Because in the past we have received many Lithuanian genealogy-related questions, the purpose of this page is to provide those interested in this area with useful sites and information. We are not genealogy experts, nor do we have time to explore such research. However we think genealogy is important and encourage you to take the time and make a concerted effort to determine your roots. Having said that, you may find the following useful:
- “Lithuanian Genealogy Resources for Western Pennsylvania“ – A compilation of useful information by Robert Medonis Jr.
- A copy of the guide “Lithuanian-American Genealogy and Family History” prepared by our resident expert, the late Frank Ziaukas. Frank has compiled a rather thorough guide of how to search for you Lithuanian roots using resources at home and abroad. Examples are provided illustrating how Frank searched for some of his own relatives and what he found. This is from Frank’s popular presentation that he done for our members in the past. The document is in Microsoft Word format.
- Lithuanian Global Genealogical Society – One of the best sites for those interested in their Lithuanian roots.
- Ancestry.com – Seemingly the primary Internet source of records and tools for researching your roots.
- FEEFHS – The Federation of Eastern European Family History Societies.
- Family Search – A site maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They have over 600 million family names in their database that were extracted from vital records from throughout the world.
- Genealogy Resources in Allegheny County – How to find birth certificates and naturalization information if your relatives were born in the Pittsburgh area or became citizens here.
- The Pennsylvania Department Genealogy – Genealogy help site at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
- Lithuania State Historical Archives – A repository of all historical records.
- How to Find Relatives in Lithuania – 8 Steps to a successful genealogy search in Lithuania.
- Some old photos of a mass in 1943 held at St. Casimir Cemetery in Pittsburgh
Many thanks to our local expert, the late Frank Ziaukas for providing much of the above information. Frank had presented lectures to our members on how to research their Lithuanian family history. We were all saddened by Frank’s passing in November of 2010. Donations in memory of Frank have gone to help support this website.