Welcome to Jewish Research in Lida Uezd in Vilna Guberniya

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     Grodno Guberniya 1801-1842, Vilna Guberniya 1842-1917, part of the Russian Empire prior to the World War I, and part of Poland (1920-1939)

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    • Looking for a place in the area on a map? You can either enter the name of a town, or of a region. For the Lida region, select  nowogrodzkie, which brings up a page with a list. You can think of Gmina as being like townships. You can also expand the list for other localities than the township center with the show all places button. Ashmiany is listed under wilenski, and is spelled Oszmianski. 
    • Geography of Belarus
    • Portion of a map of Vilna Guberniya from 1863.
    • The Virtual Guide to Belarus used to have a lot of maps. It's still very interesting background, so go have  a  look!
    • Leon Lauresh has a fabulous map section on his Lida site.  His home page has moved; there's a navigation bar on the left - click on maps.
    • Map of Lida Uezd, cropped from a map on the Virtual Guide to Belarus. Then click your browser's "back" button to return here
    • The Russian Empire permitted Jews to live only within the "Pale of Settlement" (though some got permits to live outside, and some cities in it were allowed to exclude Jews. This is such an important concept for those of us with ancestors from this area!
    • Maps of Lithuania and Poland, 1919-1939   
    • The Polish Genealogical Society of America has maps, but they keep reorganizing their website. Your best bet is a search of PGSA and the area you need.
    • Map of area now in Belarus  - it's a French map.  The Lida area is near the top of the lower right map segment. The link's gone stale in late 2016. Paste this URL: https://www.angelfire.com/ms2/belaroots/Baltic_home.htm into the Internet Wayback Machine's search box.
    • Map of much of the Lida area - 1913 reprint of an 1893 German map. 
    • Map of Nowogrodek Wojed. - between WWI & WWII Then click your browser's "back" button to return here
    • Map of the Ivye area -thanks to Miriam Klepper.  The original is about 14" x 18" (36cm x 46 cm), so there are 4 sections.  The original was printed in 1925 by the Polish Military Geographical Institute. There is type down to 2 or points or so, so the scan had to be at high resolution.  The files are on the order of 2MB, so take a long time to load.  Ivye is in the upper right section.  Upper left section   Lower right section   Lower left section  
    • Belarus
    • The Polish National Geographical Institute has a wide variety of maps, including the Lida area. The site is difficult to navigate, and the URLs of its maps change frequently. Start from here for the English home page.

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Records are 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 SIG Database.
Lida District genealogical records translation is a joint effort of Lida District Researchers of Belarus SIG and Lida 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 itself. This page is hosted at no cost to the public by JewishGen, Inc., a non-profit corporation. If useful or if you are moved by this effort to preserve the memory of our lost communities, your JewishGen-erosity will be appreciated.