ACROSS MY DESK: A Crack in the Romanian Archival
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- January 8, 2006 Newsletter
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A Crack in the Romanian Archival Dike?
"One of the few national archives that is genealogy-unfriendly is that of
Romania. In the past, inquiries to the Romanian archival system have gone
unanswered. The head archivist of Romania was invited to the annual
International Conference on Jewish Genealogy held in Washington in 2003, but he
canceled at the last minute. This despite the fact that many national archives
are finding that genealogical inquiries are an excellent source of revenue.
A posting to the ROM-SIG Discussion Group indicates that the archives many be
relenting slowly. Sorin Goldenberg of Israel reports that he requested of the
Botosani regional archives the birth record of his grandfather's father and
mother, born 1886 and 1890. In about a month he received a letter stating the
records were found and transferred to the national archives in Bucuresti for
approval. One month thereafter, the records arrived.
According to Rosanne Leeson of ROM-SIG, such success is unusual. She reports
that the Botosani regional archives may be more genealogy friendly than other
Romanian archives and the fact that Goldenberg gave the exact dates of birth may
have helped to expedite the inquiry."
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