I noticed this message as part of a response on the Belarus SIG
Discussion Group and thought it might be of interest to you.
Steven Chall, in Minneapolis, MN for the JewishGen Support Team,
wrote in part about the JewishGen web site:
For new researchers on JewishGen:
Take your time exploring our [JG] site. We have a wide variety of
databases to *assist* you in your research. Remember that JewishGen
(as an organization) does *not* "do research"; we provide resources
Have you looked at our JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF)? Even if you
don't find anything now, someone else may find *you* next week.
Have you tried the ShtetlSeeker (JGSS)? Our newest database is
the Family Tree of the Jewish People (FTJP). I hope you also
checked out some of the SIGs [Moderator: especially the Galicia SIG
site: <http://www.jewishgen.org/galicia/>]; new ones are often
You can search any of our data bases at no charge.
Most of the general questions asked by newcomers to our site are
answered in the JewishGen FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions),
or by e-mail for those without Web access. For instructions on how
to obtain copies of the FAQ or other InfoFiles by e-mail, send an
We strongly recommend that all readers of the JewishGen Discussion
Group [Moderator: and the Galicia SIG Discussion Group] and users of
the other resources of JewishGen read the FAQ. Informed
contributors make the Discussion Group a more useful resource, and
knowledge of the information contained in the FAQ will help you in
your own research.
Shelley Kellerman Pollero
Severna Park, Maryland
Gesher Galicia Coordinator