Important Information for East Galician Researchers #general
Mark Halpern <Willie46@...>
Recently, on this forum, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland announced the
commencement of Phase 2 of the AGAD Archives Project -- The Great Galician
Indexing Race. In that announcement, we indicated that the records for the
remaining 79 towns, whose record registers are housed at the AGAD Archives
in Warsaw, would be opened up for indexing. There are a total of 90 towns
-- 86 were in East Galicia (currently Ukraine), 3 were in West Galicia
(currently Poland), and one was >from outside Galicia.
If your ancestral town in East Galicia (the portion of the Austrian
Province of Galicia which is now Ukraine) is not amongst the 86 towns,
their vital events were likely to have been registered in one of these
towns. The towns included in the AGAD Archives Project are all District or
Subdistrict towns. The Jewish Community in each of these towns was
required by law to collect the vital records for all the towns that were
part of the Subdistrict or District.
Now that you know that your ancestral town records may be included in one
of the 86 District or Subdistrict towns, you will ask how do I find where
my town's records were registered? There are two sources I know of.
1. "Finding Your Jewish Roots in Galicia: A Resource Guide" by Suzan F.
Wynne and published by Avotaynu, Inc. has a finding aid, starting on page
132, that alphabetically lists Galician towns where Jews were living
during the 1870 census. Alongside it lists the Main District and
Subdistrict. The town listed as Subdistrict is where those records were
registered. This book also provides much more information pertinent to the
life of your Galician family and the records that you may find.
2. At the Polish Roots website
is a Galician Town Locator which will identify where Jewish vital records
were registered and kept. This search engine uses the Austrian era name
for the town. Insert your town's name and click on "search." The resultant
table will show, amongst other information, where Jewish records were kept.
Just one word of caution. Not all subdistrict town records are housed at
the AGAD Archives and not all years of the records of a subdistrict town
are maintained at AGAD. Certain subdistrict town records or certain years
of that town's records could also be housed at the Lviv, Ukraine State
Archives. And for some subdistrict towns, no record have been found. Suzan
Wynne's book, mentioned above, is also a good resource for identifying the
existence and location of 19th Century records for these subdistrict towns.
For more information about the AGAD Project, see our web site at
<http://www.jewishgen.org/JRI-PL/agad/>. On this page, click on "table"
and the Excel table that becomes visible lists the 90 towns of the AGAD
AGAD Archive Coordinator