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 09/03/2018  August 2018

Genealogical Conferences. Addition:

  • 38 IAJGS Conference in Warsaw, Poland, 5-10 August, 2018. Please find all the slides from the Bessarabia/Moldova related presentations in Warsaw:
    --Jewish Shtetl in Moldova without Jews: How the Jewish Past can be remembered.
    --Jewish Cemeteries in Bessarabia/Moldova: Current Status and Future Projects.
    --Moldovan Archives: What information we can find in addition to Vital records and Revision Lists.
    --Bessarabia SIG Meeting.

    You can find the Warsaw conference page at Bessarabia SIG website/Research or directly at this link:
    Warsaw, 2018.

People Stories. Addition:
  • A Family Story: Shaya, A Family Tale: several episodes written by Alan Levitt, Bessarabia SIG Discussion group director. It is about his grandfather Shaya and the Russian army. This is a good example of a family story which helps to understand the environment in which people, especially Jews used to live in the Russian Empire. You can find this article at Bessarabia SIG website/People or directly at this link:
    Shaya, A Family Tale.


 07/30/2018  July 2018

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

  • Bessarabia Revision Lists. A new set records is planning to complete and send to JewishGen in December of 2018. It includes records from Soroki, Rashkov, Ataki, Valey-lui-Vlad, Izmail, Beltsy and more.
    Here is the list.

 06/30/2018  June 2018

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

  • Bessarabia Revision Lists. A new set of 11,485 records from 2,753 families were translated and sent to JewishJen, and now available. The records are from towns of Kishinev, Soroki, Beltsy, Faleshty, Khotin, Akkerman, Aleksandreny colony, Vertuzhany colony and many villages from Akkerman and Soroki uezd. Here is the list.
People Stories. Addition:
  • A great Family Story: Think Of The Grey: A Wheatman Family History written by Victor S. Wheatman. You will find a terrific research presented with 60+ photos, maps, documents, historical overview of the Bessarabia/Moldova region as well as information about town of Kishinev where Victor's ancestors once lived. I am suggesting to read carefully this family story and use some of the discovery methods in your own research (Yefim Kogan). You can find this article at Bessarabia SIG website/People or directly at this link:
    Think Of The Grey: A Wheatman Family History.


 05/31/2018  May 2018

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

  • Bessarabia Revision Lists. We continue working on a large set of records, which will be completed and sent to JewishGen in June of 2018.
    Many sets are already translated. Here is the list.
Jewish Cemeteries. Updates:
  • We have upgraded the inventory of all cemeteries in Bessarabia/Moldova.
    You can see the list from the cemetery section at the website or directly here

  • We have completed photographing and indexing a large Jewish Cemetery in the north of Bessarabia - Novoselitsa. The cemetery has more than 1000 burials. We identified the names of 992 people, including names at the Holocaust memorial (1941). 792 images were also send to JOWBR. 47 images of Unknown graves can be viewed at Bessarabia SIG website at Novoselitsa Cemetery Report.

  • Otaci (Ataki) Cemetery report was updated, and now it includes photos and comments from Christian Herrmann, who travelled to Moldova at the end of May, 2018
    Vanished World. Otaci's Jewish Cemetery.

 04/28/2018  April 2018

Jewish Cemeteries. Updates:

  • We have completed Phase 1 of photographing and indexing a large and very old Jewish Cemetery in Bessarabia - Vadul Rashkov.
    Phase 1 is about half of the total very large cemetery, and it includes more than 1,300 graves. From that, we identified the names of 862graves and send them to JOWBR (+860 images). 454 of Unknown graves can be viewed at Bessarabia SIG website from Vadul Rashkov Cemetery Report.
History of Jews in Bessarabia. Addition:
Bessarabian Databases. Updates:
  • A new database was created 'Mass Deportation of Jews from Moldova in 1941.' Names organized by towns were sent to JewishGen, and soon will available. Also we will include the names at the Bessarabia SIG website.

    You can read about the source of the database with information what is available at Introduction to Mass Deportation of Jews from Moldova in 1941.

    Thanks a lot for this great job of organizing and translation to Terry Lasky. This project was his initiative, and he completed it, and now he is working on another part of this project.


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