Lithuania Civil Registration

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Offices to Contact[edit | edit source]

Lithuanian Central State Archives
Mailing address:
O. Milašiaus 21, LT-10102
Vilnius, Lithuania

Telephone: +370 5 247 7830

+370 5 247 7811

Fax: +370 5 276 5318

Reserved e-mail:

Historical Background[edit | edit source]

The Soviet government implemented civil registration in Lithuania in 1940. Metrical book transcripts had served this purpose previously. Registration offices are next to “marriage palaces” permitting the registration and performance of weddings to occur at the same place and time.[1]

"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 our days). 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."[2]

Coverage and Compliance[edit | edit source]

Population coverage: 85% [1]

Information Recorded in the Records[edit | edit source]

Birth Records[edit | edit source]

  • Date
  • Name of child
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation and religious preference of parents
  • Name of informant
  • Residence for parents[1]

Marriage Records[edit | edit source]

  • Date
  • Names of bride and groom
  • Names of parents
  • Occupation and religious preference of parents
  • Names of witnesses
  • Residences of the groom and bride[1]

Death Record[edit | edit source]

  • Date
  • Name of principal
  • Name of parents
  • Occupation and religious preference of parents
  • Residence of the deceased
  • Age at death
  • Cause of death
  • Place of burial[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. The Family History Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, “Family History Record Profile: Lithuania,” Word document, private files of the FamilySearch Content Strategy Team, 2003.
  2. Office of the Chief Archivist of Lithuania, Lithuanian State Historical Archives (accessed 6 August 2021)