Kaunas Regional State Archives (KRA)

Contact Information and Research Information:

Kaunas Regional State Archives (KRA)
Kauno regioninis valstybes archyvas
Maironio g.28 B
Kaunas 44249, Lithuania
Tel: +370 37 323111
Fax: +370 37 207182

e-mail kaunas@archyvai.lt

The Kaunas Regional State Archives is the largest state regional archive in Lithuania. The KRA no longer does research but will make copies of records upon request. You can write in English and their response will be in English. You can send an email message to Vitalija Gircyte, Chief Archivist. Do not expect to receive a response in less than five or six months.

Holdings:

This archive holds mainly pre-1915 records for the seven Uyezds (Districts) of the former Russian Empire Kaunas Gubernia: Kaunas Uyezd, Raseiniai Uyezd, Telsiai Uyezd, Siauliai Uyezd, Panevezys Uyezd, Ukmerge (formerly Vilkomir) Uyezd, and Zarasai (formerly Novo-Aleksandrovsk) Uyezd.

The main types of records they hold are: Revision Lists, Family Lists, various types of Tax Records, Guild Records, Court Records and other types of records. The KRA also has the Internal Passport applications, 1919-1940, for Kaunas city and for Jonava. All records at KRA were for cities and towns formerly located in the Kovno Guberniya (region) which at one time covered the largest part of Lithuania. The KRA does not have any records for either Vilnius Guberniya or Suwalki Guberniya, nor does the KRA hold any birth, death, or marriage records.

For information on the various types of records from the Russian Empire, see the section of our website on Types of Records in the All Lithuania Database.

A comprehensive index of relevant Jewish records in the Kaunas Regional Archives (KRA) dated August 14, 2008 was made available by Vitalija Gircyte, Chief Archivist, and is published here on this website. As of 2022, LitvakSIG has translated nearly everything on this list, resulting in some 650,000 records, all of which are searchable through the All Lithuania Database (ALD).  The same records may be accessed as spreadsheets by joining the appropriate District Research Groups (donation required).  The only translations currently (2022) in progress at KRA are the so-called Passport Envelopes, which contain a variety of documents submitted in support of an internal passport application.