Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
Immigration History and Genealogy Department
6500 South Pulaski Road
Chicago, IL 60629
Phone: (773) 582-6500
Phone (Jessie Daraska): (773) 586-6500
An exciting historical effort to gather information on Lithuanians who emigrated to the United States before World War I
Some of the sources available include:
The Museum is a not-for-profit organization. The Immigration History and Genealogy Department is supported completely by patron donations and a staff of part-time volunteers, including a genealogist, to provide services. Donations are requested for all services. For a brochure and a free copy of Genealogija, write to the IHG Department at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 South Pulaski Road, Chicago, IL 60629
SS. Peter and Paul Apostles
Roman Catholic Church
617 Lincoln Avenue
Rockford, IL 61102
1129 South Main St.
University of Illinois in
Special Collections Department
Lithuanian Museum (Sisters of
2601 W. Marquette Rd.
Chicago, IL 60629-1817
By appointment - Sister Margaret Petcavage, SSC
Fax (312) 776-8755
Historical and cultural artifacts of Lithuania, such as amber collection, paintings, wood carvings, clothing
Some of these resources from GDS firstname.lastname@example.org and GDS Chris@aol.com
1. Lithuanian ONLY surname data base (400+ names).
2. Lithuanian ONLY genealogy resources.
3. Lithuanian ONLY Discussion Board for genealogy.
Avotaynu, Inc. - (Quarterly review of Jewish Genealogy with info on Lithuanian Research)
155 N. Washington Avenue
Bergenfield, NJ 07621
Fax (201) 387-2855
Lithuanian Heritage Products and Services (send for their catalog)
368 West Broadway
South Boston, MA 02127
Lithuanian Heritage Magazine (Highly recommended - Bi-monthly publication)
P.O. Box 225
Lemont, IL 60439
Valstybinis Istorijos Archyvas, (Link = article on
results of request to Archive)
Lithuanian State Historical Archives
Gerosios Vilties 10
Lithuania - Lietuva
Phone (+370 2) 765290
Fax (+370 2) 765318
Lithuanian-American Genealogy Homepage - Part of the WorldGenWeb Project - created by George Rodgers - An excellent resource
Central Certificate of Birth Archive
Lietuvos Centrinis Metriku Archyvas
K.Kalinausko g. 21. 2000 Vilnius, Lithuania
Phone (+370 2) 637846
How to find relatives in Lithuania http://neris.mii.lt/heritage/lfcc/howfind.html- A very informative site by a Lithuanian, Paulius Jurkus (includes newspaper address and much more)
Lithuanian Place Name Changes (Lithuanian, Russian and Polish names given)
For the etymologies of surnames and place names:
Dr. Aleksandra Cieslikowa
Instytut Jezka Polskiego
ul. Straszewskiego 27
Poland - Polska
$10 per name (U.S. Postal Money Order made out to Dr. Cieslikwa) is suggested. She is an able scholar who can read and write in English.
Polish Archive for those whose families came from SW Lithuania (This archive is faster than the Lithuanian Archive in Vilnius
ul. Kosciuszki 69
Poland - Polska
Russian Archive Service
Russian-Baltic Information Center
907 Mission Avenue
San Rafael, CA 94901
Fax (414) 453-0343
Provides research in St. Petersburg and Moscow Archives. The Russian Czarist Government was a bloated bureaucracy, so they have more records (especially for noble families) in many cases than the Polish or Lithuanian Archives. Because of the difficulty of corresponding in Cyrillic, it is necessary for most of us to use this kind of service.
nic.funet.fi - ftp site
York Public Library (has microfilm copy of Lithuanian phone
book from 1930's)
Lithuanian Fonts can be purchased from
7 Arthur Road
Rosemont, PA 19010
They sell a total of four fonts: "Palanga" which looks like New Times Roman, "Udraliai" which looks like Helvetica Light, "Skuodas" which looks like Archstyle and "Telsiai"
For Lithuanian translations contact BBobber@aol.com
Travel agency specializing in travel to Lithuania - contact BettesueG@aol.com
Travels and Research in Lithuania (July 1995) - very touching article
Lithuanian tourist report from 8/31/94 - Just got back from a month's visit in Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine and have much to pass on. If you are looking for current travel information, accomodations, touring, genealogical research, etc. post me a note on e-mail TedM333@aol.com
Russian woman who works at the Lithuanian Archives - Name: Galena Baraonova; Address: Taikos 10-61, 2017 Vilnius, Lithuania; Phone No.: 63-83-75 --- contact TedM above who has worked with this woman.
LITHUANIA. A mailing list for anyone with a genealogical or historical interest in Lithuania.Mailing address for postings is email@example.com. To subscribe, send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org: SUB LITHUANIA
Some other Lithuanian-American parishes include: St Peter's in Detroit, MI which closed in May of 1995 - check with the diocese for location of records, ?Our Lady of Siluva in East St. Louis, IL; St. Casmirs in Amsterdam, NY Lithuanian church, will be reopening soon!!K of L Council #100 - E-mail me with any additional parishes you may know of.
Center for Russian and East European Studies
4G-15 Forbes Quadrangle
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: (412) 648-7407
Fax: (412) 648-2199
REESWeb: Russian and East European Studies - Internet Resources - a comprehensive index of electronic resources on the Balkans, the Baltic states, the Caucusus, Central Asia, Central Europe, the CIS, Eastern Europe, the NIS, the Russian Federation, and the former Soviet Union.
Lietuvos Bajoru Karaliskoji Sajunga (A society in Lithuania) - Royal Lithuanian Nobility Association
Lithuanian Research List - FEEFHS
Lithuania On-Line -- a great site for getting addresses and resources to write for your Lithuanian genealogy (the Netcitizens' area)
Penpals from the Baltic countries formerly "The Soviet-American Penfriend Exchange"
Lithuanian Homepage - Where do you want to go in Lithuania today?
Lithuanian Roots, An Overview of Lithuanian Traditional Culture
Cyndi's Eastern European Sites
Lithuanians settled in Lithuania before the birth of Christ. The independent Lithuanian state was established in 1236, becoming one of the largest and most powerful European states. The country was absorbed by tsarist Russia in 1795. Independence was restored in 1918. Lithuania was admitted into the League of Nations in 1922. Nazi Germany and Soviets signed secret protocols dividing up Lithuania and other independent states in 1939. Lithuania was invaded and annexed by the USSR on August 3, 1940, when the Soviet Union formally annexed Lithuania, declaring it to be the fourteenth republic of the USSR. (Lithuania was then invaded by Nazi Germany in 1941, and was reoccupied by the USSR in 1944.) The government of Lithuania was not in existence during most of World War II. Sajudis reform movement founded in June, 1988. Sajudis declares its goal of establishing an independent, neutral Lithuanian state in February, 1989. Sajudis candidates win two-thirds of seats in parliamentary elections held in February, 1990. Parliament votes unanimously to re-establish Lithuanian independence on March 11, 1990.
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