Lithuanian State Historical Archives


Contact Information and Research Information:
Lithuanian State Historical Archives(LVIA)
Lietuvos Valstybes Istorijos Archyvas
Gerosios Vilties 10
Vilnius LT-03134, Lithuania

The LVIA no longer does personal research. They will make copies of specific records pertaining to your ancestors for a nominal fee. Write to , Deputy Department Manager.

Holdings:
This archive contains pre-1940 vital records, some Revision Lists and Family Lists, and various other types of records including a small number of pre-1914 internal passport records. All of the Jewish vital records (over 500,000) were filmed by the Ladder Day Saints (Mormons) except those vital records (250,000) transferred to LVIA from the Lithuanian Central Civil Metrical Archives in January 2002. These transferred records are mainly for 1922-1939 but some date back to 1881.

The most complete, up-to-date index of vital records in the Lithuanian State Historical Archive in Vlinuis (LVIA) is available on the LitvakSIG Members Site. You can find information on becoming a Member of LitvakSIG on our Join LitvakSIG page. Here are the Benefits of Membership .

For information on the various types of records from the Russian Empire, see the section of our website on Types of Records in the All Lithuania Database.
 
 

Kaunas Regional Archives


Contact Information and Research Information:
Kaunas Regional Archives (KRA)
Kauno Apygardos Archyvas
Maironio 28A
Kaunas 44249, Lithuania
Tel: 370-27-732-3073
Fax: 370-27-732-3111

The KRA no longer does research but will make copies of records upon request. You can write in English and their response will be in English. You can send an email message to Vitalija Gircyte, Chief Archivist. Do not expect to receive a response in less than five or six months.

Holdings:
This archive contains mainly pre-1915 records for the seven Uyezds (Districts) of the former Russian Empire Kaunas Gubernia: Kaunas Uyezd, Raseiniai Uyezd, Telsiai Uyezd, Siauliai Uyezd, Ponevezys Uyezd, Ukmerge (formerly Vilkomir) Uyezd, and Zarasai (formerly Novo-Aleksandrovsk) Uyezd.

The main types of records they hold are: Revision Lists, Family Lists, various types of Tax Records, Guild Records, Court Records, and other types of records. The KRA also has the Internal Passport Records, 1919-1940, for Kaunas, the Kaunas District, and for Jonava. All of their records were for cities and towns formerly located in the Kovno Gubernia (region) which, at one time, covered the largest part of Lithuania. The KRA does not have any records for either Vilnius Gubernia or Suwalki Guberniya.

For information on the various types of records from the Russian Empire, see the section of our website on Types of Records in the All Lithuania Database.

The most complete, up-to-date index of (relevant Jewish) records in the Kaunas Regional Archives (KRA) dated August 14, 2008 was made available by Vitalija Gircyte, Chief Archivist, and is published here on this website. LitvakSIG has ongoing projects called District Research Groups which aim to translate all these available records. If you find records of interest, you should contact the relevant LitvakSIG District Research Group Coordinator for your shtetl of interest and join that District Research Group.

You can identify the district your shtetl is in using our Shtetl Finder.And, you can find information on becoming a Member of LitvakSIG and on the benefits of membership on our Join LitvakSIG page.
 
 

Lithuanian Central State Archives

Contact Information and Research Information:
Lithuanian Central State Archives (LCVA)
Lietuvos Centrinis Valstybes Archyvas
O. Milasiaus 21
Vilnius 10102, Lithuania
Tel: 370/52/47-78-29
Fax: 370/52/76-53-18
e-mail: lcva@takas.lt

Every request for an archival search from any person must be sent to the archive in written form (not by email) and with a personal signature. Email can be used for follow up purposes. If you request copies of documents, the archive will notify you of the cost.

Holdings:
This archive contains school records, internal passport applications, prison records, and various other records for the period of Lithuania’s independence (1919-1940). It also includes the Lithuanian Archive of Image and Sound. For example, this archive contains many original photographs such as photographs of 1,222 Jewish Russian Army conscripts from the Vilnius District (1900-1914) and numerous photographs of Jewish subjects in Lithuania that were taken during the 1920’s-1930's.

For information on the various types of records from the Russian Empire, see the section of our website on Types of Records in the All Lithuania Database .