The Grand Duchy Research Project was begun by Sonya and David Hoffman.
They identified documents relating to Jewish families who lived in the
Grand Duchy region during the 17th and 18th centuries.
David and Sonia Hoffman founded the Jewish Family History Foundation
More than a dozen years ago to acquire and transcribe the Jewish
records of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL). Poll tax censuses were
made of the Jewish inhabitants of towns in the GDL, and especially
those from 1765 and 1784.
The Hoffmans ran the GDL Project for a number of years. Sadly, David
Hoffman (who was also a co-founder of LitvakSIG and a past president)
experienced serious health problems and then passed away two years
ago. After a number of discussions between Sonia Hoffman and
LitvakSIG, we have agreed to take on the work begun by the Jewish
Family History Foundation. We thank Sonia Hoffman and are honored
to host and present the Jewish Family History Foundation GDL project
here on LitvakSIG.
Here is the link that will take you to the Grand Duchy of Lithuania page.