Chicago Lithuanian RC Parish Registers Online (pre-1926)

Saints Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) RC Parish Registers Online (1914-1915)


  • 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

          -  SS. Peter & Paul Marriage Register 1914-1915

          -  SS. Peter & Paul Baptism Register 1914-1915

          -  SS. Peter & Paul Death Register 1914-1915 



Overview


The 1914-1915 baptism, marriage and death registers of Saints (SS.) Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Roman Catholic (RC) parish in Chicago are available for online viewing at website FamilySearch.org.  If your immigrant Lithuanian ancestor was in this parish, 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).




















SS. Peter & Paul Church (photo from parish 50th anniversary booklet)



Location of Parish Church and Rectory


The entries in the online marriage, baptism and death registers of SS. Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) RC parish start in January 1914 and go through the end of 1915.

  • CHURCH LOCATION 1914-1959.  From December 6, 1914 through mid-1959, the religious services of SS. Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) RC parish were conducted in the parish church which was located at 12255 South Emerald Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood of Chicago.  Excerpt from parish 75th anniversary book: "Archbishop James E. Quigley dedicated the combination church-school building of SS. Peter and Paul, which had been completed at 12255 South Emerald Avenue, Father Lukosius celebrated Mass in the new edifice for the first time on December 6, 1914."
  • CHURCH LOCATION 1959-PRESENT.  A new parish church on the northeast corner of 125th Street and South Halsted Street was dedicated on May 31, 1959, and was used thereafter for the parish religious services.
  • RECTORY LOCATION 1914-1959 (1960?).  The rectory was located at 12259 South Emerald Avenue.  (The rectory was located at the northeast corner of 123rd Street and S. Emerald Avenue, and the church was adjacent to the north side of the rectory.) The parish 75th anniversary book says that Father Lukosius "resided in the frame rectory which had been built at 12259 South Emerald Avenue."
  • LOCATION OF 1914 PARISH RELIGIOUS SERVICES PRIOR TO PARISH CHURCH.  Before the SS. Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) RC parish church was first used for services on December 6, 1914, the parish services were held at Assumption BVM (Polish) RC church located on the corner of 123rd Street and S. Parnell Avenue.  Excerpts from parish 50th anniversary book: "The Rev. Norbert Lukosius was appointed the first pastor of SS. Peter and Paul and came to work with the organizers in late 1913.  He made arrangements with the pastor of the Assumption B.V.M. parish, which was made up of Polish speaking people, to have SS. Peter and Paul hold its services there until the church was erected.  The pastor consented.  As a result, the Lithuanians began worshiping as parishioners of SS. Peter and Paul on February 15, 1914.  They were able to use the church after the Polish services on Sunday mornings. ... The church in which they worshiped was located on the corner of 123rd and Parnell. ... Although the church was blessed and dedicated, it was not put into use until December 6, 1914, when a few of the furnishings were installed so that Mass could be said.  The last service held at Assumption was on Sunday, November 30th."



List of the Online Parish Registers


The 1914-1915 baptism, marriage and death registers of SS. Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) RC parish in Chicago are available for online viewing at website FamilySearch.org under the (incorrect) title "Ss Peter & Paul Parish (Chicago: Paulina St)".  The following sets of records are listed under this title:

- Marriage Registers:

  • Marriages 1896-1914  [NOT APPLICABLE to SS Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Parish]
  • Marriages 1914-1916  [APPLICABLE to SS Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Parish]
  • Marriages 1915  [NOT APPLICABLE to SS Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Parish]

​- Baptism Registers:

  • Baptisms 1895-1908  [NOT APPLICABLE to SS Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Parish]
  • Baptisms 1908-1914  [NOT APPLICABLE to SS Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Parish]
  • Baptisms 1914-1916  [APPLICABLE to SS Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Parish]
  • Baptisms 1915  [NOT APPLICABLE to SS Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Parish]

- Death Registers:

  • Deaths 1895-1915  [NOT APPLICABLE to SS Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Parish]
  • Deaths 1913-1915  [NOT APPLICABLE to SS Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Parish]
  • Deaths 1914-1915  [APPLICABLE to SS Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Parish]

- Other Registers:

  • Confirmations 1905-1915  [NOT APPLICABLE to SS Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) Parish]



Potential Sources of Confusion in Searching the Online Parish Registers


Although the records are there (listed under the WRONG parish), the parish is NOT LISTED on the FamilySearch.org website.  There were three RC parishes in Chicago named "SS. Peter & Paul", but the FamilySearch.org list includes only two of them.  On that website, the records of SS. Peter & Paul (Lithuanian) RC parish are currently (May 2014) incorrectly included with the records of SS. Peter & Paul (Polish) RC parish under the title "Ss Peter & Paul Parish (Chicago: Paulina St)".



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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