Fwd: galicia digest: April 16, 2013 New Gesher Galicia site
- Fyi, and for those from Kalush, Brooke has Kalush roots. Congrats to her especially, to Pamela, and to all. Will be a great resource.
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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
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."
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
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
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!
President & Research Coordinator
END OF DIGEST
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