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Galicia Basics: What Every Galitzianer Need to Know

  • September 11, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • ZOOM




Galicia Basics:

What Every Galitzianer Needs to Know

Renee Stern Steinig

                 Sunday September 11, 2022

9:30 AM to 10:00 AM: Schmooze and Share

10 AM to 12 PM Mountain Daylight Time on Zoom

Program starts promptly at 10 AM

Are you confused by documents saying your ancestors were from Austria?  It’s likely they came from Galicia, which was in the Austrian Empire before World War I and now is split between parts of Poland and Ukraine.  This talk is geared to those new to Galicia research and covers:

           Changing borders

           Marriage and naming traditions

           Identifying and locating ancestral towns

           Record keeping in Galicia

           Sources for Galicia research

Bio:  Renee Steinig began to do genealogical research in the late 1970s, inspired by a cousin in Israel who made it look easy. Many family trees and some 18 years later, she went on to accept client work, serving individuals eager to learn more about their families' pasts.

Her specialties include New York research, Jewish roots in Galicia, location of lost family, and due diligence for probate cases. She has testified as an expert witness in several New York Surrogate's Courts.

Renee's work in these and other areas is enhanced by her creativity, broad knowledge of genealogical resources, over 40 years experience, and deft use of numerous online databases. 

Renee's research projects have brought her to archives and libraries across the United States, in western and eastern Europe, and in Israel. She was a member of the first group of genealogists permitted access to the files of the International Tracing Service (now the Arolsen Archives) in Germany, where she documented the fates of many family members who perished in the Holocaust.

In June 2014, Renee's discoveries about the Jewish roots of New York City’s late Archbishop John Cardinal O’Connor were the subject of front-page coverage in the New York Times. More recently, she made the news after finding evidence that the wife of a White House staffer was once on the Russian government's public relations team.

Her greatest joy has come from reuniting clients with previously unknown family.

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