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VilNews section 6: FIND YOUR RELATIVES!

We at VilNews have received numerous inquiries from our readers regarding locating relatives in Lithuania or more specific information about their Lithuanian ancestors. Since we know that tracing your Lithuanian Roots is a very important issue for many of you, we are considering a special section, “FIND YOUR RELATIVES”, to assist you in finding information about your ancestors in Lithuania. Please respond to us if you think such a section would be of interest for our readers around the globe.


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Would a ‘Genealogy Section’ in VilNews be of interest for you?


Please contact our Associate Editor, Vin Karnila, as soon as
possible if you think a ‘Genealogy Section’ in VilNews would
be of interest for our readers around the world.

vin.karnila@VilNews.com

Text: Vin Karnila, Associate Editor

We at VilNews have received numerous inquiries from our readers regarding locating relatives in Lithuania or more specific information about their Lithuanian ancestors. Since we know that tracing your Lithuanian Roots is a very important issue for many of you, we are considering a special section, “Genealogy Lithuania”, to assist you in finding information about your ancestors in Lithuania.

Please respond to us if you think such a section would be of interest for our readers around the globe.

The On Line Lithuanian Telephone Book
Once you have an idea as to what the names of your immigrant ancestors were the best place to start and probably the most recommended is the On Line Lithuanian Telephone Book
http://www.zebra.lt/lt/suzinok/telefonai/. This can help you find people currently living in Lithuania with the family name you are searching for. This was in fact how I first found members of the Karnila family so this is what I always first recommend for people to use.

It is however in the Lithuanian language so here are some instructions for using it.

Pavardė = family name/last name
Vietovė =  location – In the pull down menu you will see “Didieji miestai”. These are the large cities in Lithuania. “Kiti miestai” are other cities in the country. If you want to search a specific city, click the city of your choice. If you want to search all of Lithuania, do not select a city.

Then click “Ieškoti” and the next page will show any matches to the name you entered.

Some helpful advice for finding a place on a map
The online Lithuanian Telephone Book web site will show you the location on a map however if you want to find the location again on a mapping web site you will need to enter the name correctly. If you try to copy the address that the phone book gave you it will not work. This is because the place names are displayed with Lithuanian grammar.

As an example, the listing could show an address like this:
Sodų g. 2, Rumšiškių mstl., Rumšiškių sen., Kėdainių raj.

The street address, Sodų g. 2 will work on a mapping web site but the rest will not.

“Rumšiškių mstl.” is actually Rumšiškės so you would need to enter Rumšiškės in the mapping web site. The “mstl.” is the abreviation for miestelis which means town. Don‘t enter the word “miestelis” or “mstl” in the mapping web site. You may also find a listing such as “Bajoriškių k”. The “k” means Kaimas or village so this would be the village of Bajoriškiai. A listing such as “Švenčionėlių m.”. The “m” means miestas or city so this would be the city of Švenčionėliai. Don‘t enter the words “village” or “city  and don’t enter or “k” or “m” in the mapping web site.

“Rumšiškių sen.” is Rumšiškių seniūnija. Seniūnija is the local government administration office so this means that Rumšiškės is under the jusidiction of this office. You wont need Rumšiškių sen. For the mapping web site. Only enter this if you do not know the name of the village but know what administrative office serves it.

“Kėdainių raj.” is Kadainiai region. Again, you won’t need this for the mapping web site. About the only time you would need to enter the seniūnija or region is if there are more than one town or village with that name.

www.maps.lt is a very good mapping web site you may want to check out.

Even with the number of mapping web sites out there it is a good idea to get a map. The problem with the mapping web sites is that as you zoom in, the area you are viewing gets smaller and you lose the relationship of where you are in relation to other areas. When you zoom out you lose details. When you get a map you will want the scale to be at least 1:400 000. Even at this scale it will not show some of the smaller villages. As an example my family’s village of Garonys is not shown on a map of this scale. To get a map that shows my village I bought what is called an “apylinkės” (district) map which is at a scale of 1:130 000. Another good tool is the Lithuanian Road Atlas in 1:120 000 scale. All of these maps and atlases are available at www.balticvalue.com They have about the largest assortment of Lithuanian maps and road atlases on the Internet.

