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There are many aids on the Jewish Genealogy Website and on the Internet that can aid a researcher. Those researching their families in the Drohobycz Administrative District should first consult the following:

Jewish Records Indexing-Poland is an invaluable resource of Polish vital records and other information. Existing birth. marriage and death records for Galicia are located in the Archiwum Glówne Akt Dawnych (AGAD) in Warsaw and the archive in Lviv. The records in Warsaw are being indexed with the cooperation of AGAD and JRI-Poland.

By contacting the town leader for Drohobycz -Borysław, you may make a contribution to  ongoing research and receive the town records in an Excel file.

In the All Galicia Database, Gesher Galicia maintains this versatile website. It allows one to search by house number and town name in addition to by given name, surname and geographic location and can filter your search results to only show records added within the past few months. The website is being updated regularly.

The JewishGen Family Finder is an invaluable resource. You may search under your family names or by towns of origin. There you will find others who are searching for the same names in the same towns. You may contact these researchers by email, and if you register your names on the Family Finder, they may contact you.

JewishGen Databases lists all the databases available in JewishGen. Of particular interest to those interested in Galicia are the following:

The 1891 Galician Business Directory

The 1929 Polish Business Directory Project

All Poland Database

Consult the JewishGen Gazetteer to find any of the communities in the Drohobycz Administrative District on a map.


Gesher Galicia is the Special Interest Group (SIG) for all the towns in the former Austrian province. Membership allows you to receive an annual publication that has extensive lists about the family ames and towns if its members. You may also wish to register as a member of the Gesher Galicia Discussion Group  to receive regular postings about Galician Jewish genealogy.

JewishGen's website has four books about Drohobycz and Borysław and other towns in the district. The translations by volumteers under the direction of project manager Valerie Schatzker are not yet complete.

For memories of Borysław, see Leopold Held, The Tyśmienica Still Flows, see:


See also Memorial to the Jews of Drohobycz, Boyrsław and Surroundings, Ed. N.M. Gelber. https://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/Drohobycz/Drogobych.html

There are two chapters on Drohobycz and Borysław in the Pinkas Hakehillot Polin:

Drohobycz: https://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol2_00160.html

Borysław: http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/pinkas_poland/pol2_00092.html

This site provides helpful information about research material and documents for the study of Jewish history in Eastern Europe.


For immigrants from the Drohobycz Administrative Distict to the U.S.A., the Ellis Island Foundation site is an important resource. See Passnger search at:


JewishGen also hosts Dr. Stephen Morse's excellent search engine site that makes research on this website much easier at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/EIDB/

The LDS Family History Library has records from eastern Galicia. Search under the town Lviv in Ukraine..

JewishGen also provides guidance in finding Jewish records in this large database at http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/FHLC/

Geni is a commercial genealogy and social networking website which has a projet to collect all Jewish families from the towns of Drohobycz and Boryslaw in Ukraine.

This is an Israeli website dedicated to the history of the Jewish communities in the Drohobycz Administrative District. See


Family tree websites associated ith the Drohobcz Administrative District:

The Waldinger Family Genealogy page: https://home.bway.net/epic/Waldinger.html

The Turkel Family: http://turkel.org.il/

An English-language site with information and photographs about Drohobycz: http://www.personal.ceu.hu/students/97/Roman_Zakharii/drohobych.htm

An interesting firsthand account of the First World War in the Borysław area:


Genealogical Resources

First Steps

Jewish Records Indexing-Poland

Gesher Galicia

JewishGen Family Finder

JewishGen Databases

Yizkor Books

Miriam Weiner

Routes to Roots Foundation

Ellis Island Foundation

LDS Family History Library

Drohobycz, Borysław and Vicinity


Other Resources

See also the Bibliography page of this website for more information that may help with your search for your ancestors in the Drohobycz Administrative District

Other Websites of Interest

© Valerie Schatzker 2016




To find communities in Galicia, consult the book by Gary Mokotoff and Sallyann Sacks with Alexander Sharon, Where once We Walked : A Guide to the Jewish Communities Destroyed in the Holocaust: A Guide to the Jewish Comunities Destroyed in the Holocaust, (Bergenfeld, N.J.: Avotaynu, 2002).

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