Lithuania Civil Registration

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Civil Registers

Research use: Uniquely identify individuals and connects them to their parents.

Record type: Civil records of birth, marriage, and death.

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

Time period: 1940-present.

Contents: Birth, marriage, and death records have the exact date of the event, including time of day for births; names of principal and parents; occupation and religious preference of parents; name of informant for births and names of witnesses for marriages; place of residence for parents of newly born, of the groom and bride for marriages, and of the deceased for deaths; age at death, cause of death, and place of burial in death records.

Location: The Central State Civil Registry Archive in Vilnius houses all civil registers through 1981. Local registrars transfer records to Vilnius after fifteen years.

Population coverage: 85% coverage.

Reliability: High.[1]


  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.