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Town Research: Żurów

by Hazel Sandow Boon

My mother’s father was born in Żurów, Galicia (now Zhuriv, Ukraine). I was very excited to see that the Gesher Galicia Cadastral Map and Landowner Records Project listed records from Żurów. I have agreed to be the new Town Leader.

For Gesher Galicia to do any additional work on Żurów records, we must raise at least $250. At that point Gesher Galicia will match our donated total and our Żurów project will have $500 to draw upon for transcription work.

You are probably wondering how this project might benefit you and your research. If you think that you might have family from Żurów or family that married someone from Żurów, you could learn the house and parcel numbers that belonged to your family; chart who their neighbors were; trace inheritance patterns of how land was handed down through generations; find out how much your ancestors paid in tax and what kinds of buildings they had on their land. I know from records I’ve obtained that my Haber family lived in house #84. I’m hoping to find other surnames in neighboring houses that connect to my family and will help me piece together my great-grandfather’s siblings and cousins. The same could come true for your family from Żurów.


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I am asking for your help to fund the Zhuriv (Żurów) GG Cadastral Map Project. Contributions are deductible for U.S. taxpayers. In addition, those who contribute will receive access to transcribed information prior to that information being posted online. Your contribution can be made by check, money order, or PayPal per Pamela Weisberger’s instructions at the top of page 5 of this issue. However you contribute, indicate your payment is to go toward the Zhuriv (Żurów) GG Cadastral Map Project.

Thank you in advance for your help. Please e-mail me directly at boon.hj@gmail.com when you make a donation so that I can ensure that Zhuriv (Żurów) gets the benefit of your generosity.


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. The research work includes the indexing of archival vital records and census books, Holocaust-period records, Josephine and Franciscan cadastral surveys, lists of Jewish taxpayers, and records of Galician medical students and doctors - all added to our searchable online database. In addition, we reproduce regional and cadastral maps for our online Map Room. We conduct educational research and publish a quarterly research journal, the Galitzianer. 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.

You can search our free All Galicia Database, Map Room, and archival inventories, and read about member benefits starting at $50 per year. You can also join online.

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