New data available from the Vilnius Household Registers project #general

Russ Maurer

LitvakSIG is very pleased to announce that batch 4 of the Vilnius household
registers project, 5185 lines, is now available to qualified donors. To help
you decide if this batch is relevant to you, please consult the free Batch 4
preview which you can download >from the VHR home page,
(short URL: ). The batch preview shows the full
name and year of birth (or age) for each person in batch 4.

During the period between WWI and WWII, Vilnius and adjoining areas (that today
are within eastern Lithuania and western Belarus) were under Polish control. In
Vilnius, the Poland imposed its system of household registration for population
registration and mobility control >from 1919 to 1940. More than 13,000 household
registers have survived. They contain a treasure trove of information about
people who lived in or visited Vilnius. Typical records may include the first
and last name, maiden name, names of the parents including the mother's maiden
name, marital status, nationality and religion, place and date of birth (or
age), place of previous residence, date of arrival to the lodgings, date of
leaving the lodgings and next destination. We estimate that the collection, in
all, contains about a million lines of data for Jews.

Because this is a long-term project, we are releasing data 5,000 lines at a
time, approximately every 2-3 months. Batch 4 contains all available data >from
six large apartment buildings located at Mala Stefanska 19, Wielka Stefanska 5
and 14, and Zawalna 10/3, 15, and 16.

Each batch will be added to the free, searchable All-Lithuania database about
18 months after release.

Of particular note, because of the shifting national boundaries, the Vilnius
household registers will be of interest to a wider audience than one might
imagine. There was no border between Vilnius and the rest of interwar Poland.
People flowed freely between Vilnius and such other cities as Warsaw,
Bialystok, Lodz, Lida, Disna, Oshmiany, Minsk, and others. If your ancestors
were anywhere in that area between the wars, they could have stopped in
Vilnius and made an appearance in a household register.

All necessary information about these data releases, including how to become
a qualified donor, can be found on the VHR home page linked above. While
you're there, check out our new Vilnius interactive map (thank you, Jay Osborn!)

Any questions should be directed to me at vhrproject@...

Russ Maurer
VHR project coordinator, LitvakSIG

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