Vital Records remain the most important source to the
Galician genealogist. Therefore, I have dedicated a lot of attention to
the subject. Although the "wave of the future" is in discovering "new" and
previously unknown or unused sources, vital records will always be the basis of
a genealogist's family study.
This page is the gateway to Galician vital records!
About Vital Records
Finding Vital Records
Vital Records Online
The availability of
vital records online is constantly growing. Here are a few of the more
popular organizations and collections of online vital records covering, though
not exclusive to, the Galician territory.
Letter Writing Guide
Ukrainian Letter Writing Guide
in Archives in Ukraine and Poland
Reading Vital Records
Tutorial of Vital Records
A detailed look at reading records in the standard format used from the
late 18th century up to the middle of the 20th century. Includes a
step-by-step process of reading the records using numerous scanned images.
These tutorials are useful to genealogists researching any of the territory that
was once controlled by the Austro-Hungarian Empire, including Western Galicians,
Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, etc.). Please be patient while the pages
Vital Records Tour...A Collection of Examples
I've assembled a collection of records from
Galicia/Halychyna that help illustrate the wealth of the documents for you and
your research. These examples can help you translate and better understand
what you find. These pages should be read only after you have mastered the
basics of the structure and layout of the records (see tutorials right above).
Most of these records come from the 19th centuries, the period of time for which
most genealogists are researching their own families. Enjoy the
Recording Vital Records