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Fall, 2008 Regional Meeting — New York City

Sunday, October 19, 2008

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Followed by the JGSNY Meeting and Program – 2:00 p.m.

The Center for Jewish History – Auditorium
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011


  1. Cadastral Map and Landowner Records Project Update – Pamela Weisberger
  2. Researching Galician Records in Vienna
  3. JRI-Poland – Update by Mark Halpern
  4. “Good-Bye Bohorodchany” with Bernard Reiner

After an update on GG’s newest map and landowner records project in Lviv, we’ll waltz through the myriad resources in Vienna for Jewish genealogists researching their Galician relatives. We will cover the vast holdings of the IKG’s (Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Wien – Jewish Community of Vienna) vital records collection, the treasures found in the Gasometer archives (household registration records and city directories), and the Austrian National Library collections (school records).

Mark Halpern will provide a short status report on JRI-Poland’s activities with vital records from Galicia.

We will complete the meeting with member Bernard Reiner as he illustrates his 2008 “homecoming” trip with Alex Dunai, as he returns to the Bohorodchany, Galicia burial site where his ancestors were laid to rest more than four centuries ago, reads the megillah in the Great Stanislawow synagogue, attends shul in Kolomea on Purim morning, and eats from the “conflicted soil” of his ancestors.

The GG meeting is free and open to the public so please invite others in the greater New York area to attend, even if you can’t be there. Directions are on the website:

After a lunch break — informal groups can dine in the neighborhood — return to the Center to attend the JGSNY meeting. The JGSNY 2:00 pm meeting is free to members of JGSNY and Gesher Galicia. Non-members are asked to pay a $5.00 fee.

JGSNY Meeting
Sunday October 19, 2008
2:00 p.m.

The Center for Jewish History – Auditorium
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY 10011

Research at the International Tracing Service (ITS) Archives in Bad Arolsen, Germany:
Film and Panel Discussion

In May 2008, 40 genealogists spent a week of researching at the ITS archives, the most important repository in the world containing information about individual victims of World War II. A short video will provide a first-hand look at the vast resources of the ITS and what the on-site research process looks like, followed by a panel discussion in which four trip participants – Valery Bazarov, Janet Isenberg, Renee Steinig and Pamela Weisberger will offer their unique perspectives on their experience. Pamela will also share information about the Galician-specific community records discovered there.

Also note that the The Ackman & Ziff Family Genealogy Institute at CJH will be open 12:30 PM to 1:45 PM for networking with other researchers and access to research materials and computers.

Copies of the 14 Years of The Galitzianer CD, and The Jews of Galicia in 1839 (book or CD), GG tee-shirts, and will be available for purchase.

Make your plans now to attend!

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!