Overview and Frequently Asked Questions Announcing The Galician Archival Records Project (GARP) – the new “umbrella” project under which all other Gesher Galicia research projects will now exist. Our extensive “Cadastral Map & Landowner Records Project” will be included, but the availability and desirability of other types of records required the expansion of the scope of our projects. This list is not finite; we are committed to growth, and new projects can be suggested and added at any time by our members.
Learn More → Gesher Galicia proudly announces the completion of the indexing of the Tarnopol 1910 Jewish Census, the last official Galician census conducted by the Austrian government. Although the Austrian Empire - and the Polish government, which followed after the collapse of the Empire - conducted censuses over an eighty-year period, very few original enumerations with names have survived. Tarnopol, a large city about 128 miles east of Lemberg (Lwow, Lviv,) attracted residents from all over Galicia, and even further afield, so the 1910 census is one of the more important records of its kind for Galician researchers and academics. Containing almost 14,000 names, it enumerates every Jewish resident living in Tarnopol in 1910, along with information on people who had moved away permanently, or were studying in other locales, provided by family members. Entire households are listed together with house numbers, professions, and ages, with relationships clearly delineated.
Learn More → In the spring of 2007, Gesher Galicia (GG) initiated the first phase of a long-term project to obtain cadastral maps and landowner records from the Central State Historical Archives in Lviv, Ukraine. The project has continued to the present day, with maps and records being acquired from the Ternopil Oblast Archives starting in 2010, the Krakow Archives in 2011, and in 2013 expanding to the Przemysl branch of the Polish State Archives and other regional archives in Poland that have maps and records for Galician towns.
Learn More → Vital records are the natural starting-off point for researchers. These birth, death, marriage and divorce records for Galicia can be located in a variety of archives – scattered in different places, even for a single town. The ways records were divided after the war often didn’t follow any kind of logic.
Learn More → THE 1939 STANISLAWOW CENSUS & STANISLAWOW DISTRICT
PASSPORT APPLICATIONS INDEXING PROJECT – STERN GRANT APPLICATION
Participants: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; The Herzl Institute at The University of Haifa; Jewish Galicia & Bukovina; and Gesher Galicia, Inc.
Project: indexing 20th century census and passport records acquired from the Ivano Frankivsk State Oblast Archives and creating a database for free searching online and on-site at the USHMM Archives.
Learn More → The various branches of the Austrian State Archives are extremely valuable repositories of unpublished source material on Galicia and Bukovina. In spite of the wealth of their holdings, these archives have been little explored by Galician researchers. In 2011, Gesher Galicia started collecting documentation from two of their archives: the Staatarchiv (state archives) and the Kriegsarchiv (war and military archives). There are documents in the Staatarchiv that tell of life in every shtetl that was governed by officials in Vienna. From complaints about the rabbi to a scribe asking for a higher salary, there is coverage of every town in Galicia. There are also “global” lists of Jewish schoolteachers assigned to every Galician town that had a Jewish congregation, dating to 1790 by “Kreis” or circle (administrative district) and inventories of every synagogue in Galicia by town, listing the names of the head of the kahal, the rabbi and cantor, which include details such as whether the town had a ritual slaughterer, a mikvah, etc.
Learn More → In spring 2010, Dick Koops, an educational adviser at a regional education centre in Groningen, The Netherlands, currently living in Germany, generously volunteered to do work during his summer in Lviv, Ukraine on behalf of Gesher Galicia, and the Lviv House Photography Project was born. Gesher Galicia members submitted requests, and for four weeks Mr. Koops walked the streets of Lviv (formerly Lvov/Lwow/Lemberg) in search of the streets, lanes and pathways our ancestors once walked and the houses they resided in.
Learn More → Launched in March 2008 and co-administered by genealogist Elise Friedman and Rabbi Gary Gans, the Gesher Galicia Jewish DNA Project has its homepage, with the latest test results and the requirements for membership, located at FamilyTreeDNA.com.
Learn More → House Numbers in Zborow in the 19th Century and the People Who Lived There -- A Project To Link Families When No Other Data Is Available
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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.