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Keidan Vital Records Project: Breaking New Ground

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  • ozabludoff
    The first vital records to be translated and released by the LitvakSIG Vital Records Indexing Project have now been distributed to qualified contributors to
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 24, 2005
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      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.

      Olga Zabludoff
      Coordinator, Kedainiai VRI Project
      oz@...
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