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Vilnius District Research Group

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

We primarily focus on obtaining 19th century and early 20th century Revision Lists and Other Census Lists and Tax Lists from the Kaunas Regional Archives (KRA) and the Lithuanian Archives in Vilnius (LVIA).

As of March 2013, we are also translating vital records for all shtetlach in the District.

The city of Vilnius District Internal Passports Project is run as a separate, distinct project within LitvakSIG. This project requires a separate contribution from that to the Vilnius District Research Group. City of Vilnius Internal Passports are distributed to qualified contributors ($100), via a dedicated Shutterfly website at https://vilniusinternalpassports19191940.shutterfly.com.

We access records, translate and create a database, and distribute the data to our qualified contributors  in Excel format via our contributors-only website ("http://vilnius.shutterfly.com). As part of LitvakSIG’s overall mission, our group data is made publicly available in the LitvakSIG All Lithuania Database (ALD) 18 moths from when members first receive access but only via the web interface and not in Excel format.

Since the Vilnius DRG was established, we have spent almost $25,000 on acquiring and distributing data for Vilnius Uyezd and the shtetls in Vilnius Uyezd – that’s over 85,000 individual record lines of people! Our project is ongoing and progress is based on our available funds. There are ample available records for Vilnius District but we are constrained in our progress by funds at present.

Our contributors are people who are researching ancestors from any shtetl in Vilnius 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 Vilnius Uyezd are:

Antakalnis, Bagaslaviskis, Bezdonys, Ciobiskis, Gelvan, Giedraiciai, Inturik, Jasiunai, Joniskes,Laibiskis, Maisiagala, Mikasiliskis, Moletai, Musninkai, Naujoji Vilna, Nemencine, Novygorod, Paberze, Rudamina, Salcininkai,Sesuoliai, Shirvint, Snipiskes, Stundishki, Turgeliai, Vilna (Vilnius City), Yakubantse

We hope you will consider becoming a qualifying contributor at the $100 level or more to the Vilnius 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 District Coordinator Jill Anderson.