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Presenter: Mark Halpern
A great many Galician researchers have acquired family records from repositories in Poland and Ukraine. Images of many of these records can now be found online. Over the last fifteen years, the work of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland and Gesher Galicia has made these records more readily available to all Galician researchers. This session, sponsored by JRI-Poland, offers an in-depth examination of vital records along with a strategic framework to help researchers in acquiring Galician records to further their research. We will provide a historical perspective covering the regulations that governed Jewish recordkeeping and how regulations covering civil marriages impacted the legitimacy and surnames of children. Close examination of sample birth, marriage, and death records will reveal the information contained in the records, identify the records having the most genealogical value, and discover surprises found in many of these records.