2019 Ukraine Year-End Update #ukraine

Phyllis Berenson

​This is actually a 5-month report, as I have only been in this position since August.  Much of my time has been spent in learning how various aspects of the group operate.  But all in all, I think we have accomplished a great deal in just the last five months of 2019.
  1. We have submitted translations of revision lists and metrical data to JewishGen for the following towns: Belaya Tserkov, Chernigov, Fastov, Litin, Mogilev-Podolsky, Rokitno, Rovno, Shargorod, Smiela, Starokonstantinov, Zhitomir
  2. We sent a multiple choice and fill-in survey to all town leaders to assess the status of their participation, projects, and needs.  We received 68 responses (covering about 80 towns) and are processing the results to improve communication and project information.
  3. Gary Pokrassa and his growing team continue to upload for preservation and translation records posted by Alex Krakovsky.  To date there are over 500,000 pages uploaded!
  4. Two cemetery indexing projects are in process:  Slavuta and Mogilev-Podolsky.  We hope to submit the data to JOWBR in the first part of 2020. If you know of others, please contact me.
Last, but not least, I want to thank all of you who have been so supportive and responsive to the needs of Ukraine work.  Special thanks to Gary Pokrassa, Stefani Elkort Twyford, and Chuck Weinstein who find the time in their busy lives to pitch in and help out when and where needed.

Best for the new year,

Phyllis Gold Berenson
Director of Research for Ukraine

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