Some websites
We have compiled a list of some good web sites to get information from. Please keep in mind that no one web site will usually give you all the information you are looking for so it is good to check as many as you can.

Lithuanian Global Genealogical Society. LGGS
http://www.lithuaniangenealogy.org/

GenoPro - Genealogy ressources in Lithuania
Good site with useful links for searching for people of the Jewish Faith.
Included are The JewishGen Yizkor Book, JewishGen ShtetlSeeker, Litvak SIG and JewishGen Lithuania Database
http://www.genopro.com/genealogy-links/?country=LT&t=Lithuania

Lithuanian State Historical Archives
http://www.archyvai.lt/archyvai/index.jsp

Vilnius church provincial archives documents and metadata information system – Lithuanian language
http://www.kf.vu.lt/baris/

Archives of Belarus
http://archives.gov.by/eng/

Polish Virtual Archives
http://szukajwarchiwach.pl/

Polish genealogy and coats of arms
http://www.jurzak.pl/

Polish genealogy
http://www.genealogiapolska.pl/index.php

Lithuanian estates Database. Very interesting web site – Lithuanian language
http://www.heritage.lt/dvarai/ppavadinimas.php

Lithuanian military volunteers - Lithuanian language
http://www.versme.lt/sav_a.htm

The Statue of Liberty- Ellis Island Foundation
http://www.ellisisland.org/

LitvakSIG – Lithuanian Jewish Special Interest Group
http://www.jewishgen.org/litvak/all.htm

Genealogy Links Lithuania
http://www.genealogylinks.net/europe/lithuania/

LITHUANIA MAILING LISTS
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~jfuller/gen_mail_country-lit.html#LITHUANIA

Lithuania Professional Research
http://genealogyjourney.com/t/?x=Vilnius

Lithuanian Place Name Changes
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ilwinneb/placelit.htm

As stated before, no one web site will usually give you all the information you are looking for so dear readers if you know of any web sites that are helpful in providing information for tracing some ones Lithuanian Roots please tell us about them so that we can share them with our fellow readers.

A word about some of the genealogy pay sites. As you search the web for sites that offer genealogical information you will come across many sites that require you to pay a fee to use them. Are they worth it??? Good question. Let’s face it, if they help you find your family they are worth it but the chances of finding your family on one of these sites is kind of hit or miss. This is because of how most of them work. Most of them do two things. They provide a program to organize your data or in other words create your family tree. What they also do is give you access to the data from the other people that use this site. So if some one that has a connection to your family has also paid to use this site then it is possible to view their information – maybe. The person has to authorize the web site to display their information. They can also instruct the web site to limit the information for privacy purposes. I have found that this “limited” information is not much help. Of course if no one with a connection to your family has used the specific pay site then it won’t be of much help to you.

As you start to gather information it is highly advisable to organize it. The best way to do this is to use genealogy software. There are quite a few genealogy software programs out there. I have tried a few and have not been very satisfied with them. The reason being that the reports they generate are limited. There is only one software program that I can personally recommend and I can tell you that I highly recommend this software. It is easy to use, easy to input data and easy to find data and it provides a very wide variety of report formats. The program is called “Brother’s Keeper” and it is considered one of the best genealogy software programs available.

You can get more information from their web site
http://bkwin.org/
at the bottom of the page you will find the link to their online store
http://brotherskeeperstore.stores.yahoo.net/brotkeepforw.html

Contact the people that you possibly are related to
Now let us talk about what you can do once you finally find information about a person or some people that you are possibly related to. There is only one thing to do – You need to contact them. If you have both an Email address and a mailing address I would recommend that you send both an Email and a letter. This is because you don’t know if one or the other is still current.

