Links to Useful Sites


Cemetery Projects

Personal Pages

Organizations :

. The Hilfskomitee der Galiziendeutschen (Support Committee of the Galician Germans) was organized in 1946 and is an organization that promotes family research of the Germans in Galicia. This website is in German but some of the main pages are also available in English. Their website has Publications, village plat maps ("Ortspläne") available to order, and the Village Family Books project (Digital copies of these familybooks are available for a fee from our website at this link). They publish two publications of particular interest to Germans from Galicia. The first is their monthly newsletter "Das heilige Band. - Der Galiziendeutsche" ("The Sacred Bond - The Galician Germans) and the second will be very familiar to users of this website as much material in our own publication and on our website has come from the "Zeitweiser" Yearbooks published for over 60 years! Both these publications are in German. While the Hilfskomitee der Galiziendeutschen primarily serves the interests of Germans in tracing their lineages back to Galicia, it welcomes members from all countries.
Some members have asked how they could donate funds to the Hilfskomitee.  See this page for details.
The The Foundation for East European Family History Studies (FEEFHS)
was organized in 1992 as an umbrella organization that promotes family research in eastern and central Europe without any ethnic, religious, or social distinctions. It provides a forum for individuals and organizations focused on a single country or group of people to exchange information and be updated on developments in the field. While it primarily serves the interests of North Americans in tracing their lineages back to a European homeland, it welcomes members from all countries.
Resource Guide Listings of Organizations Associated with FEEFHS
Bukovina Society of the Americas
This site is a goldmine of information about Bukovina which was the eastern most crown land of the Austrian Empire; now divided between Romania and Ukraine. Many Galician Germans in the extreme South-East of Galicia had branches of their family in Bukovina.
Map of Bukovina in 1910 .
Gesher Galicia
is the Special Interest Group for those with Jewish roots in the former Austrian Province of Galicia. Gesher Galicia (meaning "Bridge to Galicia") has nearly 1000 members in countries around the world. They have much information about Christians in Galicia is also available on their Research web page.
Wiki Wikipedia
has both German and English pages.  The English one ( says a bit about the history of Galicia.  However, the German one ( has detailed links to many of the main towns of interest to genealogists. It is hard to read in German, but you can force a Google Translate on the page HERE.

Society for German Genealogy in Eastern Europe (SGGEE) : The SGGEE is devoted to the study of those people with German ancestry who lived in present-day Poland and also those people who lived in the western part of present-day Ukraine, in the old pre-World War II province of Volhynia. Auch vorhanden auf Deutsch.

East European Genealogical Society (EEGS) : The EEGS "identifies and marshals genealogical resources for east European research". Galicia is one of the most popular regions in their mandated area of interest.

University of Alberta, Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics:  This site has a single page on Galizien Germans, but several other pages on the history and distribution of Germans in central Canada.

Black Sea Germans: This website focuses on Germans who settled in Russia around the Black Sea and it has a large database of Germans who lived near the Black Sea at some point.  It is helpful for those who have Galician German ancestors who either came from or went to Russia at some point before they immigrated to North America.  Be aware that there are Russian villages with identical or similar names to Galician villages (eg. Kaiserdorf).

Genealogical Society of Małopolska:  This website contains many online books and some maps about the part of Galicia that is currently in Poland, which often include information about all of Galacia. For example, this is the location of the indispensable "Das Kolonizationswerk Josefs II in Galizien". It has an English version, but many of the references are still in Polish or German. The use of Google Translate is recommended.

Cemetery Restoration Projects:

These cemetery restoration project addresses will cover works in progress and completed projects. These below are in progress.

Hohenbach, (aka Czermin) Reichsheim and Padew
Contact GGD members Dolores Duy D1 and Alfred Konrad K22

Koenigsberg Cemetery Restoration Project - for more details see issue #61 January 2009.
Isolde Iben-Metzger & Dr. Dirk Iben
Shared with us by Erika Paulson. No internet site available, contact individuals by email (iben-metzger(at) or postal address 12 Walkmoehle, D23611 Sereetz, Germany.

Munchenthal (Münchenthal)
Ed Rozylowicz has sent in an article on the restoration for Münchenthal - see issue #62 April 2010.
He has also created two short video clips showing the decaying church (4.5 min) and the cemetery (14 min).
In Sept. 2018, there is a ceremony to dedicate and bless the cemetery and monument.  For more details, see

ReichauCemetery Restoration - shared with us by member Margaret Alleen. Info taken from Zeitweiser 2008 article by Dr. Dirk Iben and Isolde Iben Metzger. They may be contacted by email (iben-metzger(at) See issue #62 April 2010 for more information.

Members may add to this cemetery restoration list by contacting editor

Personal Pages :

The Gauer Family Website : Put up by one of the GGD webmasters and focused on the Gauer surname. Murray's ancestral village is Bedrykowce, district Zaleszczyki in Galicia.

The website : Veit Olschinski created this German language website with information and links about Galicia

Genealogy of Halychyna / Eastern Galicia : Created by Matthew Bielawa who is Vice President of the Polish Genealogical Society of Connecticut and the Northeast, Inc. It "provides general information on Halychyna/Eastern Galicia, a region that is often misunderstood or ignored in North America ... Halychyna is Ukrainian, Galicja is Polish, or as commonly referred to in English as Galicia". : A German-language site put up by Lorez Guntner with more information on the village of Felizienthal.

Felizienthal-Forschung website. Siegfried Grüdl maintains this website which is all in German. It does have some pictures and good maps. Siegfried has written a large book about Felizienthal which also has some information about many other villages.  The website has the Table of Contents in German, but here is a Google translation: Other villages included are Karlsdorf, Smorze, Tucholka, and Klimiec.  The translated book is now available to members.  See the Members-only page.

The website Jim Lang created this website featuring a trip to the village of Felizienthal (now, Dolynivka), and telling the story of his quest to find this village on behalf of the Lang family. Sadly, the church in Felizienthal burned down in October 2006 but Jim has created a new website with a wealth of information about the Lang family and the village. This website is password protected. For access please contact Jim at : Maintained by Manfred Daum, who is an active member in the Hilfskomittee der Galiziendeutschen, Stuttgart (the mother organization of the GGD). These pages are in German, but there is also an English version of his site.

Volkslieder, German and other Folk Songs : Frank Petersohn created this site to highlight his collection of "Volkslieder, German and other Folk Songs" that he has collected but this page highlights the surnames he has researched.

The Halychyna! website : Roman Zakharii has collected a tremendous amount of information about Galicia on his site. He lists numerous cities in Galicia with information and pictures. : Werner Kraus has collected information (including more than 10,000 names of former residents and descendants) about a number of German speaking settlements in the vicinity of Lemberg, Galicia. The pages are in German. : Philip Semanchuk's "Semanchuk-A-Rama" includes information and links about the villages of Dolina, Neudorf and Bolechow with particular focus on his ancestors from those villages. Well worth a look : Angela Fabian's website on Königsau north of Stryj. The site is in German and includes a history of the village, history of activities with group pictures, and a bit about Augustdorf, Bolechow, Machliniec and other villages nearby.  Angela is a devoted Königsau researcher who organizes annual reunions in Germany and has led several bus tours to Königsau. Mechthild Walsdorf maintains a site, all in German, about a few eastern villages including Josefow near the Russian border. The site includes many pictures, including several of gravestones. There is also a brief history of the town.  Use the menu along the left side to manoeuvre.

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