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About Gesher Galicia

Modification (color/removal of text) by Sarah Cohen-Smith of Todros Geller’s From Land to Land, 1926, wood engraving.

Gesher Galicia is a non-profit organization carrying out Jewish genealogical and historical research on Galicia, formerly a province of Austria-Hungary and today divided between southeastern Poland and western Ukraine.

Our research work involves the acquisition and indexing of a range of archival records, prime among which are vital records and census books. Acquiring and reproducing cadastral maps is another important focus. We also work on landowner records, Holocaust-period documents, and school, voter, and tax records. While our main aim is researching Jewish roots in Galicia, our databases of community records contain names from all ethnic and religious groups that once lived in the region. Gesher Galicia is also organized for the purpose of maintaining networking and online discussion groups and to promote and support Jewish heritage preservation work in the areas of the former Galicia.

Board of Directors

Darcy Stamler

Darcy Stamler

Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

Max G. Heffler

Max G. Heffler

Board Member

Mark Jacobson

Mark Jacobson

Board Member

Marsha Shapiro

Marsha Shapiro

Board Member


Become a member

Become a member starting at $50 per year

Become a member starting at $50 per year Member benefits include a subscription to The Galitzianer, our quarterly research journal; access to Family Finder to share your family surnames and towns and network with other members; discounts on Gratz College online courses; webinars and podcasts; and more!

Gesher Galicia Advisors and Associates

Archival Advisors

Agnieszka Franczyk-Cegła
Ossolineum, Wrocław

Ewa Grin-Piszczek
State Archive in Przemyśl

Magdalena Marosz
National Archives in Kraków

Kateryna Mytsan
State Archive of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (DAIFO), Ivano-Frankivsk

Fedir Polianskyi
State Archive of Ternopil Oblast (DATO), Ternopil

Sławomir Postek
Central Archives of Historical Records (AGAD), Warsaw

Olesia Stefanyk
Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv (TsDIAL), Lviv

Academic Advisors

Michał Galas
Department of Jewish Studies, Jagellonian University, Kraków

Sergey Kravtsov
Center for Jewish Art, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Antony Polonsky
Brandeis University

David Rechter
Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Dariusz Stola
Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw

Wacław Wierzbieniec
Department of History and Jewish Culture, Rzeszów University

Yaron Wolfsthal
Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Galicia Partner Associates

Sofia Dyak
Center for Urban History of East Central Europe, Lviv

Avraham Groll

Mark Halpern

Joanna Król-Komła
POLIN Museum, Warsaw

Jacek Stawiski
Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków

Anna Przybyszewska-Drozd
Jewish Historical Institute, Warsaw

Key Associates

Research Advisor

Tony Kahane

Gesher Galicia Secretariat in Warsaw

Piotr Gumola
Gesher Galicia Representative in Poland

Gesher Galicia Representative in Ukraine

Mykhailo Zubar

Editor, The Galitzianer

Jodi Benjamin

IT Manager

Paweł Malinowski

Digital Maps Manager

Jay Osborn

Jewish Galician Heritage

Marla Osborn


Thank you for considering a contribution to help support our operations, the All Galicia Database, the Family Finder, the Galitzianer, specific research endeavors, our webinar and podcast series, and more.

Gesher Galicia

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