Gesher Galicia and JewishGen are separate organizations, in a strategic partnership to achieve shared goals. We are pleased to include their announcements in our Discussion Groups and Weekly Updates.

Gesher Galicia is launching an extensive long-term project to identify 573 Jewish record books of unknown origin housed in the Przemysl State Archive in Poland. Involved are index books of vital records (births, deaths, marriages), including a few index books of unspecified type, as well as some sets of community records. While the dates and most of the record types relating to each register are known, there is no information about their geographic origin. Most of the books, though, are presumed to be from towns in the former Galicia. Identifying the town of origin of each book will undoubtedly lead to interesting genealogical discoveries for Galician researchers.

These books are all subfiles of “File 69” – a set of unknown books – of Fond 154 of the Przemysl State Archive. A list of these index books can therefore be found in the “Inventories” section of the Gesher Galicia website, within the section for “File 69” of Fond 154 of the Przemysl archive, at: .

The project has been approved by the Polish State Archives, is being managed by the project’s secretariat in Poland, and is being carried out in cooperation with the Przemysl archive.

Gesher Galicia members now have an exclusive opportunity to participate in the identification project, in this way advancing the knowledge of the genealogical community. If you are not a member of Gesher Galicia and wish to take part in the project, you are most welcome to join, at:

New identifications of these presently unknown books will be announced publicly, at regular intervals, and the information shared with the Przemysl State Archive.

Further public information can be found on the Gesher Galicia website at: and, for Gesher Galicia members only, in a dedicated section of the Members Portal.

Questions relating directly to this project should be sent to: . For all other inquiries on Gesher Galicia matters please contact: .