Latvia SIG #Latvia Kurland Young Men database now on line #latvia


It is a particular pleasure to be able to announce that records relating to
the Kurland Young Mens Mutual Association [KYMMAS] are now searchable on line
as part of the All Latvia database. These records date >from the earliest
days of the society 1889 up to 1945. They are not complete but they are part
of what we hope and believe will be an effort to reconstruct the importance
of the Landsmanshaft organisations to the early immigrant community to the
US. The introduction to the database can be read at
and it gives substantial information on how the society worked and
functioned, the importance of family values and community ties to first,
second and third generation immigrants in the US. You can search the
documents at
We are indebted to 4 women who have preserved these documents for all of us
and then shared them with the Latvia SIG and the Courland Study Group.
Marion Plotkin and her Mother saved their copy of the first memorial booklet
produced by the society and Marion's mother updated entries over the years.
Naomi Freistadt saved records >from the early Mutual Society that were about
to be destroyed. Finally Myra Miller found material relating ot KYMMAS in
Toronto in 1945. Together their efforts have meant that we have not only
records of substantial genealogical value but also genuine historical
interest. One of our ongoing projects is to work on Kurland/Courland
cemeteries in the spring and summer. Marion, Naomi and Myra have got us off
to a cracking good start on what we believe has the potential to be a large
scale project. Can we also record our heartfelt thanks to Jerry Becker who
entered the records into excel spreadsheets in order to create the first
stage of the database. Finally, last but not least, Warren Blatt and
Michael Tobias have given great assistance with their technical skills in
making the database fully searchable and in html'ing our introductions.
This is one of 6 new databases that are now on line thanks to donations,
volunteers, sharing technical skills and expertise.
The All Latvia Database proposals were accepted by JewishGen in January 2000.
Now, just 11 months later we have 10 separate searchable databases and
records of between 60-70 thousand members of the Jewish community of what is
now Latvia. That is an achievement that speaks for itself.
We have work in the pipeline and hope to be back with the next exciting
instalment before the big conference here in London in July.
Best regards, Good Searching!
Constance Whippman [All Latvia Database Co-ordinator]

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