of Today's Lida Uezd Area
- Linked at Lida Uezd Towns are Belitsa,
Eisiskes/Radun, Iwje/Lipniszki , Lida,
Nowy Dwor, Orlya, Ostryna, Radun, Rozanka, Scucyn,Vasiliski, Voronovo
, and Zaludok with
current towns names, but separate pages that list
alternatives and dependencies.
- Some families were "from Poland” or
“from Russia” or” from Russian
Poland” or “White Russia” or
“from Lithuania”... and all the same family! (No
one was born in "Guberniya", a geographical designation equivalent to a
province or state.) Town names tend to repeat within countries in
Eastern Europe. [Think Springfield in the USA.) Confirm your town
carefully to avoid wasted time by checking at the JewishGen
- Many ancestors signed their names in Yiddish.
Civil documents used Cyrillic or Polish alphabets depending on the
governing body at the time. Personal name transliteration in different
scripts is arbitrary, varying often. Please
see this file that explains the variety of transliterations in Eastern
- There are many myths about evading military
service in the Russian Empire. Most are untrue. Check
out a definitive article from YIVO.
Name was NOT Changed at Ellis Island. Ellis Island was an
immigration station, not a court. Another link on immigrant
Revision Lists (Censuses) are an important source.
- LOCATION AFTER 1939: Baranavichy
in the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic created after the
West Belarus into the BSSR in November 1939. The administrative centre
province was the city of Baranavichy. The voblast was originally known
as the Navahrudak
Voblast but it was soon renamed to Baranavichy Voblast. The
oblast was made
up of 26 raions in 1944. These raions were Byten, Gorodyshche,
Iwye, Yuratishki, Karelichy, Kletsk, Kozlovshchina, Lyakhavichy, Lida,
Mir, Masty, Navahrudak, Nova Mysh, Nesvizh, Radun, Slonim, Stowbtsy,
Vasilishki, Valozhyn, Voranava, Dzyatlava, Zel’va and Zheludok.
the oblast was diminished after transferring raions of Lida,
Schuchyn, Vasilishki, Voranava, Masty, Zel’va and Zheludok to
Hrodna Voblast (Founded after remaining parts of Belastok
Region to Belarus
in 1945) and ones of Iwye, Yuratishki and Valozhyn to
in 1944. Finally on January 8, 1954 the oblast was liquidated and the
were divided between the Brest (Raions of Gorodyshche, Lyakhavichy and
Mysh), Grodno (Byten, Karelichi, Kozlovshchina, Lubcha, Mir, Navahrudak
Slonim), Molodechno (liquidated in 1960) (Raion of Ivyanets) and Minsk
of Kletsk, Nesvizh and Stowbtsy) Olbasts (Modern Brest Voblast, Hrodna
and Minsk Voblast). Thus, Baranavichy became part of Brest one as raion
after Nova Mysh one's center was moved to Baranavichy in 1 May 1954 and
renaming it as Baranavichy one after 8 April 1957.
by and/or about Lida District Jews
- Lida District genealogical records
translation is a joint effort of Lida District Researchers of Belarus SIG
District Research Group (DRG) of LitvakSIG. Record
translations cover all shtetls (towns) in the Lida Uyezd (district) of
Vilnius Guberniya (region) of Lithuania including the town of Lida
- Records are held both in Grodno and Vilna
- For Lida records translation, your tax
deductible contribution by credit card via the secure server at either
group or by mail will grow our knowledge. For a $100 donation, you
receive all these records translated two years ahead of their posting
on JewishGen. Every penny collected is used for Lida uezd projects
only. Records include censuses; family lists; marriages, births, death
records; prenumeraten lists; and more. Please contact Judy Baston
with any questions.
- For current translations, please see the ALD:
All Lithuanian Database and Belarus
- The All Belarus Database
Lithuania Database provide a multiple database search
incorporating the following:
JRI-Poland, Yizkor Book Necrologies, JewishGen Family Finder (JGFF),
JewishGen Online Worldwide Burial Registry (JOWBR),
Group Archives, SIG Mailing List Archives, previously
translated records, and much more.
International Jewish Cemetery Project
- Lida Holocaust
Memorial Foundation holds an annual memorial service in New
York City for the World War II mass murders that occurred in Lida on
May 8, 1942. Their website has been taken down. If anyone has contact info, please let me know!
Lida, the Yizkor Book for Lida
States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Education & Archive Research Team
Survivors web site
(the movie) web site
- Jewish Belarus
- Social Media - Facebook groups are becoming a source of information.
- Jewish Lida District in Vilna Guberniya
you have Lida uezd
materials to share, please considering donating it.
If you read Yiddish or Hebrew, please contact us.
held both in Grodno and Vilna archives.For Lida records translation,
your tax deductible contribution by credit card via the secure server
at either group or by mail will grow our knowledge. For a $100
donation, you receive all these records translated two years ahead of
their posting on JewishGen. Every penny collected is used for Lida uezd
projects only. Records include censuses; family lists; marriages,
births, death records; prenumeraten lists; and more. Please contact Judy Baston
with any questions.For current translations, please see the ALD:
All Lithuanian Database and Belarus