Updated July 23, 2013
While we endeavor to keep the majority of our data acquisition/translation projects within the District/Gubernia Research Groups, sometimes that is not practical from a coordination or funding standpoint.
For example, where a particular list is very large it may be treated as a project by itself, distinct from the District/Gubernia Research Groups. Funds were raised for the City of Kaunas family list 1858-1915. This had its own $100 US required contribution and this list alone was expected to cost in the range of $10,000. The translations were completed in September, 2010 and the data is now accessible through the Kaunas District Research Group.
Another example of this are the Internal Passport (IP) Files.This is a translation project to a collection of files rich with family information for those people who resided in independent Lithuania in the interwar period (1919-1940). The vast majority of these projects were originally organized by shtetl and were funded separately by shtetl. In some cases, the District/Gubernia Research Groups helped fund the translations.
A contribution of $100 to the Research Group in which your shtetl is located will provide you with access to all Internal Passport files translated to date, except for the city of Vilnius.
All Internal Passport files known to exist for all shtetls, except the city of Vilnius, have been translated and are accessed on the Shutterfly site for each Research Group.
A Shutterfly site for the City of Vilnius Internal Passports has been created. A $100 contribution is required for access. Contact Howard Margol for more information if necessary.
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