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Grodno Shtetl Study Groups

Some groups are nascent, some a bit more advanced.  We strongly encourages members to join an existing shtetl group or to unite with people who share common ancestry to form a Grodno Shtetl Research Group for your town.  Your cooperation with "neighbors" will help SIG help you.  If no web page exists for your shtetl, the JewishGen ShtetLinks Directory coordinators are available to assist you in its creation.  Editing, organization, and technical advice on how to add your own shtetl page is available at JewishGen KehilaLinks.

Shtetl Study Groups
Drogichin GO! Coordinator
Eisiskes GO! 54° 10' 25° 00' Coordinator
Ivye GO! 53° 56' 25° 46' Coordinator
Kobrin GO! 52° 13' 24° 21' Coordinator
Lida GO! 53° 48' 25° 18' Coordinator
Nowy Dwor GO! 53° 48' 24° 34' Coordinator
Orliany/Orlowa GO! 53° 30' 24° 34' Coordinator
Ostryna GO! 53° 44' 24° 32' Coordinator
Pruzhany GO! 52° 33' 24° 28' Coordinator
Radunj GO! 54° 03' 25° 00' Coordinator
Rozhanka GO! 53° 32' 24° 44' Coordinator
Ruzhany GO! 52° 52' 24° 53' Coordinator
Slonim GO! 52° 52' 24° 53' Coordinator
Stutchin GO! 53° 36' 24° 45' Coordinator
Vasilishki GO! 53° 47' 24° 51' Coordinator
Voronova GO! 54° 09' 25° 19' Coordinator
Zabludow GO! 53° 01' 23° 09' Coordinator
Zaludok/Orlova GO! 53° 36' 24° 59' Coordinator

If you would like to join one of the above Shtetl Study Group, contact the Coordinator.

If you would like to coordinate a new Shtetl Study Group, let us know.

Researchers with ancestors from the same shtetl within Czarist Russian Grodno Guberniya and portions of territory formerly within Vilna Guberniya and later Grodno Guberniya, or land now in Grodno Oblast, can form a Grodno Shtetl Research Group. These research groups may pool financial as well as volunteer resources and efforts to obtain archival documents and other genealogical data from that town. The group may maintain its own family name research list. The group can share translation and translit eration efforts. Some groups may share the translation of entire yizkor books (subject to copyright restrictions). Some may share folklore or photographs. Travel and research experiences can benefit all. Because shared  information about ancestor's social, political, cultural, and religious lives adds great dimension to genealogical study, Grodno Genealogy Group,  Inc. encourages these shared efforts.

After formation of a Grodno Shtetl Research Group, resources from  group members and GGG, Inc. can facilitate the purchase of specific records from various archival sources. Such source might include Grodno national and regional archives, Lithuanian national archives, or ZAGS archives. GGG, Inc. Board and the Research Groups will determine the manner for sharing the information.

Kahal records, conscription lists, revision lists (census), vital  records, tax records, Jewish community box tax and candle tax lists for Vilna guberniya, guild and court records, property records, draft records, internal passports, etc. for a particular town or shtetl are possible shared research targets. (Not all of these types of records exist for any particular town). Also, shared community history and lore can add great dimension to genealogy.

Grodno and Grodno region political changes:

    Second half of the 13th century - The Great Lithuanian Principality.
  1. 1568 - Rech Pospolitaya (Polish Principality and Lithuanian principality united)
  2. 1795 - Grodno is in Russian Empire
  3. 1796 - Grodno is center of Lithuanian Guberniya (Litovskaya Guberniya , Russian Empire)
  4. 1801 - Grodno is the center of Grodnenskaya Guberniya. (Russian Empire)
  5. September 3,1915 - occupied by German troops (WWI)
  6. March 25, 1918 - Grodno is in the Belorussian National Republic.
  7. 1919 - Grodno is in Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic.
  8. April 27,1919 - Grodno is given to Burzhuaznaya Polsha (Poland)
  9. July 19, 1920 - Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
  10. 1921 - given to Panjska Polsha (Poland)
  11. September 1939 - Belorussian Soviet Socialist Republic
  12. 1941 - German occupation
  13. 1944 - Liberation.
  14. 1992 - Republic of Belarus.

