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Spring, 2013 Special Program — Lviv, Ukraine

“Surveying the Historical Landscape of Galicia: Cadastral Maps, Landowner, School & Voter Records”
Speaker: Pamela Weisberger

Thursday, April 25, 2013
6:00 PM

Center for Urban History of East Central Europe
Vul. Akad. Bohomoltsia 6
Lviv 79005, Ukraine

Galician land records, property maps, school and voting records are valuable — but often overlooked — genealogical, sociological and historical resources.  Cadastral maps show exact locations of synagogues, cemeteries, schools, and market squares and often have the names of the landowners written onto plots of land.  One can chart a family over several generations and land records can provide the valuation of properties and inheritance patterns.  Voting records document the residents of a single dwelling, showing their age, birthplace and occupation. School records offer unique insights into families and often these unique records may be the only evidence of a family living in a particular town or village.  This talk will highlight the history and relevance of these “alternative” community records for scholarly (or family history) research.  We’ll also demonstrate the searching capabilities of the new Gesher Galicia website and the All Galicia Database, which provide an Internet portal to this information.

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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 $36/year. You can join online!