index in the world of specifically Jewish vital records – Jewish Records Indexing (JRI) Poland. This database has helped countless researchers discover their roots and had reunited families separated for decades because of the Holocaust. His dedication and perseverance, as portrayed in this documentary, has facilitated incredible research breakthroughs for so many genealogists and family historians.

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Lunch and Networking

Informal Galician town and region research groups and birds-of-a-feather networking will take place over lunch. Susana Bloch’s SRRG and KRRG groups will meet, as will those for Bolechow and others to be announced. Food can be purchased at the Center’s innovative glatt kosher Date Palm Café, or you can plan to lunch in neighborhood restaurants with your landsmen.

*If you are interested in coordinating/leading a BOF please contact Pamela Weisberger at so we can add your town to the list.

JGSNY Program
Recreating your Shtetl – Why and How
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Creating a group and website dedicated to ancestral towns
Memorializing and learning about our ancestral hometowns or shtetlach is key to understanding our past. This program will discuss the methodology and benefits of creating a research group and a cyberspace memorial to the vanished world of our ancestors. The shtetl page, which is easier to design than you think, becomes a record of what remains and is accessible throughout the world. Techniques for reaching out to your landsmen to create newsletters, organize research projects and share information will be demonstrated. Forming these groups and publicizing material about Jewish communities that no longer exist, create valuable resources for our descendants now and in the future.


Susana Leistner Bloch is project coordinator for JewishGen’s ShtetlLinks and the international support desk and has been a moderator trainer. She coordinates the Kolbuszowa Region Research Group (KRRG) and the Suchostaw Region Research Group (SRRG), producing two extensive websites of 270 shtetl pages which serve as a memorial to the destroyed Eastern European communities.

Also note: The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at the Center for Jewish History, 3rd floor, will be open from 12:30 to 1:45 PM on October 21st for networking with other researchers and access to research materials and computer resources.

The Gesher Galicia Meeting will take place in the main auditorium on the ground floor and is free of charge. The JGSNY meeting is free to their members and Gesher Galicia members. Others: $5

For a donation to Gesher Galicia, the following items will be available at the meeting:

Gesher Galicia is proud to announce that a compilation of back-issues from our quarterly journal The Galitzianer is now available on a searchable CD. “Thirteen Years of The G” will be available for $20 (Gesher Galicia members) and $40 (non-members) at our regional meeting. We will also be offering paperback copies of The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, pre-signed by Daniel Mendelsohn for $12.

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!