David Brill

David Brill

David is a longtime member of the Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia, and the coordinator of its Russian Interest Group.

For over 25 years, David has researched his family history in the countries of the former Russian Empire (especially Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and Russian Poland). Over the years, his interest in this area led him to become a self-taught translator of prerevolutionary Russian-language genealogical records. Currently, he manages the Rovno District Jewish Records Project for JewishGen’s Ukraine Research Division, and is the JewishGen town leader for his ancestral shtetl of Tuchin (Ukraine).


David is an experienced presenter whose topics explore the roots of Philadelphia’s Jewish community in the world of the Russian Pale.


David’s topics include:

1)  Getting the Most from Revision Lists – A Regional Approach

2)  Letters from a Judean – A Jewish Legion Collection

3)  The Regional Roots of Philadelphia’s Russian Jews – Where Did We Come From, and How Did We Get Here?