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Welcome and What's New
 

 Record of Changes to the Website

In order to keep the message on the index page short and relevant, the "Welcome and What's New" messages will be archived here.  Changes to the website previous to this version (version 4.0) are not archived.  A visual look at how the website has evolved over time, and the software programs used to create and maintain it can be found here

21 May 2011

It has been far too long since we've had a major update to the site.  We've been working on a massive upgrade to the database software that will allow you to search and see the information in a variety of ways, including the family group list, the graphic family tree, ancestors and descendants.  We still don't have all the bugs out, but we thought we'd give you a sneak peek -- take a look and tell us what you think. 

We have added several branches of various family trees and made many changes to the database itself, but not all changes/corrections have been completed yet.  We have over 3,200 individuals in the database, and some of the corrections we're getting conflict.  We also have some complicated branches that interconnect with other complicated branches, so please be patient -- we will figure it all out and get it done for you.  One of the advantages of this new software is that individual branches of the Vladimirets Family Tree can be edited by different people, so Terryn won't be the bottleneck anymore for uploading information. 

Speaking of bottlenecks, we have also had many photographs that need to be uploaded into the family albums, additional stories and writings by Vladimiretsers, and additional research on Vladimirets itself.   As we get the database up and running, our attention will turn to uploading these items. 

Also, Facebook has updated its groups format and the Vladimirets Landsleit Connection is seeing a lot more action!  New members, lots of new posts. . .it is especially good for the younger generation to connect via Facebook, and now you can invite your children, grandchildren and other family members to join. 

 18 Dec 2010

This year we lost 3 people who had been instrumental in building this site.

I typed my first family notes on Sheila Barill's old manual Royal typewriter. She provided hundreds of photos for the family album, sitting with me for hours, giving me names, letting me write down notes. She was a supporter of the website from the beginning. I always wanted to record her telling some of her stories. She always said she would. We ran out of time in March.

Bernice Barill followed in October. It took my Uncle Irving to let me see what an amazing woman Bernice was. Her hospitality was legendary, and she made a point of telling me that I always had a place in Detroit with her. She also provided many photos for the family album and gave of her time as knowledge as well. Her tradition of family gatherings, her stories and her keen insights into people will be greatly missed.

On paper, Harry Bick & I shouldn't have been that close, but he was more like a 1st cousin than a "2nd cousin once removed"- I saw him at all the family get-togethers and he & Joyce hosted me & my family during a trip to Montreal. He had a bigger than life personality and was generous in every way. He helped with the family tree, provided details that helped flesh out stories, and always sent photographs for the album. Whenever I saw him, I always knew a good time would be had by all.

Some of you knew one or more of these people, I was graced to know them all, to have been loved and supported by all of them (and many of you as well) in this effort to create a place where our history can reside & our family trees can continue to flourish and remain connected.

20 Sept 2010

We have finally changed mailing list providers!  Our old list was great when we were growing, but we've had too many problems over the past year -- people falling off the list, messages arriving mangled, subscribe/unsubscribe not working correctly.  Since the list is too big to send through regular email, we've chosen a new provider who has given us new features and a whole new easier-to-use look.

 We tried to make sure that everyone was invited onto the new list, but if we missed anyone, please let them know that they can simply re-subscribe and they'll be back on the list.  No offense meant. 

Now back to content updates. . .       

13 Sept 2010

Two more videos have been uploaded and are accessible in Multimedia - Video. Right now, they all play separately.  As soon as I can get the playlist function working, you'll be able to access them on a single page, much like YouTube videos.    

8 Sept 2010

This year has been crazy, crazy, crazy and I apologize for any delays in uploading information.  If anyone would like to take even one of my full-time jobs, please let me know.  I could use the sleep! 

A long-time desire has been to digitize some of the old movies and make them available.  The first of many can now be seen on our Multimedia page.  They come from the collection of Sheila Barill z"l and the first two are her 1962 wedding and a 1965 Thanksgiving held at Doris & Eugene Gottlieb's house.  The wedding is of particular interest because it was attended by many Vladimiretsers from Detroit, Montreal, Boston, and many other places.  The attendees are identified in the photograph album because the movie was silent. 

I had hoped to have much more uploaded before Rosh Hashona, but as usual, there is too much to do, so watch for more video, more photographs and a new updated family tree over the next few weeks.  We are also updating our mailing list software, so you may be getting a confirmation notice for that as well.

L'Shana Tova to all.  

To join the Vladimirets Landsleit Connection, follow the link below:

 http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=267466705727

 

17 July 2010

Some back-end changes have been going on that may affect how you view the Vladimirets website.  After over a year of warning, we finally got around to taking down the rootsweb mirror site.  If you have any bookmarks to that site, you'll now see just a basic page telling you the site has moved to www.vladimirets.org.

We have also moved to a new hosting server, so the GoDaddy banner at the top of the page should be gone.  We are in the process of moving to a new mail server, which should eliminate the issues we've had with people not getting the website updates in a readable format.  With over 100 people on the mailing list, I think we were hitting the limit of the old rootsweb mailing list. 

Over the next month or so, we'll be making more changes and will keep you all up to date as they happen. We're also working on content changes and updates, haven't forgotten those!   

