Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois will host "Everything You Ever Wanted
to Know about the Archives in Belarus", Wednesday, July 12th, 7:00 p.m., at
Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton Street, Skokie, IL, 60077. Dr. Oleg
Perzashkevich, associate professor at the Belarusian Polytechnic Academy and the
Belarusian State University, and Director of the Minsk Historical Genealogy Group,
will explain the importance of and history of the Belarus archives to the
Jewish population, their indexing system and fees, and provide information on
Minsk and other Belarusian archives. If your ancestors lived in five different
countries but never moved (Lithuania, Poland, White Russia, Russia, and
Belarus), you are probably >from Belarus.
A nonprofit educational organization founded in 1981, Jewish Genealogical
Society of Illinois (JGSI), welcomes guests to its free monthly meetings.
Have you always wanted to discover your family's history but didn't know
where to begin? Even if you don't know the names of your grandparents, where your
ancestors originated, or if their town was destroyed in the Holocaust, you
can trace your Jewish roots. Come to the meetings and learn how to start your
search, locate your family shtetls, and use research sources around the world.
JGSI has an extensive genealogical reference collection, and can provide you
with a list of useful websites. If you are a beginner and need help getting
started, members can assist you.
After this program, there will be a question and answer period. For more
information about this and future JGSI programs, visit www.jewishgen.org/jgsi,
MODERATOR'S NOTE: There are a a few records for Bialystok area towns in
the Grodno Archive, including selections >from the 1897 Census which was
indexed in a cooperative project between BialyGen and the BelarusSIG.