This website is an extension of the Galizien German Descendants Publication, and was formerly found at the Federation of East European Family History Societies 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 in 1995  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 Founding Director
eMail: ggd email (this is also the secretary's email)

The Newsletter is published quarterly: January, April, July, October and is only available to members.
To view an index of all our past publications, click hereMembership costs vary by location and newsletter options.
All options are in US funds payable via PayPal (which accepts credit cards and some debit cards).

  • For those in the USA, Canada and overseas addresses, who accept email notifications and download their own newsletters from the GGD website, the cost will be $5.50 US funds per calendar year; $10.70 for 2 calendar years; $16.00 for 3 calendar years.
  • For those with USA or Canadian addresses who wish to receive printed newsletters by postal mailing, the annual cost will be $31.50 USD for the USA and $36.70 USD for Canada.
  • For those outside of the USA or Canada who wish to receive printed newsletters, please contact our secretary for pricing as each country's mailing costs are different.

All memberships include access to the Members Only portions of our website and our Surname/Village database.

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