Source Information

LitvakSIG
JewishGen volunteers, comp. Lithuania, Marriage and Divorce Records from Various Towns, 1855-1940 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.
Original data: This data is provided by LitvakSIG, an independent organization, in partnership wiith JewishGen.org. Some of these records are also available on Family History Library microfilm rolls (listed below), Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.

About Lithuania, Marriage and Divorce Records from Various Towns, 1855-1940

This database contains over 4,000 marriages and divorces from the following Lithuanian towns:

TownRecord TypeYear(s)FHL Microfilm NumberNumber of Records
Biržai
Birzh
Marriages1862-642187652/2; 2187654/323
1865-752205126/3-4132
1875-802205137/273
1881-932290696/5194
1894-952290697/135
Divorces1890-92Not microfilmed8
Joniškelis
Yanishkel
Marriages1887-932331378/612
18992331186/32
Kupiškis
Kupishok
Marriages1870-71, 1874-752288941/940
1877-992288942/1-2451
1900-142331378/9 & 9243
1922-40Not microfilmed247
Divorces1898-19012331378/64
Linkuva
Linkeve
Marriages1865-66, 1869-802205127/4-5; 2205137/4160
1922-26Not microfilmed34
Divorces1890Not microfilmed2
NaujamiestisMarriages1872, 18742205129/2-38
Panevežys
Ponevezh
Marriages1872-752205129/2-3170
18782270245/552
18802270245/554
1886-872287921/1121
1888-972288942/3599
1925-40Not microfilmed826
Pumpenai
Pompian
Marriages18552157999/47
18602192860/23
18612187651/28
18632187653/39
1865-792205128/3-4184
18802270245/26
Pušalotas
Pushelot
Marriages1883-19122328521/1127
1904-39Not microfilmed27
Rokiškis
Rakishok
Marriages1874-96Not microfilmed193
Šilale
Shilel
Marriages1922-39Not microfilmed138
Simnas
Simna
Marriages1922-25Not microfilmed 
Vabalninkas
Vabolnik
Marriages1872-752205127/123
1876-802205137/342
Divorces1876-802205137/36
Žeimelis
Zhemel
Marriages1858, 1860, 1862-802205127/2-3, 2270470/1109
1882-19142292686/4180

About the Records:

According to the Regulations of 1835 in the Russian Empire, one of the duties of an official state rabbi (a "crown rabbi") was to carry out, solely by his offices, all the rites of circumcision and naming of infants, weddings, dissolution of marriages, and burials "(in populous cities a rabbi could have assistants to carry out those rites)"; to keep metrical books in all its sections and to submit copies of them annually to gubernia authorities, in Hebrew and Russian language.

The records during the Czarist period (i.e. those before 1918) were written in both Russian (Cyrillic alphabet) and Hebrew script, although some records are in Russian language only. The records during the period of Lithuanian independence (i.e. those created between 1919 and 1940) were written in the Lithuanian language, with some Hebrew and Yiddish.

Information listed in this database typically includes:

  • Marriage Place: Town / Uyezd / Gubernia: The place where the marriage occurred: The name of the town, the uyezd (district), and gubernia (province).

  • Marriage Date: The date that the marriage or divorce took place. Two dates were recorded: The Secular date (day, month and year, in dd/mm/ccyy format — see Notes on Dates below), and the Hebrew date (day and month, according to the Jewish calendar).

  • Groom Name / Bride Name: Surname and Given Name(s) of the groom and bride. Where there are two names separated by a slash ("/"), one is transliterated from the Russian, one from the Hebrew (in the pre-WWI Czarist records); or the second name in square brackets is the Lithuanian nominative form (in the post-WWI records).

  • Groom's Father, Mother & Place / Bride's Father, Mother & Place: The given name(s) of each of the party's father and mother, and their place of residence

  • Groom Age / Bride Age: Age (or occasionally, the year of birth) of the groom and bride

  • Comments: Any miscellaneous information about this marriage, divorce, or the parties

  • Rabbi / Witness 1 / Witness 2: The name of the rabbi, and two witnesses

  • Place Recorded: the town where the marriage or divorce was recorded

  • Year Recorded: the year that the marriage or divorce was recorded

  • Record Type: either "Marriage" or "Divorce"

  • Record #: the registration number of the marriage or divorce

  • Microfilm / Item: the FHL microfilm number and microfilm item number, if a microfilmed record; or "Not Microfilmed" if not

  • Image #: The Image number on microfilm, if available (this will enable you to locate the record on the microfilm)

  • Archive / Fond: The Archive and Fond citation — the source of the record. "LVIA" = Lietuvos Valstybės Istorijos Archyvas (Lithuanian State Historical Archives), in Vilnius; "KRA" = Kaunas Regional Archives

For more information about vital records on the LitvakSIG website, please click here:

Vital Records Translation Project

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