Gesher Galicia Programs and Conferences

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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 Research Historical 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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Austria, Poland, & Ukraine: 3 Countries, 5 Archives & 12 Wonderful Days of Discovery – Tel Aviv

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Speaker: Pamela Weisberger 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. Later they visited Grzymalow, Ukraine and its ruined synagogue, cheder and decimated Jewish cemetery. Learn about the trip's highlights, the challenges of archival research in different locales (from white gloves to burnt documents and moldy dust) and the exceptional opportunity to connect past to present through investigative genealogical research.

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

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The workshop is under the auspices of Icarus: International Centre for Archival Research, will take place at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa organized in cooperation with the Budapest City Archives (Hungary), the National Archives of Malta. It is also supported by the ENArC project and the Culture 2007-2013 Program of European Union.

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“Cadastral Maps, Landowner, School, Voter & Tax Records: New Horizons for Genealogists” – Washington, DC

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This presentation will cover their relevance as an alternative source of genealogical/community information and will also highlight other unique records that are now part of the "Galician Archival Records Project," such as "people who suffered during the war" and magnate records, which illustrate the relationships between Polish (and Jewish) nobles and the Jews who ran their mills, taverns and inns. Be prepared to expand your view on how these insightful -- and accessible -- documents can to bring your ancestors to life.

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Spring, 2013 Regional Meeting — New York City

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Gesher Galicia will hold a regional meeting in New York City on Sunday, March 17, 2013. Speakers will include Gesher Galicia president Pamela Weisberger, author Dr. Andrew Zalewski ("Galician Trails"), and Mark Halpern (JRI-Poland). If you live in the greater New York area, New Jersey or New England and can attend, we'd love to see you there. The program is open to all and free of charge.

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Spring, 2012 Regional Meeting — Jerusalem, Israel

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Bilingual program in English and Hebrew. Exploring the Archives: Unique & Unusual Resources in Galician Research at the AACI Glassman Family Center, Jerusalem; and Exploring Jewish Life, Culture and Ancestry in Galicia at Beit Hatfutsot on the Tel Aviv University Campus. Also: Irit Shem-Tov - It’s All About Numbers in Roots Research in Lwow; Ami Elyasaf – Researching the Town of Brody; Dr. Lea Haber-Gedalia - Jewish Galicia: History, Demography and Culture; Dr. Mordechai Yushkovski - Social and Cultural Progressions within the Jewish Family as Reflected by Migration from Shtetls to Cities and Overseas; Dr. Sergey Kravtzov - Synagogue Architecture in Lwow; and Dr. Eli Brauner – Presenting the Association for the Commemoration of Lwow Jewish Heritage and Sites.

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Spring, 2012 Regional Meeting — Kraków, Poland

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Material Culture & The Preservation Of Memory: Searching for Rohatyn's former Jewish Past and The HORN Identity: Using Historic Vital Records To Re-Construct the Lives of Two Galician Sisters, presented by Gesher Galicia board member Marla Raucher Osborn at the Jewish Community Center, in Kraków, Poland.

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Spring, 2011 Regional Meeting — New York City

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Virtual tour of the new Gesher Galicia website; Cadastral Map & Landowner Records Projects; Galician 20th Century Voter Records; 2010 Trip to the Lviv and Ternopil Archives and to the Busk, Ukraine Cemetery -- Hanna Palmon; The 11th of Av, set in Przemysl -- David Semmel; Jewish Records Indexing-Poland Update -- Marl Halpern; Preview of Galician programming at the IAJGS Summer Conference, including this year's focus on the Galicia Jewish Museum in Kraków.; Methods from the Mavens: Researching Galicia, Hungary, and Lithuania -- panel with Jordan Auslander, Eden Joachim, Mark Halpern, and moderator Linda Cantor

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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!