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     IAJGS Warsaw Conference:  Major Announcements and Recognition for LitvakSIG!

Vilnius Household Registers Project Announced by Russ Maurer

LitvakSIG Wins Prestigious Rabbi Malcolm Stern Award for Vilnius Household Registers Project - Award Accepted by Russ Maurer

(see below for details on the VHR project)

LitvakSIG’s Immediate Past President, Carol Hoffman, recognized by IAJGS as "Volunteer of the Year"

(for video, see our Facebook page at LitvakSIG on Facebook)

LitvakSIG Welcomes New Board Members:  Judy Baston, Rose Lerer Cohen and Jody Tzuker

(go to "LitvakSIG Leadership" for details) 

                       Vilnius Household Registers Project ("VHR")                       

The Lithuanian Central State Archive (LCVA) collection includes over 13,000 Vilnius household registers containing millions of lines of detailed information about Vilnius residents and visitors to Vilnius during the interwar period. This incomparable genealogical resource was brought to our attention a couple of years ago. Since then, and especially over the last year, we have begun to index these records and work out the many details necessary to create a practical project.

At the recent IAJGS meeting in Warsaw, Project Coordinator (and Coordinator of Records Acquisition & Translation) Russ Maurer made the official announcement of the project to a rapt audience at the LitvakSIG luncheon.

Read all about the registers and our project at our new dedicated webpage, Vilnius Household Registers. You might want to bookmark the page. Of particular note: even if you don’t think your family was in Vilnius, the project may have something for you. Many people came to Vilnius from other areas, including areas now in Lithuania, Belarus, and Poland, either to live, on business, or to visit friends or family. They could appear in these records.

Because of the enormous scale of this new project, it will take years to complete.  However, information will be made available in batches - and the information on our dedicated webpage will help you to determine whether a particular batch is of interest to you.  Each batch spreadsheet will contain about 5,000 lines, representing information from a handful of addresses.  A qualifying donation of at least $50 is normally required to access the spreadsheet for any one batch.

However, thanks to the generous Stern grant that was recently awarded to LitvakSIG during the IAJGS Warsaw Conference, we are pleased to make available the full Batch 1 to one and all!  For more information and the link to the Batch 1 spreadsheet, please go to our VHR Home Page.

For more information, please click on the following links:

I’d like to donate to the VHR project.

I"m interested in learning more about various donation incentives for the VHR project.

I’d like to write to Russ Maurer, project coordinator at rrmmaur@gmail.com.

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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. 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 close to 3,000,000 records and is updated quarterly.

If you have any technical questions about the use of this website, please contact our webmaster at webmaster@litvaksig.org.