15 May 2010

The Vladimirets Information page has been updated, and the essay on The History of Jewish Life in Vladimirets is now available in pdf format as well.

 

12 Apr 2010

As promised, the Family Web Gallery has been updated.  We have over 200 new photographs, some of which had been up before, but somehow fell out of the albums.  If you've submitted photographs, please check to make sure they're all showing up.  We've had a bit of a baby boom across the family, welcoming Asaf Brill, Nicolai Baril and Hayden Alexander Bick in just the last 6 months.  I still have photographs to upload, so if you have photos to contribute to the album, especially the older photographs, please send them in. The more we can include in the family album, the more connections we make on the family tree.

Back by popular demand are graphic family trees.  Because the database contains individuals not attached to trees, and because the trees themselves are so intertwined, we can really only do graphics for descendants from a specific individual.  We can generate these trees for any name in the database, so if yours isn't shown, just ask.  Happy to run the report for you. The files are in Adobe pdf format and are available from the Vladimirets Family Tree page.

We've also made some updates to the Vladimirets surname list, adding names listed on passenger manifests (but not anywhere else) and from Pages of Testimony at Yad Vashem.

Some people have asked if they can submit stories, little memories, or other remembrances of what someone was like.  Absolutely!  We have the Stories & Writings page for just such a purpose.  It has memories of Vladimirets, Vladimiretsers and their descendants.  It is the place where the names and dates from the family tree become real people.  Your grandchildren will not know who your grandparents really were. . .if they were special to you, let us get to know them the way you knew them, and make sure your memories aren't lost.

Our new Facebook group for Vladimiretser descendants was announced a couple of weeks ago and is at 36 people and growing quickly. While the website is a great place to get information out, it doesn't allow for all of us cousins to connect, reconnect, or just get to know each other.

 

Please join us at the Vladimirets Landsleit Connection, by following the link below:

 http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=267466705727

 

3 Mar 2010

Now that all chapters of the Sefer Vladimirets are online, I have turned my attention back to the family tree.  At this point, all updates that have been sent to me are now in the database and uploaded.  If you sent me something and don't see it in there, please resend it. I often get information from several different sources and sometimes in trying to reconcile information, I think I have entered it but have not.  Many apologies. Please see the Family Tree page for the latest version of the database.

Somehow, the GoDaddy server managed to lose photos out of some of the photo albums in the web gallery.  I am out of town next week, but when I return, I will be focusing on updating and fixing all photo albums.  If you have photos you would like added to the albums, please submit them as soon as possible. 

Our new Facebook group for Vladimiretser descendants was announced a couple of weeks ago and is growing quickly. While the website is a great place to get info out, it doesn't allow for all of us cousins to connect, reconnect, or just get to know each other.

 

By default, anyone who wants to join our Facebook group must have a Facebook account. While we do not promote registering to any online social networking group per se, since Facebook is free, easy to manage, and quite fun to maintain, we encourage all our extended family to join our Facebook group, to tell others, especially the younger generation, about it and to help us create a more interactive and socially engaging connection. 

 

A lot of family is already on Facebook and interested in the current day connections between Vladimirets descendants – Please join us!

 

To join the Vladimirets Landsleit Connection, follow the link below:

 http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=267466705727

 

30 Jan 2010

All chapters of the Sefer Vladimirets are now available online Some of the inserts are still being worked on, and the complete translation still needs to be edited for consistency and completeness, but as always, we wanted to make the information available as quickly as possible. Please see the Sefer Vladimirets Translations page.

The translation of the Sefer Vladimirets into English from Hebrew and Yiddish, with liberal doses of Polish, Russian and Ukrainian has taken over ten years.  It could not have been done without the help of the descendants of Vladimirets who either translated or paid for a translation.  Each chapter has the name of the person who did the translation and the sponsor when appropriate.  Members of JewishGen's Ukraine SIG group helped out with many a wayward translation (who knew there were people with Polish dictionaries from the 1800's!) Just saying "thank you" doesn't seem enough for this effort, but it will have to do.  Thank you.

You may notice the changes to the Sefer Vladimirets Translations index.  We are beginning to add .pdf scans of each piece of the Sefer Vladimirets, both to provide a copy of the original book contents for those who do not have access and wish to see it, and to show how contents flow from one section to another. There are many little items, not full chapters, that will now be translated and provided as well.  We figure that if it was important enough to include in the original yizkor book, it is important enough to be translated.

We have also posted 2 new items on the Stories & Writings page:  Charlie Shoock's memoir of growing up in Vladimirets, and Stan Oshinsky's tale of visiting Vladimirets & Bile.  Both are posted with permission, and are in the original .pdf form.  If you don't have Adobe Reader, there is a download link on the Stories & Writings page to get it for free from Adobe. 

Somehow, we have managed to lose photos out of some of the photo albums in the web gallery.  We are working on recreating the albums and will be uploading them soon.  If you have photos you would like added to the albums, please submit them as soon as possible. 

