The JGSWS is inviting you to a free Zoom genealogical meeting on Monday evening, 3/8/21, at 7 p.m. Pacific Time--"The Alex Krakovsky Project: Navigating the Wiki to Locate Town Records/Hidden Data" #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Karen Campbell

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Washington State invites you to a free Zoom presentation Monday evening, 3/8/2021, at 7 p.m. Pacific 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 8, 2021, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) via Zoom

This free online meeting will open at 6:30 p.m. Pacific Time, the meeting will start at 7 p.m., and the presentation will start at 7:15 p.m.

Registration is required:

To register for this Zoom meeting, click on this live 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 will be emailed to you so you have it for 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 2/8/2021), please contact Treasurer@.... All other questions 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.





Ellen Trencher

The link provided was not for registration but to the webinar itself

Ellen Trencher

Theo Rafael

Zoom fail! 
I registered in advance but when I tried to log in @ meeting time, zoom maxed out at 100 attendees... 
This is happening more and more often with Zoom meetings, the only way to get around this would be to livestream at the same time on FB  or youtube...
Obviously there's also the advantage of being able to watch these recordings later on if they're livestreamed...

Theo Rafael


I joined this meeting last night and it was quite informative. However, in the handout that was sent out to us, the first link for the Wiki Jewish Towns did not work. Is it possible to let us know how to link to Alex's Wiki page for Jewish Towns?

Thank you,
~Donna Borok Moss
San Rafael, CA