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Spring, 2013 Regional Meeting — New York City

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.

Sunday, March 17, 2013
11:00 AM – 12:45 PM

JCC of Manhattan – Beit Midrash Conference Room
334 Amsterdam Ave. (at 76th St.)
New York, New York 10023

Pamela Weisberger will offer a tour of the new Gesher Galicia website (debuting soon!) and will explain the new and expanded “Galician Archival Records Project,” followed by a presentation by Dr. Andrew Zalewski on his book, “Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One Family,” a research narrative growing out of his travels in Galicia, from tiny villages to Lvov and Krakow. He’ll cover the political struggles and wise compromises that kept Galicia’s citizens together for centuries, and the tragic forces that ultimately tore Galicia apart. Mark Halpern will conclude the program with a short update on JRI-Poland‘s new agreement with the Polish State Archives as it pertains to Galician records and future indexing.

This program will be of interest to all Eastern European researchers (not just Galitzianers), as well as family historians and writers so feel free to forward this information to anyone else you think might be interested in attending.

There will be a “Galician Trails” book sale and signing. Book info here: http://www.thelzopress.com/. Cash or check only – $32.00. (Note that this is the same as the Amazon price, but these books are in full color. Amazon’s are only black and white. You can also order one to be signed and sent to you if you can’t attend.)

If you want to join Gesher Galicia — or renew a lapsed membership — you can also do that at the meeting. Or if you want to renew now go to: join.geshergalicia.org/.

After a break for lunch, you are invited to stay for Pamela’s JGSNY presentation at 2:00 PM at the JCC:

“Creative Approaches to Jewish Genealogy” is a lively, interactive lecture demonstrating unusual databases and imaginative strategies that can lead to research breakthroughs. Included will be tips on how to research historical newspapers, directories, overseas auction sites, real estate, court, bank and criminal records. The conceit is that genealogical research can be viewed as a game to be well-played or a puzzle to be solved, making the process more engaging and entertaining. Both novice and experienced genealogists should discover online resources never considered or imagined before.

More Info at: www.JGSNY.org. (Rumor has it there will also be an IAJGS Boston Conference preview offered prior to the talk by Mark Halpern.)

And mark these dates for other upcoming spring and summer 2013 international Gesher Galicia programs:

If you’d like to bring a Gesher Galicia program to your city, please contact us.

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!