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Maps of Galicia[edit | edit source]

  • To view a 1914 map of Galicia, click here.
  • Visit the Gesher Galicia Online Map Room by clicking here.
  • For a Jewish population density map of Europe in 1900, click here.
  • For a map showing the percentage of Jews in the Pale of Settlement and Congress Poland, c. 1905, click here.
  • To view an additional historical map showing the historical percentage of Jews in governments, click here.
    Definition of "Pale of Settlement" from
    The Pale of Settlement (Russian: Черта́ осе́длости, chertá osédlosti, Yiddish: דער תּחום-המושבֿ, der tkhum-ha-moyshəv, Hebrew: תְּחוּם הַמּוֹשָב, tḥùm ha-mosháv‎) was the term given to a region of Imperial Russia in which permanent residency by Jews was allowed and beyond which Jewish permanent residency was generally prohibited. It extended from the eastern pale, or demarcation line, to the western Russian border with the Kingdom of Prussia (later the German Empire) and with Austria-Hungary. The English term "pale" is derived from the Latin word "palus", a stake, extended to mean the area enclosed by a fence or boundary.

Gazetteer of Galicia[edit | edit source]

  • Genealogical Gazetteer of Galicia, by Brian J. Lenius
    (determine what is now in Poland and what is in the Ukraine; identify Jewish record jurisdictions)
    Family History Library call number 943.86 E5L
    Copies may be found in the reference area and the stacks.

History of the Jews in Galicia[edit | edit source]

  • To visit the Galicia Jewish Museum online click here.
    The Galicia Jewish Museum exists to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust and to celebrate the Jewish culture of Polish Galicia, presenting Jewish history from a new perspective.
  • Explore: The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. Family Finder[edit source]

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Gesher Galicia's Databases[edit | edit source]

  • This search engine currently features 267,883 records from 104 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 eastern Poland and western Ukraine.
    To access the Gesher Galicia Search Engine, click here.

Division of Galicia (1918)[edit | edit source]

  • Galicia was divided between Poland and the Ukraine at the end of the First World War.
  • Use maps and gazetteers to determine whether your family's home city/town became a part of Poland or of the Ukraine.
  • Continue research by using resources on these two pages:
  • Note: For towns near the border between Poland and the Ukraine, pertinent records may have ended up in an archive now on the other side of the border.