Shifting Regional Political Control Listings

13th to first half of the 14th centuries: Great Lithuanian Principality. The capital is Navagrudak. Belsk, Berestya (Brest), Borisov, Braslav, Dobrovitsa, Dragichin, Drutsk, Gorognya (Grodno), Kernava, Kletsk, Kobrin, Kovna, Kremenets, Lagoisk, Lida, Lumomylj, Lutsk, Mensk, Orsha, Pinsk, Polatsk, Rai Vilnya, Slonim, Slutsk, Turov, Upita, Viljkamir, Vitebsk, Volkovysk.

Second half of 14th century and 15th century: Great Lithuanian Principality. The capital is Vilnya. Astrog, Beljsk, Berestje (Brest), Bransk, Brest, Broslav, Brotslav, Chechersk, Cherkasy, Chernigov, Chernobyl, Eljnya, Glinsk, Gomel, Gorodnya,Gorodok-Davidov, Kanev, Kiev, Kletsk, Kobrin, Korots, Kovna, Kremenets, Krichev, Lida, Lubech, Lutsk, Mensk, Merach, Mogilev, Mozyrj, Novrogod-Severski, Novogrudok, Oshmyana, Pinsk, Polotsk, Propoisk, Puni, Putiulj, Rasiunya, Ratna, Rechitsa, Rogachov, Roslav, Ryljsk, Starodub, Slonim, Smolensk, Stislav, Svir, Troki, Trubchevsk, Turov, Upita, Vilkamir, Vilnya, Vinnitsa, Vitebsk, Volkovysk

End of the 16th century: Rech Pospolitaya. Grodno Pavet (Grodno Region) Avgustov, Berestovitsa, Garadok, Glyadavitchi, Gorodnya, Dubna, Dubnitsa, Glubokae, Indura, Kamenka, Kamenitsa, Kusnitsa, Kvasovka, Lasha, Lipsk, Lososna, Lunna, Malaya Berestovitsa, Mosty, Netechi, Novy Dvor, Odelsk, Razhanka, Sakolka, Sapotskin, Skidel, Schutchin, Strubnitsa, Supraslj, Svyatsk, Vasilkov, Volkovysk, Zabludov, Zelva

17th century: Rech Pospolita: Grodno is in the Lithuanian Principality with capital in Vilna: Berestje, Borisov, Braslav, Cherersk, David Gorodok, Drutsk, Garodnya, Gomel, Kobrin, Krichev, Mensk, Mogilev, Mstislav, Mozyr, Navagaradok, Orsha , Pinsk, Polotsk, Propoisk, Rechitsa, Slonim, Stolin, Turov, Vitebsk, Volkovysk

Second half of the 19th century: Grodno Pavet (Region. Azery, Berestovitsa, Bershty, Boljshaya, Dubna, Galynka, Gozha, Gudevichi , Grodna, Kamenka, Lunna, Malaya Berestovitsa, Masalyany, Masty, Skidel, Prakopavichi, Vertelishki, Volpa, Zhydomlya

Early 20th century: Grodnenskaya Guberniya (Grodno Guberniya)  Azery, Belsk, Bialystok, Brest-Litovski, Dambrova, Derechin, Domachevo, Dragichin, Dragitchin, Dyatlovo, Ganenz, Garadets, Grodna, Homsk, Ivatsevichi, Kamenka, Kamenets-Litovski, Kartuz-Beresa, Karytsyn, Knyshin, Kobrin, Kosovo, Lunna, Malarita, Motel, Mosty, Ozernitsa, Peski, Pruzhany, Ruzhany, Slonim, Novy Dvor to Vilenskaya Guberniya, Navagrudak to Minskaya Guberniya, Parechej, Rosj, Rozhanka, Sakulka, Schutchin, Skidel, Suhavolya, Surazh, Trastsyany, Tsehanovets, Vasiljkov, Volovysk, Volpa, Zabludavo,  Zeludok

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