Klaipeda District Research Group

Founded in 2011, the Klaipeda (Memel) District Research Group (DRG) of LitvakSIG obtains records from all shtetls (towns) in the Klaipeda Uyezd (district) of Lithuania.

Since its beginning, the Klaipeda District Research Group has spent $769.50 to translate 1,687 records of our ancestors. The funds we were able to spend are a result of your contributions.  The total number of records translated includes many records donated by Ruth Leiserowitz.

Effective January 1, 2012, the group will translate all available vital records for all towns within the district, all available 19th century and early 20th century Revision Lists and Other Census Lists and Tax Lists from all archive locations.

As a result of border changes the Klaipeda District and its towns were controlled by numerous governments in the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries. Klaipeda today is in Lithuania. As a result, records are dispersed in archival locations in Lithuania, Germany and Poland.

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 via our contributors-only website As part of LitvakSIG’s overall mission, our group data is made publicly available in the LitvakSIG All Lithuania Database (ALD) 18 months from when members first receive access but only via the web interface and not in Excel format.

Our contributors are people who are researching ancestors from any shtetl in Klaipeda Uyezd and 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 other places 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 Klaipeda Uyezd are:

Klaipeda (Memel), Priekulë (Prökuls), Ðilutë (Silute, Heydekrug), Rusnë (Russ) and Smalininkai (Schmalleningken)

We hope you will consider becoming a qualifying contributor at the $100 level or more to the Klaipeda District Research Group. Effective January 1, 2012, a $100 contribution provides early access for a 5 year cycle, based on calendar years. Instructions on how to contribute may be found here. If you have questions, you may contact the Group Coordinator Russ Maurer