Second try: How do I make a payment to a Ukrainian Archive? #ukraine #translation


Hi Siggers,
   Thank you to those who already responded to my first post on this. However when I tried to open the document that was attached I got an error message. Someone told me to get rid of the Cyrillic in the document title so that is what I did and am trying again. I hope you can see the document. Here was the original message:
   Recently I sent for the death record of my great-grandfather and received the attached invoice.
I do not speak Ukrainian and I cannot figure out how to go about making the payment.
  My bank tells me that in order to make a wire transfer I need the bank's Swift number and their address. Additionally I need the organization's name, address, and account number.
  So my questions are:  Are all these things on the invoice and which is which?
  Also, my bank wants to charge me $35 for the wire transfer whereas the invoice is for only about $4. Does anyone know a less expensive way to send the money? When I googled about it MoneyGram came up. Does anyone have experience with them? Would I need all the same info?
  Thanks in advance for your help.
Larry Bassist


If there are no Russian/Ukrainian  speakers in your community then why don’t you post it on Jewishgen’s viewmate or the Facebook translation group Genealogical Translations? How to cheaply transfer the money was answered in your first post.

Sharon Fleitman
Atlanta, Georgia

alan moskowitz

I had responded previously with some comments.   You might try the following:   Using google translate, write a message in english and it will be translated into Ukrainian.   Reply to the archives.  Tell them it is difficult to pay them directly and ask if someone can provide a personal email address for you to send payment.  Transferwise can send payments cheaply to a personal email address. The receiving person will link that email to their personal bank, then receive payment and then they can pay the invoice.  You might look up the director of that particular archive online, and put Attention:  director XXX in the subject line.  This is an easy way to proceed, and since your invoice is very cheap, there is little risk to you.   Otherwise you will need to contact a bank in the Ukraine to handle this.  You can do a bit of searching using Google Chrome which will translate websites for you, and then email the invoice with a message in Ukrainian.  I would suggest in both cases, to put the English translation in your message  -just so you will know what you sent, and perhaps someone on the receiving end will benefit as well, and respond in English. Good Luck!

Alan Moskowitz

Phyllis Berenson

MoneyGram and Western Union are both inexpensive and work well for Ukraine.
MoneyGram is easier, but you need to go to CVS with cash.
Western Union is done online, but is a more complicated procedure.
  I think they just need a person's name and address to receive the payment.

Phyllis Gold Berenson
San Francisco & Sonoma California
JewishGen Director of Ukraine Research