…when we heard our parents or grandparents to say, “you kids have it easy! When we were young, we had to walk two miles to school, or we had to crank the car to get it started.” For most of us here, just breathing those words around our children would bring painful expressions…or worse!
On the other hand, those of us who have been researching the history of our families in Poland for more than four or five years, can also say, “do you remember when?”
Do you remember when we had to scroll through reel after reel of microfilms looking for hints of our families in Poland…IF we were able to identify the town in the first place?
Do you remember when we could barely read the Polish script and even if we knew that our family records were in the films, we weren’t sure of what we were reading?
Do you remember when we had to virtually ignore the Russian years in the LDS films because – if we were having trouble with the Polish records – the ones written in Cyrillic were absolutely out of the question?
All of us involved with JRI-Poland know how this has changed. But, even if you’re not new to Jewish genealogy or have heard previous JRI presentations, it’s important to touch on the history of the project - as well as talk about the future. For, it’s the incredible journey we’ve been on since 1995 that makes the thought of where we’ll be five years from now even more exciting.