27 Dec 2009

We have another ten new chapters of the Sefer Vladimirets posted (all translated by Laia Ben-Dov).  The final chapters will be posted by the end of January, G-d willing. Please see the Sefer Vladimirets Translations page. The Vladimirets Surnames page has also been updated with names found in the translated chapters.  We only have a few more chapters to go before the final editing for consistency, etc., will begin.  As always, we post the chapters with minimal editing, so that everyone has access to the information as we get it. 

We have made additional updates to the database which will be uploaded within the next day or so.  If anyone has additional information to add to the database, or photographs to add to the photo albums, please send them now -- I'm on a roll, and want to get as much done as possible in one shot.

We are still working with GoDaddy regarding their banner that messes up some of the pages.  Hopefully, we will get this straightened out by the end of January.   

11 Dec 2009

Happy Chanukah everyone!  The database has been uploaded with some (not all) of the backlog of updates that everyone has sent me.  I had managed to kill off a couple of people and had to bring them back.  Added a few births (mazel tov!).  And I'm still trying to enter the rather convoluted additions to the family tree, which have become more and more complicated as the trees interconnect and I get information from multiple sources.  Please bear with me as I get everything entered. 

One of the items taking up my time these days is the translation of the Sefer Vladimirets.  We  expect the translations to be complete by the end of December or thereabouts.  Once all the chapters have been posted, we'll need to go back over them for consistency in terms and spelling, etc., but we felt it was important to get the translations out as quickly as possible. 

We have nine new chapters of the Sefer Vladimirets posted (all translated by Laia Ben-Dov).  We have six more in the backlog, and the rest will be posted by the end of January, G-d willing. Please see the Sefer Vladimirets Translations page. The Vladimirets Surnames page has also been updated with names found in the translated chapters.

Due to the ongoing problems with the rootsweb mirror site, we are looking into moving the mirror site over to JewishGen.  The main site will continue at www.vladimirets.org, so if you still have your bookmarks set for rootsweb, change them now.

1 Nov 2009

We have three more chapters of the Sefer Vladimirets posted (all translated by Laia Ben-Dov), "Back to Days Gone By" by Moshe Appelboim, "A School for Jewish Children" by Yitzchak Pinchuk, and "Impressions" by Y. Ben-Aryeh. Please see the Sefer Vladimirets Translations page. The Vladimirets Surnames page has also been updated with names found in the translated chapters.

I have started to dig through the backlog of updates that everyone has sent me.  The database updates in particular are becoming more and more complicated.  I'm working on it, I am.

Due to the ongoing problems with the rootsweb mirror site, we are looking into moving the mirror site over to JewishGen.  The main site will continue at www.vladimirets.org, so if you still have your bookmarks set for rootsweb, change them now.

25 Sep 2009

We have just found out that Rootsweb is having a problem with their mailing list server.  If you didn't get the website update via UKR-Vladimirets, you will get it through my direct email until we get this fixed. 

18 Sep 2009

L'Shana Tova!  The launch of our completely redesigned site has not gone unnoticed - along with all the glitches and problems people have sent me are wonderful emails with lots of information. 

Unfortunately, 2008/5769 was a year of upheaval for me personally, and much of this information is still not uploaded.  I apologize and ask once again for your patience.  Everything I own is in a moving trailer and unavailable.  I am currently trying to maintain the website from an outmoded laptop that just doesn't have the capability of my full-size desktop computer. 

However, one amazing piece of news cannot wait. With Yael Burko Glaser's submission of her father's chapters, I wondered whether we had reached a point where we needed to find a translator for the remaining chapters of the yizkor book. About a month ago, I received an email from Laia Ben-Dov, who explained that she had been commissioned by George Zilbergeld to translate all of the remaining chapters of the Vladimirets yizkor book from Hebrew to English.  While there have been a few glitches thanks to international mail services, we are incredibly grateful for this gift.

The two chapters written by David Burko and translated for us by Yael Burko Glaser have been posted, as well as the first drafts of the first two chapters translated by Laia Ben-Dov, "A Noble Tradition" by Sender Tscherniak and "Old & New" by Yitzchak Kamin. Please see the Sefer Vladimirets Translations page.

We still have a lot of content to upload, and we're still trying to straighten out some issues with pages not showing up correctly in all browsers, so there will be many more changes and updates coming.

30 Jul 2008

Welcome to the all new and much improved Vladimirets website!  With a new look and feel, it focuses on easy navigation and a clean modern appearance, with a lot more user-friendly functionality and added interactivity. 

The complete genealogy database is now available online, with more features coming soon.  There are more photographs than ever, organized into photo albums for easy browsing.  You can find the albums in the new Web Galleries section.  You can even set the “slideshow” feature at the top of the photo album and it will flip through the photographs for you.  We now have full multimedia capability, and we are looking forward to taking full advantage of it. We start off the new Multimedia section with some audio clips from family get-togethers in the 1960s, taped by Gene Gottlieb. 

Many of our page names have changed, so make sure you update your bookmarks accordingly.  And to make it REALLY easy to find us, you can now access our home page via www.vladimirets.org – much easier to remember than the extended Rootsweb address.  So get comfortable, explore the site and let me know what you think! 

We still have a lot of content to upload, so there will be many more changes and updates through the end of the year.



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