Novopoltavka Document Acquisition and Translation Projects

Proposal
Document Acquisition and Translation Projects for Kherson
Novopoltavka, Beryslav/Bereslav, Dobre/Dobroye,
Lvove/Lvovo, Malaya Seydeminukha, and Romanovka

Project Leaders

Sylvia Walowitz Project Coordinator

Ronald D. Doctor Ukraine SIG Coordinator

JewishGen Liaison/Advisor: Avraham Groll

Project Synopsis

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) has collected documents relating to towns of Ukraine and their Jewish populations. We have identified various documents relating to Novopoltavka and nearby Jewish settlements in Kherson province:

  1. Correspondence regarding the establishment of Jewish Settlements in Kherson, Lists of Jewish settlers, life in the colonies, etc (1843-1849)
  2. Industrial Department, Police (1881-1904) “Jewish matters” regarding the situation of the Russian Jews.
  3. In the process - the account of the Jewish colonies in Dobraye and Novopoltavka; verification of the establishment of educational agricultural farm and professional institution in Odessa;
  4. Correspondence of activities in Russia with England Jewish colonial organization, about opening local immigrant committees, about immigration, relocation, etc.1891-1902
  5. List of ships and immigrants to Argentina.
Funds raised for this project will be used to acquire digitized copies of these documents and others for associated towns of Novopoltavka, Beryslav/Bereslav, Lvove/Lvovo, Dobre/Dobroye, Malaya Seydeminukha, and Romanovka. Funds also will be used to translate the acquired records and to prepare the datasets for posting to the JewishGen Ukraine Database and the Ukraine SIG Master Name Index. Full translations will be posted on the appropriate KehilaLinks websites.

These will be translated into English and then the data will be entered into a JewishGen spreadsheet template which will become available to contributors well before posting on the JewishGen Ukraine Database

Key Audience

The key audience for this project is people whose ancestors lived in or near these towns, including many whose ancestors emigrated from these towns to Argentina.

Project Importance

The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem is a rich source of archival documents. Acquiring, translating, and making available documents and dataset relating to Jews from these towns will benefit genealogical researchers and will help provide context for the lives of our ancestors. The data also will help us understand patterns of Jewish population growth and migration.

Project Description

The project will fund acquisition and translation of microfilms and JCA files from The Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People. Professional and volunteer researchers will translate the copies of documents provided by the Archives. The new datasets will be integrated into the JewishGen Ukraine Database, Ukraine SIG Master Name Index, and appropriate KehilaLinks websites.

Estimated Cost.

$5000 - $8000


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