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District Research

There are 14 district research groups (DRG) matching administrative districts ("uyezds") of the Russian Empire period (1795-1917). There is 1 Gubernia Research Group for Suwalki Gubernia.The Research Groups translate all available records: revision lists, family lists, tax lists,voter lists  and vital records for the entire district (or gubernia for Suwalki), including all shtetls in the district / gubernia. The premise on which RGs are organized is that families often lived in one shtetl but were officially registered in another shtetl or had extended family within  close proximity. Collecting and researching on the district/gubernia level is generally more fruitful than narrowly focusing on the shtetl a family was “from”.

Qualified contributors for a given RG are provided with access to Excel files of all records translated for that district / gubernia and new translations generated from available funds for a five year calendar cycle. This data is provided to the qualified contributors at least 18 months before the data is made publicly available on the All Lithuania Database ("ALD"). The qualification level is $100 US per district. Smaller donations can be made over time to build up to the qualification level.

Effective January 1, 2012, vital records projects for all shtetlach in Districts within Kaunas Gubernia have been incorporated into the relevant District group.

Effective March 1, 2013, vital records projects for all shtetlach in Districts within Vilnius Gubernia have been incorporated into the relevant District group.

Below is a list of the 14 district and 1 gubernia research groups, the contribution required to become a contributor to each, and a link to email the RG Coordinator. Each Research Group named below is hyperlinked to a webpage on this site with detailed information on the history and progress of the particular group. In addition, many groups have their own websites or blogs for their contributors; you will find links to the publicly available page of those RG websites on those pages as well.

Disna District

Coordinator: VACANT (please volunteer)

Shtetls:Germanovici, Glubokoye, Golubicy, Leonpol, Druya, Disna, Bildziugi, Plisa, Postovy, Sharkovshina, Luzhek and Kozyany

 

$100 US
Kaunas District

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Shtetls: Ariogala, Babtai, Cekiske, Dotnuva, Grinskiskis, Jonava, Josvainiai, Juodoniai, Kaunas (city), Kedainiai, Krakes, Labanava, Rumkiskes, Sanciai, Seredzius, Siapaberze, Surviliskis, Vandziogala, Vasiliskis, Veliuona, Vilijampole, Vilkija, Zeimai

$100 US

Klaipeda (Memel) District

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Shtetls: Klaipeda (Memel), Priekulë (Prökuls), Ðilutë (Silute, Heydekrug), Rusnë (Russ) and Smalininkai (Schmalleningken) 

 

 

 $ 100 US
Lida District

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Shtetls: Belitsa, Eisiskes, Ivoniskiai, Lida, Novy Dvor, Orlya, Ostryna, Radun, Rozhanka, Shchuchyn, Vasilishki, Voranava, Zheludok

$100 US
Oshmiany District

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Shtetls:Derevno, Dieveniskes, Dvorets, Golshany, Ivye, Krevo, Lipnishki, Naliboki, Oshmiany, Smorgon, Solsk, Soly, Traby, Vishnevo, Volozhin, Zaskevichi, Zhuprany

$100 US

Panevezys District

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Shtetls: Birzai,Geleziai, Joniskelis, Krekenava, Linkuva, Mazgiai, Nemunelio Radviliskis, Pakruojis, Pumpenai, Panemune, Pamusis, Panevezys, Pasvalys, Pusalotas, Ramygala, Rozalimas, Salociai, Truskava, Vabalninkas, Vaskai, Zeimelis

 

 

$100 US
Raseiniai District

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Shtetls:Batakiai, Dauglaukis, Erzvilkas, Gaure, Girkalnis, Jurbarkas, Kaltinenai, Kelme, Kraziai, Kvedarna, Labardzai, Liolai, Lyduvenai, Nemaksciai, Pajuris, Raseiniai, Rietavas, Sartininkai, Silale, Siluva, Skaudvile, Sveksna, Syliai, Taurage, Tytuvenai, Upyna ,Vainutas, Veivirzenai, Vidukle and Zemaiciu Naumiestis.

