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Looking back over six
years, when JewishGen was one of the earliest "expansionists" to the internet,
no one had any clue that from these humble beginnings we would mature into what JewishGen
the year the handwriting on the wall became clear. Our numbers were not only continuing to
increase but became staggering day in and day out. It was apparent that the dream that
guided us then and guides us now had been realized and our focus turned within so that we
could maintain and continue to provide the quality of service which has been our hallmark
for so many years.
Steady and continued growth is one thing. Dynamic growth is quite
another. We hope in the links below we can begin to share with you the true meaning of
dynamic growth andthe impact it has on any organization.
For instance, in July, 1998 when we set foot on Los Angeles soil
for the 18th Annual Summer Seminar on Jewish Genealogy, our website is now averaging about
a half million hits a month, comprising roughly 25,000 user sessions averaging 10:42
minutes each. As we put together this annual report, now well into 1999, just prior
to the 19th Annual Summer Seminar on Jewish Genealogy, our website is now averaging nearly
three million hits a month representing over 165,000 user sessions averaging 18:50 minutes
It's one thing to double small numbers... it is another thing to
double large numbers... and then quite another when the numbers are four to six times what
they were just one short year ago.
Loud and clear then, the numbers are ringing true... and
perhaps we can take a few moments and tour some of JewishGen's major projects and look at
the growth over the last few years and the projected rate of growth based on the what is
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It is increasingly apparent that we need to bridge a gap, to
continue to nurture and sustain the growth while at the same time hold fast to our
commitment as a public service provider to anyone with internet access. The most
significant piece of information contained in 1998 history set the tone for a quantum leap
in organizational re-thinking, planning and direction for 1999 and further on into the new
Our focus has always been
directed towards education and the vision which guided us then, guides us now.
Simply put.. to ensure Jewish continuity for present generations and the generations yet
There is no doubt that JewishGen has
become the leading internet site for those interested in researching their Jewish
ancestry, be they Jews or gentiles. Once upon a time, our user base was primarily just
from the United States and Canada, yet today, JewishGen's broad base covers all continents
from all four corners of the globe. Each program, each shtetl, each yizkor book, each
search engine added to the list of offerings, brings us closer and closer to the
envisioned goal, that of uniting families separated by the horrors of just past recent
And as each year progresses, success
stories are becoming more commonplace... but then... that has been the whole point after
all. To bring the largest numbers of researchers together under one roof. The more
people working together, the more apt we all are to connect and re-connect our own family
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