Bobby Furst <bobby1st@...>
JRI-Poland researchers in the Los Angeles Area are invited to the
JGSLA meeting April 24th at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N.
David and Sonia Hoffman will be speaking on the "Grand Duchy Project:
Finding Families in 18th Century Records in Belarus, Lithuania,
Poland and Ukraine."
80% of today's Jews have ancestors who lived in the Polish-Lithuanian
Commonwealth. The Hoffmans are translating and analyzing thousands of
pages of census-tax records >from the latter half of the 18th century,
for the areas which are now in Belarus, Lithuania, and parts of
Poland and Ukraine. This type of record was created for all of the
Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. They will
describe information found in these records about communities
(kahals) and families, and present the historical context for these
findings. They will demonstrate how researchers have identified their
families in these records, though they did not yet have surnames, and
will show examples of other types of 17th and 18th Century records
that are available in archives.
Some of the towns that are in Poland today for which the GDL Project
already has 18th c. records are: Biala, Janowa Podlaski, Koden,
Lomazy, Piszczac, Pratulin, Slawatycze, Wisznice, Wlodawa, Wohyn,
Dambrowa, Filipow, Korycin, Krasnopol, Krynki, Kuznica, Lipsk,
Przerosl, Raczki, Sejny, Suchowola, Sztabin, Wasilkow, Zabludow.
For more information, visit www.jewishfamilyhistory.org
David B. Hoffman, Ph.D., is the President of the Jewish Family
History Foundation and serves on the Board of the JGSLA. He co-
founded and is the past-president of the LitvakSIG. Sonia Hoffman
is President of the JGS Los Angeles and coordinates the Grand Duchy
Project of the Jewish Family History Foundation. She served as
coordinator of the Bialystok Shtetl CO-OP for JRI-Poland. They have
published numerous articles in Avotaynu and Roots-Key, and have
spoken at five IAJGS annual conferences and for many other societies.
This program will begin at 7:30 p.m., following a pre-meeting program
on research in the United Kingdom (7:00 p.m.) There is a $5.00 charge
for guests, which can be applied toward annual membership in JGSLA.
Bobby Furst, Membership Vice President, JGSLA
Visit www.jgsla.org for more information and directions.