Roni S. Liebowitz
The Books of Residents are wonderful sources of information for all of us.
However, raising the amount of money needed to purchase all the volumes for
Lodz would take a very long time, if ever. Another crucial issue is
having the Cyrillic translated into English. It seems to make more sense to
hire a researcher to sit in the archives and do the translations without
purchasing copies of the volumes. Even this would be very, very expensive
for a city the size of Lodz with so many Jewish families.
As an alternative approach, perhaps people researching the same surnames
within Lodz could raise funds for a researcher to extract the data for
their surnames. At least this way the funding would be more manageable,
data would target personal interests, and results would be received in a
more timely manner.
I would hope that eventually the information obtained would be donated to
the SIG, compiled/organized into a presenatble format, and shared with all
Roni Seibel Liebowitz