Hilary Henkin <hilary@...>
I meant to send this earlier, but forgot it was in my "Out" box.
Yes, it would be very nice indeed if we could find people in our
ancestors' countries to assist us with our research!
Of my four grandparents, two were >from Dnepropetrovsk, in the middle
Ukraine. Fully half of my ancestry. While Kiev is fairly accessible,
Dnep. is virtually closed. Letters have been written, contacts made
with people of some authority, and links via a sister-city program,
but absolutely no success or progress. I'd hoped (and *still* hope)
that we could engage the Jewish community there, and provide them
with a (much-needed) source of income, in return for finding the
documents we crave. We haven't even been able to find someone to
begin the process.
There is a archived-approved commercial service, which will quote a
price only to begin a search, and refuses to provide any other cost
breakdown or estimate, even for a single-record look-up.
I offer huge thanks to those living in Poland, Kiev, etc. who have
been willing to help us.