Re: Help with Lithuania shtetl name #lithuania

Adam Turner

Searching the JewishGen Gazetteer for "Vidugora" gives two places with the name Vidgiriai, both not far apart from one another, in the general area of Panevezys that could be candidates:
55°45' N 24°58' E: 

That said, the only clear mention in the LitvakSIG database that mentions "Vidugora" around Panevezys/Pasvalys is for a birth that was evidently registered in the shtetl of Salociai for a family that was registered in Pasvalys. Salociai is not super close to either of the above possibilities - about 40 miles away. As Salociai is less than 3 miles from the current Latvian border, and the name "Vidgiriai" appears to be rather common in Lithuania (the Gazetteer shows at least 6 villages by this name in various parts of the country), I wonder whether the Vidugora being referred to in your grandfather's birth record could actually be one of the following:

1) a village that is today on the Latvian side of the border.
2) a village that today has a different name, perhaps because it was eventually subsumed into some other, larger nearby village as the latter village grew.

Adam Turner
San Francisco, CA

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