Lithuania Records Update #lithuania #JewishGenUpdates #records

Nancy Siegel

JewishGen is pleased to report that new records from our colleagues and partners at LitvakSIG are now searchable via the JewishGen Lithuania Collection

Featured in this upload, and accounting for over 21,000 records, is the birth index for the city of Vilnius, 1915-1938. The index includes the full name of the child, the father's name or initial, the year of birth, and a pointer to the full record. The full records are protected under the 100-year privacy rule, but can be obtained from the Lithuania State Historical Archive (LVIA) by a qualifying relative. The births category also includes much shorter birth indexes for Anyksiai and Gargzdai (both 1922-1926) and Ignalino (1929-1939). As well, there are full birth records for Lozdzieje, 1808-1825.

Completing the new
vital records are 156 marriages - a handful each from Joniskelis (1907-1914) and Liskiava (1808-1825), the rest from Lozdzieje (1808-1825); and 762 deaths from Lozdzieje and Miroslawa (both 1808-1825).

In the
revision list category (3260 lines) there are miscellaneous population lists from Lida, Oshmiany, Trakai, and Zarasai districts. The great majority of the records date from approximately 1875.

In the
tax & voter lists category (1749 lines) there are mid-19th century tax lists from Cekiske, Dotnuva, and Vilijampole.


In the passports category there are additions to two collections. One is the Kaunas passport envelopes, containing documentation submitted in support of applications for internal passports (3,007 lines). The other is the Obeliai questionnaires, filled out by Jews returning to Lithuania, most from the Russian interior, in the aftermath of WWI (2,000 lines). Both of these collections will have further updates in the future.

Finally, 10,236 lines have been added to the Vilnius household registers category, bringing the total in that collection to more than 40,000 lines. This collection will also have future additions.

Please follow this link to search these records via JewishGen’s Lithuania Collection:


All of these records are also searchable via LitvakSIG at They will appear in the search results under the categories named above. Note that the database names displayed in the search results may not reflect the contents perfectly. For example, the passports database is called the "Lithuania Internal Passports Database" even though it now includes Obeliai questionnaires and Kaunas passport envelopes, among other things. Likewise, the Revision List database and the Tax/Voter database both encompass a variety of specific record types. Explore and keep an open mind!


JewishGen and LitvakSIG are independent organizations, in a strategic partnership to achieve shared goals. To learn more about the work of LitvakSIG, please go to or contact Russ Maurer, LitvakSIG’s Records Acquisition & Translation Coordinator, at vhrproject@....

Nancy Siegel
Director of Communications
(San Francisco, California)