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  • tony hausner
    Fyi, and for those from Kalush, Brooke has Kalush roots. Congrats to her especially, to Pamela, and to all. Will be a great resource. *From:* Gesher Galicia
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 17, 2013
      Fyi, and for those from Kalush, Brooke has Kalush roots.  Congrats to her especially, to Pamela, and to all. Will be a great resource. 

      From: "Gesher Galicia SIG digest" <galicia@...>
      Date: April 17, 2013, 2:04:11 AM EDT
      To: "galicia digest recipients" <galicia@...>
      Subject: galicia digest: April 16, 2013
      Reply-To: "Gesher Galicia SIG" <galicia@...>

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      GALICIA Digest for Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

      1. Gesher Galicia Launches New Website!


      Subject: Gesher Galicia Launches New Website!
      From: Pamela Weisberger <pweisberger@...>
      Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:50:39 +0200
      X-Message-Number: 1

      Dear Galitzianers,

      Gesher Galicia is very proud to announce the launch of our new website


      The site has been restructured and redesigned from the ground up,
      including the addition of a new membership portal. Here you'll find a
      pathway to all things Galician (including many resources for Polish and
      Ukrainian researchers) with an easy and intuitive interface. Sections of
      the website have been reorganized for ease of use, including our
      "Research Projects" section -- with a full explanation of our new
      "Galician Archival Records Project" -- a listing of all Gesher Galicia
      regional programs and IAJGS conference programs from the past
      decade, and updated informational pages about historical Galicia. Two
      of our major sub-sites, the Map Room (maps.geshergalicia.org) and the
      All Galicia Database (AGD - search.geshergalicia.org) remain full of
      information, and they will be undergoing some renovations in the near
      future to make their look realign with the new main site layout.

      We've just added nine new databases to the AGD including the Bobrka
      Homeowners List (1845); the Chodorow Homeowners List (1883); the
      Rozdol Homeowners List (1850); the Rohatyn area donations to Kollel
      Galicia in Jerusalem (1925-1939); Stary Sambor Jewish Deaths
      (1896-1907); Stary Sambor Jewish Marriages (1877-1907); Zloczow
      Jewish Births (1825-1855; 1894); and Zloczow Jewish Deaths

      The ninth new database is the Brody Jewish Cemetery (19th and 20th
      centuries), whose contents were completely photographed and
      transcribed. This database represents the first cemetery information,
      the first photographs to be directly linked to our records, and the first
      Hebrew text to be displayed in our search engine.

      There are also updates to existing databases: we just uploaded a huge
      number of Jewish birth, marriage, and death records from Lviv, adding
      over 16,000 new records to these datasets. Even more Lviv record
      updates will be added throughout 2013.

      Other highlights of the new site include:

      * Town pages: *

      "Galician Town" pages have been created for over 420 towns and cities
      that were formerly in Galicia.  Get an easy overview of current and past
      geographic information about your town of interest, including former
      Administrative, Judicial, and Jewish Kehilla district information; Google
      Maps of the town; modern photos of the town automatically pulled in
      from the photo service Flickr; videos about the town automatically
      pulled in from YouTube; and more.

      Links are automatically generated to the relevant town pages on
      JewishGen, JRI-Poland, Miriam Weiner's Routes to Roots database, the
      New York Public LIbrary's Yizkor Book database, and other genealogy
      websites to make the page a one-stop shop for anyone researching
      that town. Links to town Wikipedia pages and KehillaLink websites are
      coming soon. Any relevant archival items we know about in the Gesher
      Galicia inventory, such as landowner records or town cadastral maps,
      are also pulled into the page, so you can see what surviving records
      are currently known to exist in our inventory database.

      Logged in members of Gesher Galicia will also see a list of all other
      Gesher Galicia members who are researching the town, their surnames
      of interest, and their contact information, including an easy way to
      e-mail everyone at once without having to do a lot of cutting and
      pasting. More Galician towns will be added in the near future.

      *Family pages: *

      We've also created almost 2,800 new Galician Family pages, based on
      the surnames our members have indicated that they are researching.
      These pages are similar to the Town pages in that they are a one-stop
      compendium of links and information about the family name.
      Abbreviated search results from the All Galicia Database (AGD) are
      displayed for each surname, with links to the full results.


      Our inventory pages have also been refreshed, to make it easier to keep
      track of what records are known to exist for which towns, and whether
      or not they've been acquired or transcribed yet. Our main inventory
      page now has almost 1700 cadastral maps, landowner, voter, tax, and
      school records, as well as Polish magnate documents, from archives in
      Ukraine, Poland, and Austria. More additions to the inventory from the
      past few months of research are coming soon. We also have an
      inventory of the LDS films of the Jewish vital records from the Central
      State Historical Archives of Ukraine in Lviv, created in cooperation with
      JRI-Poland.  We have also posted a new inventoryof Tabula registers
      held in the State Historical Archives in Lviv (TsDIal), created by
      Alexander Dunai, originally published in "The Galitzianer."

      *The Galitzianer:*

      We've put online for the first time 93 articles (so far) from twenty years
      of back issues of our quarterly newsletter "The Galitzianer". These
      articles are online in text format, often with their original images and
      photos too, and the full text is fully searchable with our search box.
      However, most of these articles are only fully available to logged in
      Gesher Galicia members after the first two or three paragraphs. Articles
      have all been tagged by category or categories -- fourteen of them, from
      Book Reviews to Military Research to Tips and HowTo's -- and also by
      volume and issue number. Also available to logged in Gesher Galicia
      members are the downloadable full original PDF files of each issue.
      Tables of contents for each issue remain freely available to everyone.

      These are just the highlights, but there's more on the way. The members
      portal will provide special searching capabilities and access to the
      Gesher Galicia Family Finder only if you belong to GG. Of course, you're
      now probably wondering how to log in. Usernames and passwords will
      start being e-mailed directly to Gesher Galicia members within the next
      two weeks.

      Remember that subscribing to the Galician discussion group list does
      not make you a member of Gesher Galicia. So if you don't yet belong,
      or haven't renewed for 2013 -- this is the time!  To join or renew click
      here: http://www.geshergalicia.org/join-gesher-galicia/

      The new website has -- literally -- been years in the making... and a
      huge thanks goes to GG vice-president, Brooke Schreier Ganz, for her
      design, coding and creation of the site. Gary Liston created our new
      logo. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to our former GG webmaster, the
      musical Max Heffler, who is probably thrilled now to have more time
      now to devote to his genealogical pursuits. Also a special shout out
      to Jay Osborn for keeping the Map Room growing and gorgeous. Special
      thanks to Yoav Sharon in Israel for being the moving force behind the
      Zloczow databases just added to the AGD.

      Remember that approximately 90% of the site is freely available to the
      public, with a few special new features saved for members only. Please
      be patient in waiting for your passwords -- it will be worth the wait!

      If you spot any bugs in the system, please feel free to email Brooke at
      webmaster@.... Constructive criticism is always
      appreciated. Thanks for your support of Gesher Galicia over all these
      years.  The best is yet to come!

      Pamela Weisberger
      President & Research Coordinator
      Gesher Galicia



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