The UKR-Odessa-Gen list developed out of the Odessa Study Group
of JewishGen which it left and regrouped under the auspices of
Rootsweb. The group in any form has been in existence for four
years. Yosef Farbelovitch is the current moderator of the lists and
co-ordinates payments. Art Blutstein co-ordinates the research
requests. This is completely voluntary work.
The list serves as an exchange of information on Odessa, on genealogy, and as
research center. Research is done by an archivist in the Odessa State
Archive with whom we have an arrangement. This archive holds records
for Jews. From 1875 to 1922 all other records have been destroyed in
various wars. These records are ONLY for the city of Odessa - not suburbs.
Being part of an Odessa State Archive research group is provided to members
of the UKR-Odessa-Gen-L or D Mailing Lists only. At your request your
name is added to the waiting list which is kept by Art and you are assigned
a number. When your turn comes, Art will notify you and the process
We have had a great deal of success in the Archives. There are few
documents other than birth, marriage, and death that could still be indexed
and we are hoping to make that a project at some point.
When you are informed that your number is in the next group, you will
receive a form via e-mail to fill in. You will send that form to
Art. You will be advised of the exact fees for your research once you
have been notified that you are in the next group. Since Galinaís passing
(see below), we are contacting researchers in Odessa to arrange for them to
continue offering the services that Galina provided so conscientiously.
You will send your fees in a check either drawn on an American
bank or on a bank with a correspondent bank in the U.S. No foreign checks,
money orders, etc. (banks charge extraordinary fees to cash them, sometimes
as much as $25).