if you are searching for your ancestors in Galicia (former Austro-Hungary, present-day Ukraine), Gesher Galicia's Chicago conference program - 3.30-6.30pm Monday, August 18 - will provide much information.
3:30-4pm: Introduction to Gesher Galicia and a "Landowner Records & Cadastral Map Project update," with examples of this untapped resource - a useful complement to fleshing out your ancestors' vital record information.
4-4:45pm: ITS/Bad Arolsen Film & Panel Discussion (Pamela Weisberger, Renee Steinig, Bill Fern). A short film on our May 2008 research trip to this recently opened Holocaust-records archive, followed by a panel discussion/Q & A providing insights gained on the trip, along with information about the ITS's vast resources and researching one's Galician relatives.
4:45-5pm: JRI Poland & Lviv Archive Records Update (Mark Halpern)
5-5:30pm: "Two Tangos: Portrait of Lviv," with Lviv-born Julian Bussgang reporting on his recent visit and introducing the film
5:30-6pm: Gayle Schlissel Riley introduces a film on the Jewish history of
Tarnobrzeg, Poland, made by the town's high school students.
6-6:30pm: "Rimalev: House Number Seven" a film by Will Kahane, who traveled back to the shtetl of Grzymalow to find the house where he was born in 1946 - the the last Jewish child.
Pamela Weisberger is Gesher Galicia's research coordinator.