The workshop will be of special interest to family history researchers with ancestral roots
in Galicia. With Jewish records currently spread across Polish, Ukrainian, and Austrian archives, we
will consider a range of documents—useful for both beginners and those with advanced experience
in family history research—including vital records, population surveys, maps, and other surprising
sources less often used by genealogists. Research projects of Gesher Galicia, which yielded more
than 600,000 records in the All Galicia Database, will be described and illustrated by examples of
records. Join the session to discover how to tap to new sources of information on the Gesher Galicia
Andrew Zalewski is a former professor of medicine at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He
is vice president of Gesher Galicia, a non-profit organization devoted to genealogical and historical
research on Galicia, a former province of Austria-Hungary. Andrew is a frequent speaker at meetings
of Jewish genealogical societies and cultural and academic institutions in the US and abroad. Unique
archival records—population surveys, maps, and old newspapers—provide the background for his in-
depth description of Galicia.
Andrew Zalewski authored two books on Austrian Galicia: Galician Trails: The Forgotten Story of One
Family and Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots, in which he traced the story of his ancestors
in a historical context.