Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia 2019 JewishGen conference in Cleveland (1) #bessarabia
The conference in Cleveland is now a history, and I want to update you
with our Bessarabia region participation.
==ShareFair (Sunday): we had our Bessarabia SIG table filled with
booklets, maps, articles and broshures. This year there was a big
intrested in our table. Many people just stopped, asked where is this
region, and some had ancestors >from their or close by areas of Ukraine
or Romania. In addition to Inna Vayner and myself we had two more
volunteers at the table: Alan Levine, Carol Shkolnik. Many thanks to
==Bessarabia SIG Luncheon (Tuesday): in addition to meeting our members
(about 30 people), we had a presentation by Sheli Fain "Eliyahu Meitus
poet of Love, Desperation and Joy". It was a terrific story about a
poet and translator >from Bessarabia. We heard poetry, family stories
and more. I believe that this should be part of our genealogy research,
and I am glad that Sheli shared with us this story. Here is a recording
of Sheli's presentation:
==Bessarabia SIG Meeting (Tuesday): this year we decided to ask
questions to participants and listen to them. Here is a list of 7
questions. We asked to answer questions they fill comfortable with:
1. Please introduce yourself (name and place of residence)
2. Share information about your ancestors >from Bessarabia/Moldova:
surnames and towns
3. Did you subscribe to Bessarabia SIG Discussion group and are you a
member of the Facebook Bessarabia / Moldovan Jewish Roots Group
4. What sources of information did you use to advance your research?
Have you worked with Romania (Bessarabia) database, Bessarabia SIG
website, other resources?
5. What features and what information do you find the most useful and
beneficial for research when it comes to JewishGen.org and Bessarabia
SIG website and which ones don’t present benefit in your view?
6. Suggest new projects for Bessarabia SIG
7. Share your Success story
The session was also recorded at Facebook, and you can hear it at
and I also suggest, if you were not at the conference, please answer
these questions and send to Inna or/and to me.
To be continued... see more about other presentations and my personal
experience at the conference.
Inna Vayner and Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leaders and Coordinators