Re: Help Stop USCIS Genealogy Program Fee Hikes

amy wachs

Bob Bloomberg complained about genealogists' concern about the pending price increase of USCIS records by wrongly asserting that LitvakSIG charges $100 to get records.  LitvakSIG is a non-profit organization staffed entirely by volunteers.  We have been engaged for more than 20 years in the very costly and time-consuming mission of finding and translating surviving Jewish records in Lithuanian archives.  We have translated more than a million records, and have made them available to the public at no charge on LitvakSIG's All Lithuania Database.  The All Lithuania Database is freely-searchable via JewishGen or LitvakSIG's website.  The process of translating archival records is expensive, and LitvakSIG engages in fund-raising to be able to fund this important work.   We value and appreciate our donors.  Qualified contributors of $100 to a specific LitvakSIG project receive certain benefits, including early access to newly translated records before they are added to the freely-searchable All Lithuania Database.  
Amy Wachs

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