A Conference and a Symposium

For the past year and a half or so, I have been lucky enough to have been volunteering with Gesher Galicia, one of the foremost Jewish genealogy associations. The organization is devoted to studying and preserving the history and genealogy of Jewish families from Galicia, the former north-easternmost province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. As part of my volunteer work, I have helped research and transcribe important documents in Kurrentschrift. Additionally, I helped co-edit the World War 1 series for the Galitzianer, Gesher Galicia’s research journal.

A Tale of Two Stetlach

In my previous post, I described visiting the sites of my great-great grandparents’ homes in the city of Warsaw while attending a conference there. But in fact, the story goes much further. As I mentioned last time, when researching my grandfather’s grandparents, I found their marriage record from 1894. In a previous post, I described how I was able to use it as a springboard to reconstruct a history of many branches of this part of my family.

Stumbling on a Huge Discovery

In modern genealogy research, we can often find surprisingly much from the comfort of our own home. If we are lucky and persistent, we can build up a detailed history of our families stretching back centuries. Frequent readers of this blog will know that in my own research, I was able to build up a huge amount of knowledge about my family’s history in Galicia and Congress Poland without ever leaving Los Angeles. Yet however much you research, there will always be holes. Tantalizing loose ends will gnaw at you, making you wonder what more might be hidden out of reach.