Records Added to the All Galicia Database #announcements #galicia #records

Gesher Galicia SIG

We are pleased to offer family history researchers access to new records that have been recently added to the All Galicia Database (

** Reichstag Petitions (1848): Jewish political participation

Description: Voluminous petitions to the pan-Austrian parliament (Reichstag) were signed by the inhabitants of Galicia in 1848 lobbying for and against the plan to divide the province. Given the paucity of Jewish records from many Galician localities in this period, these documents held in the Austrian State Archives can fill the gaps in genealogical research. To that end, the names of Jewish signatories opposing the division of Galicia have been indexed from the following towns and are now searchable in the open-access database:

  • Bohorodczany (Bohorodchany)
  • Borszczów (Borshchiv)
  • Brody
  • Buczacz (Buchach)
  • Jazłowiec (Yazlovets)
  • Kołomyja (Kolomea, Kolomyia)
  • Łysiec (Lysets)
  • Mariampol (Mariyampil)
  • Monasterzyska (Monastyryska)
  • Nadwórna (Nadvirna)
  • Skała (Skala Podilska)
  • Tarnopol (Ternopil)
  • Tłuste (Tovste)
  • Tyśmienica (Tysmenytsya)
  • Zbaraż (Zbarazh)

For more on the background of Jewish participation in the 1848 petitions, Gesher Galicia members can refer to an article on the topic (Zalewski, A. “Jewish Petitioners,” Galitzianer Dec. 2020, 21-24). Prior issues of the journal are available in the Members Portal on the Gesher Galicia website (

Acknowledgments: We thank dedicated volunteers who labored hard deciphering and indexing these records: Klaus Dünser (Austria); Ami Elyasaf (Israel); Joshua Grayson (US); Jacob Heisler (US); and Tony Kahane (UK).

** k.k. Exportakademie (1898-1919): Jewish students

Description: Earlier this year, Gesher Galicia announced a collaborative project with the Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien (the Vienna University of Economics and Business). As Vienna was a common destination for Jews seeking educational opportunities there, our research has been focused on student records held in the university archives. In this update, we provide the information on the following records:
  • k.k. Exportakademie (the Export Academy, 1898-1919)

The records of Jewish students from Galicia provide detailed biographical data, which are searchable in the All Galicia Database, with high-quality scans also made available. Among Jewish students, we note Israel Littmann from Brody and Wolf David from Rożniatów who became the first graduates from Galicia (1901); and Anna Baidaff from Kołomyja, the very first woman at the Exportakademie who earned the diploma of “Exportakademikerin” (1917).

Acknowledgments: We thank our research collaborators from Vienna, Dr. Johannes Koll and Katharina Graf, for their efforts.  The project is supported by the Future Fund of the Republic of Austria (Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich) and the National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism (Nationalfonds der Republik Österreich für Opfer des Nationalsozialismus).

We anticipate the availability of records from the successor school (Hochschule für Welthandel, 1919–1938) in the first half of 2022.

Please direct your queries about the above updates to: info@.... As always, please share with us your personal discoveries based on the newly added information.

Dr. Andrew Zalewski 
Vice President, Gesher Galicia

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