Chicago Lithuanian RC Parish Registers Online (pre-1926)

Holy Cross (Lithuanian) RC Parish Registers Online (1904-1925)


  • Overview
  • Location of Parish Church and Rectory
  • List of the Online Parish Registers
  • Potential Sources of Confusion in Searching the Online Parish Registers
  • Descriptions of Individual Online Parish Registers

          -  Holy Cross Marriage Register 1904-1916

          -  Holy Cross Marriage Register 1917-1925

          -  Holy Cross Baptism Register 1904-1910

          -  Holy Cross Baptism Register 1910-1913

          -  Holy Cross Baptism Register 1913-1916

          -  Holy Cross Baptism Register 1916-1921

          -  Holy Cross Baptism Register 1921-1925

          -  Holy Cross Baptism Register 1925-1925

          -  Holy Cross Death Register 1904-1913

          -  Holy Cross Death Register 1913-1918 

          -  Holy Cross Death Register 1918-1925 


 

Overview


The 1904-1925 baptism, marriage and death registers of Holy Cross (Lithuanian) Roman Catholic (RC) parish in Chicago are available for online viewing at website FamilySearch.org.  These records, especially the marriage records, might be of significant help in finding the link to your immigrant Lithuanian ancestor's birth family in Lithuania. 

- Marriage Records:

  • "Pre-Americanized" surname (if your ancestor was the bride, groom, or a named witness).
  • Names of parents (if your ancestor was the bride or groom).
  • Birthplace (if your ancestor was the bride or groom) [the records of this parish contain in many cases the specific birth village or town!].

- Baptism Records:

  • "Pre-Americanized" surname (if your ancestor was a parent or godparent of the baptized child).

- Death Records:

  • "Pre-Americanized" surname (if your ancestor was the deceased person or was a parent of a deceased child).




















Holy Cross Church (Photo from Wikipedia Article "Holy Cross Church (Chicago)")



Location of Parish Church and Rectory


The entries in the online marriage, baptism and death registers of Holy Cross (Lithuanian) RC parish start in July 1904 and go through the end of 1925.

  • CHURCH LOCATION 1905-1915.  From November 12, 1905 until September 15, 1915, the religious services of Holy Cross (Lithuanian) RC parish were conducted in the parish church located at ________________. (location needed, with source)  An article in the May-June 1995 issue of Lithuanian Heritage magazine says that the cornerstone of the first church of Holy Cross (Lithuanian) RC parish was blessed on December 18, 1904, and that the church was dedicated on November 12, 1905.
  • CHURCH LOCATION 1915-Present.  From September 15, 1915, the religious services of Holy Cross (Lithuanian) RC parish were conducted in the parish church located at the northwest corner of West 46th Street and South Hermitage Avenue.  (The church main entrance was/ is on 46th Street.)  This neighborhood of Chicago was known as "Town of Lake", and also as "Back of The Yards".  The church is still at that location, but the parish is no longer a "Lithuanian" parish.  An article in the May-June 1995 issue of Lithuanian Heritage magazine says that the cornerstone of this church was blessed on October 26, 1913, and that the church was dedicated on September 15, 1915.
  • RECTORY LOCATION 1909-19__.  The rectory was located at (4557 South Wood Street?).
  • LOCATION OF 1904-1905 PARISH RELIGIOUS SERVICES PRIOR TO PARISH CHURCH.  From July 1904 until the first parish church was dedicated on November 12, 1905, the parish services were held at ...  (location needed, with source)



List of the Online Parish Registers


The 1904-1925 baptism, marriage and death registers of Holy Cross (Lithuanian) RC parish in Chicago are available for online viewing at website FamilySearch.org under the title "Holy Cross Parish (Chicago: Wood St)".  The following sets of records are listed under this title:

- Marriage Registers:

  • Marriages 1904-1915  *
  • Marriages 1904-1916 with index
  • Marriages 1917-1925 with index

​- Baptism Registers:

  • Baptisms 1904-1910  *
  • Baptisms 1904-1910 with index

  • Baptisms 1910-1913  *
  • Baptisms 1910-1913 with index
  • Baptisms 1913-1915  *

  • Baptisms 1913-1916 with index
  • Baptisms 1914-1915  *

  • Baptisms 1916-1918 with index [actually is for 1916-1921]
  • Baptisms 1921-1925 with index
  • Baptisms 1925 with index

​- Death Registers:

  • Deaths 1904-1913  *
  • Deaths 1904-1913 with index
  • Deaths 1913-1915  *
  • Deaths 1913-1918 with index
  • Deaths 1918-1925 with index

- Other Registers:

  • Communions 1917-1925 with index
  • Confirmations 1915  *
  • Confirmations 1915 with index
  • Confirmations 1923 with index

The records above that have an asterisk after the title are redundant; they are included within the other records.  

The communion and confirmation registers may be of interest to family members but it is unlikely that they will be of help in finding the link to your ancestor's birth family in Lithuania.



Potential Sources of Confusion in Searching the Online Parish Registers


The FamilySearch.org list of records for "Holy Cross Parish (Chicago: Wood St) includes several "almost duplicate" sets of records that differ primarily in that they are single-page views vs. side-by-side page views of the register.  The side-by-side page versions that are "almost duplicates" of the record sets above are:

  • "Baptisms 1904-1910" contains side-by side page views of the register pages in "Baptisms 1904-1910 with index".
  • "Baptisms 1910-1913" contains side-by side page views of the register pages in "Baptisms 1910-1913 with index".
  • "Baptisms 1913-1915" together with "Baptisms 1914-1915" contains side-by side page views of the 1913-1915 register pages in "Baptisms 1913-1916 with index".
  • "Marriages 1904-1915" contains side-by side page views of the register pages in "Marriages 1904-1916 with index", but only goes to register page 331 (vs. register page 351).
  • "Deaths 1904-1913" contains side-by side page views of the register pages in "Deaths 1904-1913 with index".
  • "Deaths 1913-1915" contains side-by side page views of the 1913-1915 register pages in "Deaths 1913-1918 with index".

[The side-by-side views contribute to a quicker search of the register pages.]



Descriptions of Individual Online Parish Registers


Click on a link below for a description of the online parish register including a link to images of the register pages:



(This web page is still under construction; more will be added later)





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