$100 US
Siauliai District

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Shtetls: Akmene, Baisogala, Gruzdziai, Joniskis, Juodeikiai, Klykoliai, Kriukai, Kursenai, Kurtuvenai, Laizuva, Leckava, Luoke, Lygumai, Mazeikiai, Mazeliai, Padubysys, Palonai, Papile, Pasusvys, Pasvitinys, Pociuneliai, Radviliskis, Sakiai, Saukenai, Saukotas, Seduva, Siaulenai, Siauliai, Tryskiai, Uzventis, Vaiguva, Vegeriai, Vieksniai, Zagare

$100 US

Suwalki Gubernia

 

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Shtetls: Alexotas, Alytus west of Neiman), Aukstoji Panemune, Azuolu Buda, Bakalerzewo (P), Balbieriskis, Berzniki (P), Filipow (P), Griskabaudis, Gudeliai, Gyviai, Kalvarija, Kapciamiestis, Kazlu Ruda, Krasnopol (P), Kriukai, Krosna, Kudirkos Naumiestis, Kybartai, Lazdijai, Leipalingis, Liepalotai,  Liskiava Meteliai, Liubavas, Liudvinavas, Luksiai, Marijampole, Miroslavas,  Pakuonis, Pilviskiai, Prienai,Rudamina, Sakiai, Seirejai, Sejny (P), Siaudine, Simnas, Smalininkai, Sudargas, Sumskas, Sutdai, Veisiejai, Veiveriai,  Vilkaviskis, Virbalis, Vistytis, Zapyskis

$100 US
Svencionys District

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Shtetls: Adutiskis, Ignalina, Kaltanenai, Kamelishki (Belarus), Linkmenys, Lyntupy (Belarus), Mielagenai, Kobylniki(Naroch)- (Belarus), Naujasis Daugeliskis, Pabrade, Stajetiske, Svencioneliai, Svencionys, and Svir (Belarus)

$100 US
Telsiai District

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Shtetls: Aleksandravas, Alsedziai, Barstyciai, Darbenai, Gargzdai, Gruslauke, Jokubavas, Kalnalis, Kalvarija Zhamot, Kartena, Kretinga, Kuliai, Laukuva,Lieplaukis, Mosedis, Nevarenai, Palanga, Pavandene, Pikeliai, Plateliai, Plunge, Pozere, Salantai, Salociai, Saukliai, Seda, Skuodas, Telsiai, Tirksliai, Tverai, Vaiguva, Varniai, Ylakiai, Zarenai, Zemaiciu Kalvaria, Zemalenai, Zidikai

$100 US
Trakai District

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Shtetls: Alytus,Aukstadvaris, Butrimonys, Darsuniskis, Daugai, Dieksniai, Druskininkai, Jieznas, Merkine, Nemunaitis, Punia, Ratnycia, Semeliskes, Stakliskes, Trakai, Valkininkai, Varena, Vievis, Zasliai, Ziezmariai

$100 US
Ukmerge District

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Main Shtetls: Alanta, Anyksciai, Baleliai, Balninkai, Bukonys, Debeikiai, Kavarskas, Kupiskis, Kurkliai, Leliunai, Pagiriai, Raguva, Seta, Siesikai, Simonys, Skiemonys, Subacius, Svedasai, Taujenai, Traupis, Troskunai, Ukmerge, Utena, Uzpaliai, Vidiskiai, Viesintos, Vyzuonos, Zelva

$100 US
Vilnius District

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Shtetls:Antakalnis, Bagaslaviskis, Bezdonys, Ciobiskis, Gelvan, Giedraiciai, Inturik, Jasiunai, Joniskes, Laibiskis, Maisiagala, Mikasiliskis, Moletai, Musninkai, Naujoji Vilna, Nemencine, Novygorod, Paberze, Rudamina, Salcininkai, Sesuoliai, Shirvint, Snipiskes, Stundishki, Turgeliai, Vilna (Vilnius City), Yakubantse

$100 US

Zarasai District

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Shtetls: Aknīste, Antaliepte, Braslav, Druysk, Dubinovo, Dukštas, Dusetos, Jūžintai, Kamajai, Kriaunos, Obeliai, Okmyanitsa, Onuškis, Opsa, Pandelys, Panemunelis, Papilys, Plyussy, Rimše, Rokiškis, Salakas, Skapiškis, Slobodka, Suvainiškis, Tauragnai, Vidzy, Zamoshye, Zarachye, Zarasai

$100 US

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