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Project: Fundraising Project, Ukraine SIG Digital Documents Acquisition

Project Information

Coordinator:Janette Silverman
Status:In progress
Description:The FHL has Jewish vital records and family list microfilms for 83 towns and districts within the JewishGen Ukraine SIG's geographic area, plus revision lists and community records for about 158 districts. Within the past few years, the FHL and its associated FamilySearch Centers (FSCs) have installed microfilm scanners, which can be used to convert microfilm images to several useful digital image formats. Our volunteers will rent microfilms from the FHL and will use the FHL/FSC scanners to obtain digitized images of vital records, revision lists, and other relevant documents. After acquisition, we will initiate individual translation projects. The translations (but not the images) will be posted in the JewishGen Ukraine Database, and possibly other locations. The Central Archives (CAHJP) is accelerating document acquisition from archives in Eastern Europe, especially Poland and Ukraine. The JewishGen Ukraine SIG has an arrangement with the Director of the Central Archives to obtain digitized images of the records they obtain at a discounted price (see the “Estimated Cost” section of this proposal, below). This agreement stems from cooperative activities between the Kremenets District Research Group and the Central Archives over the past five years. In addition, the CAHJP has agreed to accept our requests for records from towns outside the Kremenets District. The project will be carried out in several overlapping phases: Identifying appropriate scanning resources, costs, and volunteers Document acquisition: scanning FHL microfilms, and digital images of CAHJP documents Translation / transliteration, Processing for posting in the JewishGen Ukraine Database and other places. We will start by acquiring digital images of vital records and family lists from FHL microfilms, because we know which microfilms include specifically Jewish records. When this part of the Project is well underway, we will then begin working on revision lists. Volunteers for the JewishGen Ukraine SIG will rent and scan the microfilms at the Family History Library, at FHCs and at other places that have appropriate microfilm scanners and access to FHL microfilms. Concurrently, we will begin acquiring digital images of records from the CAHJP for selected towns. As we identify microfilms that contain revision lists with entries for Jews, we will add those to the digitization queue. This Fundraising project will pay for microfilm rental, scanner use at the FHL, FSCs, and other locations, and for acquisition of record images from the Central Archives. Translation activities will begin as record images become available. We will start the translations with volunteers. However, it is likely that we will not be able to recruit sufficient numbers of volunteers with requisite dual-language skills (handwritten 19th-century Russian and Hebrew/Yiddish). If that is the case, the proceeds from this Fundraising Project will be used to pay for professional translators, but only as funds become available. See the next section for rough cost estimates. An Excel spreadsheet attached to this message displays the vital records microfilms that are part of this project. The spreadsheet has three worksheets showing towns and FHL Microfilm numbers: (1) Microfilm numbers for each town sorted by district name, (2) Town names for each microfilm number, sorted by microfilm number, and (3) a list of towns organized by district and province. The first worksheet also has data showing the number of JGFF researchers for each town, the number of microfilm reels for each town, and the years those microfilm reels cover.
Web address of the Project:Go to the project Home Page
Geographic Area(s):General

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