Vital Records Projects

Project Coordinator: Tony Kahane

image 1Vital, or metrical records are the core of genealogical research. These Jewish birth, death, marriage and divorce records for Galicia can be found in a variety of archives in different locations, even for a single town. Many such records have not survived the events of the 19th and first half of the 20th centuries. The proportion that has survived varies greatly for any given town.
Archives where Gesher Galicia had worked on vital record books and censuses include:

  • AGAD (Archiwum Główne Akt Dawnych), the Central Archives of Historical Records in Warsaw
    • Click here for the inventories of Jewish Galician records held at AGAD
  • State Archives in Przemyśl (Archiwum Państwowe w Przemyślu)
    • Click here for the inventory of Jewish metrical records in the Przemyśl State Archive
  • State Archives in Rzeszów (Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie)
    • Click here for the inventory of Jewish Galician records held in the Polish state archive in Rzeszów
  • State Archives in Rzeszów, Branch in Sanok (Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie, Oddział w Sanoku)
    • Click here for the inventory of Jewish Galician records held in the Polish state sub-archive in Sanok
  • National Archives in Kraków (Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie)
  • National Archives in Kraków, Branch in Nowy Sącz (Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie, Oddział w Nowym Sączu)
    • Click here for the inventory of Jewish metrical records in the Nowy Sącz archive
  • National Archives in Kraków, Branch in Tarnów (Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie, Oddział w Tarnowie)
    • Click here for the inventory of Jewish metrical records in the Tarnów archive
  • State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv (TsDIAL), the State Archive of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (DAIFO) and the State Archive of Ternopil Oblast (DATO)
    • Click here for the inventory of Jewish Galician records held in the Ukrainian state archives in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk and Ternopil

Vital Records Projects

Birth certificate of Schmul Ber Grinberg, Jezierna, February 1940.

The following town projects are in the 2019 Vital Records Project.

  • Kraków Marriages 1917, 1918
  • Krościenko nad Dunajcem Births 1919-1924, 1926, 1931, 1937, 1938; Marriages 1923-1938; Deaths 1930-1938
  • Mielnica Deaths 1820-1851
  • Mikulińce Births 1901, 1926; Marriages 1899, 1933-1936; Changes of name 1905-1922
  • Mościska Births 1909-1924, 1925-1937, 1933
  • Nowy Sącz Census 1870
  • Nowy Targ Births 1919-1926; Marriages 1924-1927, 1930, 1934, 1936, 1937; Deaths 1927, 1931, 1937, 1938
  • Podhajce Births 1854-1881, 1884, 1886-1889, 1916, 1930
  • Stanisławów Births 1817-1845; Marriages 1934, 1935, 1937; Deaths 1845-1863, 1927-1931, 1934, 1935, 1937
  • Szczurowa Births 1906-1942
  • Tarnopol Births 1820-1838; Births (index books) 1924, 1927; Marriages 1853-1858
  • Tartaków Births 1815-1819, 1828-1858
  • Witków Nowy Births 1829-1861
  • Zborów Marriage banns 1880-1919

The following town projects were in the 2017 and 2018 Vital Records Project.

  • Bochnia Deaths (index book) 1936-1940
  • Bolechów Deaths 1811-1846, 1860-1876
  • Borysław Births (index books) 1919-1921; Deaths (index books) 1919-1920
  • Budzanów Births, Deaths 1825-1866; Marriages 1853-1908, 1910-1939
  • Gliniany Deaths 1852-1876
  • Gologóry Births (index book) 1924-1942; Marriages (index) 1924-1939; Deaths (index book) 1924-1942
  • Gródek Jagielloński Births 1847-1869
  • Gwoździec Births (index book) 1920-1935, 1937-1938; Marriages (index book) 1936-1938; Deaths (index book) 1937; Death certificates 1921-1922, 1925
  • Jezierna Births 1876-1893, 1898-1922
  • Kozłów Deaths (index book) 1905-1920
  • Krościenko nad Dunajcem Births 1919-1924, 1926, 1931, 1937, 1938; Marriages 1923-1938; Deaths 1938
  • Lwów-Zniesienie Births (index book) 1852-1857, 1870, 1914-1939
  • Mikulińce Deaths 1887-1890, 1893-1894, 1896-1899, 1929
  • Narajów Births 1839-1869
  • Nowy Wiśnicz Deaths (index book) 1919-1942
  • Olesko Births 1852-1876; Births (index book) 1924-1937
  • Radziechów Births 1832-1860
  • Rozdół Births 1828-1868
  • Rudki Deaths 1850-1866
  • Rzeszów Marriages 1940-1942; Deaths 1940-1942
  • Sanok Births (index book) 1914-1939
  • Śniatyn Births 1937
  • Sokołów Małopolski Births 1932-1936; Births (index book) 1912-1923, 1928-1936; Marriages 1928-1939; Deaths 1932-1941
  • Stanisławów Births 1926-1932; Marriages 1789-1871, 1926-1930, 1932-1933; Deaths 1924-1926, 1937-1938, 1941-1942
  • Stryj Deaths 1847-1863
  • Świrz Births 1822-1856
  • Tarnopol Births 1816-1820, 1852-1865, 1900; Marriages 1816-1839, 1841-1846, 1859-1876, 1923, 1931-1939; Deaths 1816-1834, 1845-1869, 1877, 1929-1931; Jewish census (index book) 1880
  • Zabłotów Marriages 1937; Deaths 1937
  • Zborów Births 1838-1864; Deaths 1819-1846, 1875-1876

rudki-jewish-birth-records-from-1860Support for the Vital Records Project, as for other Gesher Galicia projects, is always much appreciated. Donations will help to cover the costs of acquiring the images and indexing the vital records, as well as uploading the indexes onto the All Galicia Database, where they will be accessible for all to search. Once completed, the spreadsheets containing the indexes and the scans of the records will be available—for Gesher Galicia members—in the Members Portal of the Gesher Galicia website.

You may donate to support the Vital Records project overall or else to a specific town within the project chosen from the list for 2019 above (for example, “VR 2019, Nowy Targ”). As always, we cannot guarantee in advance whether an original record set will be complete or whether it will contain information of interest to a particular donor.

Donations by credit card or PayPal may be made online, through the Gesher Galicia website, by clicking here.


Donations by check must be in US dollars, drawn on a US bank, made payable to Gesher Galicia, Inc. and mailed to:

Ann Harris, Treasurer
Gesher Galicia, Inc.
1516 S. Point View
Los Angeles, CA 90035, USA


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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.

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