Lithuanian Roman Catholic (RC) Ancestor Search Information


This website is about Lithuanian genealogy (finding the Lithuanian ancestors in one's family tree).

This website is aimed at helping Americans of Lithuanian descent to identify several successive generations of their Lithuanian ancestors by making use of the archived and online baptism, marriage and death registers of Roman Catholic parishes in Lithuania. (Before the twentieth century, churches and synagogues were the primary repositories of birth, marriage, and death records in Lithuania.)


Online 1808 Lithuania Marriage Record       Online 1912 Chicago Marriage Record           Me Visiting Lithuania - 2009

​This website represents my attempt to make available to others some things I've learned and accumulated through 25 years of my Lithuanian-genealogy "hobby". The material here is focused on finding the family/ ancestor records in Lithuania of pre-WWI immigrants to the U.S. (especially Chicago) who were born and baptized in Roman Catholic parishes in Lithuania. That was/ is my area of interest and experience, because all 4 of my grandparents were in that category.

One of the biggest problems facing an American doing genealogy research is that the church records are not in English. This website includes transcriptions and translations of example baptism (birth), marriage and death records.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.  In my translations made over the years including those on this website, I've made extensive use of the Polish and Russian volumes of the "In Their Words" books by Shea & Hoffman (References 1 and 2 on the References page of this website).  I highly recommend these books to anyone who is attempting to search for an ancestor in the RC parish registers of Lithuania.  

This website is dedicated to providing information about Lithuanian genealogy, but in a non-interactive way.  For interactive help, I highly recommend the website of the LGGS Yahoo Discussion Group on Lithuanian Genealogy, (


You can navigate to various parts of this website by using the navigation links that are located at the right-hand top of the page. (The same arrangement of links appears at the top of every page.)  If the mouse cursor hovers over a link, any sub-links are then displayed. Below is a short description of where each primary navigation link will take you.

  • Home (this page).  Sub-links are About (about me and about this website), and Contact Me.

  • Lithuanian RC Ancestor Search Process.  A description of the process of searching for the records of your Lithuanian Roman Catholic ancestors, including your options for who will search the records of Roman Catholic parishes in Lithuania​​.


  • U.S. Data Sources.  A description of how to obtain from family sources and U.S. records the information that you need about an immigrant Lithuanian ancestor and his/ her immigrant relatives to enable searching records in Lithuania. 

  • Chicago (Lithuanian) RC Parish Registers Online.  A description of how to use the online pre-1926 baptism, marriage and death registers of Lithuanian Roman Catholic parishes in the Archdiocese of Chicago to find records of one's Chicago immigrant ancestor and his/ her US family and relatives. This includes transcribed and translated examples of these Latin-language records.


  • Lithuania RC Parish Registers (in the Lithuanian Archives and Online).  A description of the birth, marriage and death registers of Roman Catholic parishes in Lithuania that are located at the Lithuanian State Historical Archives in Vilnius and/ or online at website  This includes transcribed and translated examples of these Latin-language, Polish-language, Russian-language, and Lithuanian-language records.

  • Nobility Documents.  If one of your ancestors was "noble" (as identified in the birth, marriage, and death records), there might be a "nobility document" that shows the male ancestors of that "noble" ancestor. (This is a later step that can be taken after you have identified a specific "noble" ancestor in Lithuania.)

  • Search Aids for My Ancestral Parishes in Lithuania.  A description of search aids for my ancestors' parishes (Kantaučiai, Krekenava, Kurtuvėnai, Lieplaukė, Pakapė, Tverečius, Žarėnai) in Lithuania, including lists of registers available online and examples of transcribed and translated baptism, marriage, and death entries from the registers.                                                                                                                                                                                    NOTE: THE MATERIAL FOR TVEREČIUS PARISH HAS BEEN TRANSFERRED TO A NEW WEBSITE:              

  • Other.  Miscellaneous topics, such as the Lithuanian alphabet and DNA testing.

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