These are frequently asked questions (and answers!) about LitvakSIG.
What do I get for being a dues-paying member of LitvakSIG?
Dues-paying members of LitvakSIG have access to our Members Website which has additional and growing supplemental materials not available elsewhere. Dues provide for the ability to vote in our annual elections; and access to our By-Laws and Board of Directors Minutes. Additional information can be found on our Benefits of Membership page .
What is LitvakSIG’s membership year?
Our membership year is January 1 to December 31. Dues paid after the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur will be credited for the remainder of that calendar year and the following calendar year unless otherwise noted.
What does LitvakSIG need dues money for?
LitvakSIG dues are used to support the operating expenses of LitvakSIG including maintaining our websites (LitvakSIG.org and LitvakSIG.com), regular international Board meetings held by telephone conference calls, professional fees, an annual donation to JewishGen for hosting the All Lithuania Database (ALD), and for special activities, such as helping to sponsor Lithuanian archivists, researchers, or other special speakers at annual IAJGS conferences. We also fund the writing and translation of articles of interest to Litvak genealogists which are published in our Online Journal and on our Members Site. Most importantly, a portion of dues are used for the translation of records for the benefit of all Litvak researchers. Additional information can be found on our Benefits of Membership page .
How do I know which LitvakSIG project(s) I should contribute to?
The bulk of our activities are our geographic-specific Groups and Projects, whose primary purpose is to identify and collect data from available records for Lithuania from the Russian Empire Period (1795-1919) and Independent Lithuania (1919-1940). A number of shtetls now in Belarus and Poland fall under our aegis. Each of these groups and projects is separately funded by dedicated contributions raised for their specific purpose.
Our Groups and Projects are organized into three types:
Is my donation to LitvakSIG tax deductible?
LitvakSIG is a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation incorporated in the state of Iowa, USA. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by laws of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the US.
How do I make a contribution to LitvakSIG?
We’re glad you asked. You can make an online contribution or print a form and mail in a contribution from the Join LitvakSIG page of our website.
Once I make a contribution to LitvakSIG, what should I expect?
When you make an online contribution to LitvakSIG via our webform, you will receive an email confirmation. Behind the scenes, this information is passed to our Treasurer and then relayed to the appropriate group and project managers. This process can take up to 2-3 weeks. Please refer to the Timeline FAQ. After that time, you should hear directly from the group or project managers who received your contribution so that you may gain access to their Project Websites (where applicable) and group data.
We appreciate your patience with this process. As LitvakSIG is staffed solely by volunteers, we have some variability in this process based on peoples’ availabilities.
Who is the current Treasurer for LitvakSIG and how do I reach him/her?
A list of all LitvakSIG volunteers, including the Treasurer, can be found on the LitvakSIG Leadership page of this website.
Does LitvakSIG offer private research services?
LitvakSIG does not offer private research services. LitvakSIG is staffed by volunteers, many of whom contribute significant time to the organization. Our goals are to obtain data translations as quickly and efficiently as possible. That data is made available to our contributors for personal research. We simply don’t have the manpower to do private research for individuals.
How can I participate in the Eye-Witness Project?
We welcome participation in the Eye-Witness Project. To participate, please contact the LitvakSIG
Does LitvakSIG need volunteers? How can I volunteer for LitvakSIG?
LitvakSIG is growing and always interested in encouraging people to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering with LitvakSIG, please send an email to
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you will find a list of our current needs and a short form on the Volunteer Opportunities Page of our website. If you are interested in contributing content to our Online Journal, please contact our Online Journal Editor (contact information below). If you are interested in a Board position, please see LitvakSIG Board Positions. For additional information see the following webpages on our site: Our Leadership, LitvakSIG Board Positions, and Volunteer Opportunities.
How can I submit information or a website to be linked from LitvakSIG’s site?
If you have information to contribute to the LitvakSIG website, please contact
How do I alert the Webmaster about a broken or incorrect link?
A list of all LitvakSIG volunteers, including the Webmaster, can be found on the LitvakSIG Leadership page of this website. We are temporarily without a Webmaster. Please contact Eden Joachim regarding broken or incorrect links.
How can I get a login and password to the LitvakSIG Members Site?
If you are a current dues-paying member of LitvakSIG, you may have access to our Members Site. You choose your login and password when you register for access the first time. Make a note of what you choose since we don't have access to it and cannot retrieve it for you. For assistance with the Members website, contact our Members Site
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