Town Leader: Sylvia Walowitz

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1900s Name: Kherson
1900s District: Kherson
1900s Province: Kherson
1900s Country: Russian Empire

Modern: Kherson, Ukraine
Modern Ukrainian: Херсон  listen town name in ukrainian
Modern Russian: Херсон  listen town name in russian

1930s: Kherson, Nikolaiev, Ukraine SSR, Soviet Union
1950s: Kherson, Soviet Union

Other names: Kherson [Rus, Ukr], Cherson [Yid, Ger], Cherson [Pol]

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Project Short DescriptionStatusView
CAHJP Document Acquisition and Translation - Kherson ProvinceIn progress
Coordinator: Sylvia Walowitz
This is a general project for Kherson province towns, including Novopoltavka. It deals with the following documents obtained from the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People (at Hebrew University in Jerusalem). 

  HM2/9025.1 -- Novo-Poltavka The offices of Novo-Russian and Bessarabian general governor, 1841-1842
Files 14783-14869. Novo-Poltavka The offices of Novo-Russian and Bessarabian general governor, 1841-1842. FINISHED

  HM2/9024.44 -- Correspondence with the ministry of governmental properties regarding permits for selected people of newly established settlements in Lvovo, Nowo Bereslav, Novopoltavka, Romanovka and Malaya Seideminucha to depart from Kurliatsky, Vitebsky and Mogilevsky regions in order to collect donations for the erection of synagogues and houses of prayer. 1842-1843

  HM2/9025.6 -- Items from the journey by the inspection commission of the region into the Jewish settlement of Kherson region. List of Jewish settlers in Romanovka, Nowo Bereslav, Novopoltavka, 1843-1849

  HM2/9021.11 -- Committee for foreign settlers in southern Russia (Jewish settlement). Matter in the affairs of exclusion of citizen from the settlement of Novopoltavka  David Pape in connection with his conversion into the Christian faith, 1850-1853. 

  HM2/9973.13 -- Regarding the application of Baron Hirsch for Russian Jewish immigration to Argentina, 1881-1904

The HM numbers in this list refer to the document"s catalog number at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People.
Fundraising Project, Document Acquisition for Kherson Novopoltavka, Beryslav/BereIn progress
Coordinator: Sylvia Walowitz
The FHL has Jewish vital records and family list microfilms for 83 towns and districts within the JewishGen Ukraine SIG"s geographic area, plus revision lists and community records for about 158 districts. Within the past few years, the FHL and its associated FamilySearch Centers (FSCs) have installed microfilm scanners, which can be used to convert microfilm images to several useful digital image formats. Our volunteers will rent microfilms from the FHL and will use the FHL/FSC scanners to obtain digitized images of vital records, revision lists, and other relevant documents. After acquisition, we will initiate individual translation projects. The translations (but not the images) will be posted in the JewishGen Ukraine Database, and possibly other locations.

The Central Archives (CAHJP) is accelerating document acquisition from archives in Eastern Europe, especially Poland and Ukraine. The JewishGen Ukraine SIG has an arrangement with the Director of the Central Archives to obtain digitized images of the records they obtain at a discounted price (see the “Estimated Cost” section of this proposal, below). This agreement stems from cooperative activities between the Kremenets District Research Group and the Central Archives over the past five years. In addition, the CAHJP has agreed to accept our requests for records from towns outside the Kremenets District.

The project will be carried out in several overlapping phases:

Identifying appropriate scanning resources, costs, and volunteers
Document acquisition: scanning FHL microfilms, and digital images of CAHJP documents
Translation / transliteration,
Processing for posting in the JewishGen Ukraine Database and other places.
Zionist Organization Surveillance from multiple towns, 1910-1912Not Yet Started
Coordinator:  Not assigned
On surveillance of Zionist organisations members"activity incl.: names of members of the 10-th Zionist Congress in Basel from cities: Vilno, Vitebsk, Lepel, Lyubar, Novograd-Volhynskiy, Pinsk, Smorgon, Tiflis, Kherson; information about Zionist congress activists in Polonnoye incl.: list of participants (17-08-1910), Manifesto (in Hebrew ...); Appeals "haverim nekhbadim", "Nidva nakhala shel Keren ha-kayemet" ["Dear Friends" … "donations to the community fund" … "donations to the Olive Tree Fund."] and other documents of the Zionist Party: Lists of members from towns: Dubno, Zdolbunov, Kremenets, Lutsk, Ostrog, Radzivilov, Rovno. Slavuta, 1910-1912, Russian & Hebrew, CAHJP HM2/9896.14.
Central State Historical Archive (TsGIAU), Kyiv, Ukraine
Fond 1335, Opis 3, Delo 38

Volhyn Province Gendarme Administration.
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Document and Dataset Collections

NameTime frameView
Yahad-in Unum execution site for Kherson/Kherson1941-1945
Yahad - In Unum ("together" in Hebrew and Latin) is a Paris-based organization established in 2004 by Father Patrick Desbois and dedicated to systematically identifying and documenting the sites of Jewish mass executions by Nazi mobile-killing units in Eastern Europe during World War II.

In Yahad - In Unum archives you can find the following resources concerning the Jewish victims of this town/village:

- Video testimonies of eyewitnesses of the mass shootings 
- Contemporary photos of executions sites of Jewish victims
- Archival pictures of the town/village and their Jewish inhabitants 
- German archives about the executions of Jewish victims 
- Soviet archives about the executions of Jewish victims 

Video testimonies can be available online upon request on Yahad Interactive Map page

Photos and short video clips of testimonies are available online on Yahad - In Unum interactive map

Others archives are available for consultation in Yahad Research Center in Paris. For more information, please contact Patrice Bensimon
Biographical Names Collection, Kharkov Encyclopedia, Kherson1784-1997
This dataset contains 1 entry for the town of Kherson.

This dataset is a translation of Jewish biographical entries extracted from the online version of 
Encyclopedia of Names, Kharkov Province, Volume 1, 
by Andrey Fedorovich Paramonov. Mr. Paramonov is Director of the Private Museum of Kharkov City Mansion.  He collected the records at the State Archive of Kharkiv Province beginning in 1999. The original text is in Russian.

Ukraine SIG extracted entries that appear to be for Jews and that have a Ukraine connection. With permission of the author, Ukraine SIG volunteers translated the extracted entries using an online copy of the book, as well as additional data provided by the author. A similar, but more extensive set of the data  is on the website of the 
Center for Genealogical Research (CGR).
 A few entries in the Ukraine SIG dataset were not in the original list published by A.F. Paramonov, but only on the CGR website.

Currently the dataset has 379 entries. Of these, 339 entries mention 70 different towns in Ukraine. The dataset will be expanded as new translations become available from the CGR and other Russian language websites.

The dataset has been submitted to the JewishGen Ukraine Database. When it becomes available there, researchers will be able to search for given names, surnames, and towns in various combinations. Alternatively, 
click here 
to download the Excel spreadsheet from the Ukraine SIG website. 
Click here 
to download the Introduction and Guide document. It describes the data columns that are in the spreadsheet.

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