Not long time ago we were in Warsaw at a conference, and now thinking about going to Cleveland, Ohio
next summer. I believe that coming to a conference has a profound impact on your personal research.
I remember a number of such cases, where in one our member found exactly the town where
ancestors were from, that was an eye opener for our member. Usually without know town, it is hard to
advance in your research. The issue was solved immediately when I heard the town name pronounced,
and it was name in Russian or Yiddish. The second similar case was when during a session on
Revision lists, I decided to search real time for a surname >from one of the persons in the audience,
and it worked great, the person got a number of records about the family >from JewishGen, and
What is also great at these conferences, you can connect to a researcher and have sort of a private
session. At the conference in Warsaw Serghei Daniliuk, our invited guest and I offered such sessions
to anybody with interest in Bessarabia/Moldova, and I am planning to do the same in Cleveland this
Please think about coming to Cleveland at a conference, and let us know that you are coming. It
will good to know in advance how many people may come.
The other point is about Presentations at that conference. Couple thinks I would like to find
out - what are your most important topics to hear at the next Conference? That will help the
whole group to prepare better.
Finally, I want to ask you to prepare a topic of interest. I know that many of you collected and
researched valuable information on different topics related to our region. It does not mean
that you have to have the whole presentation by now. You may have some ideas and the
ways to do research, and later until next summer prepare this presentation. This is what I
am usually doing. I have a number of topics of interested and submit a proposal, and later will
prepare all the details.
It would be good to have a session on Jewish community in a district, like Orgeev, or Soroca, or
others, and let us know what is knows about Jewish life >from old times up to now. Or possible a
session about the Holocaust in a district, or town, like Kishinev for example... there are a lot of
information about it at JewishGen, but also at Yad Vashem, other sites.
Are you interested in a workshop type of session? What topics?
Do you want to invite a guest speaker?
Any other ideas are welcome.
Please contact me with questions, suggestions, ideas.
All the best,
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator