Ukraine SIG #Ukraine Grand Duchy Project Program in Los Angeles April 24 #ukraine


Subject: Grand Duchy Project Program in Los Angeles April 24

Ukraine researchers in the Los Angeles Area are invited to the JGSLA meeting
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 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. 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.

The records include a small part of northern Ukraine but the historical
background, methodology and type of record applies to Ukraine in general;
finding which archives these records are in, and obtaining them is part of the
future plans for this project.

For more information, visit

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.

Visit for more information and directions.

Marion Diamond, JGSLA Board of Directors

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