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LitvakSIG is the primary internet resource for Lithuanian-Jewish
("Litvak") genealogy research worldwide.
Our mission is to preserve Litvak heritage by discovering, collecting, documenting, and disseminating information about the once vibrant Jewish community of Lithuania.
LitvakSIG has long-term relationships with the archives in Lithuania. We organize a number of geographic-specific groups whose primary purpose is to identify and collect data from available records for Lithuania from the Russian Empire Period and Independent Lithuania. Contributors to our projects gain access to the data we collect in Excel format. This LitvakSIG.org website is our platform for providing the information we collect and our searchable databases to the public.

In addition, we host a prassword-protected website for our Dues-Paying Membership Litvaksigmembersonlysite.shutterfly.com, which has additional content including records, catalogs of selected Lithuanian Archives, and scholarly articles.

Some highlights of our work include the
  • All Lithuania Database (ALD), a free, searchable database that currently has over 1.3  million records and is updated quarterly.
  • The LitvakSIG Online Journal, an edited, online journal with articles of interest to people researching their Litvak heritage.
  • And the LitvakSIG Discussion List (“LitvakSIG Digest”), a moderated Internet discussion forum for the exchange of information on Litvak genealogy research.
  • Our growing presence at the annual IAJGS conferences on Jewish Genealogy. At the Boston conference in August 2013, we held a luncheon, our annual meeting, 1 presentation, 1 computer lab and sponsored Ruta Anulyte of MACEVA, who gave 4 talks. We also sponsored Howard Margol's talk on genealogy in Lithuania. It was a wonderful experience for everyone and we hope to see you next summer in Salt Lake City.
April 11, 2014
Many thanks and gratitude are extended to Dorothy Leivers who stepped down as coordinator of Research Groups as of March 31.
Dorothy devoted her life (literally) to LitvakSIG and the research groups. Under her watch, we translated almost all remaining filmed vital records and more than 750,000 other records in just a few years' time.
I don't know what we'll do without Dorothy at the helm, but we will try our best to live up to the standards she set.
Eden Joachim
President
April 11, 2014
Disna District Research Group needs a Coordinator. With the retirement of Dorothy Leivers who had been overseeing the group temporarily, there is no coordinator.
Please volunteer to steer the group and do fundraising in order to translate new records.
Contact President Eden Joachim for information.
Thank you.
January 31, 2014
We thank Ralph Salinger for taking on the job of Panevezys District Coordinator.

August 9, 2013
2013 ELECTION RESULTS
Grant Gochin and Barry Halpern have been elected to the LitvakSIG Board of Directors. Judy Baston and I have been re-elected to the board.
Judy and Carol Hoffman were elected Co-Vice Presidents and Carol was re-elected Secretary of LitvakSIG.
I was re-elected as President and Treasurer.
Ralph Salinger is your new Membership Chair.
Thanks to David Hoffman for his years of service on the board. We wish you good health in the future. Thanks to Bill Israel for his board and Membership Chair service. Good luck in your future endeavors.
Mazel Tov to our new Directors and Officers.
Eden Joachim
 
March 15, 2013
Welcome to Amy Wachs (formerly Fellner), new volunter Coordinator of Trakai District Research Group.
Amy replaces Jose Gutstein who served for many years and under whose guidance thousands of records were translated.
Thank you Jose.
Thank you Amy.
MACEVA DONATIONS:
To contribute now, using our secure on-line credit card system, go to www.litvaksig.org/contribute .  Use the box SPECIAL PROJECT and from the Choose Project drop down menu, select MACEVA. In the Amount in US$ Box, type in the amount of your donation. Use the format 100.00. DO NOT ENTER a $.

Click the CHECKOUT box. The total donation amount appears. If it is correct, click the SUBMIT DONATION box. To correct or change the amount, click the BACK box.

To make a donation by check or to mail your credit card information for processing:

Payable to: LitvakSIG, Inc.

Mail to LitvakSIG

c/o Eden Joachim, Treasurer

41 Country Club Lane

Pomona, NY  10970

USA

Always include your full name, billing address, email address, telephone number. You may note shtetl(ach) of interest. This information will be passed on to MACEVA.

November 12, 2012
Michael Kransdorff joins LitvakSIG as the Zarasai District Research Group Coordinator.
Please join us in welcoming Michael. We wish you success in your new position within LitvakSIG.
Thanks for volunteering to assist your fellow researchers
September 7, 2012
The LitvakSIG Board of Directors welcomes new Director Ralph Salinger.
Mazel Tov on your appointment, Ralph. We look forward to working with you.
Ralph was born in New Zealand and currently lives in Kfar Ruppin, Israel. He has been the Kaunas District Research Group Coordinator for several years and is actively involved in cemetey restoration projects in Lithuania.
Eden Joachim
President
September 1, 2012
Membership Chair Change
Charles Nam has stepped down as Membership Chair. We thank him for his dedication and hard work over the past several years and wish him well in his new endeavors.
Bill Israel is our new Membership Chair. Thanks, Bill, for taking on this important job.
July 17, 2012
Congratulations to Carol Hoffman, Dorothy Leivers and Howard Margol on their re-election to the LitvakSIG Board of Directors.

