Belarus SIG #Belarus Research Success Using www.google.com #belarus
David M. Fox <davefox73@...>
This past week I located surviving family members living in Russia. The
family originally came >from Mogilev gubernia, but more on that later.
As part of my research routine, about every six months, I do a search of my
less common family surnames using http://www.google.com. (Remember that
there is no D/M option and you will have to do multiple searches on surname
spelling variants). After getting the search results with the webpages that
contain my surname, I carefully review the page and try to find an email
address for the person(s) with the surname. When there is no email address,
I send a message to the webmaster of the page and ask if they can put me in
contact with the person. I then send a message explaining that I am an
amateur genealogist doing research on the XXXXX family and explain that I am
looking for additional family members and provide the area >from where my
family originated, along with some minimal details. I ask them if their
family came >from the same area and to provide as much information as
possible that might help establish a family relationship. Then I wait for a
reply! In most cases I do get one, sometimes many months after my message
was sent. The delays are sometimes because they must find someone to
translate the message I sent and compose a return message in English,
although I have received messages back in Russian.
About two weeks ago, I did a www.google.com search on SHENDEROV and
SENDEROV. In previous research, I have found different records for the same
family transliterated with both variants, as well as several others. After
doing my search, I found a webpage in Russian which contained the name G.
SENDEROV in Latin characters along with an email address. As explained
above, I sent an email message to this person. About two weeks later I
received a reply. He was a bit confused because my name was not SENDEROV,
but he provided quite a bit of information:
My family background are >from Glusck (Mogilev region). My grandfather'sWhat did this short message show?
1. My great grandmother Goldie SHENDEROV/SENDEROV had 10 siblings that I
know about. Most of the names were obtained >from Revision Lists in the
National Historical Archives of Belarus (Minsk) by a paid researcher. Only
my ggm and one other sibling immigrated to the US. One of her brothers was
Zalman. It appears likely, that Sergey SENDEROV, the person who responded to
my email is descended >from my ggm's brother. Therefore, he would be my 3rd
cousin, once removed.
2. Many Jews left the Pale of Settlement around the time of the Russian
Revolution, as Sergei's grandfather did in 1916. Don't limit your family
research to just Belarus.
3. It appears that other relatives came to the US and that none of my
immediate family had knowledge of them. Now I have to look for SENDEROV's in
4. New opportunities are available to expand your family tree and locate
living relatives that you never thought could have survived the Holocaust.
I have sent Sergey a copy of the family tree and am waiting now for his
I challenge all of you to try this research technique and report back to the
SIG your success stories.
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Belarus SIG Coordinator
Arnold, MD USA