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Research in Galicia I

Did you have ancestors from Galicia? Would you like to understand the resources for researching them both online and onsite ?
This two part course is designed for those who have a galician ancestor and town name and wish to begin researching online.

We will focus on developing a methodology for foreign research, including: (1) the Family Document containing all the necessary information about your family branch, (2) the Research Table of where you've searched, (3) Your ToDo list, (4) others researching your surname or shtetl, and (5) a descriptive paragraph to connect with fellow researchers and professionals.

This course has two parts: Galicia I (November 2018) will cover researching history, town information and vital records on 4 key websites: JewishGen, Jewish Records Indexing - Poland, GesherGalicia and RTR Foundation. Course Material is a Galician Research Manual, delivered online (which you can download). Galicia II (2019) will cover the historical background of Galicia, naming conventions, how to use the the Polish Archives-what is online and what is not, websites and records (census, military, directories etc), Holocaust research, languages, hiring a researcher and more!

Format: This is a personal mentoring program which features an online FORUM where you'll be encouraged to post one ancestral branch (one surname), set goals for your research, and work one-on-one with the instructor to research your branch; here you can ask your questions. This personal mentoring process is unique to JewishGen education. Our classes have no scheduled times as our students are international, enabling everyone to read/view/post at leisure.

Please select a branch for which you have the immigrants
1. Name (preferably the Jewish name)
2. Approximate year of birth, and
3. Town.

To best utilize this course, we suggest you have 8-10 hours per week to read the lessons, research online and interact with the FORUM. Our experience has been that those students who are able to spend the time, reap the rewards.

Tuition for Galicia I is $125 but because this is the trial run, early registration is $90. Registration opens mid October and will be limited to 15 students. Galicia I is a prerequisite to Galicia II.
For any questions, please email me, Phyllis Kramer", Vice President, Education, JewishGen


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