Keidan Vital Records Project: Breaking New Ground
- The first vital records to be translated and released by the
LitvakSIG Vital Records Indexing Project have now been distributed
to qualified contributors to the Kedainiai VRI project. The records
have not merely been indexed: they are complete translations of the
original records held in the Lithuanian State Historical Archives.
The translated documents consist of five years of birth records
yielding information on three generations of each entry: the
newborn, both parents, and the paternal and maternal grandfathers.
In addition, the town of registration is provided (where the family
lived prior to residing in Kedainiai). Within the coming two weeks
three additional years of birth records will be distributed to
qualified donors. Those records are now in the final proofing stage.
Although the translated records will be posted on the All Lithuania
Database, the translations can continue only as long as the fund is
being fed. If you have already donated to the Kedainiai VRI project
but are currently not eligible to receive the early results, you can
build up your earlier contribution to a minimum of $100 and receive
all translations, past and future. And if you have not yet
participated in funding the project, now is the time.
Think about it. All the vital records of the Lithuanian State
Historical Archives are now here, at LitvakSIG. The $100 that is
currently required by the Archives to do a search of one surname in
one town can buy you more than 20,000 translated vital records from
Keidan--birth, marriage, divorce and death. An added bonus is the
fact that new privacy laws in Lithuania now prohibit the Archives
from releasing records less than 100 years old. That means no
records beyond 1905. The Keidan records in our possession go
through 1914 and because they were filmed by the Mormons, they are
not subject to privacy laws.
Contributions to LitvakSIG http://www.jewishgen.org/litvak/donor.htm
by check or credit card are tax-deductible as provided by law. Mail
contributions to LITVAKSIG, Inc., File 50194, Los Angeles, CA 90074-
0194. Contribution forms may be faxed to 661/299-9198. Please
include KEDAINIAI for vital records donations.
Coordinator, Kedainiai VRI Project