Belarus SIG #Belarus Newcomer to all this #belarus


I am just beginning to investigate my family tree, and have put together
enough information to know that both sides come >from Belarus. The towns are
Smorgon and Soly. They are basically east of Vilna on the Belarus side of the
border. Smorgon was the more substantial place and appears on current maps.
Soly is in the shtetl finder at JewishGen, but I cant get a map location.

Can anyone give me a bit of a heads up on how to get started? I am at a
loss to trace names, since the family names are reported to have been created
during the immigration process: GROSS, CRAMER, WITTENBERG are a few.

How does one get a look at a Yizkor book? One exists for Smorgon.

Thanks for your help.

Michael Gross
Chevy Chase, Md

MODERATOR'S NOTE: Michael, you should go to the home page of Jewishgen
and click on FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) by Warren Blatt. This is
one of the best single documents for someone new to Jewish genealgy to read
before you do anything else. Most of the questions you asked above are
answered in the FAQ. I would also highly recommend that you join your
local Jewish Genealogy Society: the Jewish Genealogy Society of Greater
Washington. Their webpage will provide more information
<>. You should also check the JGFF database
for you surnames and shtetls.

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