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 08/01/2012  Nikolayev (now Mikolayev) KehilaLinks website is online

Congratulations to Amira Hemme for getting her new KehilaLinks website for Nikolayev (now Mikolayev) online. Here is what she wrote:

Hello Fellow Genealogists and friends:

The KehilaLink for Mykolayiv (Kherson Province) is active at last!

Many of you submitted photos and/or family stories. Others helped in many ways - from helping with translations, to helping me understand what is involved in creating a web page, to providing moral support. Still others have expressed an interest in seeing the results when the website is active.

I have to say that this has been a very challenging project - it took over six months to get it all together. And I could not have done it, it would have never turned out as wonderful as it did, if I didn't have your help and your support.

If you see anything that needs to be updated or corrected, please let me know, and I'll pass it along to the webmaster.

This is the link: Mykolayev KehilaLinks Website

Enjoy and keep in touch.

Amira (ahemme@aol.com)

 07/06/2012  KehilaLinks Project Report for June 2012

This is an extract concerning Ukraine of the full report:

We are pleased to welcome the following webpages to JewishGen KehilaLinks:

Kul'chiny (Kulchin), Ukraine
Created by David Winer
Webmaster: Jerome Blafer

Pokatilovo (Pokitilov), Ukraine
Created by Sylvia Walowitz
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Ronald Miller

Yampol (Iampil'), Ukraine
Created by Sylvia Walowitz
Webpage Design by KehilaLinks volunteer Ronald Miller

The following webpages are 'orphaned' and are available for adoption.

Borzna, Ukraine

Good News!:

Balta (Balte), Ukraine
Adopted by Sergio G Rosarios

Correction of the May issue:
Dr., Leah Teicher adopted the Rivne (Rovno), Ukraine webpage

KehilaLinks webpages recently updated:

Volochisk, Ukraine

Susana Leistner Bloch, VP, KehilaLinks, JewishGen, Inc.
Barbara Ellman, KehilaLinks Technical Coordinator

 07/06/2012  InfoSheets on Ukraine SIG Page

Another Ukraine SIG improvement: we have restructured the InfoSheets page
on the Ukraine SIG Home Page. You can now select these wonderfully
informative how-to lessons by category, including areas such as databases,
indexing, research and more.

Be sure to take a look at

Linda Cantor
Ukraine SIG Communications and Discussion List Director

 07/04/2012  Ukraine SIG's Annual Report to JewishGen, 2011-2012

Dear Ukraine SIG Friends,

This is an updated extract from the annual report Ukraine SIG submitted to JewishGen for 2011-2012. It outlines our progress toward SIG revitalization during the past year.

The past year has been devoted to revitalizing Ukraine SIG. We have changed the way Ukraine SIG operates. We are more active in seeking out records, translating them, processing them and making them available. We changed the way the SIG is governed, appointed an entirely new Board of Directors, improved communication, and shifted our orientation from guberniyas (provinces) to towns and districts. We completely restructured our website to reflect our new towns and districts orientation and to make data and information easier to find.

  • We have recruited volunteers as Town Leaders for 143 towns.
  • We have increased the number of KehilaLinks websites for Ukraine towns from 47 to 78 with another 50 pending.
  • Our Discussion List now has 2,876 subscribers, up from 2,650 last year, an 8.8% increase.
  • A new Facebook page supplements our SIG’s Discussion List.
  • In addition to Town Leaders and KehilaLinks Owners we have gone from zero to more than 50 volunteers actively working, including 25 translators to help with Russian, Polish, Hebrew, and Yiddish documents.
  • We created and posted 28 InfoSheets & “How-to” documents. These include two PowerPoint tutorials, one to help Ukraine SIG volunteers create name indexes for Yizkor Book translations, and one to help volunteers index the unindexed fields of the Ellis Island Database.
  • We created an online Language and Skills Survey that has served as a model for other SIGs. It has provided us with a list of eager volunteers who have the skills we need for our projects.

At the beginning of the year, the SIG had no active projects underway. Now, ...

