Jewish Agricultural Colonies in the Ukraine #lithuania
Several years ago the Shtetlinks site "Jewish Agricultural Colonies in the
Ukraine" http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/Colonies_of_Ukraine/ was
launched by veteran genealogist Nancy Holden whose many endeavours appear on
genealogy sites, societies and journals.
Recently Nancy handed over the mantle of webmaster to Pavel Bernshtam who
has roots in the colonies and adjacent towns.
Pavel and I have been working over the last few weeks to redesign the site.
My function is site researcher.
The site has now reached the stage when its prototype can be released.
The changes are many in presentation rather than in content, although one
new addition is the 1858 Grafskoy Revision List. Considerable material waits
to be worked on and can be seen on the "Current Projects" link.
We are desperately in need of translators, but in the meanwhile will scan
and put up material in the original language,
A major project will be the development of a names database taken >from all
the sources. Meanwhile the old database remains.
Over the coming weeks we will edit each individual page and add more
material. The material as presented on the old site will have it's links
rationalised with the aim to establish a fully interlinked site. Some
colonies and towns have extensive information and other none at all. We hope
to balance this. Some of the maps are of poor quality and we intend to
remove and replace
While the site is called "Jewish Agricultural Colonies in the Ukraine", it
includes material >from other areas. We are considering whether to restrict
it to the Ukraine or to widen its content to colonies throughout
I would appreciate comments on the new site and additional material.
I would like to take the opportunity of thanking all those who have
contributed to the site in the past and look forward to their continued
active involvement with the site.
Petah Tikvah, Israel
MODERATOR'S NOTE: Although the site of the colonies is not within the
scope of the LitvakSIG Discussion Group, it is clear >from studying
various revision lists and other data that quite a few Litvaks
moved to the colonies and were part of this experience.