📢 Next Free JewishGen Webinar: Finding and Understanding Bubbe and Zayde’s Galician Vital Records #JewishGenUpdates
The entire community is invited to join us for our next free JewishGen Talks webinar:
Topic: Finding and Understanding Bubbe and Zayde’s Galician Vital Records
Date: Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Registration: Free with a suggested donation. Please click here to register now!
Speaker: Mark Halpern
About the Talk
A great many Galician researchers have acquired copies of family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine or online images provided by a State
Archive or a Genealogical organization. Over the past twenty years, the work of JewishGen, 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 Galician vital records along with a strategic
framework to help researchers in acquiring records to further their research. A historical perspective covering the regulations that governed Jewish recordkeeping in Galicia will be provided. Most importantly, this talk 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 uncover surprises found in many of these records.
About the Speaker
In 1996, while on business in Poland, Mark visited Bialystok, his mother’s birthplace. Upon his return home to Philadelphia, Mark dove down the rabbit
hole searching for his Galician and Polish 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 is on the Board and Executive Committee of JRI-Poland, the founder of
BIALYGen – the JewishGen Bialystok area research group, and past President of JGASGP. Mark chaired the program committees for the 2009
and 2013 IAJGS Conferences, served on the Program Committees of the 2018, 2020, and 2021 Conferences, and served as advance coordinator for
the 2018 Warsaw Conference. Mark was honored in 2018 with the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award.