Bessarabia SIG #Bessarabia Updates for the month of November, 2013 #bessarabia


Dear Friends,

Trying to untie what should be a relatively simple mystery: my paternal grandparents were first cousins according to everyone, yet no agreement how.

My grandfather Misha was born in Kapresht in 1922. His wife Genia (maiden name Krivoy) is from Ribnitsa and was born in 1920. Misha's parents were (Ilya) and Leah (maiden name Friedman).

Genia's parents were Zahar (Zalman) and Sheindel (maiden name Graberman).

Seems that somehow Iller and Sheindel were a brother and sister. Which makes the Graberman last name hard to understand. She was never known as a Beyderman. 

What would be a good strategy based on your knowledge of the available records?


Gamliel (Gennadiy) Beyderman
Researching (in this case): BEYDERMAN, Kapresht. GRABERMAN, Rybnitsa.

Yefim Kogan

Shalom Shahar,

I would be glad to answer your question.  Interesting that you found a message of interest from 2013!!  Since that time we added a lot to our databases, website.

In any case,  if you start from JewishGen main website - you can see on top Research Division - these are our special interest groups, find Bessarabia and click on it.  You also can get to it directly at

Yefim Kogan


how can I enter Bessarabia SIG?
Shahar Klein

Yefim Kogan

Dear Bessarabian researchers,

Month of November at Bessarabia SIG.

You can see all the updates at the "What's New" section of our site.

4 photos was added to the Cemetery / Photograph collection >from the towns of
Teleneshty, Calarash and Vadul-Rashkov. Thanks to Olga Sivac, Kishinev,
Librarian at I. Manger Jewish Public Library.

Find more translation at the Research project #32: Tiraspol Zionists.
Thanks to Janet Furba.

Read an article at German >from Russia heritage Collection (GRHC): The Lost
Jews of McIntosh, article written by Ron Vossler (at Additional Reading:
books, articles). Thanks to Pat Fuller for pointing to this information.

Read about and listen to cantorial music of two Cantors born in Bessarabia:
Nissan Spivak and Moyshe Oysher at the Music, Theatre, Literature section.

We have added a new section to the Bessarabia SIG website: KehilaLinks
websites. The section includes all Bessarabian/Moldovan websites from
Moldova and Ukraine. The information and links exist in Moldova and Ukraine,
and now will be in one place for easy access and navigation.

Please check out Research Projects section at our website, and if you are
interested in a specific project, or would like to propose a new project,
please let me know.

If you can help in translating Russian hand written documents, that may help
to speed up Revision List project, let me know too.

Please send your comments, suggestions, critique, new ideas, proposals of
how to make our Bessarabia group better.

Thank you all,
Yefim Kogan
Bessarabia SIG Coordinator
Bendery, Tarutino, Akkerman, Kiliya - all in Bessarabia, KHAIMOVICH in
Galatz, Romania, KOGAN in Dubossary, Moldova, SRULEVICH in Shanghai, China