The Together Plan Archive Service
Trees will not grow without roots. Not a single person on earth could exist today without their ancestors – their personal roots.
Usually people have knowledge of only 2-3 generations and these stories are told to their children. It is wonderful to have absolute documentary confirmation of your family’s origins. This would be your family heritage and will give future generations this knowledge forever. Ancestors will be honoured and revered.
It is so exciting to know how your great-great-grandfather was named, but are you ready to find out that in fact he was married twice, and he was also prosecuted? Or, to find out that the real names of your great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers were nothing like the ones you knew? What a shock!
Our service helps clients not only to find names of their ancestors, but how they lived in the old days. During the presentation of this project, Vasily and Gillian will show how this all comes TOGETHER.
This event will be in: Dual Language 🇬🇧 🇷🇺
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Gillian GruderArchive Services Project Manager
Gillian is an experienced Events Coordinator having fulfilled a similar role for the last 20 years with an Israel-focused charity. She is delighted to be volunteering for The Together Plan which is a truly inspirational organisation. Gillian is genuinely enthusiastic to use her skills and experience to contribute to this wonderful venture.
Vasily Zaitsau came from the Gomel region of Belarus, the area that suffered most from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. The village where his father lived was located just 90 kilometers away from Chernobyl. For a long time this territory was closed for visitors and it is forbidden to live there today because of the nuclear pollution. Vasily was born in 1995 and in 1999 he fell ill with cancer. He was four. All of the doctors said they were 1000% sure that it was a side effect of the Chernobyl catastrophe.
Vasily, who has spent a number of years working at an international banking group, managing financial projects, once understood that money and businesses that are so valued in our modern life, really don’t matter. At the same time, he took part in a couple of local Red Cross fundraising projects for children hospices. As a result, he concluded that the only real value in this world is people – around you and all over the globe.
Vasily met Artur Livshyts, head of the Minsk office, and became a member of The Together Plan’s staff as a part-time employee. As a project manager, Vasily implements his skills in the Archive Service, helping people to find their roots and identify ancestors.