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Unusual Galician Records as They Apply to Many Communities – West Palm Beach, Florida

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. Historical cadastral maps show exact locations of synagogues, cemeteries, schools, and market squares and often have the names of the Jewish land and business owners written onto plots of land. You can chart a family over several generations using the house or parcel numbers and land records can provide the valuation of properties and inheritance patterns. Voting and census records document the residents of a single dwelling, showing their age, birthplace and occupation. Often these unique records may be the only documented evidence of a family living in a particular town or village. Their history and relevance as an alternative source of genealogical and community information will be covered in this talk, as will details on how to obtain this type of record from overseas archives, find some online and create your own community projects using this data.

Searching the New Gesher Galicia Website for Towns and Families: A Tutorial Come along on a tour of Gesher Galicia’s newly relaunched website! Debuting in January 2013, the new site is a one-stop resource for people interested in researching their families and ancestral towns from the former Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, which is today split up between southeastern Poland and western Ukraine. The site features new content and resources for 400+ Galician towns and 2700+ Jewish Galician families. It also has nearly 100 searchable online articles and 50+ full PDF issues from almost two decades of “The Galitzianer,” Gesher Galicia’s long-running quarterly publication about Galician Jewish life. Learn about our searchable inventory page of 1700+ maps, landowner records, and tax records from Galician towns, now being transcribed and put online for free searches. And newly online is the Gesher Galicia Family Finder, enabling members who are logged into the website to access new features and connect with other researchers. We will also demonstrate how to search the All Galicia Database’s 200,000 community records based on your research needs.

Pamela Weisberger is the president and research coordinator for Gesher Galicia, “the bridge to Galicia,” a special interest group for people whose ancestors came from the former Austrian province of Galicia. She is also the 1st vice-president/programs for the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles and co-chaired the 2010 International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. She is a professional genealogist and international speaker with a speciality in historical newspaper and Holocaust research. She created the Galician Archival Records Project for Gesher Galicia and has traveled and researched extensively in Central and Eastern European archives, zealously pursuing old archival documents and cadastral (property) maps, indexing the information, and putting the details (or the actual maps) online and into searchable databases. She holds a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.S. from Boston University’s College of Communication. She started off her working career in the offices of notoriously demanding film producer, Otto Preminger who never took “no” for an answer. Perfect training for becoming a genealogist.


The South County Civic Center is located at 16700 Jog Road, Delray Beach, FL. It is south of Linton Blvd., north of Clint Moore Road, and is immediately north of the traffic light at Morakami Park Road.

On I-95 from north or south, exit at Linton Blvd., travel west to Jog Road, turn south on Jog. Turn left into the Civic Center parking lot before you get to the traffic light at Morakami Park Rd.

From Florida’s Turnpike traveling south, exit at Atlantic Avenue; go east to Jog Road, then south.

Traveling north, exit at Glades Road; go east to Jog Road; travel north on Jog to the Civic Center–just past Morakami Park Road.

From State Road 441 traveling south, turn left at Atlantic Ave. Travel east on Atlantic to Jog Road. Turn right onto Jog and travel south to the Civic Center.

From 441 traveling north, turn East onto Clint Moore Road. Travel on Clint Moore to Jog. Turn left and travel north to the Civic Center.

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!