Ukraine SIG: Emily Garber is Ukraine SIG's New Volunteers Director #general

Ronald D. Doctor <rondoctor@...>

Dear Ukraine SIG Friends,

I am pleased to announce that Emily Hoda Garber (
has accepted the Ukraine SIG Board position of Volunteers Director.
Emily will work in coordination with Bena Shklyanoy, Ukraine SIG's
Translations Director, and Janette Silverman, Ukraine SIG's
Projects Director. Her primary responsibilities will be:

1. Identify, recruit and coordinate volunteers for our projects.
2. Check progress and status of volunteers periodically.
3. Keep the SIG's Survey results spreadsheet updated.
4. Maintain the Ukraine SIG Volunteers Wall of Honor.

Emily is exceptionally well-qualified for this position. Here is her
brief biography.

Emily grew up in North Bellmore, New York, but has lived in the
western United States (first New Mexico and now Arizona) for
more than 35 years. She has been researching her family lines
since 2007: Garber, Macevicki, Malzmann, Kesselman from
Yurovshchina, Ukraine (aka Labun or Lubin); Wilensky and
Epstein >from Kozyany, Belarus (aka Kasan); Liebross and
Wenkert >from Ustechko, Torski and Zaleshchiki, Ukraine and
Radauti, Romania. Her ancestors immigrated to the United
States between 1897 and 1922.

After receiving a Bachelors degree in Anthropology from
Vassar College, Emily moved west and earned a Masters from
the University of New Mexico in Anthropology (specializing in
archaeology). She recently retired >from a career of more than
30 years in natural resource management with the Forest
Service and the Bureau of Land Management. She worked as an
archaeologist; recreation, lands and minerals specialist; planner;
and manager and also served on many wildland fire incidents as
a Public Information Officer.

Emily is Treasurer of the Phoenix (Arizona) JGS. She has been
an active member of the JGS for several years, teaching
courses and workshops. She currently serves as one of the
Moderators for the JewishGen Discussion Group and as Ukraine
SIG’s Town Leader and KehilaLinks Owner for Labun. She has
also given back to the genealogy community by indexing New
York City records for a variety of Italian Genealogy Group
projects and indexing more than 325 pages of the 1940 U.S.
Census for

She maintains both a family history blog, The Extra Yad
( and a JewishGen
Kehilalinks webpage for Yurovshchina (formerly Labun),
Ukraine at
In addition, she has published an article in Avotaynu on her
community genealogy work.

Lest one might think (as her husband and children do) that
she spends way too much time on her computer, Emily
maintains a semblance of sanity by pursuing other interests
as a life-long singer and an avid road bicyclist.

Please join me in welcoming Emily to our Ukraine SIG Team.


Ron Doctor (
Coordinator, JewishGen Ukraine SIG
where Jewish genealogy is personal

Kremenets, Oleksinets, Yampol, Vishnevets
and KAZDOY (KOSODOY), DUBINSKI, DUBOWSKY ... all >from Kiev, Uman, Odessa

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