Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Re: Advice needed - 20th century research #galicia
Henryk Gruder writes:
"Galicia (and Poland) database give us at least some information up to
the end of the XIX century. But the real divider is Holocaust, which
had place about 40 years later. Urzad Stanu Cywilnego in Poland
provides only very specific data. For instance, when asked about
marriage of my aunt (I know her parents, date and place of birth), the
answer is that they I would have to know the name of her husband (and,
perhaps, other data related to him), which I do not know. How can we
search information about our ancestors >from less then 100 years ago,
without knowing them (which is a vicious circle)? Any suggestions?"
Actually, there are many public records >from the 20th century that are
available to researchers, and some of these will eventually be found
on the All Galicia Database. These include landowner, school and
voter records >from Galician towns for the 1920s and 30s, and some
Books of Residents cover the time until 1930. If you check Daniel
Kazez's excellent CRARG website: The Czestochowa-Radomsko Area
Research Group -- you find all sorts of Holocaust era records, and not
just for those two towns, but for all over Poland and for people
hailing >from many other towns further afield: http://www.crarg.org/
Gesher Galicia has access to landowner, voter, school (grammar,
gymnasium and University) and kahal records for the 20th century, and
the Lviv Historical Archives do not have the same privacy rules at the
Polish State Archives. Fortunately, the LDS has microfilmed the
Jewish vital records >from that archive and you can find certain
marriages, births and deaths ranging up until the 1940s. These films
are easily accessible at the Salt Lake City Family History Library, or
by mail order sent to your local Family History Center for a small
fee. It's true that not all the records for all of your towns may be
included here, but there are other options out there. For the towns
covered by the LDS films go to this page
where you can do a keyword or place search. (Combine the town
name with the word "Jewish").
The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem
also has 20th century records, as does the USHMM. Both continue to
microfilm in many Eastern European Countries.
Note that one town's records may be scattered between many different
archives and between Ukraine and Poland, so no guarantee that the town
you are looking for will be available to you, but it's worth
broadening your search.
The LDS church usually films vital records only, which is why Gesher
Galicia is currently engaged in digitizing other types of records that
include information of genealogical interest as a complement to vital
records or where vital records cannot be found.
Hope this helps!
President, Gesher Galicia