Tracing Your Lithuanian Ancestors from Australia

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 60 pages
Author: D. Pocius
Year: 2021
ISBN: 9781925781908
Other: b&w photos, maps, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past

Lithuania, a small country on the shores of the Baltic Sea may be relatively unknown to many. Post WWII, over 10,000 Lithuanians came to settle in Australia, unable to return home. Now, years later, many people can claim Lithuanian heritage.

Tracing your Lithuanian family history may seem daunting at first, but it is possible to do so from Australia. The hardest part is just knowing where to start.

This book aims to direct you along the journey, providing tips on where to find information in Australia and overseas. An increasing variety of material, including maps, gazetteers, newspapers, shipping lists and civil records of birth, marriage and death, and immigration papers are being made available online. This book gives guidance as to how to access these. A good deal can be researched online and for free.

Confusing to those starting out, are issues surrounding people surnames and how they may be recoded in records. Lithuanian records may also be written in Lithuanian, Russian, Polish, German or Latin. Don't be discouraged as there are a range of tools that can be utilised to assist you with your research.

Here you will find information that will provide the foundation for you to build your Lithuanian family history. 

Where to start
 - Step 1. Start at the end
 - Step 2. Missing pieces
 - Step 3. The real thing
 - Step 4. Keeping track
 - Step 5. Brush up on your history
 - Step 6. Never give up!
Things to keep in mind
 -  To watch
On the 'net' in Australia
 - Vital records
 - Other records
Other sites of interest
 - The Fifth Fleet
 - Immigration records to Australia
Australian Lithuanian Archive
 - Community records
 - Books
 - Ephemera
 - Manuscript materials
 - Serials
 - Visual material
 - Sound and audio-visual material
 - Cartographic material
The years between Lithuania and Australia
 - Displaced Persons' Camp in Germany and Austria
 - Baltic DP Archive
 - Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild
 - Camps in Germany for refugees fro Baltic countries 1944-1951
 - Arlosen Archives
 - Ostarbeiters and Displaced Persons
Migrant camps in Australia
 - Bathurst Migrant Camp
 - Bonegilla Migrant Camp
 - Scheyvlle Migrant Accommodation Centre 1949-1964
 - Greta Migrant Camp
 - Graylands Migrant Camp, Western Australia
 - South Australian Migrant Camps
Researching records in Lithuania
 - Lithuanian written word
Lithuanian surnames
 - Lithuanian Surname Directory
Where to being with research in Lithuania
 - Vital records: birth, deaths and marriages
 - ePaveldas
Records in Lithuania
 - The Lithuanian State Historical Archive
 - Types of records existing
 - Lithuanian Central State Archive
 - District archives
Other sites for vital records
 - Church records;: Lithuania Wikimedia Commons
 - Gen Metrikai
 - Scanned Vital Records for Zarasai district
 - Scanned Vital Records for Pasvalys
 - Other sits of interest
Prussian and Lithuanian minor records
 - Polish records
 - Suwalki records
 - Jewish records
 - Russian records
 - Location specific sites
 - Deportations to Siberia
Other useful sites
 - FamilySearch
 - Cyndi's List
 - Ancestry and Misbach
 - Google Translate
 - Genealogy Links
Books of interest
 - Displaced Persons and Immigration to Australia
 - First years in Australia
 - Books in Lithuanian about the Australian Lithuanian community
 - Books in English about the Australian community
Blogs of interest
Common Lithuanian words in family history



1 Review
  • Tracing Your Lithuanian Ancestors from Australia

    Posted by Jonas on 27th Dec 2021

    This is a great little publication which I think will help beginners and more advanced family historians alike as an introduction to Lithuanian genealogy.

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