Frequently Asqued Questions (FAQ)
Are you overwhelmed by the possibilities of the Odessa KehilaLinks website? You don't know where to start? You've arrived to the right section.
How can I collaborate with this site?
First of all, this website was (and continues to be) built with the collaboration of people with roots in Odessa. Without your collaboration this website wouldn't be possible.
There are many ways to collaborate with the site, with material (photos, documents), with articles (about the life in Odessa, about family stories), volunteering for document translations or other projects, and/or donating money for document acquisition.
For more information about how to collaborate please go to the Projects and Support page.
Which information can I find in this website?
This site has different kind of information and is structured according to that:
- General historic and geographic information under the section "Odessa Facts"
- Articles about the different aspects of life, as well as biographies of remarkable people under the section "Life in Odessa"
- People stories shared by researchers under the section "People Stories"
- A database containing more than 50,000 names, as well as information, links and many other useful research resources under the section "Research"
- A gallery with photos, videos and a virtual tour where you can "walk" through Odessa and visit the main attractions using Google StreetView under the section "Image Gallery"
How to get in contact with other researchers?
If you want to get in contact with other researchers to ask questions or share experiences, you should refer to the "Discussion Groups" page under the "Research" section.
How can I research in the Odessa archives?
You'll find the contact information and its contents on the "Odessa archives" page under the "Research" section.
If you find hard to contact them, hiring a for-fee researcher could be a solution. JewishGen has collected a list of professional researchers recommended by fellow genealogists here.
Which information can I find on the All Odessa Database?
The All Odessa database is composed by different collections (vital records, census records...).
To get more information about the contents you should refer to the statistic table on the All Odessa Database Home Page.
By clicking on each item of the "Databae statistics" table you'll see a description of the collection.
Which information can I find on the Odessa Books Database?
The website has available many books with names that have not been indexed into the All Odessa Database but that you can browse online. Several address calendars, School books, etc.
Some of these books have been treated with an automatic process making them also searchable both in Cyrillic and Roman.
For more detailed information refer to the Odessa Books Database page.
What other research resources can I find on the site?
There's also a very big list of online links classified by categories on the Links page.
You can go to the Bibliography page to see a list of recommended books.