Re: UKRAINE RECORDS – SCANNING BY ALEX KRAKOVSKY & PRESERVATION BY JEWISHGEN


Stefani Elkort Twyford
 

Thanks to Phyllis Berenson for pointing out all the valuable work that Alex Krakovsky does for the Ukrainian reseachers.
This has not been easy for Alex. It seems that ever archive throws up illegal roadblocks to scanning by either Alex or others. He's spent the past few years taking each archive to court and while he has been winning, it doesn't seem to deter the Ministers from concocting new and ridiculous impediments to archive access.

Alex recently reached out in a video on Facebook, asking for Jewish researchers and Jewish Genealogical Societies to send him letters in support of his work that he can show to the archive managers in Kiev.  I am encouraging each of you to take a moment and send Alex an email at alexkrakovsky@... telling him why access to the records is so important to you and your JGS. Here is a copy of the letter I sent him. Feel free to edit it to meet your needs:

Hello,
 
I am the president of the Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society. GHJGS has over 50 members who have been actively working to find records of their ancestors, many who come from former Russia and now part of current day Ukraine. Because of the numerous pogroms against Jews and wars, we are aware that many archive records were destroyed. But we are also aware that there are numerous archive records that remain; some moved around and relocated to other archives. 
 
Because of our physical distance from Ukraine, we have been dependent on researchers in each locale finding, photographing and transcribing the records for us. Alex Krakovsky has been most helpful to thousands and thousands of our US based researchers for the work he is doing in the various archives in Ukraine. We understand that he continues to face censure as various archives claim he is violating privacy act. Keep in mind that the records we are researching are mostly at least 100 years or more old and there is no one alive today that could be compromised by these archives being published.
 
Likewise, I also do volunteer work for an organization JewishGen.org which is an international genealogical group that is working diligently to find, copy and transcribe records for the hundreds of thousands of researchers who are hoping to traces of their ancestors in the towns their families once called home.
 
I hope you will reconsider your blocking of Jewish records to all of our researchers. It is quite important to us and we hope you will help us in our quests.
 
Best wishes,
Stefani Elkort Twyford
Greater Houston Jewish Genealogical Society 
Volunteer, JewishGen.org
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Stefani Elkort Twyford
Researching: Siegal/Segal, Spiel, Tarle, Ilkovics, Feiermann, Kronenberg, Szerman, Kletzel, Ricker/Ricken

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