Researching in Lithuania

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Courtesy of Wikipedia

Lithuania gained its independence after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1990. Lithuania has a population of around 3 million people. The official language is Lithuanian, but also spoken is Polish and Russian.

Records of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania between 1765 and 1784 were written in Polish before the second partition of Poland, and records written after 1782 in Russian.

In order to search for genealogical records it is necessary to write to the archives and request a search:

Lithuanian State Historical Archives, Gerosios Vilties 10, Vilnius 2009, Lithuania

The State Historical Archives holds vital records prior to 1940. You need to send the details of your family and their town in a letter accompanied by a money draft in US Dollars to the value of $100. An acknowledgement will be sent,but it can take a year before you receive the information you are seeking and in some cases longer. Records checked will be for the city of Vilnius only with other material likely to be held at archives in Belarus or Kaunas.

Around 500,000 Jewish records were filmed by the Church of Latter Day Saints.

 

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