30 September 2008

Gesher Galicia: Annual meeting, Oct. 19

The Gesher Galicia Regional Meeting is set for Sunday, October 19, at the Center for Jewish History, in New York, announced Pamela Weisberger.

Gesher Galicia is for those those with Jewish roots in the former Austrian province of Galicia:

From 11am-1pm, there will be four presentations:
- Cadastral Map and Landowner Records Project Update - Pamela Weisberger

- Researching Galician Records in Vienna

- JRI-Poland - Update by Mark Halpern

- "Good-Bye Bohorodchany" with Bernard Reiner

After an update on the newest map and land­owner records project in Lviv, waltz through the myriad resources in Vienna for Jewish genealogists researching Galician relatives. Also covered, the vast holdings of the IKG's (Israel­itische Kultusgemeinde Wien - Jewish Community of Vienna) vital records collection, the treasures found in the Gasometer ar­chives (household registration records and city directories) and the Austrian National Lib­rary col­lections (school records).

Mark Halpern will provide a short status report on JRI-Poland's activities with vital records from Galicia.

Bernard Reiner illustrates his 2007 'homecoming' trip with Alex Dunai, when he returns to the Bohorodchany, Galicia burial site where his ancestors were laid to rest more than four centuries ago, reads the megillah in the Great Stanislawow syna­gogue, attends shul in Kolomea on Purim morning, and eats from the 'conflicted soil' of his ancestors.

Following a lunch break, the program resumes at 2pm, with the JGSNY meeting, which will cover the May 2008 trip to Bad Arolsen by some 40 genealogists. A short video isn included providing a first-hand look at ITS resources and what the onsite process is like. A four-person panel - Valery Bazarov, Janet Isenberg, Renee Steinig and Pamela Weisberger - will offer unique perspectives on the experience.

The day is open to the public. Directions are here. For more information, click here.

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