• The value of Unified Search and Shana Tovah v' metukah

    From Yefim A Kogan yefimk@verizon.net@21:1/5 to All on Fri Sep 27 09:42:15 2019
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    To all JewishGen researchers:

    I think that it is great that we have regions to research: Ukraine, Belarus, Bessarabia, etc. and we should continue regional research, but we should not forget how much we are all connected.

    I did a Unified Search by "Any Field" and entered Kishinev (main town in Bessarabia, Ukraine) and searched in **all** countries, and here are the results:

    Of course I received many thousands records back from all Bessarabian Databases,
    but I also got almost 500 records from Ukrainian databases (birth, marriages, revision lists), many hundreds of records from Litvak databases, also records from Belarus, Latvia, Poland and many more.

    You may ask what than means? Well, for example a birth record of a person born in Vilno, but his father was from Kishinev, and that information is records.

    I also did a search for "Kovno" - a famous town now in Lithuania (Kaunas), and found in addition of records in Lithuania and Belarus, almost 100 records from Bessarabia databases, several hundred in Ukraine databases, and more.

    My point is that you should use this new facility - Unified Search and explore not only your region, but neighboring regions and some distant regions as well.

    The idea that Jews lived in a small shteitl and did not move is just a myth without any bases.

    In contrary Jews traveled short and long distance to get jobs, to marry, to study or sometimes to get a new dress for the High Holidays...

    I want to wish all of you a great New Year! I hope you discover more in your genealogical research, and please do not be disappointed. There are many people in JewishGen who may help you.

    And to do this I wish you health and happiness and piece.

    all the best,
    Yefim Kogan
    JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator,
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