129Keidaners! Now you can ask all...
- Feb 4, 2006When the Keidan Vital Records Indexing Project went into action less
than a year ago, I received an avalanche of inquiries I was unable
to answer. Everyone wanted to know whether I had records for their
grandparents, great-grandparents and g-g-gs. No one seemed to
realize that I didn't know what I had. There was no index and
translations had not yet begun.
But the questions continued. After 25 years of Keidan birth records
had been translated, I compiled a rudimentary surname index based on
those translated records. Now I was able to give the basics: how
many birth records I had for a given surname. But the questions
continued, searching for more specific information that I could not
Keidaners, now you can ask again if I have your great-great-
grandfather's birth record, and I will find the answer in about
three seconds. Jose Gutstein has applied his imaginative hi-tech
skills in designing the perfect instrument for us. Forty-one years
of translated birth records have just been distributed to qualified
donors in a new format which has been greeted with "WOWs" from
recipients. By April all the birth records will be completed--some
4,500--and translation of the marriage records will commence.
To find out more about our dynamic Vital Records Indexing Project,
please visit the LitvakSIG VRI Project website:
and contact me with your questions.
Keidan VRI Coordinator
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