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Olga Zabludoff <ozabludoff@...>

When the Keidan Vital Records Indexing Project went into action less than a
year ago, I received an avalanche of inquiries I was unable to answer.
Everyone wanted to know whether I had records for their grandparents,
great-grandparents and g-g-gs. No one seemed to realize that I didn't know
what I had. There was no index and translations had not yet begun.

But the questions continued. After 25 years of Keidan birth records had been
translated, I compiled a rudimentary surname index based on those translated
records. Now I was able to give the basics: how many birth records I had for
a given surname. But the questions continued, searching for more specific
information that I could not provide.

Keidaners, now you can ask again if I have your great-great-grandfather's
birth record, and I will find the answer in about three seconds. Jose
Gutstein has applied his imaginative hi-tech skills in designing the perfect
instrument for us. Forty-one years of translated birth records have just
been distributed to qualified donors in a new format which has been greeted
with "WOWs" >from recipients. By April all the birth records will be
completed--some 4,500--and translation of the marriage records will

To find out more about our dynamic Vital Records Indexing Project, please
visit the LitvakSIG VRI Project website:

and contact me privately with your questions.

Olga Zabludoff
Keidan VRI Coordinator