Galizien German Descendants
- GGD -

This website is an extension of the Galizien German Descendants Publication, and is the home of the GGD website that was formerly found at

Beginning in 1774 the rulers of the Austro-Hungarian Empire issued Settlement Charters which invited 'foreign' settlers into its newly acquired province of Galicia ('Galizien' in German). German settlers attracted by offers of transportation and special status emigrated from Germany to Galicia. The 'Galizien German Descendants' publication is dedicated to family history research of these German settlers and their descendants. If anyone is interested in any of the articles from our publication or the entire publication, contact Betty Wray at her address below.

GGD was founded by Betty Wray and Evelyn Wolfer. The GGD president is Dave Gorz.  See the CONTACTS page for all executive members.

"We welcome all to become members. You may send us your surnames and villages for inclusion in our newsletter without membership. We started in October 1994 with two members and had almost one hundred members in early April 1996. Our group shares research and assists one another with search problems. We have begun translating articles from German into English and are printing them in our newsletters."

Betty Wray, GGD Publication Editor
eMail: (this is also the secretary's email)

The Newsletter is published quarterly: January, April, July, October
To view an index of all our past publications, click here.

Membership costs vary by location and newsletter options:
ll options are in US funds payable in cash, check, money order, or PayPal (with a small surcharge).

All memberships include access to the Members Only portions of our website and our members' surname/village database.
To become a member, pay by PayPal below OR send cash, check, or money order to
Betty Wray
2035 Dorsch Road
Walnut Creek, California 94598-1126, USA.  Please contact Betty at the eMail address above before sending money by mail.

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