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On April 1, I taught a workshop to  members of the Jewish Genealogical Society at the Los Angeles annual research day at the Family History Library. This was a chance to practice giving this talk before giving it again in Paris in July, at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies annual conference. The workshop is entitled: Interpreting 19th Century Russian Language Documents. I show attendees how to identify Cyrillic characters and words (including names) in vital records. An hour is not nearly enough to become a fluent reader of handwritten, out-of-date Russian, but with the resources I provide for further study, a beginner can successfully identify the relevant portions of documents from a microfilm or a print out directly from a foreign archive.

If you’re planning to be at the conference in Paris, please join me at the workshop, 2:30 pm on July 15 at the Marriott Rive Gauche. See you there!

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