The Russian Era Indexing of Poland Project (REIPP) which was announced at the Boston Seminar brings a level of genealogy into cyberspace. The project is helping move Jewish genealogical research into the moderm age of searchable databases via the Internet. Over 95,000 Jewish vital records from several dozen Polish communities are already in a searchable index. The numbers are growing constantly with the ultimate goal of including over 2,000,000 records from the over 2,000 rolls of microfilms of 19th century Jewish vital records in the LDS Family History Library. REIPP was created by Steven Zedeck of Nashua, NH, and Michael Tobias of Glasgow, Scotland, both of whom were frustrated by the obstacles in their own research and aware of the easy access to information afforded by the World Wide Web. Both the Family History Library and the Polish National Archives are enthusiastic about the impact this project can have on the scholarly study of Polish Jewish family history, by both genealogists and historians. The Internet Web site can be accessed at http://www.jewishgen.org/reipp. Zedeck can be reached by E-mail at Webmaster@JRI-Poland.org or by writing to 25 Cathedral Circle, Nashua, NH 03063.
"Family Finding" -- A Quarterly Newsletter of the Wisconsin Jewish Genealogical Society, August 1996, Volume 7, Number 1, and reprinted with permission.