      • We are translating name lists from 4 Russian books and several other sources, including 4 Prenumeranten. Two Prenumeranten lists with more than 1,800 names are done. Two others are in-progress. A 1919 Pogrom list for Trostyanets and a 1748 Census for Vishnevets have been completed. Five other name lists are in-progress.
      • We have acquired and are translating more than 1,300 catalog cards from the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People.
        • We have completed translation of gravestones from the Trostyanets Jewish cemetery and are working on gravestones from Zhitomir Jewish Cemeteries, more than 4,500 gravestones.
      • We acquired, translated and submitted to the JewishGen Ukraine Database more than 3,000 records from the 1795 Ostrog Census.
      • We have indexed the un-indexed fields of the Ellis Island Database records for 4 towns and are working on 3 others.
      • We have begun indexing names and other information on KehilaLinks websites for Ukraine towns. One website is done; 3 others are in-progress.
      • We have created 6 new KehilaLinks websites under SIG sponsorship until permanent owners step forward. We also are helping 4 KehilaLinks website owners update their sites.
      • We have identified, and are translating and cataloging more than 600 data sources on Russian language websites.
      • Vital records with more than 14,000 names for three towns have been translated and are ready for posting. Vital records translations for 3 other towns with more than 3,200 names are in-progress.
      • Extraction of data from Yad Vashem for one town is in-progress.
      • We have guided creation of name indexes for 4 Yizkor Books. The indexes contain more than 7,500 names and have been submitted to JewishGen for posting.
      • We have provided translators for 5 Yizkor Books.
      • We have given presentations about the new Ukraine SIG to the JGSs of Oregon, Washington, and Greater Orlando.
      • We have arranged for a guest luncheon speaker at the 2012 IAJGS Paris Conference, Iryna Serheyeva, head of the Department of Jewish Studies at the Vernadsky National Library of Ukraine. She also will give a presentation about resources at the Kyiv Archives. Two other SIG presentations have been accepted by the Conference.

All datasets are being submitted to the JewishGen Ukraine Database, the Yizkor Book Master Name Index, and JOWBR.

It has been a busy year for Ukraine SIG … and there is much more to come.

Ron Doctor (rddpdx@gmail.com)
Coordinator, JewishGen Ukraine SIG
where Jewish genealogy is personal

 06/10/2012  Center for Genealogical Research Name Lists

I want to tell you about a tremendous new resource that Marilyn Robinson, Tara Levin, and Bena Shklyanoy have uncovered, each working independently. It is the Russian language website of the Center for Genealogical Research (http://www.rosgenea.ru). Each entry is a short biographical paragraph about an individual. The paragraph often includes names of spouses or children. The entries are arranged alphabetically by surname. According to the website, the list covers the European territory of the former Russian Empire, people born before 1918. I estimate that about 10% of the names are Jewish.

The website contains about 420,000 primary surnames (almost 2,600 pages of primary surnames with about 160 names per page). Common surnames have multiple secondary pages, each with up to 15 people listed. For example the primary surname Kagan has six secondary pages with a total of 60 to 90 name entries. We estimate that the Center's website has more than 6 million individual name entries ... between 500,000 and 1 million Jewish name entries. A.M. Paramonov's Encyclopedia of Names, Kharkov Province seems to be drawn from this list. (We are more than half finished with the extraction of Jewish names and translating the entries from Paramonov's Encyclopedia.)

The entries seem to be drawn from 5 reference works (all in Russian):

1) Address book of members of the All-Union Botanical Society, as of May 1, 1957. St. Petersburg. Publisher: USSR Academy of Sciences. Leningrad, 1958. (Scanning funded by the Center for Genealogical Research)

2) City of Yekaterinburg, Collection of historical statistics and background information on the city, with an address pointer and including some information on the Yekaterinburg district. A publication of Yekaterinburg Mayor I.I. Simanova. Yekaterinburg. Printed in Yekaterinburg Week in 1889. (Scanning funded by /Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company/).

3)Picturesque Russia. , Volume 4. Part two. by P.P. Semionov; St. Petersburg - Moscow: 1881-1901, M.O. Wolf (bookseller-typographer). (Scanning funded by Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company)

4) Complete list of officer ranks of the Russian Imperial Army on 1 January 1909. St. Petersburg: Military press (in the building of the General Staff). (Scanning funded by the Center for Genealogical Research)

5) Russia. The full geographical description of our country. Desktop and road book. Volume 5. Urals and the Ural region. St. Petersburg. Publisher: A.F. DeVries, 1914. (scanning funded Ural Mining and Metallurgical Company)

We need translators to extract the Jewish entries, translate them from printed Russian to English, and enter the translations in a spreadsheet. We will provide you with the spreadsheet template. Bena (benagen@gmail.com) will serve as Project Manager until we can find a qualified Manager to take over the project. I have entered this project and related data collection into our website database. You can see the project page here.

Please contact me if you can help with this project, either as project manager or as a translator.


Ron Doctor (rddpdx@gmail.com)
Coordinator, JewishGen Ukraine SIG
where Jewish genealogy is personal

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