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Maps of Lithuania

  • To view present-day Lithuania at Google Maps, click here.
  • For a Jewish population density map of Europe in 1900, click here.
  • For a map showing the percentage of Jews in the Pale of Settlement and Congress Poland, c. 1905, click here.
  • To view an additional historical map showing the historical percentage of Jews in governments, click here.
    Definition of "Pale of Settlement" from
    The Pale of Settlement (Russian: Черта́ осе́длости, chertá osédlosti, Yiddish: דער תּחום-המושבֿ, der tkhum-ha-moyshəv, Hebrew: תְּחוּם הַמּוֹשָב, tḥùm ha-mosháv‎) was the term given to a region of Imperial Russia in which permanent residency by Jews was allowed and beyond which Jewish permanent residency was generally prohibited. It extended from the eastern pale, or demarcation line, to the western Russian border with the Kingdom of Prussia (later the German Empire) and with Austria-Hungary. The English term "pale" is derived from the Latin word "palus", a stake, extended to mean the area enclosed by a fence or boundary.

Jewish History in Lithuania

  • Read the article Lithuanian Jews, by clicking here].
  • Explore The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe by clicking here. Family Finder

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Lithuania Jewish Records

  • Read a FamilySearch Wiki article about Lithuanian Jewish Records by clicking here. Includes great links!

The JewishGen Lithuania Databases

  • More than 1.5 million records for Lithuania, from a variety of sources, including: vital records, Revision Lists, business directories, voter lists, Yizkor books, cemetery records, Holocaust sources, and more. This database includes the LitvakSIG “All Lithuania” Database. Requires free registration. To search, click here.

Miriam Weiner Routes to Roots Foundation

  • For A Genealogical and Family History guide to Jewish and civil records in Eastern Europe, click here and hover over Lithuania.

Archives of Lithuania

  • Visit the Office of the Chief Archivist of Lithuania website by clicking [
  • To view the Genenalogical Search page at the archives, click here.
  • To search for online Lithuanian vital records, click here.

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