Finding Your Jewish Roots in Galicia: A Resource Guide
by Suzan F. Wynne

[Out of print]

The definitive work on Galician-Jewish genealogical research. This book organizes what is known about Galicia Jewish record searching and other resources to assist genealogists in tracing their Jewish Galician roots. Such resources include archival collections of Jewish vital and other records; geographic, visual and language aides; books; documents related to the Holocaust; and articles about travel and research in specific towns by members of Gesher Galicia, the Special Interest Group for Jewish genealogy. The book directs you to: addresses of archives, researchers and translators; organizations that hold important resource information; and travel agencies that can assist with organizing individual and group travel to Poland and Ukraine. A highlight of the book is the newly formatted and revised Galician Gazetteer which until now has only been available on microfilm. The Gazetteer is a compilation of more than 1,000 communities where Jews lived in the 1870s and the administrative districts of each community. The inclusion of this valuable resource is designed to aide readers in identifying their place of origin and pinpointing whether vital records have survived.

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Table of Contents

Preface. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xi

Acknowledgments. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xiii

Introduction
      Organization of This Book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv
      Special Note about Geographical References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . xv

Chapter 1: Galicia: Its History and Jewish Life
      Brief Geopolitical History of Galicia and Its Territory. . . . . . . . . .1
             1768-1795 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
             1795-1918 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
             1918-Present. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
             Krakow: Special Status. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
      Jewish Life in Galicia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
             Socioeconomic Framework . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
             Jews and the Liquor Trade . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
             Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
             Language. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
             Population and Emigration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
             Jews as Town and City Dwellers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8
             Organization of the Jewish Community. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9
             Taxes on Jews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
             Jewish Religious Observance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
             Marriage As the Cornerstone of Jewish Society . . . . . . . . . . 12
             Surname Acquisition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Chapter 2: Jewish Vital Records
      Historical Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
      Present-Day Organization and Location of Vital Records . . . . . . . . . 17
             Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
             Background: Fate of Eastern Galician Vital Records. . . . . . . . 17
             Background: Fate of Western Galician Vital Records. . . . . . . . 18
             What Do the Records Look Like?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
      Where to Find Vital Records for Eastern Galicia. . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
      Where to Find Vital Records for Western Galicia. . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
      Holdings of the LDS (Mormon) Family History Library  . . . . . . . . . . 36

Chapter 3: Information in Sources Other Than Vital Records
      Strategies for Finding Information in Sources Other Than Vital Records . 38
      Census Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
      Notary Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
      School Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
      Military Records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
      Holdings of Specific Repositories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
             Ivano-Frankovsk Archives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
             Ukraine Central State Historical Archives in Lviv . . . . . . . . 42
             YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45
             Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People . . . . . . 45
             Jewish National and University Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48
             Jewish Historical Institute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Chapter 4: Holocaust-Related Sources
      Yizkor Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50
      JewishGen Yizkor Book SIG. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
      Pinkas Hakehillot. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
      Sources for Yizkor Books and Pinkas Hakehillot . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52
      National Yiddish Book Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
      Holocaust-Related Institutions and Collections . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
             Yad Vashem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
             U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
                   Ukraine, Record Group 31. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
                   Poland, Record Group 15 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55
                   Specific Town Names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
      Other Holocaust-Related Materials. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57
      Accounts of the Holocaust in Galician Towns and Cities . . . . . . . . . 58
      January 1940: Radiogram. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Chapter 5: Other Books and Resource Materials
      General References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
      Jewish References. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
      General Historical References. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
      Jewish Historical References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62
      Geography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63
      Biographical Compilations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
      Socioeconomic References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
      Historical Travel Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65
      Modern Travel Guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66
      Bibliographic Aids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
      Language Aids. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
      Pre-World War I Directories. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67
      Art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
      Photo Collections and Video Resources. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68
      Geography and Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69
             U.S. Library of Congress and National Archives Resources. . . . . 69

Chapter 6: Additional Resources
      World Wide Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
             JewishGen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
             Gesher Galicia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
             Sites by Individuals. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
      Organizations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
             Jewish Preservation Committee of Ukraine. . . . . . . . . . . . . 70
             New Cracow Friendship Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
             þnyatyn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
             Judaic Studies in Krak¢w. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
      Translators. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
      Research Services and Strategies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72
      Postcards from Ukraine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72

Chapter 7: Travel Tips and Notes
      Poland . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
      Ukraine  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
             First-hand Reports on Travel in Ukraine . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75
                   Visiting Ancestral Towns in Ukraine: A Report by Miriam Weiner76
                   Recent Travel in Ukraine by Susan Gelber Cannon . . . . . . 79
                   Another Brief Travel Saga by William Fern . . . . . . . . . 80

Chapter 8: Indexes to Selected Books and Collections
      Town Name Index to Pinkas Hakehillot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82
      Town Name Index to Le Toledot ha-Kehillot be Polin . . . . . . . . . . . 83
      United States Passenger Lists. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
      United States State Department Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 84
      State Department Records Reveal Eighty-Year-Old Family Drama by Saul Lindenbaum85

Chapter 9: Notes about Particular Towns
      Eastern Galicia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87
      Western Galicia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

Appendix A: Pronouncing and Recognizing Your Polish Town and Family Names
      Polish Pronunciation Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 94
      Rules of Polish Grammar Useful for Genealogists. . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

Appendix B: Sample Letter to Polish Archives . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
      Polish Date Styles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99

Appendix C: Synagogues and Cemeteries
      Surveys of Polish Jewish Cemeteries and Synagogues . . . . . . . . . . .100
      Eastern Galicia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100
      Western Galicia. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .101

Appendix D: Examples of Vital Records
      Galician Documents in the 18th and 19th Centuries. . . . . . . . . . . .105

Appendix E: United States Government Sources
      U.S. State Department Records: Protection of Interests of
             U.S. Citizens in the Decimal File (RG59). . . . . . . . . . . . .110
      U.S. Emergency Passport Applicants, 1919þ26. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .110

Appendix F: Documents about Krak¢w Jews: 18th and 19th Centuries
      Maps . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .122
      Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123
      Censuses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .123
      Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People. . . . . . . . . .124
      Jewish Historical Institute. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124
      National Archives in Krakow. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .124
      Selected Books on the History of Krak¢w Jewry. . . . . . . . . . . . . .124

Appendix G: Galician Towns and Administrative Districts Where Jews
		Lived in 1877. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .126

Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .182

Index to Towns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .184