LIthuanian Archive Question #lithuania #records


I emailed a request to the Lithuanian State Historical Archives (LVIA) asking for birth and marriage records for my ancestors.  The response I received today for all the requests was like this:

(P1-8698) We would like to inform you that the Lithuanian State Historical Archives do not maintain vital record books of Asmena (Ašmena) and Smurgainys Jewish Communities for the year 1880 – 1900, so we cannot do the search for the birth record of Aron Tsigel.

Is there another archive in Lithuania that would hold marriage and birth records from 1880 to 1910, or is this the end of the road for me?

Marlise Gross
Cherry Hill, NJ

Segal from Smorgon or Soly, Oshmiany, Lithuania

Marcia Segal

Dear Marlise Gross,

I'd be interested in this, too -- I'm researching family from Radviliskis, Lithuania, and would be glad to know of more resources.

Marcia Segal

Russ Maurer

Marlise, Marcia,

LVIA is where the records would be if they exist. Unfortunately, there are some vital records that have never been found - including the ones Marlise is looking for and indeed the great majority of vital records from Oshmiany district as well as most years of vital records from Radviliskis (Siauliai district). There are other kinds of records from both places that may have data of interest to you. If you have not already done so, you should search in the All-Lithuania database.

Russ Maurer
Records Acquisition & Translation Coordinator