230Keidan Rabbinate Records
- May 1, 2007During the years 1922-1939, Lithuanian-Jewish vital records were
recorded by Rabbinate rather than by shtetl. In addition to the major
town of Kedainiai (Keidan), the Kedainiai Rabbinate encompassed the
shtetlach of Ariogala, Baisogala, Dotnuva, Josvainiai, Pacuneliai,
Surviliskis, Seta, Zeimiai and probably a few villages.
The Kedainiai Vital Records Project, in cooperation with the Jewish
Family History Foundation, is translating the Kedainiai Rabbinate
Vital Records. The translations of the birth records, totaling about
1,400, are expected in late May.
We have all discovered the mobility of our ancestors. They may have
claimed to have lived in Keidan when in fact they had lived in a
neighboring shtetl. This tendency was often reflected in
naturalization applications and other documents completed by our
ancestors upon their immigration to the United States, UK, South
Africa and elsewhere.
The 20th century Rabbinate records also reveal those members or
branches of our families who were left behind, many of them to perish
in the Shoah. Too often we believe falsely that our families had
emigrated long before the Shoah, and all were spared. Try to tell
that to a survivor!
If your ancestors had lived in the Kedainiai Rabbinate towns named
above, this is an opportunity to possibly find their vital records
with one qualifying contribution of $100. If you are not yet a member
of the Keidan Vital Records group and would like to qualify for the
thousands of Keidan vital records which have already been
distributed, as well as those yet to come, a contribution of $150
will entitle you to both a membership in the group as well as the
Keidan Rabbinate records.
Please support this effort by clicking on the link below and
selecting the Vital Records Translation option. Enter "Kedainiai" in
the shtetl box and "Rabbinate Records" in the box to the right
If you prefer to download the donor form and mail in your
contribution, instructions are provided on the donor page.
Olga Zabludoff, coordinator
LitvakSIG Kedainiai VRT Project
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