Articles on archival and genealogical research by Boris Feldblyum

Identifying Mystery Relatives

        Systematic approach to identifyin people in old photos.

Breaking Through the Brick Wall (1.5MB pdf file)
       
An adaptation from a talk delivered at the 18th Annual Seminar on Jewish Genealogy held in Los Angeles, July 12-17, 1998

FAST Genealogy Service is Looking for Missing Ancestors
     
 Text of the article published in a 1993 issue of Avotaynu.

Interpreting old family photos as a source of genealogical information
        Adaptation of a 2003 NoVa Cable TV program.

Jewish Treasures in the Former Soviet Archives: Opportunities and Problems   
        An adaptation from a talk delivered at the 15th Annual Seminar on Jewish Genealogy in Washington, DC and reprinted in the Summer, 1995 issue of Avotaynu.

Our Elusive Ancestors
        An article published in the Spring, 1996 issue of Avotaynu.

Russia
       Chapter on archival research in post-Soviet Russia in Avotaynu Guide to Jewish Genealogy. Bergenfeld, NJ, 2004.

Russian Jewish Given Names.  Avotaynu.  Bergenfeld, NJ, 1998                       
                Monograph based on the 1911 book by I. Kulisher. Still available on Amazon.

Russian Revision Lists [Fiscal Census]: A History (0.8MB pdf file)
       An adaptation from a talk delivered at the 18th Annual Seminar on Jewish Genealogy. Los Angeles, July 12-17, 1998.

Russian Archival Research: Challenges and Strategies for Success
       Presentation at the 23rd International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. Washington, DC, July 24, 2003

Some Problems in Researching Eastern European Records
       An article published in the Fall, 1993 issue of Avotaynu.

Successful Photography for Genealogists
        Technical and cultural tips for taking high quality photos under (almost) any conditions

Ukrainian Archives in the 21st Century (1MB pdf file)
        An article published in the Spring, 2003 issue of Avotaynu.

Understanding Russian-Jewish Given Names (2.5MB pdf file)
        An article published in the Summer, 1997 issue of Avotaynu.

Using the Russian "Memorial" database (1.5MB pdf file)
         English-speaker's guide to using Russian-language database of the victims of Stalin's terror.
         An article published in the Spring, 2006 issue of Avotaynu

Wine Goblets Reunite Cousins (1MB pdf file)
        A real-life case of utilizing uncommon sources.
        An article published in the Summer, 2009 issue of Avotaynu

 

 

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