In the message KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE. Tell them who you are. Tell them the information you know. This would be the information about the people in your family that do not live in Lithuania. If you have information about your family in Lithuania of course include this. What you are trying to provide is a line from you back to Lithuania. The information that is helpful is names, dates and places. Adding brothers, sisters and cousins will not be of much help and could confuse things unless any of these people were born in Lithuania or can trace themselves back to Lithuania.

If you are going to write a letter to Lithuania and don’t speak Lithuanian I really wouldn’t worry about it. In this day and age in Lithuania finding some one to translate a letter written in English is not much of a problem. However when I recommend KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE, you will want to be very careful in regards to grammar and phrases. I am an English language trainer here in Vilnius and I can tell you that only my advanced level students can fully understand (sometimes) all the nuances of English grammar. When you write your letter try to use only the “simple tense” and limit the use of the “continuous tense”. Try to write nothing in the “perfect tense” as the perfect tense is VERY difficult to understand because this form of grammar does not exist in the Lithuanian language. Writing a letter all in the simple tense is easy to do and easy to translate and understand. I also operate an editing service here and I can tell you that most of the letters I edit related to genealogy end up being reduced by about 50% so that only the key information remains - KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE.

The next question is when should I send the letter???
The answer is – As soon as you get a name and address to send a letter to!!!
I have edited some letters more than a year ago for some people and they still have not sent the letter. The usual reason is that they are still trying to get more information. Until you send the letter you probably won’t get any useful information so just send the letter. Some one may respond to your letter in effect saying that your information is too general to show a direct link. If that’s the case, at least you have established a contact. I have found that the people here in Lithuania are more than happy to try to help people find their families even if they are not sure they are directly related to you.

Searching for your roots can be interesting, rewarding and frustrating. So much of it is hit or miss and in some cases just pure luck and good fortune. Although it took years for me to finally find and connect with my family here in Lithuania, I was lucky that the name of Karnila is a rather unique name. All of the Karnilas in Lithuania are traced back to the same family. My grandmother’s family of Petkevičius is a different matter in that it is more common. Eventually I learned that I had to address her family as Petkevičius of the Kaišiadorys region. When I enter the name of Petkevičius in the On Line Lithuanian Telephone Book there are 280 matches.  A dear friend of mine has the family name of Kazlauskas. When you enter this name in the On Line Lithuanian Telephone Book you get about 150 matches. Things like this can make matters much more of a challenge. In spite of some of these road blocks and detours the key to success is to just keep on searching.

Please let us know if you think a “Genealogy Section” in VilNews would be of interest

Category : Relatives

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    • Would a ‘Genealogy Section’ in VilNews be of interest for you?
      Go to our VilNews Forum
      to discuss this topic
      We at VilNews have received numerous inquiries from our readers regarding locating relatives in Lithuania or more specific information about their Lithuanian ancestors. Since we know that tracing your Lithuanian Roots is a very important issue for many of you, we are considering a special section, “FIND YOUR RELATIVES”, to assist you in finding information about your ancestors in Lithuania. Please respond to us if you think such a section would be of interest for our readers around the globe.

      Contact us at:
      editor@VilNews.com
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      Many of us here in America are looking for relatives in Lithuania

      Yes I think this would be a great section to your newspaper as many of us here in America are looking for relatives in Lithuania as our grandparents left sibling behind over there when they came to America. With the Russians collecting all the church records and many being destroyed or lost it is very hard to even find out what children our grandparents siblings had to maybe try to find an address for them.

      I am the granddaughter of two Lithuanians that immigrated to the United States in 1911. They were Simas Dikmonas b.Mar 19, 1890 Girininkai d. 1924 Sheboygan Wisconsin and Marija Šimkute b. May 3, 1892 Girininkai died Nov 5, 1968 Sheboygan Wisconsin.

