Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ukraine SIG: Major Website Update

Dear Ukraine SIG Friends,


Something new for Ukraine SIG has arrived! After 4 months of intensive work, Ariel Parkansky, Ukraine SIG’s Website Manager and his dedicated Web Team have produced an entirely new website for you. The new site is packed with more information and easier to use than the old one.


Your new website is oriented around Town and District Pages, more than 800 of them. Each Town Page will serve as a portal to all the information we know about for that town, both on JewishGen and on other websites. With the help of our 67 Town Leaders, KehilaLinks website owners, and volunteers, we gradually will add links to more data and other information to the Town Pages. Please contact me if you can help.


Because of the new website structure, it may take some time for you to learn how to find information you seek. We have developed two documents to help you.
  • “Introduction to Ukraine SIG" is under “Get Started/Get Started with Ukraine SIG” on the Top Menu Bar. Please take a few minutes to read this orientation about how our SIG is organized.
  • “How to use our website” also is is under “Get Started/Get Started with this website” on the Top Menu Bar. This document will give you a fairly complete orientation to your new website.
  • A complete list of Town Leaders and KehilaLinks Owners is under About Us/Key People on the Top Menu Bar 
The website has three features that are present on every page: (1) search boxes in the upper right corner, (2) the Top Menu Bar, and (3) a bottom menu bar. Town, District, and Province pages are the core of your website. They contain clickable maps and links to Document Collections, Project Lists, Related Materials, and more. Since the site is massively hyperlinked you can get to these materials in many ways.


For example, to find your town pages, try the clickable maps, starting on the Home page. Or try browsing through the alphabetic town index under “Towns and Districts” on the Top Menu Bar. Or, type your town name into the Town Search box in the upper right corner of every page. All these methods and more are explained in our “How to use our website” document.


If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please write to me. In the meantime, enjoy this new tool in your family history research toolbox.


Best wishes,


Ron


Ron Doctor (rddpdx@gmail.com)
Coordinator, JewishGen Ukraine SIG
www.jewishgen.org/Ukraine  <http://www.jewishgen.org/Ukraine>
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Researching DOCTOR (DIOKHTER), VARER, AVERBAKH, KORENFELD ... all from Kremenets, Oleksinets, Yampol, Vishnevets and KAZDOY (KOSODOY), DUBINSKI, DUBOWSKY ... all from Kiev, Uman, Odessa

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