JewishGen-erosity Project

Zolotonosha Vital Records Project

Project Leaders

Gary Pokrassa

JewishGen Ukraine SIG Coordinator

Janette Silverman

JewishGen Liaison/Advisor

Avraham Groll

Project Synopsis

The JewishGen Ukraine SIG has scanned microfilms from the Family History Library (FHL) containing records of births, deaths and marriages for residents of Zolotonosha, as well as non-residents and temporary residents. There are more than 2,600 images in total.

Adding the information to the JewishGen Ukraine Database will be a multistep project, involving the work of many people who will:

  • digitally scan the microfilms (already completed)
  • label each file
  • translate the high resolution digital files
  • place the information on specific format spread sheets
  • proof the spreadsheets
  • process them for eventual upload to the JewishGen Ukraine Database.
  • Images of the original documents from this scanning project are not available through JewishGen and can be obtained through the Family History Library and the Center for Jewish History.

    Key Audience

    The key audience for this project is anyone with an interest in the Jewish history of Zolotonosha, and Poltava.

    Project Importance

    For many of us, these particular records have the potential to give us insight and information into our families that isn't available elsewhere. Zolotonosha was home for many Jews during the late 19th century. Unfortunately, even though these records have been microfilmed, usage of these records requires access to a Family History Library that is not always available to many researchers and requires the ability to read Cyrillic or in some cases Hebrew which is beyond the capabilities of many. This project will be a significant help in preserving and providing access to what has survived of Zolotonosha’s Jewish Records by providing all with the ability to search these records via an on line database, thus avoiding what is at this moment in time a daunting task for most researchers.

    Project Description

    We will begin work on the project as soon as we have begun to raise funds (we already have a translator ready to begin).

    Throughout the course of the project, completed spreadsheets will be made available to donors who contribute $100 or more. At the same time, translations of records might also be posted on relevant KehilaLink webpages.

    Estimated Cost

    We estimate that it will cost $7,800 to complete this project.Any funds still remaining at the completion of this translation project will be used to fund additional Zolotonosha projects and to acquire Zolotonosha records from archives in Ukraine.



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