JGS Pittsburgh Presents: “Researching Your Roots with LitvakSIG”
Carol Hoffman will survey Litvak genealogical records available online.
With almost 2.5 million Lithuanian Jewish record translations — mainly censuses and vital records — LitvakSIG’s publicly searchable “All Lithuania Database” provides the primary foundation for Litvak genealogical research. There are also additional sources online for researching your Litvak roots. In her talk “Researching Your Roots with LitvakSIG,” Carol Hoffman will offer a comprehensive overview of the LitvakSIG (Special Interest Group) database and website, as well as other important sources. The presentation will detail the best ways to use Litvak databases and websites to achieve optimum results and to enhance your knowledge of your Litvak family information. It will also include tips for determining what records are available, for understanding search results, and for accessing information in search results. The presentation will also cover LitvakSIG and its “All Lithuania Database,” as well as other resources from JewishGen, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, YIVO and other sources.
This program is possible through the generous support of the William M. Lowenstein Genealogical Research Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation.
“Researching Your Roots with LitvakSIG” is a collaboration between the Jewish Genealogy Society of Pittsburgh and the Rauh Jewish Archives at the Heinz History Center. Please register online. The program is free for JGS-Pittsburgh members and $5 for the general public. To become a member of the JGS-Pittsburgh and receive a free membership code for this program, please visit its website at https://www.pghjgs.org/membership.
This program will be recorded and made available to current JGS-Pittsburgh members.
All attendees are encouraged to log onto the presentation 30 minutes early for a virtual open house. It’s an opportunity to share genealogy stories and make new friends.
Carol Hoffman is the president of LitvakSIG, an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh and has lived in Israel for the past 50 years. She holds a BA and an MLSc from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from the University of London. She is a former rare book cataloguer, regional and college library director, and lecturer at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Haifa University. She has been the archivist for the Association of Lithuanian Jews in Israel, a cataloguer Tel Aviv Museum of Art library, and a member of the database transliteration committee Israel Genealogy Research Association (IGRA). She is a mother of three and grandmother of nine.