any volunteers to go to family history library as discussed in item 1.
1. Gesher Galicia FHL Microfilm Scanner Survey is Underway ... Are you participating?
2. JRI-Poland / PSA agreement announced on Polish TV and Israeli Press
Subject: Gesher Galicia FHL Microfilm Scanner Survey is Underway ... Are you participating?
From: Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 18:58:01 -0800
Most of you know that not all Galician vital records are located in
Polish archives. The Austrian province that once was Galicia is gone,
and the towns that comprised it are now in Poland and Ukraine, with
the records dispersed between the two countries. Many are held in
Ukrainian archives. Sometimes a single town's records are divided
up between several archives in both countries. (To find out where
your town's records are located, we recommend searching Miriam
Weiner's Routes to Roots website here:
JRI-Poland has been indexing those in AGAD and the Polish State
Archive system and Gesher Galicia has been indexing vital records
held in Ukrainian archives.
A benefit to Galician researchers is that the LDS has microfilmed ALL
of the Jewish vital records held in the Central State Historical
Archives in Lviv (TsDIAL). These films can be viewed at the LDS
Family History Library in Salt Lake City, but you can also order films
to be sent to your local LDS Library or FamilySearch Centers (FSCs,
previously called Family History Centers) for a small fee.
Gesher Galicia is partnering with the Ukraine and Belarus SIGs to
launch a new project to help you obtain digital images of your
ancestors' records from these microfilms and get them transcribed
so the data can be entered into the All Galician Database. While the
ability to search through these films is useful, having the information
indexed will mean easier and quicker access to the information you
need. Gesher Galicia has already indexed many towns -- Brody,
Zbaraz, Lviv, Sambor, Drohobycz, Grzymalow, Nadworna, Mikulince,
Tarnopol, Zolkiew (some complete, some partial, some ongoing) --
but there are many more to go.
The first step in our new project is to identify which LDS
FamilySearch Centers have microfilm scanners and what kind of
scanners each has. WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CREATE THIS LIST. All
you have to do is fill out our simple online form after a visit to your
local FamilySearch Center. Click on the link below to go to the
Microfilm Scanner Survey Form.
Print the Survey Form and take it to your local FSC so that you can
gather the necessary information. Then, go online and fill out the
online Survey Form. Please respond to the Survey questions based
on a recent visit to a center. Don't forget to click "Submit" at the
Curious to find out whether your town's records have been
microfilmed and exactly what's been covered? To view an annotated
inventory of microfilms for your Galician town's vital records from
the Lviv Historical Archives in an alphabetical Excel table go here:
Note on this file: comments and feedback on the reels are provided
by the volunteers who reviewed their contents. In some cases the
identifying information in the title was different than what was on
the records. Sometimes there were surprises or unexpected finds.
This list does not necessarily reflect towns that were indexed, just
the films that were reviewed. If your town's films have not been
looked at and you would like to do this, contact me for instructions.
The FSC Scanner Survey was created and is being managed by
Ukraine SIG, but the results will benefit all researchers. The more
responses they get to this survey, the better the service they will be
able to provide to all of our researchers. So, please, fill out the
SURVEY FORM -
If you have any questions or comments, please contact Project
Leader Harvey Kabaker harvey.kabaker@...
or me (or both!)
We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your willingness
to participate in this project. (And thanks to Ron Doctor, JewishGen
Ukraine SIG coordinator, for getting the ball rolling!)
President & Research Coordinator
Subject: JRI-Poland / PSA agreement announced on Polish TV and Israeli Press
From: "Mark Halpern" <mark@...
Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 23:01:53 -0500
On February 16, JRI-Poland Executive Director Stanley Diamond announced
a new cooperation with the Polish State Archives. The announcement,
photos, and a video can be found on our homepage at www.jri-poland.org
On February 19, The Times of Israel wrote a story -- see
. The headline reads "Poland deal massively expands
access to prewar Jewish records. Agreement signed by State Archives in
Warsaw will allow for free digital research into family and community
Subsequently, the announcement was picked up on the Polish TV Network
TVN24, a 24-hour news channel similar to CNN and on their website --
The Board of JRI-Poland is very pleased of this International recognition of
our cooperation with the Archives.
on behalf of the JRI-Poland Board of Directors