Lithuanian Roman Catholic (RC) Ancestor Search Information

Pakapė RC Parish; Overview for Ancestor Search

GENERAL.  This web page provides an overview of data about 1765-1940 Tverečius RC parish in Lithuania for use in Lithuanian ancestor search.

LOCATION.  Pakapė is a small town in Lithuania, located about 16 kilometers south (S) of Šiauliai.  It is in the Šiauliai rural elderate of Šiauliai district municipality in Šiauliai county. 


  • Around 1760 a chapel was built, and around 1780 a priest was appointed; this was considered to be a branch chapel of the Kurtuvėnai parish.
  • In 1860, a wooden church was built in Pakapė.
  • In 1861, a parish was established, and was named Švč. Mergėles Marijos Ėmimo į dangų (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Roman Catholic parish.
  • In 1879, a new church building (the present church building) was built.

PAKAPĖ HISTORY.   The 1613-1939 history of the Pakapė area is as follows:

  • ~1200: part of the lands of the Samogitians (Lithuanian: Žemaičiai) (one of the Baltic tribes), who had been there for many centuries.
  • 14xx-1569: part of the Samogitia Elderate of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL).
  • 1569-1795: part of the Samogitia Elderate of the GDL of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • 1795-1918: part of the Russian Empire (Lithuanians consider it as a Russian occupation of the lands of the Lithuanian people).
  • 1915-1918: under German occupation during WWI.
  • 1918-1939: part of independent Lithuania.


  • ONLINE: Births: 1808-1908.  Marriages 1862-1940.  Deaths: 1765-1827 and 1835-1940.
  • AT ARCHIVES ONLY: Births: 1794-1796, 1798-1799.  Marriages: none.  Deaths: 1794-1795, 1798-1799, 1808-1809, 1811-1818, 1820-1830, and 1832-1834.
  • UNAVAILABLE: Births: pre-1794; 1797 and 1800-1807.  Marriages: pre-1862.  Deaths: pre-1794; 1796-1797, 1800-1807, 1810, 1819 and 1831. [Pre-1862 marriages would be expected to be found in the registers of Kurtuvėnai RC parish.]


  • 1794 to 1827 in Latin.
  • 1828 to 1848 in Polish.
  • 1849 to ~1920 in Russian.
  • ~1920-1940 in Lithuanian.

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