June 9, 2012
KAUNAS GUBERNIA VITAL RECORDS TRANSLATION PROJECT UPDATE!!!
A milestone has been reached and it is cause for celebration.
LitvakSIG has completed the translation of all known vital records for towns in Kaunas Gubernia, with the exception of post 1911 birth records which were not microfilmed. These post 1911 records cannot be translated due to the 100 year Privacy Laws. For some towns, birth records from 1912-1914 were filmed, and those were translated.
Included are towns from Kaunas, Panevezys, Raseiniai, Siauliai, Telsiai, Ukmerge and Zarasai Districts. The spreadsheets of these records are found on the relevant District Research Group's Shutterfly websites.
Many, but not all records, are already in the ALD(All Lithuania Database). The rest will become available in the ALD in about 18 months.
The VRT Project launched in the year 2000.  While Kaunas Gubernia is complete for the current time, there is still much translation work to be done on towns in Vilnius Gubernia and Suwalki Gubernia.
Sincere thanks go to everyone involved in making this announcement possible:
Volunteers who coordinated the fundraising and translation work, those with translation skills who gave their time to do translations, and especially the contributors whose support enabled this collective success.
As later years of records become available to us for translation, we hope we can rely on you for your continuing financial support.
This is a collective effort and we all share in this achievement.
We hope you find your ancestors in these records but please understand that many years' records are missing, have been lost, or have been destroyed due to fire or war.
For those reasons, it is important you continue to support the work of the District Research Groups who continue to translate lists which will often be the only sources for you to locate your ancestors.
My personal thanks to Howard Margol, Aaron Roetenberg and Dorothy Leivers, as well as some who are no longer active within LitvakSIG:Carol Baker and Olga Zabludoff.
Mazel Tov, everyone,
Eden Joachim
President
MACEVA – Lithuanian Cemetery Preservation Project

Consistent with LitvakSIG’s objective of encouraging and supporting the preservation and computerization of primary sources of genealogical data, we support the work of MACEVA, a Lithuanian non-profit organization whose mission includes identifying and preserving pre-World War II Jewish cemeteries in Lithuania and recording and computerizing the information on the gravestones.   Click here to go to the website of MACEVA, which is an independent organization and is not a part of LitvakSIG.

In addition to working cooperatively with MACEVA to share the information they are documenting, digitizing and computerizing, LitvakSIG will also be able to accept contributions specifically designated for MACEVA. To contribute now, using our secure on-line credit card system, go to www.litvaksig.org/contribute .  Use the box SPECIAL PROJECT and from the Choose Project drop down menu, select Website/IT. In the Enter Notes box, type in MACEVA. In the Amount in US$ Box, type in the amount of your donation. Use the format 100.00. DO NOT ENTER a $.

Click the CHECKOUT box. The total donation amount appears. If it is correct, click the SUBMIT DONATION box. To correct or change the amount, click the BACK box.

To make a donation by check or to mail your credit card information for processing:

Payable to: LitvakSIG, Inc.

Mail to LitvakSIG

c/o Eden Joachim, Treasurer

41 Country Club Lane

Pomona, NY  10970

USA

Always include your full name, billing address, email address, telephone number. You may note shtetl(ach) of interest. This information will be passed on to MACEVA.

LitvakSIG POLICY CHANGE FOR DISTRICT RESEARCH GROUPS
The new district research group structure became effective January 1, 2012.
You may read more here.








First-Time Site Users:

Welcome! We suggest you start with the Family Research Page of our site. It will help you get oriented and explain the basic information you need to identify to leverage our site and LitvakSIG to its fullest. We also suggest you read the About LitvakSIG section, paying special attention to the Projects and Data Page. You may also need to refer to our Glossary since you may not be familiar with the many Yiddish, Hebrew and Russian terms that are used throughout the site, especially if this is your first foray in Jewish genealogy research.

Data Seekers:

Assuming you know your family shtetl(ach) of interest or your family surname, you can dive into our All Lithuania Database to search for records. If you know your shtetl(ach) of interest, you will want to learn about LitvakSIG projects which are collecting data for your ancestral shtetl(ach). You can do that on the Projects and Data, District Research, Vital Records and Special Projects pages. Once you have found your projects of interest, consider joining LitvakSIG and contributing to one or more LitvakSIG projects so you can gain access to the data in Excel format.

Frequent Site Users:

We’ve incorporated a number of “deep links” in the horizontal menu bar, vertical menu bar, and footer to help you get where you want to go fast: the All Lithuania Database, Shtetl Database, Lithuania Given Names Database, Archives and Repositories, FAQs, etc.