Annual New Year Donor Appeal #yizkorbooks

Joyce Field

Dear Friends:

As we prepare to celebrate the New Year please take a moment to
consider that JewishGen provides us with the vital source for our
ongoing genealogical research. JewishGen is still one of the only
free genealogical sites-free to us, but not free to JewishGen, who
must bear the monthly expense of providing all the resources we use
daily without a second thought. These are costs that must be met to
overcome the current shortfall.

To continue as a public service institution, JewishGen has launched
the first Annual New Year Donor Appeal. The goal is to raise
$300,000 to carry us through to the end of 2002 and to acquire the
necessary hardware and software applications for improved databases
scheduled to begin going online by October. There are 2 million
records >from Yad Vashem and other sources waiting to be made
available to us!

Look at what the Yizkor Book Project accomplished in August. We
added four new books and updated 16 books.

New Books:

-Czestochowa, Poland
-Krakow, Poland
-Szekesfehervar, Hungary
-Wloclawek, Poland

Updated Books:

-Bedzin, Poland
-Brzeziny, Poland
-Buchach, Ukraine
-Dubossary, Moldova
-Khorostkov, Ukraine
-Koden, Poland
-Lite (Lithuania)
-Novogrudok, Belarus
-Olyka, Poland
-Piesk, Belarus
-Slutsk, Belarus
-Stawiski, Poland
-Thessalonika, Greece
-Zaglembia, Poland
-Zgierz, Poland

Every month we have new material on the Yizkor Book Page-more
translations >from the Pinkas HaKehillot, for example. We have a huge
update for the necrology index, too, that is in the queue. But and
the costs of preparing and keeping these materials available on line
must be met before they are added to the JewishGen servers. The
Yizkor Book Project received an award by IAJGS in Toronto as an
outstanding contribution to Jewish genealogy. We must keep the
project thriving and growing. We must keep JewishGen strong.

The financial support of each and every one of us is needed if
JewishGen is to continue as the only free site for Jewish
genealogical research. Give what you can afford, be it $25, the
suggested annual minimum, or $100 (or more) which will enroll you in
the JGFFAlert. This is a system that informs you via immediate
e-mail if another researcher enters data into the JGFF that has the
potential of linking to your family names.

Please go now to With
your permission, your name will be listed on a special 2002 Annual
New Year Donor Appeal recognition site. We are asking that all our
users make a donation to the very best of their financial ability. Consider scheduling a monthly deduction >from your credit card if this works best for you.

On behalf of JewishGen and our Yizkor Book Project, our very best
wishes for a healthy, happy and peaceful New Year.

Joyce Field
Yizkor Book Project Manager
JewishGen Vice President, Research

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