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Regional Special Interest Groups

JewishGen hosts web pages for several "Special Interest Groups" (SIGs), whose interest is a geographic region of origin, or special topic.

  • Austria-Czech SIG
    Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic), plus parts of Austria, especially Vienna.

  • Belarus SIG
    The former Russian Empire gubernii of Grodno, Minsk, Mogilev, Vitebsk, and southern Vilna, now in Belarus.

  • Bessarabia SIG
    The former Russian gubernia of Bessarabia, which is now in Moldova, with parts in Ukraine.  Also covers Transnistria (Pridnestrovie), a small region on a left bank of the Dniester.

  • Białystok Region
    The city of Białystok and nearby towns and villages, currently in Poland, formerly in the Russian Empire's Grodno Gubernia.

  • Courland SIG
    Kurland gubernia, now southern Latvia.

  • Danzig/Gdańsk SIG
    Danzig/Gdańsk, and its precursor communities of Alt Schottland, Langfuhr, Mattenbuden, Weinberg, and Danzig in der Breitgasse, and Tiegenhof (Nowy Dwór Gdański).

  • Early American SIG
    Jewish families who came to the United States before the larger immigration waves of the 1880s and later.

  • French SIG
    France and French colonies, as well as other French-speaking areas such as Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

  • Gesher Galicia *
    Austrian Poland, a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1772 until 1917, now in southern Poland and western Ukraine.

  • German-Jewish SIG
    Germany and German-speaking areas of Alsace, Lorraine, Switzerland, and Poland.

  • Hungary SIG
    "Greater Hungary" or pre-Trianon Hungary, includes areas that at one time were predominantly Hungarian speaking.  This includes all of present-day Hungary and Slovakia, and territory now within Ukraine, Austria, Romania, Croatia and Serbia.

  • Latvia SIG
    The former Russian Empire gubernias of Courland, southern Livonia (Livland), and western Vitebsk.

  • LitvakSIG *
    Kovno and Vilna guberniyas of the Russian Empire, which includes most of present-day Lithuania.

  • Łódź area
    The city of Łódź, Poland, and localities within a 40-mile radius – in Congress Poland's gubernias of Piotrków, Płock, Warszawa, or Kalisz.

  • Jewish Records Indexing - Poland (JRI-Poland) *
    An organization with the mission to index all the Jewish vital records in Poland.

  • Romania SIG
    Romania (including Bukovina).

  • Scandinavia SIG
    Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark - including the former Danish colonies and protectorates.

  • Sephardic SIG
    For all researchers of Sephardic genealogy and history.

  • Southern Africa SIG
    Including South Africa, Lesotho (Basutoland), Botswana (Bechuanaland), Zimbabwe (S. Rhodesia), Zambia (N. Rhodesia), Swaziland, Mozambique and the former Belgian Congo.

  • Sub-Carpathia SIG
    Sub-Carpathian Ukraine – parts of the pre-WWI Hungarian megyék of Bereg, Máramaros, Ugocsa and Ung – today Zakarpattia Oblast, Ukraine.

  • Suwalk-Lomza SIG *
    Publisher of Landsmen, covering these two northeastern gubernias of Russian Poland, now in northeast Poland and southwest Lithuania.

  • Ukraine SIG
    The former Russian Empire gubernias now in the Ukraine: Podolia, Volhynia, Kiev, Poltava, Chernigov, Kharkov, Kherson, Taurida and Ekaterinoslav.

  • United Kingdom - Jewish Communities and Records
    JCR-UK is a project to record genealogical and historical information about the Jewish communities of the United Kingdom. A joint project of JewishGen and JGS Great Britain.

  • Warszawa
    The capital city of Poland, Warszawa (Warsaw).

* Hosted Organization.  The databases, websites and/or discussion groups of these organizations are hosted by JewishGen, although each is independent, with its own separate administrative and financial structure.

What SIG Covers My Town?

  1. Search for your town in the “JewishGen Communities Database”:
    Town:

  2. In the results display, click on the JewishGen icon next to your town's name.  This will bring you to the “JewishGen Locality Page” for your town.

  3. Scroll down to the very bottom of the “JewishGen Locality Page”.  In the lower right, under the "Additional information" will be a list of all relevant JewishGen SIGs for that town.

Topical SIGs:

  • DNA SIG
    A forum for scientific questions on DNA technology and its reliability, encompassing when and how to best utilize DNA testing for genealogical pursuits.

  • Rabbinic Genealogy SIG
    A forum for those interested in Rabbinic genealogy or researching rabbinic ancestry within any geographic area or time period.

  • Yiddish Theatre and Vaudeville Research Group
    A forum for genealogists tracing relatives involved in Yiddish theater and/or vaudeville, in any location and time period.


JewishGen also hosts Discussion Group Mailing Lists for several of these SIGs, and others.


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