We’re thrilled to be celebrating the 20th anniversary of LitvakSIG!  If YOU have a memory to share about your involvement with LitvakSIG as a user, donor, or volunteer, please share it with us at  We’ll be posting some of these here on our website, the LitvakSIG Digest, or our Facebook page.  We’ve already posted one item which can be reached by clicking on this link:  LitvakSIG 1998 Goals and Objectives. Do read  our second article in this series, LitvakSIG in the Beginning by Davida Noyek Handler. Our third article honoring our 20th anniversary is Devera and Michael Witkin Recall - a wonderful spin back to the very beginning. Joel Ratner, former Coordinator, Vilnius District Research Group and Former Coordinator, LitvakSIG Vital Record Translation Project shared his memories in our fourth article honoring our 20th anniversary with The Year was 1998. Our fifth article in this series of honoring our 20th anniversary salutes LitvakSIG as aiding in the search of family history; read Early Member of LitvakSIG: Researching My Paternal Grandmother’s Family by Ellen Stepak. Judy Baston has written an overview of LitvakSIG History in our most recent article, most appropriate as we approach our annual meetingi n Warsaw.

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. In addition to translating records that are relevant to all parts of Lithuania, we also maintain a number of geographic-specific Research Groups.

The primary mission of a Research Group is to identify and collect data for that group’s territorial area of interest from available records for Lithuania from the  Russian Empire Period (1795 to First World War) and the period of Independent  Lithuania (1919-1940) including Vilna Guberniya. A contributor to a Research Group or Project gains advance access to the data collected by the group or project. The data is typically provided in Excel format.

The highlight of our work is the: 

All Lithuania Database (ALD) is a free, searchable database that currently has over 2,770,00 records and is updated quarterly.

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