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Seeking families from Plunge. Bieliauskas, Kubilius, Staponkus

Seeking families from Plunge. Bieliauskas, Kubilius, Staponkus

Posted: 1041344791000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1350914325000
Surnames: Bieliauskas, Kubilius, Vosylius, Staponkus, Videikyte
My father Boleslovas (aka Balys) Bieliauskas was born in Plunge Lithuania in 1913 to parents Joseph Bieliauskas and Marijona Kubilius. Joseph's first wife was Barbora Staponkus and her parents were Vincentas Staponkus and Marijona Videikyte. My dad was married in Plunge to Brone Vosylius in 1936. I think Brone died, and my dad remarried my mother in a DP camp in Augsburg Germany and came to the US in 1949. My father had a son in Lithuania but I am not sure if Brone was the mother. My oldest sister thinks the mom's name was something like Margaret and she thinks the son's name was Edward. He would be around 65 years old, I am guessing. I have responses from the church in Plunge, the city of Plunge's records office and have even made a trip to Plunge Lithuania and stopped at the newspaper there to place an ad, but so far no one has any info on a son of Balys Bieliauskas. But I am still looking for my half-brother or his family.
Posted: 1042740965000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1063916713000
Though I am not related, I wish you good luck in your search; my mother's mother and her family (Martiszauskis) came to the US from Plunge in 1913. If you'd care to email me to say a bit about what it's like to do research there and what the town is like, I'd greatly appreciate it.

S. Stemont
Posted: 1042825210000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1115645641000
I accomplished most of my research by mail, with the Catholic church in Plunge and the city records office. Neither one charged a fee. The church responded in English and the city records office responded in Lithuanian. I also wrote to the Vilnius Archives and they responded with some information and will do more searching, but it will take time and it does cost. I've paid them several hundred dollars for English translations of records. They are very thorough. I visited Lithuania in May 2002 after locating my mother's family. I spent much of my time with them in the Vilnius area and a little time in Kaunas. My trip to Plunge was very short. I stopped at the towns newspaper, Plunges Zinios, and with the help of interpretors, asked them to place an ad, searching for family. I had a message all prepared in advance. I was told they would run the ad in the paper and in other media (not sure if it was the internet and/or radio). When I asked how much, they said there was no charge until someone responded to the ad?? Well, I never heard anything. I guess I have to take their word for it that the ad was run at all. I stopped at the church and hoped to speak to someone there, but they were busy with a funeral. All in all I spent a few hours in Plunge and then moved on to see Palanga and the Baltic Sea. I very much enjoyed my visit to Lithuania and hope to go back and spend more time there. I was only there for 2 weeks. The people are friendly and country is more modern than I thought it would be. I was frustrated at times with not being able to speak the language. If you'd like the addresses in Plunge to write for more info, contact me at
Good luck on your search.

Re: correction

marie (View posts)
Posted: 1042849363000
Classification: Query
Oops! I gave incorrect info on the email address. It is:

Re: Plunge - Simaitis, Simaite, Norvaisaite

Posted: 1350871271000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1350914397000
I would greatly appreciate the address of the Catholic church in Plunge and the city records office. My gg grandmother was born in Plunge in the village of Pakerai, would like to hear from anyone who reconize my surnames.
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