Lida District Research Group

The Lida District Research Group (DRG) of LitvakSIG obtains records from all shtetls (towns) in the Lida Uyezd (district) of Vilnius Gubernia (region) of Lithuania. This includes the town of Lida itself as well as records that pertain to the entire Uyezd.

Our original focus was on obtaining 19th century Russian Empire period records from the the Lithuanian State Historical Archives in Vilnius (LVIA) for Lida since Lida is in present day Belarus and between the wars was in Poland. In recent years we have obtained records for the 20th century.

Effective January 1, 2013, the group is translating available vital records for shtetlach in the district.

We access records, translate, create a database of them and distribute the data to our contributors. We distribute the data to our contributors in Excel format through the Lida District Shutterfly website at  As part of LitvakSIG¹s overall mission, our group data is made publicly available in the LitvakSIG All Lithuania Database (ALD) well after contributors get early access but only via the web interface and not in Excel format.

Since the Lida DRG was established, we have spent over $36,831.65 on acquiring and distributing data from records for Lida Uyezd and the 12 shtetls in Lida Uyezd. - ­that¹s over 61,549 individual record lines of people! Our projects are ongoing and progress is based on our available funds and the availability of records.

Our contributors are people who are researching ancestors from any shtetl in Lida Uyezd who have joined together to make the most of our shared resources. Since many of our ancestors lived in one place but worked, were officially registered, owned property or assets, or had relatives in another place nearby, it is only by researching on the broader geographic scale of the uyezd that one can be sure where a family was really "from" and that one has searched thoroughly.

Shtetls in Lida Uyezd are:

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

We hope you will consider becoming a qualifying contributor at the $100 level or more to projects from the LitvakSIG Lida District Research Group. For all district research groups, effective January 1, 2012, a $100 contribution provides early access for a 5 year cycle, based on calendar years. Please contact district coordinator Judy Baston for clarification specific to how Judy does fund-raising for this district group. Instructions on how to contribute may be found here. If you have questions, you may contact the Group Coordinator Judy Baston.