asking questions #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Dear researchers, how are you all doing?

After my last message about new microfilms, records I received several
emails >from people who might help us translating, transcribing.
That is very good. That may speed up our work on Bessarabia Revision Lists,
and other projects.

I am also getting a lot of emails >from people who are stuck with their
research and want to see if I can help.

My first reaction usually is asking to send this post to the whole
Bessarabia SIG list. We have almost 1,000 members (Alan can correct me)
and there might people who are also researching families in the same
town or even the same families!

Here are also a few steps for our researchers:

- At the registration page put as many surnames/towns you are
researching as possible
- Find out WHO else researching that town or surname/town, and communicate
with these members. This is how I found a lot of family members, my family
lost about 100(!) years ago.
- Search not only Romania (Bessarabia)databases, but all databases at
JewishGen. You may not know that your relative before coming to Kishinev,
lived in Mogilev-Podolskiy for example or in Vilna
- If you do know that your ancestors lived somewhere else, and moved, you
can search specifically that database and search by name or by "Any field"
and put value like Kishinev for example or some other town your relatives
lived in Bessarabia.
- If you know the town your ancestors lived, visit the town website, also
check out of we have Yizkor Book for that town translated.

This is like a minimum research to do, and please post message to our
group... send it to me (I would try to respond as soon as I can), not
only write Questions/issues, but also with your success stories. I know
many of you discovered a lot of your families, and I heard >from some of
you, but I want our group to hear too.

All the best,

Shabbat Shalom
Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator

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