Posted by Joanna Leefer
Some people are born to be genealogists. Barbara Ellman, JewishGen’s Technical Coordinator for ShtetLinks, is one of those people. She inherits her passion for genealogy from her mother, and between the two of them, has researched her maternal family line as far back as the mid-1700 to Drohobych, Ukraine.
Now Barbara is applying her genealogy expertise to JewishGen’s database. She assists ShtetLinks site managers set up FTP (File Transfer Protocol) access, or in less technical terms, she helps managers upload sites, answers technical questions, and recovers/reconstructs sites that disappear.
These are not simple tasks. As one site manager described her, “Barbara is my right and left hands.”
Barbara began working at JewishGen approximately five years ago.“JewishGen has been such a wonderful resource to me in my research, that I wanted to give back to the community through volunteering.” She initially volunteered to become a ShetLinks site manager, but ended up with this much larger and rewarding role. When the JewishGen servers were moved last year, she worked to insure that all sites where in working order, while at the same time holding down a more-than-full time paying job.
Barbara is a computer systems analyst by occupation, and an avid photographer and traveler by avocation. She has already traveled to six of the seven continents and has her heart set on visiting Antarctica. She has a master’s degree in travel management and would love to work in ecological tourism. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at the local genealogy society in Bergen County, NJ.
Thank you, Barbara for offering JewishGen your time, your talents, and your passion for Jewish Genealogy. Your help has been invaluable in keeping JewishGen’s ShetLinks current and functioning!