Call to Meeting 15 August 2022

Date: 15 Aug 2022Time: 7:00 pm MST
Speaker: Janette Silverman
Topic: Illegitimacy in the Jewish Communities of Galicia
The many punitive and restrictive laws in the Austrian Empire resulted in choices made by the Jewish community to circumvent these. Originally instituted to curtail the size of the Jewish community and create boundaries, the communities themselves changed and found ways to work around the laws. Many birth, marriage and death records in the Jewish community use terms like “illegitimate” and “ritual marriage”. Sometimes our ancestors had multiple surnames, or even hyphenated surnames this session will discuss these and the insight we can gain about the lives of our ancestors