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Presenter: Tomasz Jankowski
Documenting migration of a family is one of the main challenges in genealogical research. When no destination or place of origin is known further tracking of the family, ancestors or descendants is no longer possible. The most important on-line databases help to overcome the problem of lost traces, but at the same time they only rarely include indexes to the document collection crucial for research on migration. Galician repositories are especially rich in documentation on migration. First, local towns under the absolute monarchy of the Habsburgs, held lists of temporary residents and vagabonds. Later, during the years of Polish independence, several Zionist and emigration associations were active among the poor residents of this area. Local archives, which holdings I will discuss in the presentation, still holds not only above mentioned documents, but also records on the immigrants from the Russian Empire, visa requests and Police certificates of clean criminal record.