I'm actually getting close to thinking that nothing has actually been destroyed....it's a simple matter of coming across it.
It turns out that these 1796 records are actually held in the Lithuanian archives but my contact managed to scan the lot in (so I don't see why he can't let me have them).
And that's where the problem lies....where should those records actually be? They're Polish records, from a region that was traditionally Lithuania but has been Russia. By 1795, that part of the world was again partitioned and was Russia, so why is a Lithuanian village with Lithuanian residents have their records written in Polish whilst being under Russian rule?
--- In Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com, Tim Bucknall <tim.bucknall@...> wrote:
> Nice find Rys, good luck getting them out the public,
> I was talking to my friend in Poltava/Kremenchuk and he was telling me
> that because the Soviets burned down all the Ukranian churches with
> the records in them he doesn't even know who his great Grandparents
> are, so i wondered if the records in the Ukranian areas of the 2nd
> Polish republic and even Ro mania (South Bukovina)fared any better or
> where they just destroyed slightly later?
> Tim Bucknall
> Congleton, UK
> RDR54D1 + CLP5130