16 June 2009

Philly 2009: Gesher Galicia's program, August 3

Pamela Weisberger, Gesher Galicia president, has shared GG's activities at Philly 2009 on Monday, August 3.

The Gesher Galicia SIG meeting is set for 2-3.15pm, the "Market Square Fair," from 5-6.15pm at the Philly 2009 conference.

The SIG meeting agenda includes:

- Introducing the new board of directors and Gesher Galicia's future plans

- Update on the Cadastral Map & Landowner Records Project

- A Castle in the Shtetl: Scenes and recollections from a Polish magnate landowner's family album

- Highlights of Galician research in Vienna

- JRI-Poland vital records news from Mark Halpern

- Roma Baran presents her discovery journey as an adult to her previously unknown Jewish roots in Galicia.

Roma's journey is a wonderful example of how a chance encounter can propel one on a search of unimaginable proportions, challenging one's ideas about identity, religion and the very truth about one's existence. She is a New York-based engineer, musician, attorney and filmmaker who grew up in Montreal. About a year ago, when a genealogical researcher contacted Roma, searching for family connections, she realized, for the first time, that her parents had been Jews who had hidden this fact from her.
Baran will describe - in photos, documents and maps - how she has systematically reconstructed her past. This is the story of a large family, from the 19th century through the Holocaust, that lived in Skole, Radautz, Brody and Lwow. She will return to Warsaw in the fall for more.

Later that afternoon, The "Market Square: Birds-of-a-Feather & Ask the Experts," an informal fair where attendees may browse from cart to cart (so to speak) to learn more about their town or village and get assistance on research questions. On hand will be the SIG's town and regional leaders to help with names and places so attendees can connect with each other.

Explore cadastral maps, gazetteers, landowner records, business directories, cemetery and school records, tabula registers and more. A variety of experts will be on hand to answer research questions and offer suggestions on overcoming brick walls and dead ends.

There's always something happening with Gesher Galicia's talented members! Learn more about Gesher Galicia here.

Tracing the Tribe will see you in Philadelphia!

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