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I am pleased to announce the 2022 conference from the Polish Genealogical Society of America, which will take place virtually on September 16, 17 and 18th. 

Register here:

We assembled a wonderful lineup of Polish and American genealogists with six lectures over three days. Sessions begin each day at 11:00am Central time. 

Getting More from – the Little Known Databases
Navigating Szukaj w Archiwach – Unknotting the Knots
Russian Partition Discoveries – Beyond Family Search
The End of Serfdom – Impact on the Records
Maps for Family Research – More Than Geography
Nazi Occupation of Rural Poland – History and Remembrance

Members: $30
Non-Members: $45

MyHeritage added Jewish Historical Records from Vienna in partnership with the National Library of Israel. MyHeritage is making this collection available free to search. However, if you want to view or save the records to your family tree or computer you will need a MyHeritage Data or Complete Plan subscription-both are paid subscriptions.

The collection contains 228,250 digitized Jewish immigrant applications from Vienna between World War l and World War ll, It offers an important glimpse into the lives of Austrian Jews at this pivotal moment in history and is exclusive to MyHeritage.  In May 1938, Jews living in Austria registered with the emigration department of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde (the Jewish community organization in Vienna) if they intended to leave the country and escape Nazi persecution.

The MyHeritage blog post says, “Each head of household had to fill out a detailed questionnaire, containing the following information: name of the applicant, address, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, nationality, residency status in Vienna and whether and how long the applicant resided elsewhere, information about the profession and the last-held professional position, any newly learned professions, language skills, economic situation and monthly income, and additional comprehensive information related to emigration… In addition to the information about the applicant, the questionnaires contain information about any dependents, including degree of relationship, name, places of birth, dates of birth, and occupation. In some cases, the questionnaires also provide information about the applicant’s parents.”

The forms often have supplemental documents which include letters, affidavits, official papers and correspondence as well as stamps and hand-written notes that were added as part of the file processing.

The emigration papers are part of the extensive communal archive of the Viennese Jewish Community that constitutes some of the holdings of the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (CAHJP) in Jerusalem.

To read more about this and see some examples of the types of records see MyHeritage’s blog:

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