Grand Duchy Project Program in Los Angeles April 24 #lithuania


Litvak researchers in the Los Angeles Area are invited to the JGSLA
meeting on Monday, April 24th at the Skirball Cultural Center, 2701
N. Sepulveda Blvd.

David and Sonia Hoffman will be speaking on the "Grand Duchy Project:
Finding Families in 18th Century Records in Belarus, Lithuania, Poland and

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. 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.
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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.
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
past-president of LitvakSIG. 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.

Nancy Biederman, Co-President, JGS Los Angeles

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