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.
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.
Bohemia and Moravia (now the Czech Republic), plus parts
of Austria, especially Vienna.
The former Russian Empire gubernii of Grodno, Minsk, Mogilev,
Vitebsk, and southern Vilna, now in Belarus.
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.
The city of Białystok and nearby towns and villages,
currently in Poland, formerly in the Russian Empire's
Kurland gubernia, now southern Latvia.
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.
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
Germany and German-speaking areas of Alsace, Lorraine,
Switzerland, and Poland.
"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.
The former Russian Empire gubernias of Courland,
southern Livonia (Livland), and western Vitebsk.
Kovno and Vilna guberniyas of the Russian Empire,
which includes most of present-day Lithuania.
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
An organization with the mission to index all the
Jewish vital records in Poland.
Romania (including Bukovina).
Finland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark - including the former
Danish colonies and protectorates.
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-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.
The former Russian Empire gubernias now in the Ukraine:
Podolia, Volhynia, Kiev, Poltava, Chernigov, Kharkov,
Kherson, Taurida and Ekaterinoslav.
United Kingdom - Jewish Communities
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.
The capital city of Poland, Warszawa (Warsaw).
What SIG Covers My Town?
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.
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.
A forum for scientific questions on DNA technology and its reliability,
encompassing when and how to best utilize DNA testing for genealogical
Rabbinic Genealogy SIG
A forum for those interested in Rabbinic genealogy or
researching rabbinic ancestry within any geographic area or
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.
Eastern Europe FAQ