Roberta Berman <rbrta@...>
San Diego Jewish Genealogical Society
Sunday, May 7, 1:00 p.m.
Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
2nd floor - Astor Judaica Library
4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla
The Grand Duchy Project: Finding Families in 18th Century Records in
Belarus, Lithuania and Poland
Speakers: Sonia and David Hoffman.
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth was home to the ancestors of 80% of the
Jews alive in the world today. During this "golden age," before this area
became part of the Russian Empire, Jews enjoyed a large degree of
self-government and economic security. 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 Lithuania, Belarus and
parts of Poland and Ukraine. They will describe the information that these
records contain about communities (kahals) and families, and the historical
context for these findings and demonstrate how researchers have identified
their families in these records, though they did not yet have surnames.
Many shtetl research groups are participating in this project to create a
patronymic online database and to more fully re-create the history of their
shtetls going back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
David B. Hoffman, Ph.D., is president of the Jewish Family History
Foundation and serves on the Board of Directors of the JGS Los Angeles. He
co-founded and is 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 also served as coordinator of
the Bialystok Shtetl CO-OP for JRI-Poland.
Non-members of SDJGS: $3.00 or join at the door.
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