2019 JewishGen conference in Cleveland (1)
From: Yefim Kogan (yefimkverizon.net)
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2019 05:27:16 -0700 (PDT)
Hello everybody,

The conference in Cleveland is now a history, and I want to update you with Bessarabia region participation.

==ShareFair (Sunday):  we had our Bessarabia SIG table filled with booklets, maps, articles and broshures.  This year there was a big intrested in our table.  Many people just stopped, asked where is this region, and some had ancestors from their or close by areas of Ukraine or Romania. In addition to Inna Vayner and myself we had two more volunteers at the table: Alan Levine, Carol Shkolnik.  Many thanks to them.

==Bessarabia SIG Luncheon (Tuesday): in addition to meeting our members (about 30 people), we had a presentation by Sheli Fain "Eliyahu Meitus poet of Love, Desperation and Joy".  It was a terrific story about a poet and translator from Bessarabia.  We heard poetry, family stories and more.  I believe that this should be part of our genealogy research, and I am glad that Sheli shared with us this story. Here is a recording of Sheli's presentation: 

==Bessarabia SIG Meeting (Tuesday): this year we decided to ask questions to participants and listen to them.  Here is a list of 7 questions. We asked to answer questions they fill comfortable with:

1. Please introduce yourself  (name and place of residence)
2. Share information about your ancestors from Bessarabia/Moldova: surnames and towns
3. Did you subscribe to Bessarabia SIG Discussion group and are you a member of the Facebook Bessarabia / Moldovan Jewish Roots Group 
4. What sources of information did you use to advance your research? Have you worked with Romania (Bessarabia) database, Bessarabia SIG website, other resources?
5. What features and what information do you find the most useful and beneficial for research when it comes to JewishGen.org and  Bessarabia SIG website and which ones dont present benefit in your view?
6. Suggest new projects for Bessarabia SIG 
7. Share your Success story 

The session was also recorded at Facebook, and you can hear it at 
and I also suggest, if you were not at the conference, please answer these questions and send to Inna or/and to me.

To be continued...  see more about other presentations and our personal experience at the conference.
Also, please post your comments about the conference.

Inna Vayner and Yefim Kogan
JewishGen Bessarabia SIG Leaders and Coordinators

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