Zoom Meeting JGSWS "The Alex Krakovsky Project: Navigating the Wiki to Locate Town Records and Find Hidden Data" presented by Gary Pokrassa, #announcements #jgs-iajgs

Phil Goldfarb

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State invites you to a second/repeat free Zoom presentation Monday evening, 3/8/2021, at 7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time:


"The Alex Krakovsky Project: Navigating the Wiki to Locate Town Records and Find Hidden Data" presented by Gary Pokrassa, Data Acquisition Director of JewishGen's Ukraine Research Division


DATE/TIME:  Monday evening, March 22, 2021, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) via Zoom


This free online meeting will open at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time for time for people to chat with each other.  The actual presentation will start at 7 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time.


Registration is required:


To register for this Zoom meeting, click on this link or copy this link into your web browser: 




You will be prompted to enter your name and email address and when you hit enter, you will automatically be sent an email with the Zoom meeting link.


After you register, the handout for this presentation and one slide from Gary's previous/identical presentation from 3/8/21 will be emailed to you so you have it for this Monday evening's presentation.



Gary Pokrassa, Data Acquisition Director of JewishGen's Ukraine Research Division, will present on Alex Krakovsky's Wiki and records digitization projects. Alex is a Ukrainian, who, using freedom of information laws in Ukraine, forced virtually every archive to permit him to scan their records and post them to an online wiki page, yielding a massive amount of raw data for the Ukraine researcher. Gary will go through Alex's postings and describe how to navigate the Wiki to locate town records and how to find hidden data not obvious on the home page. Gary will also describe the Ukraine Research    Group's project to capture Alex's scanned files on the JewishGen server, which includes Index files for several of the larger cities including Kiev, Zhitomir Nikolaev and Odessa, and how the Ukraine Research Group is using these files in translation projects. He will speak on changes that have taken place since last August. A robust question and answer will be included in this evening's presentation, as well as an overview of JewishGen's Ukraine Research Division.



Gary Pokrassa retired five years ago from a 46-year career, the last 11 as CFO of Lakeland Industries Inc. He is the Data Acquisition Director for the Ukraine Research Division of JewishGen, Treasurer and Director of JRI-Poland, and town leader for 4 shtetls. He is a member of the JGS of Long Island. At the 2020 IAJGS Conference, he presented on Alex Krakovsky and his Wiki and was a panelist on the Ukraine Research Division Meeting. Gary has authored an article on the Alex Krakovsky project published in AVOTAYNU Summer 2020 and also lectures on other topics, including an Intro to Jewish Genealogy.



If you have any problems registering (or logging into the meeting on 3/22/2021), please contact Treasurer@....  Please note that if one uses Safari or potentially other browsers, there might be problems with using the link for registration, so you are encouraged to use a different browser.  There will be no capacity problems for this Monday's meetings attendance, as Zoom fixed its problem that occurred at the 3/8/21 meeting - our apologies if you were one of the registrants for the 3/8 meeting who were unable to log into the meeting.  Gary is generously repeating his presentation to help remedy that.


All questions regarding the presentation can be answered in the Chat function prior to the meeting start at 7 p.m. or in the speaker's Q&A session at the end of the meeting.


The JGSWS looks forward to seeing you Monday evening and please feel free to share this invitation with those you think might be interested.


Submitted by:

Karen vanHaagen Campbell

Bellevue, WA

JGSWS President/Publicity/Programs



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