JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen 1916-1921 Lodz Registration Card Extraction Project - an outstanding volunteer accomplishment #general

Stanley Diamond

Dear friends:

The announcement by Project Leader Margalit Ir of the completion of the massive
1916-1921 Lodz Registration Card project deserves special attention >from all
researchers with roots in Poland. History has shown and it is clear >from the
cards that Lodz was inhabited by families with origins all over Poland (and
nearby countries, as well) so don't overlook this source when searching for
families that remained in Poland but who no longer appear in the records of the
town where you know where they were born.

As Margalit has noted, she has heard >from countless researchers who have made
significant discoveries in the cards. But along with those researchers, we all
owe a debt of gratitude to Margalit for her leadership and devotion to bringing
this project to an end. Yasher Koach, Margalite.

I could not write about this project without mentioning something about
volunteering in general that is very close to my heart. As the Executive
Director of JRI-Poland, I have treasured those volunteers who not only step
forward when the opportunity arises - and often doing so without being asked -
but who carry out their tasks with passion and devotion in the most professional
manner. Thank you for being one of those prized volunteers, Margalit.

Also, as noted on the project website, , the Lodz
Registration Cards may include previously unknown family members who were
victims of the Shoah and not yet memorialized through Pages of Testimony.
Researchers are encouraged to submit a Page of Testimony to Yad Vashem where
you determine that it is likely that a family member did not survive. For
information on Pages of Testimony, see:

Stanley Diamond, M.S.M.
Executive Director
On behalf of the Board of JRI-Poland

Margalit Ashira Ir wrote:

"The Lodz Registration Card Project is now complete and the data is
online. Along the way, we reviewed 262,000 cards and identified more
than 230,000 Jewish individuals. They are now forever part of the
database of Jewish Records of Poland, available for all to find."

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