Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia 2019 JewishGen conference in Cleveland (4) #bessarabia

Yefim Kogan

Hello everybody,

This is my last post about the conference.

Several members of our Bessarabia community worked at the Translation
table and were Mentors for others. Inna Vayner did a lot of mentoring
and helped translating records, documents. Also Alan Levine worked so
many hours at Translation table that at some point I had to take him
out almost by force to breathe fresh air and getting lunch.

This year I announced in advance to have at the conference personal
consultations with anyone who is interested in Bessarabia/Moldova and
who has questions, issues with their research. 10 people scheduled such
consultation, and several more asked for "walk-in" consultation in
Cleveland. I found it very helpful for everyone and hopefully we can
do more of it at the next conference.

For many people this conference is a place to learn new things. Right
at the conference we discovered the new face of JewishGen website.
That was really exiting. We all heard >from Avrami Groll about many
changes happening in our JewishGen Community, website, Discussion
groups, even my and all other SIG Leaders title changed, but I still
like the old one.

For me personally such conference is a place to see old friends and
colleagues. Usually we are communicating online, and it is always fun
after 2 or 5 years of working together on a project, finally see each

I would like others who participated at the conference, send their
comments, and if you have photos.

We will update the Bessarabia SIG website with all presentations of
our members and photos >from you.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator

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