GGD Website Bulletins and Updates
- 2018-06-24: We have divided the Secretary job into
two, Membership and Family Village Books. Lisa Jacobs and Shannon LePage
have accepted the positions. See GGD# 95 for more details.
- 2018-04-01: All Stammblätter EWZ records from the German Resettlement files are
now online, visible at you own home at catalog # 252070 at
Family Search. If a member of your family is in our
Resettlement database, you can get detailed information from these
new scanned microfilms.
- 2017-03-05: Updated the Maps of Galicia page with a new
coloured Unterschütz map (shows Catholic vs Protestant villages) and links to
a new Google map that zooms into our villages in either a modern map or in an
1880 era Austrian map showing the old names.
- 2017-01-24: the Meyers Gazatteer on our Tips page # 4
was updated to show the new digital search engine for the book.
October 16, 2016: Reichsheim birth, marriage, and death records
from 1849 to 1918 are available to members.
- July 16. 2016:
Ranischau birth, marriage, and death records from 1849 to 1918 are available
- August 14, 2015: Königsberg birth, marriage,
and death records from 1849 to 1918 are available to members.
- January 6, 2015: The GGD Members Only page has been updated
with new information from our Galicia Archives researcher for the parishes of
Stadlo and Neu Sandez.
Birth, marriage, and death records from 1849 to 1918 are available to
- Nov 6, 2014: Revised the help file for the 1939
Resettlement files to clarify the difference between the EWZ "Source" number
and the useless "reference number."
- Dec 29, 2013:
Members only section has a 56 page booklet about Kaisersdorf.
- Sept 2012: Index for Galizien Village Family Books on
CD's are updated to 2012-05-01.
- Jan 7, 2012:GGD now accepts PayPal for membership fees or
some Family Book orders.
- Jan 9, 2011: Galizien Village Family Books on CD's are
updated to 2011-01-01.
- July 23, 2010: GEDCOM Database error messages fixed by
upgrading to a newer server.
- June 26, 2010 : Galizien Village Family Books on CD's are
updated to 2010-06-19.
- Mar 20, 2009: Galizien Village Family Books on CD now
have an effective searchable index of surnames.
- Dec 25, 2008 : GEDCOM Database- Many error messages appear when it
is first entered, but it still works. Fix coming.
- April 3, 2007 : Galizien Village Family Books on CD's are updated
- September 27, 2006 : Galizien Village Family Books on CD's are
updated to 09/01/2006
- May 6, 2006 : Galizien Village Family Books on CD's are updated to
- March 22, 2006 : Galizien Village Family Books on CD's are updated
- Oct 3, 2005 : Galizien Village Family Books on CD's are updated to
- Sept 15, 2004 : Galizien Village Family Books on CD's are updated
- August 25, 2004 : New and updated Galizien Village Family Books on
CD's are available!
Website Updates :
GGD Newsletters are uploaded around Jan 1, April 1, July 1,
and Oct 1 of each year.
The Searching Our Heritage surname listings and
member codes are usually updated at the same time.
- 2018-09-07: The Galizien German Familybooks surname
database has been revised - the few names of people who may still be alive
have been removed since that is not permitted by the 2018 EU privacy laws.
Also, new individuals belonging to Ugartsthal parish have been added.
- 2017-12-01: Since all Stammblätter EWZ records from the
German Resettlement files are now online, we revised our resettlement help
pages to make it easier to find your EWZ image online (more than once).
2017-11-07: With the arrival of the
Galizien German Descendants Facebook page, few people were using
our QUERY database. It has been removed.
- July 23, 2010: The GGD Website has been moved to a new
server to fix a problem with our GEDCOM database and to provide us with new
database and code support. The Visiting the Old Country, Recipes and Links
pages were updated.
- March 31, 2009: Earlier we added two new features. A
Query function on the bottom of the Member's page that allows members to post
comments about the website. Also, the complete list of surnames covered by the
Daum village CDs, available from the Familybook page on the main menu.
- Sept 25, 2008: Membership fees reduced to US$5 per
calendar year for those
accepting downloaded newsletters.
- March 16, 2008: Added a link to Dolina marriage records
(Bottom of Researching page, on to Records and Archives) and a link to Polish
- January 18, 2008 : 43 years of Ranischau birth, death or
marriage records added to the GGD Members Only page.
- December 28, 2008: Some photos were added to the Photo
Albums page using links to a new Coppermine based database.
- September 18, 2007: Some photos and postcards were
added to Gassendorf and Dolina in the Photo Albums page.
- June 19, 2007 : Photos added to the Brigidau, Dobrohostow and
Gassendorf Photo Albums. Felizienthal album was updated.
- May 12, 2007 : Member codes are updated to be current as of May 10.
- April 3, 2007 : Dave Gorz' Galicia Map index, Links page and member
codes are updated. GGD Newsletter #50 is added.
- Feburary 13, 2007 : Many changes to the Photo Album page to repair
- Feburary 5, 2007 : Reichsheim and Bandrow village data added.
Cascading Style Sheets implemented on all web pages. Copyrights updated.
Members codes and SOH updated.
- January 1, 2007 : The Ranischau village marriage records file on
the GGD Members Only page has been updated to add records for 1889 &
1890. The plot map for Brigidau has been replaced with a newer and much
improved version of the original map (courtesy of R. Jethon at
www.jethone.de). The GGD members codes page has been updated to be current as
of Dec 24, 2006.
