Tverečius RC Parish; Overview for Ancestor Search

GENERAL.  This web page provides an overview of data about 1755-1920 Tverečius RC parish in Lithuania for use in Lithuanian ancestor search.

LOCATION.  Tverečius is a small rural town in Lithuania, located 100 kilometers northeast of Vilnius.  It is located in the easternmost part of Lithuania. It is located just south of the Dysna river, which constitutes part of the present-day border between Lithuania and Belarus. It is in the Tverečius elderate of Ignalina district municipality in Utena county. 

PARISH HISTORY.  The parish was established in the year 1501. The parish is named "Holy Trinity" or "Blessed Trinity" [depending on one's translation preferences].  The parish celebrated its 500-year anniversary in 2001, and is still functioning.  The present church is a brick building that was built in 1906.

TVEREČIUS HISTORY.   The 1501-1939 history of the Tverečius area is as follows:

  • 1501-1569: part of the Vilnius Voivodeship of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (GDL).
  • 1569-1795: part of the Vilnius Voivodeship 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: (the Province of Vilnius was under German military occupation; the Tverečius area was in the German-Russian WWI front lines).
  • 1918-1920: part of independent Lithuania.
  • 1920-1939: the Vilnius area, including the Tverečius area, was under Polish occupation.


  • ONLINE: Birth indexes: 1780-1914.  Births: 1755-1915.  Marriages: 1838-1921.  Deaths: Oct 1834-1919.
  • AT ARCHIVES ONLY:  Births: none.  Marriages: 1797-1812, 1814-1837.  Deaths: 1797-1812, 1814-1837.
  • UNAVAILABLE: Births: pre-1755.  Marriages: pre-1797; 1813.  Deaths: pre-1797; 1813.


  • 1755 to mid-1827 in Latin.
  • mid-1827 to mid-1848 in Polish.
  • mid-1848 to ~1920 in Russian.

LIST OF VILLAGES IN PARISH: Refer to document "Tverečius RC Parish; List of Villages in Parish (GDocs)" on Google Docs. 

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