Gesher Galicia Programs and Conferences

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

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Speaker: Pamela WeisbergerIn 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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Polish Genealogical Society of California: Searching the All Galicia Database: & “Exploring the Archives.” – Los Angeles

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The All Galicia Database has 200,000 records from 70 data sources including birth, death, marriage and divorce records to directories, school, voter and landowner records, all from the former Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, which today covers eastern Poland and western Ukraine. These diverse community resources contain names spanning all the ethnic/religious groups: Jews, Catholics, Ruthenians, Germans, Greek Catholic and Orthodox from these towns. Learn how to use this search engine, in conjunction with our “Cadastral Map Room,” to find ancestors and link the indexes and maps to the original source documents from overseas archives to expand your 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 Special Program — London

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This presentation will cover a range of documents from the late 1700s through the interwar years, such as the Lviv family registration books, 1920s and 30s voter lists, and Jewish taxpayer and student records to magnate landowner records (like a 1801 list of "Jewish Tavern Owners in Kalusz.") Take a tour of the Galician holdings in the Vienna State Archives, including kahal and court cases and province-wide inventories listing rabbis and teachers assigned to Jewish schools in every shtetl in 1788 – the point when Jews were required to adopt family surnames. Learn about cadastral land maps and Holocaust-era census records and passport applications from Stanislawow and Lviv and come away with innovative ideas about how to approach your family research.

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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!