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 08/28/2020  August 2020

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

  • Revision Lists, plan to upload to JewishGen in December of 2020. A number of Revision List sets are going to be completed for towns of Kishinev, Khotin, Bendery, Beltsy, etc, see the progress.

Genealogical Conferences. Addition
  • 40th IAJGS International Conference on Jewish Genealogy, Virtual, 10-13 August, 2020.
    Please go to the Bessarabia group / Conferences / 40th conference site and
    read our presentations (Bessarabia connections).

    One session was Bessarabia group meeting, talking about what we did this year, since summer of 2019 and our plans for next years.

    In the Second session we explore Jewish Kishinev... As always you could ask questions, posting for everybody at our JewishGen Discussion group with hashtag #bessarabia or you can also email Yefim Kogan or Inna Vayner.

 07/28/2020  July 2020

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

  • Revision Lists, sent to JewishGen in July of 2020. 7,525 records from 3,630 families were transcribed and translated from following towns: Akkerman, Beltsy, Bendery, Khotin, Kishinev, Leovo, others. See the list of all added records.
    All records are going to uploaded to the database in several weeks. The total records we completed as of July 2020 is more than 222,000! Many thanks to our members who translated and transcribed these records: Alan Levine, Alex Matlin, Evgeniy Veretennikov, Claire Stuart, Yuriy Daylis, Vladimir Bokser, Semen Sukholutskiy, Inna Vayner and Yefim Kogan.

  • Find a new column in the tables above for completed Revision Lists: 'More about records: title page, ending pages, signatures, etc.' Every set of records for a town/year will have that additional article about this particular set.

  • Introduction pages for Revision lists were updated, click here

  • There are two links at the Introduction pages you might be interested: List of Microfilms we worked on and complete inventory of towns/years/type of list we completed or still working.

Jewish Cemeteries. Updates:

  • Completed photographing and indexing of Phase 7 of Beltsy Jewish Cemetery and sent to JOWBR 568 burial records with 547 images. See information at the Beltsy Jewish Cemetery Report at Bessarabia SIG website at Beltsy Jewish Cemetery Report. We have now 5,525 burial records for Beltsy Jewish Cemetery, and more will come.

Bessarabia Vital Records. New Acquisition:

  • We started to receive Bessarabia Vital records from several towns in Bessarabia, which we do not have yet. To get all these records into JewishGen database we need a team of dedicated members who can translate from Russian and Yiddish (Hebrew), manage such projects. Details will follow. If interested to work, please email Inna Vayner who started this project or Yefim Kogan.

 06/02/2020  May 2020

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

  • Revision Lists, plan to upload to JewishGen in June/July of 2020. A number of Revision List sets are going to be completed for towns of Kishinev, Khotin, Bendery, Beltsy, etc, see the progress. There are already 5706 records already completed.

Jewish Cemeteries. Progress:
  • Photographing of Sector 1 at Kishinev Jewish Cemetery is completed, and hopefully we will finish indexing, deciphering the inscriptions and send it in summer time to JOWBR.
  • Beltsy Jewish Cemetery. Next phase of photographing is done, and hopefully we will complete the rest and send to JOWBR soon.
  • Teleneshty Old and New Jewish Cemeteries. It appears that not all translations of the inscriptions were done right, and we have more images of tombstones from Joyce Field which were not included. There will be more new records added soon.
  • Vila Mariana Jewish Cemetery, San Paulo, Brazil. There are going to be some photos attached to records, and we will add them to JOWBR records.
 04/03/2020  March 2020

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

  • Revision Lists, plan to upload to JewishGen in June of 2020. A number of Revision List sets are going to be completed for towns of Kishinev, Khotin, Bendery, Beltsy, etc, see the progress. There are already 3198 records already completed.

  • Miriam Weiner Archival Database. New 430 records from 107 families/groups with 46 images were added to the database. You can see more records of Jews from towns of Beltsy, and Soroki,
    Click to get directly to the Miriam Weiner's collection. The highlights of the this load are a number of Births and Death records, and also from voters list for a Rabbi in synagogue in Soroki.
Jewish Cemeteries. Updates:
  • Completed indexing Vila Mariana Jewish Cemetery, San Paulo, Brazil. Jews were originally from Bessarabia, Moldova and Podolia.
    Sent to JOWBR 503 burial records. See the cemetery report with more information, photos, etc. at Villa Mariana, San Paulo, Brazil cemetery.
Genealogical Conferences. Addition

 12/30/2019  December 2019

Bessarabian Databases. Updates:

  • Revision List set of records were sent to JewishGen in December of 2019. 10,873 records from 3,451 families were transcribed and translated from following towns: Beltsy, Brichany, Faleshty, Ismail, Reni, Khotin, Kishinev, Leovo, towns in Orgeev and Soroki uezd. See the list of all added records. We have an excellent group of translators for the Bessarabia Revision Lists. The total records we completed as of December 2019 is more than 214,000! Many thanks to our members who participated in this set translation: Alan Levine, Milla Donet, Evgeniy Veretennikov, Michael Richman, Alex Matlin, Bena Shklyanoy and Yefim Kogan.

  • See updated article about the set from Kishinev 1910 Family List, written by Alan Levine. Here is
    a direct link to the article.
Jewish Cemeteries. Updates:
  • Completed Phase 2 - clearing paths, photographing and indexing Lipkany Jewish Cemetery (graves could not be accessed before). Sent to JOWBR 1,648 burial records with 1,643 images and from that number 390 were Unknown and 567 Unknown from previous phases. images of Unknown graves can be viewed at Bessarabia SIG website at Lipkany Cemetery Report.


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