Re: Relatives want to know - where are the coveted records? #general #lithuania #records

Michele Lock

Thanks for all the responses, including the private ones. I'm sure they'll help me finesse my way through these occasional uncomfortable moments.

With one exception, I haven't told a relative that their family lore is not true. I have generally said that all records may not be available, or that I'm still finding things, or that perhaps the records may not exist anymore. I have gently suggested that sometimes our immigrant forebears weren't entirely consistent with their recollections.

The one exception above was a man who I connected with via DNA testing, whose wife is a 3rd cousin once removed to me. I won't ever be meeting them, and though they shared a family history with me, I decided to tell them that the story of the fabulously wealthy great great grandfather Kalon who owned a large factory, married into the Russian nobility,  lived in St. Petersburg and who died in a carriage accident with his noble Russian wife - such a man did not exist, and that this story was complete fiction. I haven't heard from them since. {Whenever I hear the terms 'Czar', 'Russian nobillity' or 'St. Petersburg', I want to run for the hills}.
Michele Lock

Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock and Kalon/Kolon in Zagare/Joniskis/Gruzdziai, Lithuania
Lak/Lok/Liak/Lock in Plunge/Telsiai in Lithuania
Trisinsky/Trushinsky/Sturisky and Leybman in Dotnuva, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine/Lev/Lew in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Vilna gub., Belarus

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