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All Saints (Lithuanian) RC Parish Death Register, 1906-1925


  • Link to Online Register (at FamilySearch.org)

  • Structure of All Saints Death Register, 1906-1925
  • Guide to Online Images of All Saints Death Register, 1906-1925
  • About the Index Pages in All Saints Death Register, 1906-1925
  • About the Format of Register Pages in All Saints Death Register, 1906-1925
  • About the Death Entry Format in All Saints Death Register, 1906-1925
  • Example of a Typical Entry in All Saints Death Register, 1906-1925



Structure of All Saints Death Register, 1906-1925


​​This death register is a bound book that consists of:

  • a title page; followed by
  • a pre-printed "Impramatur" page; followed by
  • an A-Z surname index (the index was not maintained after September 1915, described later below); followed by
  • an entry section that consists of many pre-printed register pages that are sequentially numbered from "1" through the last page [unknown number, but greater than 129]. Each death register page has space to enter 7 deaths (funerals).  The pages through 1925 are filled with handwritten entries that are entered in chronological sequence but are not numbered. The earliest death entry in the register is dated 9 Oct 1906.  The date of the final entry is unknown.

[Although this is called a "death" register, I tend to think of it more as a "funeral" (or "burial") register, because I believe that an entry was only made in this register when a priest from this parish conducted a funeral (burial) service for the deceased. For a deceased adult, such a service typically began at the place (often the home of the deceased or close relative; otherwise a funeral home) where the body was waked, continued with a procession to the church where a mid-morning funeral Mass was celebrated, and continued with an automobile procession to St. Casimir Lithuanian RC Cemetery where the burial service was conducted.  Services for a deceased child could be more abbreviated.]


Guide to Online Images of All Saints Death Register, 1906-1925

On website FamilySearch.org, this death register is identified as "Deaths 1906-1926 with index" under the heading "All Saints Parish (Chicago: S State)".  Here is the summary of information about the images in this set:

  • 90 images total
  • Images 1-2:  proof pages associated with copying the records
  • Image 3: register title page ("Registrum Defunctorum; Lithuanicae Ecclesiae Omnium Sanctorum, Kensington, Ill., Archidiocesis Chicagiensis" (Death Register; Lithuanian Church of All Saints; Kensington, Illinois; Archdiocese of Chicago))
  • Image 4: pre-printed "Impramatur" page
  • Images 5-25:  A-Z surname index to this death register (by register page number)
  • Image 26: Two-page (side-by-side) image of blank preceding page and register page 1 (first entry dated 9 Oct 1906).
  • Images 27-90: Two-page (side-by-side) images of register entry pages from register pages 2-3 through register pages 128-129 (page 129 contains the final entries of 1925 and the first two entries of 1926).

[The actual death register book has register pages that go beyond register page 129 and those pages contain entries beyond 1925, but the images available online stop at register page 129.]



About the Index Pages in All Saints Death Register, 1906-1925


The index pages are valid only for entries through September 1915 (when Rev. F. B. Serafinas was the pastor). Death entries after that time are not listed in the index pages.



About the Format of Register Pages in All Saints Death Register, 1906-1921


These pages contain the actual entries about the deaths (funerals) that took place in the parish. Refer to the image below, which is a side-by-side image of register pages 98 and 99.  The format of these register pages is typical of all register pages in this death register.

The title portion of each register page has:
  • an even-numbered page number pre-printed at the upper left-hand corner of the left-hand page, and an odd-numbered page number pre-printed at the upper right-hand corner of the right-hand page.
  • the pre-printed words "Registrum Defunctorum Ecclesiae (Register of Deaths of the Church) on the first line, which is followed by a blank line to accommodate a handwritten entry of the name of the church (in Latin).  That same blank line continues on the second line where it is followed by the pre-printed word "Diocesis" (of the Diocese) which is followed by a blank line to accommodate a handwritten entry of the name of the diocese (in Latin).  In this register, the name of the church is typically written as "Omnium Sanctorum" (of All Saints) or else it is left blank.  In this register, to indicate that diocese is actually an archdiocese, the prefix "Archi" or the entire word "Archidiocesis" is often inserted before the pre-printed "Diocesis"; on many pages the entire entry is left blank. In this register, the name of the diocese is typically written as "Chicagiensis" (__ Chicago) or else it is left blank.



























Typical Register Pages from All Saints RC Parish Death Register, 1906-1925 (with example entry)

(red rectangle added to highlight example entry)



About the Death Entry Format in All Saints Death Register, 1906-1925


There are two columns provided in the register for each death entry.

The first column is titled "NOMEN" (NAME) and provides space to enter the name of the deceased person.

The second column is the actual death entry.  It is in a standardized format that includes pre-printed Latin text with blank spaces for handwritten insertion of the data unique to the particular death and funeral. The pre-printed Latin words with running translation are: 


  • Die (on the Day) ___[BLANK LINE to enter number for numeric date of death] 
  • mensis (month) ____[BLANK LINE to enter in Latin the name of the month of death] 
  • A.D. (Year of the Lord) ____[BLANK LINE to enter the numeric year of death] 


  • obiit (died)
  • ____[BLANK LINE to enter name of the deceased person].  In this register, the given name is typically entered as the nominative-case Latin equivalent of the person's name, and the surname is typically entered using the Lithuanian spelling.


  • fili__ the (son/ daughter) of [the BLANK LINE provides space to enter suffix that completes the word as either "filius" (the son of) or "filia" (the daughter of)].
  • ____[BLANK LINE to enter the names of the parents of the deceased].


  • aetatis (age)
  • ____[BLANK LINE to enter age of the deceased person]


  • ex loco (from the place)
  • ____[BLANK LINE to enter what place the deceased person was from]


  • sepult__ est (he/ she) was buried [the BLANK LINE provides space to enter suffix that completes the word as either "sepultus" (he was buried) or "sepulta" (she was buried)].
  • ____[BLANK LINE to enter the names of the parents of the deceased].
  • die (on the day) ___[BLANK LINE to enter number for numeric date of burial]
  • mensis (month) ____[BLANK LINE to enter in Latin the name of the month of burial]
  • A.D. (Year of the Lord) ____[BLANK LINE to enter the numeric year of burial]


  • in cemeterio (in the cemetery)
  • ____[BLANK LINE to enter name of the cemetery in which the body of the deceased person was buried]


  • Adnotationes (Notes)
  • ____[BLANK LINE to enter Notes (if any)]


  • ____[BLANK LINE for signature of the person who made the entry in the register]



Example of a Typical Entry in All Saints Death Register, 1906-1925


Refer to All Saints RCC 1918-10-28 Death Record.




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