      Diane LeRoy
      San Antonio Texas, USA

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      Please, Please, Please!
      Help us who seek our Lithuanian ancestors


      Dear Editor,

      Yes, absolutely it would be a fantastic idea. I've been trying to understand how and where to locate information on my Lithuanian ancestors for years. I thought I was Russian until some facts from my great grandfather's Naturalization Papers had me focusing on Vilnius, but without understanding the language or how records were kept, I was lost. Please, Please, Please! Help us who seek our Lithuanian ancestors learn how and where to get the information. Teach us the history of Lithuania from when it was Russia to what it is now. Help us find how village names have changed and where those villages are or were. Where are the records kept from those villages? How do I get access to them? What were the customs and traditions of our ancestors? And who might we be related to from those places today?

      I can find records for most Western European countries quite easily and most of them for free. But anything East of Berlin seems unobtainable. If you can help unravel the difficulties of Lithuania genealogy research I would be overwhelmingly happy.

      Christopher
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      It is very hard to find information in Lithuania

      Yes please! It is very hard to find information in Lithuania and this would be an excellent tool to help!
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      I just heard about you site today. But after 3 years of trying to find a way to trace my family roots in Lithuania I have pretty much given up. Maybe there is still hope.... I really would love to see any Lithuanian genealogy information online.

      Ellie Dowling
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      Please do add a Genealogy Section!
      I just learned of your publication and the article about finding relatives and ancestors. What a great bunch of resources! Please do add a Genealogy Section!

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KR Slade's avatar
KR Slade·22 weeks ago
replying to the initial/central question: 
"Would a ‘Genealogy Section’ in 'VilNews' be of interest for you?" 

YES !! 
Very-much so ! 

* * * 
Please consider to have a 'VilNews' section about genealogy ...
 

* * * 

Such a focus-point would be helpful to: 
LITHUANIANS-WHO-ARE-NOT-IN-LITHUANIA, 
for them to find their relatives who are IN Lithuania ... 
(AND, also: in other places) ... 
[a number that is certainly, by any/all accounting(s), much-more than 1 million persons] 
OH !! 

AND, 
such a focus-point would be helpful to: 
LITHUANIANS-IN-LITHUANIA (!), 
for them to find relatives who are NOT in Lithuania 
[a number that is certainly, by any/all accountings(s), much-more than 1 million persons) 
OH !! 

* * * 
Thanx much for your article ... 
much-therein can be addressed ONLY if there is a 'VilNews' section on this topic ... 

* * * 
Such topic is an extremely-complicated subject -- requiring much dialogue / discussion / sharing-of-info ... 

* * * 
Best regards, 


PS--Vin's family and my family are from the same place in Lithuania: the small-town of 'Zasliai' ... :) 
[between Vilnius and Kaunas; not far from Kaisiadorys, and also not far from the newer little-city of Elektrenai] 
and, perhaps, our families -- in Zasliai -- are/were in the even-smaller village of 'Guronys' (near the Zasliai train station) ... 
and, I think that I remember seeing someone from his family/name in my Sladkevicius family tree (which record I have since the early 1750's ) ... 
oh ! 

PPS--of course, we would both have 'other' sides of our own family ... and, there we will have to search more ... 

PPPS--a question may arise as to if the Lithuanian state/populace 'appreciates' such 'searching' ... oh ! ... Oh !! ... OH !!!



Joe B's avatar
Joe B·22 weeks ago
Hi Vin, 

I think it would be a great idea to put in a Genealogy section, with so many people trying to find their ancestors and families it would be a great addition. 

Love this site! keep it coming...
 


Joe Barlow 
Connecticut,JAV



Joel Solomon's avatar
Joel Solomon·21 weeks ago
YES, especialy if you live on the other side of the world .. Like me in Australia 
Joel Solomon (Family name SLONIMTZIK)


ted Zudyk 's avatar
ted Zudyk·18 weeks ago
I would absolutly love to see a Genealogical section on VilNews.
Have been doing my genealogy but hit a brickwall that stopped me when it came to the immigration of my Grandparents from Lithuania to America. Any help or additional info would be helpful. Another sore point against me is I don't know Lithuanian.


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