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 09/19/2016  Ukraine SIG update

I was thrilled to see so many of you at the recent conference in
Seattle. Thank you to all who made on the spot donations, who attended
both Ukraine SIG meetings and who were at the Ukraine SIG luncheon. All
of the SIG activities and seeing so many of you made the conference very
special for me.

To all of you who made donations so that we could acquire the data I
wrote about in June and July - we made it and exceeded our goals.
Hopefully donations to data acquisition and translation, as well as to
individual projects will continue to roll in. I have been interviewing
volunteer and professional translators with very limited success. Most
of the people I try out complain about the condition of the records and
ask (seriously) if we can get better copies - they are looking for
legible handwriting and well preserved condition of 100+ year old
documents - both the condition of the documents and the handwriting on
them are what they are and neither can be changed!

On the good side however, today (literally seconds before I began
writing this message) I sent off over 12,000 lines of data, primarily
vital records from Moshny, Smiela, Priluki, Krasnoye, Shpikov, Vyazovka,
Nezhin, Byshev, Gostomel, Ignatovka, Kiev District, Rzhishchew,
Chernigov, Gorodnya, Konotop, Korop, Krolovets. There were also
thousands of names of people killed during the Shoah in Crimea, which
was part of a project we did with the USHMM,

Now is the waiting - it will probably take a year or perhaps longer for
the data to go live in the JewishGen databases. DO NOT email me and ask
if I can look through the data to find your ancestors. I cannot. If
you have made a contribution of $100 or more to a project whose data was
included in this list, then the project manager can send you an unedited
copy of the spreadsheet.

The next documents I will be proofreading to send to JewishGen for
inclusion in databases will be revision lists. Hopefully I will have
all the ones that we have translated completed by the end of December.
Data submissions can only happen quarterly. Please do not email me and
offer to help with the proofreading. This stage of data is the final
stage before submission, and I would still need to do it even if I had a
volunteer, so this is something I do myself.

What do we need? Volunteer translators and/or funds to hire translators.
How much money are we talking about? At least $750,000 to get all the
documents translated by professionals.

Dr. Janette Silverman
JewishGen Ukraine-SIG Coordinator

 05/09/2016  Ukraine SIG at this summer's IAJGS conference

Hi Friends:

As you can imagine, I've been extremely busy for the last several months
not only with Ukraine SIG work but also preparing for the very exciting
upcoming IAJGS conference in Seattle. To date, about 50% of our spaces
for the Tuesday afternoon Ukraine SIG lunch are already spoken for, so
if you are planning to join us for the lunch, please register for it
very soon - we would hate to turn people away, but once the room is
filled, we have no other space to move to! Tuesday will also feature
other Ukraine SIG opportunities - check out the conference schedule at

Our lunch will be featuring Eric Goldman who will be speaking to us
about another aspect of immigration from Eastern Europe - this time,
about the experiences that some of our ancestors might have had when
they arrived in New York. Following the luncheon, the movie, 'Hester
Street' will be shown in its entirety.

Yes, I know that people arrived at other ports, but most immigrants
arriving in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
came through Ellis Island. The conference itself will feature many
other groups of Jews worldwide, and many other experiences in the United

In addition to registering for the conference, making your hotel
reservations (rooms are going fast), signing up for the luncheon and the
banquet and planning to have a really great time in general, please
consider a donation to Ukraine SIG to our Speaker's Fund. This helps
the SIG with speaker expenses at this and future conferences.

Looking forward to seeing you in Seattle in August!

Dr. Janette Silverman
JewishGen Ukraine-SIG Coordinator

 04/01/2016  February and March Ukraine SIG report

Dear Friends:

If you have questions about any projects related to specific towns, please visit the Ukraine SIG website and go to the town page whose information interests you. Don't forget to check out the KehilaLinks page as well. Town pages are linked to KehilaLinks pages for that town or area.

You can find your town in two ways - looking at our clickable map and choosing a region and then a town, or putting your town's name into the 'town search' box at the top right of the website. If your town's name does not come up, it's possible that although your town is in Ukraine today, it is not part of Ukraine SIG. Ukraine SIG covers the guberniyas of the former Russian Empire that were in Ukraine in 2010.

As our process of document acquisition, translation, proofreading is completed and translations are submitted to JewishGen for inclusion in the JewishGen databases, the data goes through many more steps before it can be searched. Please do not email me with inquiries about when data will become searchable. The answer is always 'I don't know.' :-)

Translations Begun
- Nikolaev films 2423960, 2423961, 2423963
- Berditchev Fond 280 opus 2 delo 1093/1095/1536
- Smiela film 2289444

Scanning completed
- Nikolaev 2423963-01 through -04, all births, for 1896, 1897, 1898, and 1899. Reel is complete

In Poofreading queue
- Shpikov/Krasnoye births 1841-1842
- BERDICHEV REVISION LIST 1862 fond 280 opis 2 delo 1183
- BERDICHEV REVISION LIST 1854 fond 280 opis 2 delo 1077
- Berezdov 1858 Census

Document Acquisition
- Khoschevatoye synagogue correspondence and vital records

Congratulations to Avi Lichtenstein and the Litin translation project recipients of a $500 Genealogy Fairy Grant


Dr. Janette Silverman
JewishGen Ukraine-SIG Coordinator

 02/04/2016  A Ukraine SIG Milestone

It's so exciting to see how we as a group are growing! As of this morning our Ukraine SIG Discussion Group numbers 3701! This is amazing.

Thank you all for being interested in the work the SIG does, for participating in the discussion group, for volunteering for our many projects and for your financial support for all our projects!


Dr. Janette Silverman
JewishGen Ukraine-SIG Coordinator

 02/03/2016  Ukraine SIG December 2015-January 2016 report

Hi Everyone:

This is a combined report of the work that was done in December and January. Proofread data will be submitted for processing in March.

We are two subscriptions short of 3700 subscribers to the UkraineSIG Discussion Group.

Dr. Eric Goldman, who was our SIG Speaker at the Salt Lake City 2014 IAJGS Conference will be heading up the Film Festival at the Seattle 2016 IAJGS Conference August 7-12. He has agreed to be our SIG Luncheon Speaker. This year's talk will be about immigration to the US using the film Hester Street for illustration. The film will be shown during the film festival. We could use donations to the UkraineSIG Speakers Bureau fund to support our ability to bring terrific speakers to conferences.

Under the 'donate' tab on the UkraineSIG website, scroll down - you will see the many projects listed there(including the speakers bureau) for which donations are being solicited. Please consider making a donation.

December 2015 & January 2016 Report

*Completed and added to KehilaLink*
- CAHJP - HM2/9025.1. Files 14783-14869. Novo-Poltavka The offices of
- Novo-Russian and Bessarabian general governor, 1841-42.

*Transcriptions completed, in proofreading queue*
- Krasnostav census 1816 & 1834
- Belaia Tserkov, Kiev Gub census 1851
- Moshny Births 1845-48, 1850-52, 1859, 1861-62, 1886, 1889-90, 1915
- Moshny Deaths 1846-48, 1850-51, 1853, 1873, 1893, 1917-18
- Moshney Marriages 1847-47, 1851, 1853, 1855, 1858-59, 1861-62, 1866, 1888, 1895

*Scans of Microfilms*
- Nikolayev births film 2423960 items 1-4 (1878-1881)
- Nikolayev births film 2423961 items 1-6 (1881- 1889)

*Fundraising projects*
- Starokonstantinov

Dr. Janette Silverman
JewishGen Ukraine-SIG Coordinator

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