The 2016 IAJGS conference in Seattle was a great success. Thanks to the organizers for all their hard work. The JewishGen Belarus SIG meeting (PDF, 1 MB) was held on Monday, August 8th, to an overflow crowd. The following developments were discussed:
- Re-design of the website by Nancy Holden and Alan Raskin. Thanks to Nancy and Alan for all their hard work.
- The uploading of approximately 27,000 records to the database (see the bottom of this message for more details). Thanks to all the translators who helped make this upload happen. These translations could not have been done without the support of donors. Please consider a donation to a district fund or the Belarus SIG general fund to show your support.
- Acquisition of Miriam Weiner’s Archive and Routes to Roots Belarus materials. Thanks again to Miriam for her generosity in sharing this with us. The indexing of surnames appearing in Miriam’s summary translation reports is underway and we hope to have the results for a few towns in mid October. Updates will be announced on this message board and the JewishGen Family Finder messaging.
- Call for volunteers to assume leadership roles as well as specialized roles (i.e. translation work, town coordinators) with the SIG. Thanks to all those who signed up via our online survey. Over the next few months we will be contacting those people about different projects. We are still in need of more volunteer translators. Please fill out our survey if you can help.
Researchers should make sure they are registered on the JewishGen Family Finder for their town(s) of interest to receive updates on ongoing/future projects.
Thanks also to our luncheon speaker Ron Doctor who talked about the work he’s done on the Kremenets records. Ron has done an amazing job and his work should be a model for future town/district based research. You can view/download Ron’s luncheon presentation (PDF, 1.5 MB).
Congratulations to Ron on receiving the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement award for his work with both the Kremenets records and the Ukraine SIG. It is well deserved.
Below is a listing of the newly uploaded records to the JewishGen Belarus Database:
- Bobruysk district: 1886-1904 Bobruysk marriages (3272 records), 1867-1874 additional revision lists for Bobruysk, Domanovo, Glusk, Gorki, Lyuban, Lyubonichi, Ozaraich, Parichi, Pobolovo, Svisloch, Urechye, Zakalnoe (742 records)
- Brest district: 1895-1901, 1906 Brest deaths (5696 records)
- Grodno district: 1838, 1841, 1842 Grodno births (1494 records), 1841, 1842 Grodno deaths (953 records), 1841, 1842 Grodno marriages (236 records)
- Mogilev district: 1890-1892 Mogilev births (1956 records), 1893-1917 Mogilev marriages (4317 records)
- Novogrudok district: 1870-1884 additional revision lists for Korelichi, Kroshin, Lyubcha, Novogrudok, Turets (5433 records)
- Slonim district: 1873-1875 additional revision lists for Byten, Derechin, Dyatlovo, Golynka, Ruzhany, Slonim (47 records)
- Slutsk district: 1850 revision lists for Lyakhovichi (633 records) and Medvedichi (72 records), 1816 revision lists for Nesvizh (1253 records)
- Vilejka district: 1834 revision lists for Dunilovichi (375 records), 1837, 1852 family lists for Dolginov, Dunilovichi, Gorodok, Ilya, Krasnoselie, Krivichi, Kurenets, Myadel, Postavy, Radoshkovichi, Vilejka (770 records)
These records can be freely searched using the JewishGen Belarus database search engine.
Thanks again to all the translators and donors who made this upload possible.