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Vital Records

AS of March, 2013, the Vital Records Project is no longer a separately funded project. Contact the Coordinator of your District or Guberniya for information.

The LitvakSIG Vital Records Translation (VRT) Project focused on translating the 19th and early 20th century Lithuanian Jewish Communities’ vital records (birth, marriage, death and divorce records) that were microfilmed by the Latter Day Saints (LDS) and had been extended to some vital records that were not microfilmed as well.

To date, we have translated more than 650,000 of an estimated 800,000 existing records many of which are in the All Lithuania Database. As new years of records become available we will translate them and share them with contributors.

The Vital Records Project began in 2000 and was organized by the three Lithuanian Guberniyas: (i) Kovno (Kaunas) Guberniya, (ii) Vilna (Vilnius) Guberniya, and (iii) Suwalki Guberniya. Each Guberniya had a Coordinator. The qualification level was US $100 per shtetl. Smaller donations could be made over time to build up to the qualification level. Our aim was to make the contribution a single, cumulative requirement; however if a project ran out of funds, it may have been necessary to raise the minimum contribution level for all contributors to continue its mission.

Early on, Qualified Contributors were sent Excel files of all records translated for that shtetl. When this method of data sharing and distribution became unwieldy, LitvakSIG began using dedicated websites to share the data with Qualified Contributors. This data is provided to the qualified contributors at least 18 months before the data is made publicly available in the All Lithuania Database

The district or guberniya coordinator can furnish up to date information on the status of the translation of vital records for each shtetl in that district or guberniya.  Below is a list of the shtetls for which vital records are known to exist.

Kaunas (Kovno) Guberniya Shtetls:

Shtetls: Babtai, Birzai, Cekiske, Darbenai, Dotnuva, Grinkiskis, Jonava, Joniskelis, Josvainiai, Kalveliai, Kaunas, Kedainiai, Krakes, Kupiskis, Linkuva, Pakruojis, Panemune, Panevezys, Pasvalys, Plunge, Pumpenai, Pusalotas, Ramygala, Raseiniai, Rumsiskes, Seredzius, Silale, Suvainiskis , Telsiai, Ukmerge, Vabalninkas, Vandziogala, Varniai, Veliuona, Vilijampole, Vilkija, Zeimelis

Effective January 1, 2012, the vital records project for towns in Kaunas Gubernia were incorporated into the relevant District Research Group. The contact information for the District Group Coordinators (DCs) is found on the District Research page of this website.

Suwalki Guberniya Vital Records are being translated through the Suwalki Gubernia Research Group

Coordinator: Dorothy Leivers

Shtetls: Balbieriskis, Garliava, Kudirkos Naumiestis, Marijampole, Prienai, Sakiai, Zapyskis

Vilnius (Vilna) Guberniya Shtetls:

Shtetls: Alytus, Antakalnis, Baleliai Antrieji, Bagaslaviskis, Bezdonys, Butrimonys, Ciobiskis, Darsuniskis, Daugai, Eisiskes, Giedraiciai, Gelvonai, Inturke, Jasiunai, Jieznas, Jokuboniai, Kernave, Laibiskis, Maisiagala, Merkine, Moletai, Mikhilishki, Musninkai, Naujamiestis, Naujoji Vilna, Naujadvaris (Nowy Dwor), Nemencine, Nemunaitis, Orlya, Paberze, Punia, Radun, Ratnycia, Rudamina, Salcininkai, Sasuoliai, Senieji Trakai, Sirvintos, Shchuchyn, Snipiskes, Stakliskes, Stundishki, Trakai, Turgeliai, Valkininkai, Varena, Vievis, Vilnius, Zaskevichi, Zasliai, Ziezmariai

Effective March 1  2013, the vital records projects for towns in the Lida, Oshmiany, Trakai and Vilnius Districts have been incorporated into those district groups. The contact information for the District Group Coordinators (DCs) is found on the District Research page of this website.

A complete inventory of the specific available records for each shtetl is available on the LitvakSIG Members Website. If you are not a dues-paying member, of LitvakSIG, you can learn more about joining LitvakSIG on the Join LitvakSIG page of this website.

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