Chicago Lithuanian RC Parish Registers Online (pre-1926)

St. George (Lithuanian) RC Parish Registers Online (1893-1925)


  • 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 Registers

          -  St. George Marriage Register 1893-1905

          -  St. George Marriage Register 1905-1914

          -  St. George Marriage Register 1914-1925

          -  St. George Baptism Register 1893-1900

          -  St. George Baptism Register 1900-1903

          -  St. George Baptism Register 1903-1905

          -  St. George Baptism Register 1905-1908

          -  St. George Baptism Register 1908-1914

          -  St. George Baptism Register 1914-1915

          -  St. George Baptism Register 1915-1916

          -  St. George Baptism Register 1916-1919

          -  St. George Baptism Register 1919-1925

          -  St. George Baptism Register 1925

          -  St. George Death Register 1893-1912

          -  St. George Death Register 1913-1923

          -  St. George Death Register 1923-1925



Overview


The 1893-1925 baptism, marriage and death registers of St. George (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) [but the records of this parish prior to mid-1908 typically say only "Lithuania" and do not identify 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).



Location of Parish Church and Rectory


The entries in the online marriage, baptism and death registers of St. George (Lithuanian) RC parish start in April 1893 and go through the end of 1925.

  • Church Location 1893(?)-1902.  The first church of this parish was a wooden church that was located at either (1) W 33rd St & Auburn Ave or (2) W 33rd St & Archer Ave.  (location needed, with source).  Excerpts from an article in the May-June 1995 issue of Lithuanian Heritage magazine which cited a description by Rev. Lapelis: "... Rev. Jurgis Kolesinskis, who had come to Chicago in 1892.  Rev. Kolesinskis founded the parish that same year.  Twelve lots were purchased at the corner of 33rd Street and Auburn Avenue on Chicago's near South side, and a small wooden church built.  Rev. Kolesinskis was replaced at the end of 1893 by Rev. Mateušas Kriaučiūnas, who had recently arrived from Lithuania.  ...  After purchasing two additional lots, Rev. Kriaučiūnas built a brick rectory. With time and new Lithuanian immigrants arriving in the area, the wooden church became too small to hold the parishioners. A new and larger brick Gothic-style church began to be constructed in 1896, but shortage of funds delayed its completion until 1902."   A slightly different view about the initial location was presented in an article in the March-April 2006 issue of Lithuanian Heritage magazine that cited a description by Dr. Kučas from the book Lithuanians in America: "The Rev. Jurgis Kolesinskas, who was designated pastor of this parish in 1892, bought a wooden German church and had it moved to the Lithuanian plot of land at 33rd St. and Archer Ave."
  • Church Location 1902-1990.  This church was located on the northwest corner of West 33rd Street & South Auburn Avenue, with its main entrance being on West 33rd Street.  On 1 January 1934 the name of Auburn Avenue in this area (i.e., between W 31st St and W 39th St) was changed to "Lituanica Avenue".  This church was dedicated on ___ 1902, and it was closed in 1990.
  • Rectory Location (~1895-1990).  The rectory was located at (3230 South Auburn Avenue?).  On 1 January 1934 the name of Auburn Avenue was changed to "Lituanica Avenue".



List of the Online Parish Registers


The 1893-1925 baptism, marriage and death registers of St. George (Lithuanian) RC parish in Chicago are available for online viewing at website FamilySearch.org under the title "St. George Parish (Chicago: Lituanica Ave)".  The following sets of records are listed under this title:

- Marriage Registers:

  • Marriages 1893-1902 with index  *
  • Marriages 1893-1905
  • Marriages 1902-1905  *
  • Marriages 1905-1912 with index  *
  • Marriages 1905-1914
  • Marriages 1912-1914  *
  • Marriages 1914-1916  *
  • Marriages 1914-1925 with index

​- Baptism Registers:

  • Baptisms 1893-1900
  • Baptisms 1900-1903

  • Baptisms 1900-1905  *
  • Baptisms 1903-1905
  • Baptisms 1904-1905  *
  • Baptisms 1905-1908  *
  • Baptisms 1905-1908 with index
  • Baptisms 1908-1911 with index  *
  • Baptisms 1908-1914
  • Baptisms 19​11-1914  *
  • Baptisms 1914-1915  *
  • Baptisms 1914-1915 with index
  • Baptisms 1915-1916
  • Baptisms 1916-1919 with index
  • Baptisms 1919-1925
  • ​Baptisms 1925 with index

​- Death Registers:

  • Deaths 1893-1912
  • Deaths 1893-1912 with index  *
  • Deaths 1913-1916  *
  • Deaths 1913-1923 with index
  • Deaths 1923-1925 with index

- Other Registers:

  • Communions 1915-1916  *
  • Communions 1915-1925
  • Communions, confirmations 1915-1944
  • ​Confirmations 1916-1923

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


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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:

  • St. George Marriage Register 1893-1905
  • St. George Marriage Register 1905-1914
  • St. George Marriage Register 1914-1925
  • St. George Baptism Register 1893-1900
  • St. George Baptism Register 1900-1903
  • St. George Baptism Register 1903-1905
  • St. George Baptism Register 1905-1908
  • St. George Baptism Register 1908-1914
  • St. George Baptism Register 1914-1915
  • St. George Baptism Register 1915-1916
  • St. George Baptism Register 1916-1919
  • St. George Baptism Register 1919-1925
  • St. George Baptism Register 1925
  • St. George Death Register 1893-1912
  • St. George Death Register 1913-1923
  • St. George Death Register 1923-1925




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