This search engine currently features 515,105 records from 390 different data sources, covering everything from birth, death, marriage and divorce records to phonebooks, school and landowner records, all from the former Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, which today is part of southeastern Poland and western Ukraine. Although Gesher Galicia's focus is on Jewish roots in this region, the diverse community records in this database also contain names from the other ethnic and religious groups that lived in the area. Not everyone listed in the database will necessarily be Jewish.
Notes about searches
- All fields are optional. You can search by given name, by surname, or a combination of both. You can also search by house number and/or town name. You can limit your search results to a specific geographic area. And you can choose to sort your results by record addition date or by other criteria, if you like.
- Expand and contract your records. Click on the blue plus sign next to each of your search results to show all of the information about a given record, not just the primary names associated with it.
- Use facets to narrow your search results. You can click on the links in the sidebar to focus your search on a particular "facet", or sub-set of your search results, such as record type, town, year, etc. The facets will also help give you an overview of all information associated with your search, such as the other surnames commonly attached to the surname you queried, the towns often associated with the surname, etc.
- Find phonetically similar surnames with Beider-Morse Phonetic Matching. Use the checkbox underneath the Surname field to enable or disable this capability. We recommend enabling it, so that you can find surnames that were similar but may have had an alternate spelling in the original records.
- You can use asterisks to do wildcard searches. For example, entering SCHR* in the surname field will show all surnames beginning with that string, such as SCHRANK, SCHREYER, etc. You can also use a wildcard (or even multiple wildcards!) in the middle or the end of a name, such as *WITZ or K*H*N. There is no minimum number of letters that you have to enter. Wildcards will work in the Given Name field too.
- Some common synonyms and kinnui for Given Names have been enabled. For example, searching for Rebecca will also turn up matches for names like Rivka, Becky, etc. A search for Hersch will find spelling variants like Hers and Hirsch, but also Tvi and Zvi. Learn more about Jewish given names and kinnui here.
- Map that town! If your record results show a modern-day town name underlined in light blue, click that link to show a helpful pop-up map of the area.
We welcome submissions of new data sets. Do you (or someone you know) have copies of records that could be helpful to genealogists and historians researching Galicia? Vital records, yearbooks, landsmanschaften records, Chevra Kaddisha books, tax lists, census records, and so on? If so, please let us know, and we can add them here so everyone can benefit. We do not have a requirement for a minimum number of records, so any type of material is welcome.
Support for the All Galicia Database
The All Galicia Database is growing fast, but is only as complete as the records we have collected and transcribed to date. There is always much more to find and transcribe. If you would like help our research efforts in this region, including on possible vital and other records from your own town of interest, please consider joining Gesher Galicia, or making a donation. Gesher Galicia is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and donations are tax-deductible in the United States. Thank you for your support.