- December 6, 2006 : The GGD Members Only page has been
updated with new information from our Galicia Archives researcher for the
village of Ranischau. The Tips & Techniques page has been updated.
- December 5, 2006 : The GGD Members Only page has been
updated with new information from our Galicia Archives researcher for the
villages of Steinau and Kaisersdorf. The Visiting the Old Country page
- Sept 27, 2006 : The GGD Members Only page has been updated
with : New information from our Galicia Archives researcher for the villages
of Bandrow and Steinau, the GGD members codes page was refreshed and new GGD
newsletters have been added. The Galizien Familybooks page was updated to
advise users of a new ordering policy and the village list was updated to Sept
1,2006. A large tips and techniques page has been added to the Research page.
The Sharing our Heritage data files have been updated. A number of other pages
have minor updates.
- July 19, 2006 : New information from our Galcia Archives researcher
for the villages of Bandrow and Steinau has been added to the GGD Members
Only page. The GGD members codes page was refreshed.
- April 2006 : The tool we used to allow members to view submitted
GEDCOMs was modified by hackers to download VIRUSes instead of GEDCOM
pages. We have removed our current tool and and we have no schedule for
a replacement yet.
- March 22, 2006 : New information from our Galicia Archives
researcher has been added to the GGD Members Only page. Numerous
updates to other pages were made to cross connect this information with the
rest of the pages.
- Feb 07,2006 : GGD has a researcher in the Galicia Archives looking
for information on our villages that is available no where else. New pages of
information on the village of Bandrow added to our web pages today are the
first results of this research.
- Feb 06,2006 : The tool we used to allow users to submit new SOH
updates online was being used by SPAMMERs. We have disabled our current tool
and installed a new tool with advanced security features to allow the form to
continue to be used. The Members lists and SOH files have been updated.
(UPDATE: the tool is again functional)
- Dec 24,2005 : Minor changes to many pages. Updated icons to better
indicate PDF format files and Members Only files.
- Dec 4,2005 : Unlocked Polish Archive document which was locked in
error. Added a number of new village photographs to the Village Photo Album
page courtesy of C. Bechtloff. Made minor updates to most pages on the
- Nov 29, 2005 : Add December edition of the Mennonite newsletter.
Reworked a number of pages to consolidate research resources on one page and
updated the left menu to point to this research page. Added two new GGD
members-only files: Polish Archive Holdings and the November GGD membership
- Oct 3, 2005 : Membership fees reduced to $15 per year worldwide.
Updated various pages to reflect this. Updated Mennonite pages to add archive
of earlier newsletters and latest newsletter. Combined About and Pubs pages
into the About page.
- June 4, 2005 : Added 403.shtml. Updated SOH.htm to allow form based
submissions to our SOH database. Restricted directory listings.
- May 8, 2005 : Added 404.shtml, robots.txt & favicon.ico. Removed
message about server availability from Home.htm as it has been a month since
our server prob.
- April 17, 2005 : New "Along the Galician Grapevine" newsletter
added to the Mennonite pages. New links to a high speed server with photos of
Zaleszczyki added to the Photo Album page. Sharing our History databases
updated. Index to the latest version of the "Galician German Descendants"
publication added to the Publications page. Numerous other minor changes.
- April 15, 2005 : Please excuse the unavailability of our website
from April 6th through until today. Our service provider had a major hardware
failure and was unable to restore our files on a timely basis. Consequently we
have been forced to move to a new service provider. All pages have been
restored from our own backups to the new server and all parts of the GGD
website should be operational now. We also expect page uploads to be faster.
- March 20, 2005 : Added Mennonite Galician Family Study data to the
- January 31, 2005 : Added plat maps for Augustdorf,
Michalowka/Josefowka, Beckersdorf, Horocholina, Maleniska, and Padew. Also
updated the Annaberg plat map, Sharing Our Heritage A-L and M-Z database
files, the GGD newsletter tables of contents file to include up to issue #41
(Jan 2005) and related web page references. Reorganized Map directory.
- January 16, 2005 : Added a number of new photos, links to Galician
web pages and a link to a new travel opportunity.
- November 29, 2004 : Added new pictures of Annaberg. Updated Recipes
& Links pages. Split "Family Stories and Recipes" TOC item.
- November 11, 2004 : Added new Plat Maps and moved maps to one
place. Added new "Plat Map" TOC item
- November 2, 2004 : Added photos for Ugartsthal and Augustdorf as
well as a new photo of the church in Josefsberg
- October 29, 2004 : Added plat map for Annaberg and photo credits
and map references to the Photo Album
- October 20, 2004 : Added more information on the Map page
- October 17, 2004 : Added photos for Tuczapy and Falkenstein.
Re-organized the Photo album page to implement collapsible photo lists. Added
link to UC Berkeley topographic maps.
- September 23, 2004 : Added new articles on the History of Germans
and Galicia. Reorganized the table of contents. Updated the Sharing our
history databases to include all updates up to GGD #40.
- September 18, 2004 : Added new photos for Tuszyma & Einseidel and a
typical Ukrainian farm to the Photo Album page
- September 15, 2004 : Links page newly refreshed and Galizien
Village Familybooks page added
- August 20, 2004 : 1939 Resettlement Data made available on the
- July 2004 - August 12, 2004 : Initial setup of website