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 01/27/2017  Ukraine SIG Update

Dear Friends:

Many thanks to Moshe Kutten and Stella Saperstein for their work on
Nikolayev vital records from microfilms 2423960 and 242361.

Alex Kopelberg has been hard at work with Zhitomir marriage
transcriptions. Marriages from 1854 and 1855 are in the pipeline for the
next stage of processing.

Yoni Kupchik has been working on Balta births for 1882-1884, 1886, 1887
and 1892.

They have recently submitted many thousands of lines of transcriptions
of records. It will probably be 12-18 months before final processing is
completed and the data is available for searching.

I hope to have the above submitted to JewishGen for the next stage of
processing by the end of this quarter. I had hoped to begin working on
revision lists but I think that those will be worked on during the
second quarter.

Please do not email me with questions about progress of these projects
or contents of the databases. Updates to the progress will be noted on
the townpages.

I wanted to just provide a heads up on a new project on which Ukraine
SIG is working on with FamilySearch and which will benefit those whose
families were in Odessa in 1897. There are 67,000 pages of the 1897
census. We are currently reviewing it to identify those pages and
sections on which Jewish families were enumerated. When that initial
review is completed, we will be asking for volunteers to work on the
translation/transcription of the census. Those who make a donation of
$100 or more to the Odessa Document Acquisition and Translation Project
will be able to receive the spreadsheets with the
translation/transcription before it is available on the JewishGen
databases. Once the translation/transcription is completed, it often
takes a year or more before data has finished being processed and
formatted and becomes widely available.

Please do not email me with questions about progress of the project or
contents of the census. Updates to the progress will be noted on the
townpage. Thanks to town leaders, Ariel Parkansky and Yoni Kupchik and
to Harvey Kabaker who has been instrumental in the digitization from FHL
microfilms. We are excited about this first cooperative venture with
FamilySearch and hope it will be the first of many.


Dr. Janette Silverman
JewishGen Ukraine-SIG Coordinator

 09/19/2016  Ukraine SIG update

I was thrilled to see so many of you at the recent conference in
Seattle. Thank you to all who made on the spot donations, who attended
both Ukraine SIG meetings and who were at the Ukraine SIG luncheon. All
of the SIG activities and seeing so many of you made the conference very
special for me.

To all of you who made donations so that we could acquire the data I
wrote about in June and July - we made it and exceeded our goals.
Hopefully donations to data acquisition and translation, as well as to
individual projects will continue to roll in. I have been interviewing
volunteer and professional translators with very limited success. Most
of the people I try out complain about the condition of the records and
ask (seriously) if we can get better copies - they are looking for
legible handwriting and well preserved condition of 100+ year old
documents - both the condition of the documents and the handwriting on
them are what they are and neither can be changed!

On the good side however, today (literally seconds before I began
writing this message) I sent off over 12,000 lines of data, primarily
vital records from Moshny, Smiela, Priluki, Krasnoye, Shpikov, Vyazovka,
Nezhin, Byshev, Gostomel, Ignatovka, Kiev District, Rzhishchew,
Chernigov, Gorodnya, Konotop, Korop, Krolovets. There were also
thousands of names of people killed during the Shoah in Crimea, which
was part of a project we did with the USHMM,

Now is the waiting - it will probably take a year or perhaps longer for
the data to go live in the JewishGen databases. DO NOT email me and ask
if I can look through the data to find your ancestors. I cannot. If
you have made a contribution of $100 or more to a project whose data was
included in this list, then the project manager can send you an unedited
copy of the spreadsheet.

The next documents I will be proofreading to send to JewishGen for
inclusion in databases will be revision lists. Hopefully I will have
all the ones that we have translated completed by the end of December.
Data submissions can only happen quarterly. Please do not email me and
offer to help with the proofreading. This stage of data is the final
stage before submission, and I would still need to do it even if I had a
volunteer, so this is something I do myself.

What do we need? Volunteer translators and/or funds to hire translators.
How much money are we talking about? At least $750,000 to get all the
documents translated by professionals.

Dr. Janette Silverman
JewishGen Ukraine-SIG Coordinator

 05/09/2016  Ukraine SIG at this summer's IAJGS conference

Hi Friends:

As you can imagine, I've been extremely busy for the last several months
not only with Ukraine SIG work but also preparing for the very exciting
upcoming IAJGS conference in Seattle. To date, about 50% of our spaces
for the Tuesday afternoon Ukraine SIG lunch are already spoken for, so
if you are planning to join us for the lunch, please register for it
very soon - we would hate to turn people away, but once the room is
filled, we have no other space to move to! Tuesday will also feature
other Ukraine SIG opportunities - check out the conference schedule at

Our lunch will be featuring Eric Goldman who will be speaking to us
about another aspect of immigration from Eastern Europe - this time,
about the experiences that some of our ancestors might have had when
they arrived in New York. Following the luncheon, the movie, 'Hester
Street' will be shown in its entirety.

Yes, I know that people arrived at other ports, but most immigrants
arriving in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
came through Ellis Island. The conference itself will feature many
other groups of Jews worldwide, and many other experiences in the United

In addition to registering for the conference, making your hotel
reservations (rooms are going fast), signing up for the luncheon and the
banquet and planning to have a really great time in general, please
consider a donation to Ukraine SIG to our Speaker's Fund. This helps
the SIG with speaker expenses at this and future conferences.

Looking forward to seeing you in Seattle in August!

Dr. Janette Silverman
JewishGen Ukraine-SIG Coordinator

 04/01/2016  February and March Ukraine SIG report

Dear Friends:

If you have questions about any projects related to specific towns, please visit the Ukraine SIG website and go to the town page whose information interests you. Don't forget to check out the KehilaLinks page as well. Town pages are linked to KehilaLinks pages for that town or area.

You can find your town in two ways - looking at our clickable map and choosing a region and then a town, or putting your town's name into the 'town search' box at the top right of the website. If your town's name does not come up, it's possible that although your town is in Ukraine today, it is not part of Ukraine SIG. Ukraine SIG covers the guberniyas of the former Russian Empire that were in Ukraine in 2010.

As our process of document acquisition, translation, proofreading is completed and translations are submitted to JewishGen for inclusion in the JewishGen databases, the data goes through many more steps before it can be searched. Please do not email me with inquiries about when data will become searchable. The answer is always 'I don't know.' :-)

Translations Begun
- Nikolaev films 2423960, 2423961, 2423963
- Berditchev Fond 280 opus 2 delo 1093/1095/1536
- Smiela film 2289444

Scanning completed
- Nikolaev 2423963-01 through -04, all births, for 1896, 1897, 1898, and 1899. Reel is complete

In Poofreading queue
- Shpikov/Krasnoye births 1841-1842
- BERDICHEV REVISION LIST 1862 fond 280 opis 2 delo 1183
- BERDICHEV REVISION LIST 1854 fond 280 opis 2 delo 1077
- Berezdov 1858 Census

Document Acquisition
- Khoschevatoye synagogue correspondence and vital records

Congratulations to Avi Lichtenstein and the Litin translation project recipients of a $500 Genealogy Fairy Grant


Dr. Janette Silverman
JewishGen Ukraine-SIG Coordinator

 02/04/2016  A Ukraine SIG Milestone

It's so exciting to see how we as a group are growing! As of this morning our Ukraine SIG Discussion Group numbers 3701! This is amazing.

Thank you all for being interested in the work the SIG does, for participating in the discussion group, for volunteering for our many projects and for your financial support for all our projects!


Dr. Janette Silverman
JewishGen Ukraine-SIG Coordinator

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