I would like to contribute to an indexing of Belarus records with the
associated ability to order records as has been done by JRI Poland.
I ordered three Minsk Gubernia films at the local FHL, based on Vitaly
Charny's kind efforts to identify the appearance, and frequency of
appearance of surnames in those records. Even with Russian translating
aids, I found it too daunting to try to even identify pages on which my
names appeared. We need more than an indication of whether names appear in
a record; we need an index of what the record states in summary form,
including the record's mention of other names, eg., witnesses.
How soon could we start such a project, what would it cost and is our SIG
interested in collecting names of SIG members and contributions for JRI
Belarus now? A great deal of enthusiasm is being expressed.
I think it is important that contributors' requests that the names they
are searching be indexed initially be honored. Vitaly's work in identifying
appearance of names makes this possible. Gradually, more and more names
will be able to be indexed.
Searching for HOROWICZ AND ALL VARIATIONS, DROZNAN, LEISERSON
Dolginovo, Minsk, Vileika area; TOBIAS, TOIBIS,TOYBES AND ALL VARIATIONS,
ROZHANSKY Novyy Sverzhen, Stolbtsy, Mir