Gesher Galicia Activities at the IAJGS 2017 Conference in Orlando
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Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2017 17:15:48 -0700 (PDT)
Gesher Galicia Activities at the IAJGS 2017 Conference in Orlando

Thank you to conference co-chair Adam Brown for highlighting the many sessions 
of Galitzianer interest at the IAJGS 2017 conference in Orlando, Florida, 
Sunday, July 23, to Friday, July 28.  As Adam points out, if you haven't 
already registered for the conference, now's the time!

When you register, please plan to join us at the Gesher Galicia luncheon, to be 
held Monday, July 24 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM. 

As per conference policy, you must buy a ticket to the luncheon in order to 
hear the speaker. There are non-kosher options at $44 per person and kosher 
options at $54. Attendance at this event is limited by the size of the room. No 
luncheon tickets will be sold at the Conference. You must be registered for the 
Conference in order to attend the luncheon. For details about the Conference 
and to register for the luncheon, go to


• Visit us at the Gesher Galicia table at the Conference SHARE Fair from 12:30 
PM – 4:00 PM. 

A day devoted to Gesher Galicia programs presented by members of the Gesher 
Galicia Board of Directors and Advisory Board. Additional Galician programming 
continues throughout the week. If you can only spare one day, this is the day 
for Galitzianers to attend.

• “Galicia Basics: What Every Galitzianer Needs to Know” - Speakers: Shelley 
Kellerman Pollero and Renee Stern Steinig 

• Gesher Galicia Special Interest Group (SIG) Meeting

• Gesher Galicia Luncheon -“Learning the ABC in Galicia” - Speaker: Andrew 

As a Jewish genealogist, you may have wondered how our ancestors learned their 
ABC. Was it only in Yiddish and Hebrew or also in German and Polish? Arguments 
about secular education stirred passions in the entire Ashkenazi world (from 
Germany through Bohemia and Poland to Italy).

Andrew Zalewski, Gesher Galicia Board Member and editor of The Galitzianer 
journal, is author of two books about the people of Galicia. His latest, 
Galician Portraits: In Search of Jewish Roots, is anchored in Austrian Galicia, 
the land of his ancestors. Large cities, small towns, and tiny villages are the 
backdrop for the tales, where people from a variety of ethnic groups live 
alongside a vibrant community of Israelites. 

• “The Story of Galicia: Vital Records, Maps, Censuses and Much More” - Speaker 
Andrew Zalewski

Andrew Zalewski will examine the rich historical background of the Jewish 
communities that once lived in the region. He will consider a range of archival 
records, useful for both beginners and those with advanced experience in family 
history research, including vital records, maps, and other surprising resources 
less often used by genealogists. 

 • “Tabula Registers: An Untapped Genealogical Resource in the Lviv Archives 
(Ukraine)” - Speakers: Alexander Dunai and Natalie Dunai 

• “Archival Resources in Poland - Where To Begin? The Case of the Wislicki 
Family” - Speaker: Michal Majewski 

• “Using the Gesher Galicia Website and All Galicia Database to Research Towns 
and Families” - Speaker: Brooke Schreier Ganz 

• Suchostaw Region Research Group (SRRG)
Coordinator: Susana Leistner Bloch 

• “Polish Magnate Landowner Records: Bringing “The Lord’s Jews” to Life” - 
Speakers: Alexander Dunai and Natalie Dunai 

• Kolbuszowa Region BOF (KRRG)
Coordinator: Susana Leistner Bloch

• “Researching Your Galitzianer Family: Working with Vital Records” - Speaker: 
Mark Halpern 

For more information about the speakers and their talks, go to 
Choose Program Schedule in the menu at the top of the Home Page.

The Board of Directors, Gesher Galicia SIG,

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