Pamela Weisberger: "Austria, Poland & Ukraine: 3 Countries, 5 Archives & 12 Wonderful Days of Discovery"I had heard Pamela deliver this talk before, but I am always amazed at her world-wide ability to network and ferret out great information at archives. It was good to hear it her presentation again.
Pamela took this trip with John Diener in 2013. In Austria they visited the Staatsarchiv and the Kriegsarchiv (military records) and the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde where many Jewish community records are housed. They'd requested records ahead of their visit.
At the BEV (Bundesant fur Eich - und Vermessungswesen) - the cadastral map office, Pamela hoped to acquire more cadastral maps for towns in Galicia. Offcials reported, however, that all maps for Galicia had been returned to the towns when they left Austrian rule.
Pamela's personal genealogical interest was her family town of Grzymalow in the former province of Galicia. In her research she had found that her family had worked for the Polish magnate family Pininski who owned the town. She had read a book by a Pininski descendant and arranged to meet him.
Pamela also reported that Fond 154 in the Warsaw archives contains town records (including some from the 20th Century) for Przemysel. I was pleased to learn the pronuciation of that town's name. It resembles "Shemshil."