Category Archives: Galicia

Missing Records During Napoleonic Period

What follows is from the September 2016 Issue of “The Galitzianer,” Journal of Gesher Galicia
http://www.geshergalicia.org / 

Research Corner
by Tony Kahane, Chair and Research Coordinator

IN THIS ISSUE, we examine two topics of ge-nealogical interest. In the first part, we return to the subject of missing records from eastern Galicia—in this instance, from the Napoleonic period. In the second part, we consider the poten-tial of old newspapers for family history research and discuss a particular Galician Hebrew-language periodical from the late 19th century.

The Russian Empire and Tarnopol District

An instance where vital records from Galicia are still missing is from the period 1809–1815. Elsewhere in this issue (p. 18), Andrew Zalewski describes the turmoil Continue reading

Guide to Parish Records in Ukrainian Regional Archives

This document is intended to serve as an ongoing guide to archival indices of parish records that they hold.

More and more Ukrainian archives are posting catalogues of their holdings online.  This guide is by no means complete, but it is presented here to provide a ready English-language reference to online guides of various archives so that you can better find records of interest, particularly parish records.

Western Ukraine / Galicia:

– Check out the published Shematisms of Przemysl, L’viv, and Stanislaviv Eparchies compiled by the late Fr. Dmytro Blazhejowsky.  Portions of the data (but not all of it) for villages in the Lemko region are extracted here:   http://www.carpatho-rusyn.org/new/

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House Numbers in Galician Records

When researching birth, marriage, and death records in the former Austrian province of Galicia, now in Poland and Ukraine, one frequently encounters house numbers.  The same house numbers can also be found in Cadastral land records and maps.  These house numbers are significant and can be a useful clue for connecting families.

House numbers in the Austrian Empire pre-date the partitions of Poland. They were established by the Austrian Crown primarily in order to be able to identify men for the Austrian Military but were also used in land, vital, and other records. The house numbers essentially functioned as the address of each particular Continue reading