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Research in the Pale of Settlement and Ukraine: Proposal for a “Second Tier” Project – Wed, Mar 29 at 7:30pm

March 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

We are very pleased to announce “An evening with the Editor of Avotaynu”

 Research in the Pale of Settlement and Ukraine:
Proposal for a “Second Tier” Project

Speaker: Sallyann Amdur Sack-Pikus

Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Avenue, Toronto
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.


Sallyann will also offer her views on where the world of Jewish genealogy is heading.


Late in 1994, Stanley Diamond was scrolling microfilm reels in the LDS (Mormon) Family History Library [FHL] in Salt Lake City when he had an epiphany. He realized that many other Jewish genealogists likely were reading the same films—over and over again. There had to be a better way.

Sallyann proposes that the Jewish genealogy community undertake a massive project following the lead of JRI-Poland, but targeting different archival records. Until a better name is found, she calls this the “Second Tier Project” because these are the second tier of genealogically useful records that lie beyond the “low lying fruit” of census and vital statistics records.

She will explain that collectively we must create databases in archives all over the former Russian Pale of Settlement that mirror what Sarah Nadia Lipes has done in the Kiev Archives.

What is done depends totally on the wishes of our genealogical community. Remember the words of Theodore Herzl. Speaking of establishing a Jewish homeland in Palestine he said: “If you will it, it is no dream.”


Sallyann Amdur Sack-Pikus is a past president of IAJGS and a recipient of its Lifetime Achievement Award. She is co-owner, founder (with Gary Mokotoff) and editor of the AVOTAYNU, the International Review of Jewish Genealogy, now in its 33nd year of publication. Sallyann is a member of the board and founding chairman of the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy in Jerusalem, which she co-founded with Ambassador Neville Lamdan.  In 1980, she founded the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater Washington and served as its first president. Salyann has co-chaired seven IAJGS conferences and has authored or co-authored an equal number of books on Jewish genealogy, including the award-winning Where Once We Walked and the Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland, where she is a clinical psychologist in private practice.


March 29
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm