Odessa Document Acquisition and Translation Projects

Project Name: Odessa Document Acquisition and Translation Projects

Project Leaders

Ariel Parkansky Project Coordinator

Ronald D. Doctor Ukraine SIG Coordinator

JewishGen Liaison/Advisor: Warren Blatt

Project Synopsis

JewishGen Ukraine Database is working to obtain 19th and early 20th century records for Jewish families from Odessa of present-day Ukraine. A variety of records from a variety of sources will be researched. Examples of the types of records that we hope to obtain are Jewish community records, census lists, voter lists, vital records, Holocaust-era name lists, and Jewish Cemeteries Matzeva Photos and Burials Data.

Key Audiences

The key audience for this project are people whose ancestors lived in Odessa.

Project Importance

Odessa was a very important port and city by its commerce and cultural life. In the 19th century it became the most important port of the Russian Empire for the exportation of cereals.

The 1926 census shows a Jewish population of 133000, making of Odessa the most important Jewish community in the Soviet Union. The USHMM estimates that 100,000 Jews were killed by the Romanian and German troops during the occupation on the city. Other sources estimate the number to 115,000. In 1942 only 703 Jews still lived in Odessa.

Having more data for this town available would benefit not just genealogical researchers, but also those seeking to understand patterns of Jewish population growth and migration.

Project Description

The project includes the research, acquisition and translation of new “fonds” as well as translation of existing ones. Professional and volunteer researchers will extract data from original records, translate them into English, and enter the data into a spreadsheet template provided by JewishGen. Once those tasks are complete, JewishGen will integrate the new data into the JewishGen Ukraine Database

Estimated Cost

$5,000 to $10,000 depending on the type and number of records available, and the time required for the projects.


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