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Gesher Galicia SIG

At this season and as we approach the start of another year of
genealogical research at Gesher Galicia, we want to update you on the
plans for next year's research projects, and ask for your support.

Our program for the year, across a range of projects, is again
ambitious. In addition, there is the recently launched Przemysl
Identification Project, in which Gesher Galicia members do the
identifications, which we announced at the end of October.

Plans for our existing projects for 2020 include the following.

Vital Records Project
The basis for genealogical research. Over the past eight years, and
since the launch of the All Galicia Database, we have uploaded indexes
for some 470,000 Jewish Galician vital records. In the past 12 months
alone, we have indexed some 30,000 vital records. The towns in next
year=E2=80=99s project include Kosow, Krakow, Kroscienko, Lezajsk, Mosciska=
Nawaria, Podhajce, Rzeszow, Stanislawow, Tarnopol, Tartakow, Tyczyn,
and Zborow. For more information see: .

Holocaust Project
We continue to work on the large project of Stanislawow Ghetto
documents. Records >from the period of the Nazi German occupation are
held in state archives in both Przemysl and Ivano-Frankivsk. We will
have indexed part of the Przemysl-based records by the end of this
year and the indexes will be publicly available and announced on
Holocaust Memorial Day in January. We will then complete that set and
move to the larger batch in Ivano-Frankivsk. See: .

Josephine and Franciscan Cadastral Survey Records Project
This project has uncovered much exciting information in the past four
years. Since its inception, some 53,000 J&F cadastral survey records
have been indexed, >from 56 towns. In 2020, J&F records >from 10 towns
will be indexed and put onto the database, including >from Baranow,
Bursztyn, Dubiecko, Dunajow, Jazlowiec, Narajow, Nowy Babilon, Nowy
S=C4=85cz, Nowy Targ, and Tarnobrzeg. For further information, please see:

Medical Students Project
This specialist project brings together records and biographical
details of Galician students who attended a number of universities in
Austria-Hungary and its successor states (post 1918). To date, we have
made available information on some 3,500 Jewish medical students and
midwives attending the universities in Lemberg/Lwow, Krakow
(Jagiellonian), Pest, and Prague. Our members have also gained access
to the annotated database with complementary biographical data from
several other sources. See:

Apart >from these projects, we will continue to produce maps for the
Map Room. Appearing soon will be maps >from Gorlice and S=C4=99dziszow, and
a map of Galicia, produced in Russia, >from the first decade of the
19th century. There is also the Jewish Taxpayers Project, which has
indexed records >from the 1930s >from 24 towns to date, and will finish
in 2020 with a final set of eight towns - Narajow, Olesko, Podkamien,
Sasow, Sokolowka, Uscieczko, Zbaraz, and Zloczow.

The Fond 424 Project also continues through next year. We have already
uploaded to the Members Portal all the scans of 151 of the most
genealogically relevant files (out of a total of 207 files) in Fond
424 at AGAD. In 2020, we will follow this up with spreadsheets in the
Members Portal of all the Fond 424 files we have indexed, and we will
also update the Fond 424 files that are publicly searchable on our
online database. Our Inventories Project, to produce good and easily
searchable archival inventories online, which took off this year, will
be expanded.

All this work is expensive. We have struggled sometimes in the past in
raising enough funds for all the worthwhile projects that are planned,
and have more than once had to defer parts of these projects to the
following year. We rely on our members and other supporters to be able
to continue our work in 2020.

Please consider giving to one or more of the projects listed above or
to the "General Research Fund". This fund provides additional
financial resources - where needed - for producing maps and indexing
records. It also provides for unexpected expenses in the existing
regular projects, for maintaining our online archival inventories, and
- importantly - for covering the significant administrative costs of
the new Przemysl Identification Project.

To donate to any of these projects and funds, by credit card or
PayPal, please go to the "Donate" button at the top right-hand corner
of the Gesher Galicia home page, or directly to

You may also pay by check, indicating which project(s) or funds you
wish your donation to go towards. Checks should be in US dollars,
drawn on a US bank, made payable to "Gesher Galicia, Inc." and mailed

Charlie Katz, Treasurer
Gesher Galicia
40 W 72 Street, #161 C
New York, NY 10023, USA

Please direct any questions to: Thank you very
much for any support, of whatever size, you may be able to give.

Kind regards,

Tony Kahane
Research Coordinator, Gesher Galicia

Dr Steven S. Turner
President, Gesher Galicia

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