IGRA Webinar Series - Mark Halpern: Understanding Your Galitzianer Family through Vital Records #events #galicia

Garri Regev

Please join IGRA at our upcoming webinar on June 20 at 7 pm Israel time (noon EDT) as Mark Halpern will be speaking on Understanding Your Galitzianer Family through Vital Records. Advance registration is required: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYvf-qoqjotHdbWIuf6ulp9Q2UoRhM1JzoS

A great many Galician researchers have acquired copies of family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine or online images provided by the State Archive or Genealogical organizations. Over the last twenty years, the work of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and Gesher Galicia has made these records more readily available to all Galician researchers.

This session offers an in-depth examination of vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring Galician records to further their research. We will provide a historical perspective covering the regulations that governed Jewish recordkeeping. We will make sense of the regulations covering civil marriages that impacted the legitimacy and surnames of children. Close examination of sample birth, marriage, and death records will reveal the information contained in the records, identify the records having the most genealogical value, and discover surprises found in many of these records.


Mark Halpern: While on business in Poland, Mark visited Bialystok, his mother's birthplace. As a result of this one day visit, he became interested in his Bialystok and Galician roots. Now retired, Mark works with JRI–Poland, JewishGen, IAJGS, and Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGASGP) helping others research their roots. Mark serves on the Board and Executive Group of JRI-Poland, is the founder of Bialystok Area Jewish Genealogy Group, is on the Advisory Board of Gesher Galicia, and is past President of JGASGP. Mark chaired the program committees for the 2009 and 2013 Conferences and served as advance coordinator for the 2018 Warsaw Conference. Mark was honored in 2018 with the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award.

Garri Regev 
President, IGRA

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