Vital Records Project

Project Coordinator: Tony Kahane

Vital, 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

  • State Archives in Przemyśl (Archiwum Państwowe w Przemyślu)

  • State Archives in Rzeszów (Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie)

  • State Archives in Rzeszów, Branch in Sanok (Archiwum Państwowe w Rzeszowie, Oddział w Sanoku)

  • National Archives in Kraków (Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie)
  • National Archives in Kraków, Branch in Nowy Sącz (Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie, Oddział w Nowym Sączu)

  • National Archives in Kraków, Branch in Tarnów (Archiwum Narodowe w Krakowie, Oddział w Tarnowie)

  • State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv (TsDIAL), the State Archive of Ivano-Frankivsk Oblast (DAIFO) and the State Archive of Ternopil Oblast (DATO)

Which vital records has Gesher Galicia indexed?

Since 2011, Gesher Galicia has uploaded to the All Galicia Database some 470,000 vital records and census records from the former Galicia. Click here for an inventory of all the vital records and censuses we have indexed and made available on our online database.

In 2020, we plan to index vital records from the following towns:

Kosów, Kraków, Krościenko, Leżajsk, Mościska, Nawaria, Podhajce, Rzeszów, Stanisławów, Strusów, Tarnopol, Tyczyn, and Zborów.

Support for the project

Support 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.

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

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

Charlie Katz, Treasurer
Gesher Galicia, Inc.
40 W72 St #161C
New York, NY 10023, 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.

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.

Our general contact address: info@geshergalicia.org