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Grand Duchy of Lithuania Project
The Grand Duchy Research Project identifies documents relating to the lives of Jewish families who lived in Poland-Lithuania during the 17th and 18th centuries, and translates and publishes them on the Jewish Family History Foundation Website. Poll-Tax/census lists made in 1784 and 1765 are the primary documents included in this phase of the project.
List of Jewish communities found in the 1784 and 1765 GDL Censuses (Lithuania, Belarus, eastern Poland & Northern Ukraine) arranged by:
Articles illustrating uses of 18th Century GDL records
Articles which illustrate successful research, using 19th century vital records, tombstone inscriptions, revision lists, box and candle tax lists, applications for internal passports, official correspondence, wills and other records to find ancestors in 18th century records:
The Mandels of Lechovich (Lyakhovichi) and the 1784 GDL Census by Dr. Neville Lamdan
Using a Late 19th Century Will to Trace the Shabashevich Family of Raseiniai, Lithuania by Dr. Eric Goldsteinby Dr. David Hoffman
The Komisaruk Family of Raseiniai by Chaim Freedman
Russian Archival Research by Sonia and David Hoffman
The 1784 Census as Source Material in Rabbinical Research
18th Century Links to the Family of the Vilna Gaon by Chaim Freedman
Salant 18th Century:The Family of Rabbi Yosef Zundel Salanter by Chaim Freedman
The 1784 Census for Keidaniai Confirms the Katzenellenpogen Family Rabbinate by Dr. Neil Rosenstein
The 1784 Census for Slutsk and Its' Rabbinical families: ISSERLEIN, LANDAU, GUNZBURG, & LIPSCHULTZ
by Dr. Neil Rosenstein and Dov Weber
Sonia Hoffman Reviews 1784 GDL Census
Additional 17th -18th Century and Modern Maps are accessible from District Pages
Shtetl Research Groups
Revision List “Bridge Records”
Early 19th century Russian Revision Lists and additional revision lists (1805,1811,1816, 1818, 1834) serve as bridges between 19th century records where Jews first had surnames, and the earlier 18th century GDL records where they rarely had them. Instead the 18th century records used given names and father's names (patronymics.)
In the territory that later became Lithuania and Belarus, the most useful Bridge Records are the revision lists. These include many early revision lists that are in the All Lithuania Database (ALD) including:
Ariogala (1816), Josvainiai (1834), Kaunas (1816, 1834), Kedainiai (1816, 1834), Kelme (1816), Krakes (1816, 1847), Kraziai (1816), Labunava (1834), Lioliai (1816), Rumsiskes (1847), Seredzius (1834), Siluva (1816), Sveksna (1816), Veliuona (1834), Vilijampole (1834), Vilkija (1834). You can search the All Lithuania Database to find your family on these lists.
A group of twenty-nine 1811 and 1816 revision lists for Kaunas and Raseiniai Districts have been acquired by the LitvakSIG. These include the towns of Batakiai, Cekiske, Dotnuva, Dauglaukis (Davkinlava), Erzvilkas, Gaure, Girkalnis, Grinkiskis Josvainiai, Jurbarkas, Kvedarna, Labunava 1811, Labunava 1816, Nemaksciai, Nemaksciai -Siline, Pajuris, Raseiniai, Reitavas, Seredzius, Silale, Taurage, Upyna, Vainutas, Veliuona, Vidukle, Veivirzenai, Vilkija, Zemaiciu Naumiestis.
See the list of surnames in these towns at:
1816 lists for Mir and Slutsk; 1811 list for Minsk, 1834 -35 lists for Borisov District including towns of Borisov, Okolov; Krasnoluki; Dokshitsy, Zembin, Esmony, Kholopenichi, Pleshchenitsy, and Logoisk. 1795, 1806, 1811, 1816 and 1842 Revision Lists are on LDS microfilms and groups are being organized to translate records for: Bobriusk, Borisov, Davidogrod, Dokshitsky, Igumen, Koidanavo, Minsk, Mozyr, Nesvizh, Novogrudok, Pinsk, Postavy, Slutsk, and Velejka.
Suggestions and Corrections mail to: Jewish Family History Foundation