The records of state institutions, religious communities, popular organizations and families that are maintained in this Archives also reflect the history of Russia, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine, Latvia and other countries.The documents kept in the Archives comprise 8 large sets: At present the total amount of the items preserved is 1,360 million, or over 17,500 linear metres of shelving space.Electronic Depositories For genealogical search, people often use various data bases and information provided by the virtual archives.
The Lithuanian State Historical Archives maintain vital records books (birth, marriage and death) of the different religious communities and churches of today’s Lithuania dating up to 1940 and civil registration records up to 2008 year; documents about the nobility of different families from Vilnius ( Vilno ), Kaunas ( Kovno ) and Augustavas gubernias. The whole search is being done through the vital records by hand page to page.Therefore, for the search we must to have precise information: name, surname, names of parents, brothers, sisters, confession (religion), dates of birth, marriage or death, place, church (parish), ect.The Office of the Chief Archivist of Lithuania is a government agency, which participates in the shaping of national policy in the field of management and use of documents and archives, as well as implements this policy, supports the Chief Archivist of Lithuania in the carrying-out of state administration of the field of documents and archives.Lithuanian State Historical Archives is the main repository of records for the Lithuanian history from the 13th century up to the declaration of the Independence of Lithuania in 1918 (civil registry and vital records up until to ourdays).These are the main genealogical sources of the 20th c.
preserved in the Lithuanian Central State Archives: It should be noted that the access to many 20th c.
Copies of old documents would be helpful in our search.
Archives provide paid services relating to the search of documents, according the price-list that was confirmed by the Minister of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania on June 8, 2011.
Genealogical sources are being preserved not only in the state archives but also in libraries and museums.
In the Manuscript Department of the Vilnius University Library, there are record books of some Roman Catholic churches and 230 personal fonds preserved; in the Manuscript Department of the Wroblewski Library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, there are record books of some churches and inventory lists of Lithuanian estates preserved; at the Rare Book and Manuscript Department of the Martynas Mažvydas Lithuanian National Library of Lithuania, there are record books of some Telšiai (Samogitian) diocese churches preserved.
Persons shall have the right of access to such documents in accordance with the procedure established by the said laws.