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“Ukrainian-Jewish Records: New Online Resources” by Ted Gostin--VIA ZOOM

  • 22 Jan 2023
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • From the convenience of your home device.


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Online Ukrainian-Jewish records focus of talk for Jan. 22, 2023, JGSI hybrid meeting

“Ukrainian-Jewish Records: New Online Resources” is the title of a presentation by genealogist Ted Gostin for the Sunday, Jan. 22. 2023, hybrid meeting of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois. Register for the online Zoom session by clicking the button at left.

Recent years have seen an explosion of online Ukrainian-Jewish genealogical records, after decades of having almost no access to such records. This lecture reviews these resources and shows how to use them and what can be found in the records, using the speaker’s own family as an example.

Sources include what’s commonly called the Alex Krakovsky website, which has millions of Jewish records from Ukrainian archives scanned by Alex Krakovsky and others; digitization projects at many branches of the Ukrainian State Archives; continued filming of Ukrainian records by the Mormons’ Family History Library and FamilySearch website; and partial indexes of Ukrainian-Jewish records by private genealogists on several internet sites, in both Russian and English.

Ted Gostin has been conducting genealogical research since 1980 and has worked as a full-time professional genealogist since 1994. He has twice been president of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Los Angeles and has taught genealogy for several adult school and university extension programs. He has helped plan and organize three national genealogical seminars and has been a featured speaker at a half-dozen such conferences. He lectures widely on Jewish genealogy, Southern California resources, and naturalization and immigration records.

He is the author of “Southern California Vital Statistics: Volume 1, Los Angeles County, 1850-1859” and the owner of Generations Press publishing company. He was featured on the Larry Lamb episode of the original UK version of the popular genealogy television show “Who Do You Think You Are?” (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DIpkijUZ2BNIvIb9tvJkgG5-ocqF9S9r/view?usp=sharing). He is very active in the international Jewish genealogical community and maintains contact with genealogists throughout the world.

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 320 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies.

JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 75 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more.

Members as well as non-members can look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database on this website.

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