The Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain has recently revised and reprinted its publication “A Guide to Jewish Genealogy in Lithuania” and this is now available for purchase through the JGSGB website. To order a copy of this up to date guide to researching family in Lithuania simply go to: http://www.jgsgb.org.uk/catalog/shop and add the Guide to your shopping basket.
The author of the Guide is Sam Aaron, a long-standing JGSGB member and a leading light in Lithuanian Jewish Genealogy. Sam will be speaking about Lithuanian research at the JGSGB London conference on 30 October.
The Lithuanian Guide provides clear information about how records were organised and what levels of government the records were collected at and where they can now be found. There are details of the way various first and last names worked in Lithuania, which is an invaluable piece of information when trying to reconcile the names that people used in different situations – in Hebrew, in official records, as nicknames and so on.
So if you have Lithuanian ancestors this is a must to have.
Tony Benson – Blog Editor