More detail on Vilnius death and cemetery records #lithuania

Peggy Freedman <peggyf@...>

I have received a great deal of interest in reposting David Shapiro's
remarks about the cemeteries in Vilnius.

Some clarification:

ALL the existing death records for the City of Vilnius >from 1837 to
1940 have been translated and indexed by LitvakSIG. You can see ALL of
these records NOW by donating $100 to the Vilnius District Research
Group of LitvakSIG on our secure website at:
Some of these records are in the All Lithuania Database and some will
not be added for two more years.

LitvakSIG gathered these records >from several archives and found them in
different formats and languages. We expected more financial support
from the community than we have received. There are many other kinds of
records >from Vilnius, and if you would like them translated, please
support the project financially so that we can continue to translate

The original message was about cemetery records. These are not the same
as death records kept by the government, but are catalogs of burials in
a particular cemetery.

To share the information that has been sent to me:
. . . . .The first Jewish cemetery was established in Snipishok. It was
established in the end of 15th century and was closed for burials in
the beginning of the 19th century when the second cemetery was opened.
. . . . .The Jewish cemetery in Zarechye (Uzupis; on the Olandu Street)
was established in 1829. The Jews were buried in this cemetery until
1946. It was destroyed in 1959 when the Soviets built a building there.
. . . . .The third cemetery still exists, this is where the Vilna Gaon's
tomb was moved in 1959. There are still burials in this cemetery. The
inventory for this cemetery was donated to the JewishGen JOWWB project
several years ago.

I have not seen catalogs of the two older cemeteries, we are still
looking for them.

Peggy Mosinger Freedman
Coordinator, Vilnius District Research Group of LitvakSIG

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