Przemyśl Identification Project

Gesher Galicia’s extensive, long-term operation to identify 577 Jewish record books of unknown origin housed in the Przemyśl State Archive in Poland was launched on October 30, 2019.

Involved are index books of vital records (births, deaths, marriages), including some index books of unspecified type, as well as a few books of community records. While the dates and most of the record types pertaining to each register are known, information is lacking as to their geographic origin. Most of the books, though, are presumed to be from towns in the former Galicia. Identifying the source of each of book should lead to interesting genealogical discoveries for Galician researchers.

A complete list of the index books in the project can be found within the online inventory for Fond 154 of the Przemyśl State Archive, in the “Inventories” section of the Gesher Galicia website.

With the approval of the Polish State Archives the project is being managed by Gesher Galicia’s “Przemyśl Identification Project” secretariat in Poland and carried out in cooperation with the Przemyśl State Archive.

Gesher Galicia members have an exclusive opportunity to participate in the identification process and to advance the knowledge of the genealogical community. If you are not a member of Gesher Galicia and wish to take part in the Przemyśl Identification Project, you are very welcome to join, using this link.

The results of new identifications of these presently unknown books are provided to members in the members-only area of this website, and also shared, of course, with the Przemyśl State Archive.

So far, 79 books have been identified, with the majority of the identifications also having been verified. Towns which the books have been identified as originating from include: Biała Podlaska, Borysław, Bursztyn, Drohobycz, Jaworów, Klasno, Kołomyja, Kopyczyńce, Kozłów, Kraków, Lublin, Mikulińce, Mosty Wielkie, Muszyna, Nadwórna, Nowy Sącz, Olesko, Pruchnik, Rohatyn, Rudki, Skole, Stanisławów, Stary Sącz, Stary Sambor, Stryj, Tarnopol, Turka, Tyczyn, and Żółkiew.

Updated: April 6, 2020

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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.

You can search our free All Galicia Database, Map Room, and archival inventories, and read about member benefits starting at $36 per year. You can also join online.

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