30 July 2008

Chicago 2008: Belarus SIG program set

The Belarus SIG luncheon at the Chicago 2008 conference will feature Yuri Dorn, coordinator of the Jewish Heritage Research Group in Belarus, who will speak about the Belarus Jewish community today.

Yuri is well-known to many Belarus researchers.

If you have interests in Belarus, you won't want to miss this luncheon. If you haven't signed up already, go the conference site do add (fee) what should be a very interesting program.

Yuri has organized two very successful data retrieval projects for me at the Minsk Archives.

Some five years ago, he found more than 200 records for our Talalay family, and in a second project - funded by descendants of our shtetl (Vorotinschtina and adjacent Zaverezhye, about 12 miles southwest of Mogilev) - he located some 700 birth, death and marriage records from the shtetl synagogue's second register. The first register has not yet been found and we hope it may be located in the future for even more priceless information.

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