The Lithuanian Central State Archives (Li: Lietuvos nacionalinė Martyno Mažvydo
biblioteka) preserves records of state, local government, companies, religious communities, popular organizations, other non-state institutions and individuals.
The Archive collections are divided into 9 sets:
- Documents of state institutions of the Republic of Lithuania (1918–1940)
- Documents of state institutions of the Klaipėda Region (18th c.–1944)
- Documents of state institutions of South East Lithuania occupied by Poland (1919–1939)
- Documents relating to the Nazi occupation period (1941–1944)
- Documents relating to the Soviet occupation periods (1940–1941 and 1944–1990)
- Approximately 390,000 photographic documents (middle of the 19th c. – present)
- Approximately 20,000 audio documents
- Over 3,000 video documents
- Approximately 9,000 cinematographic documents (1910s– to date)
“These are the main genealogical sources of the 20th c. preserved in the Lithuanian Central State Archives:
- Domestic and foreign passports of the citizens of the Republic of Lithuania,
- Documents of volunteers, conscripts, soldiers and officers of the Army of the Republic of Lithuania,
- Documents referring to the land reform,
- Personal files of teachers, pupils and students,
- Documents of persons abducted as forced labourers to Germany,
- The population census data from 1942 and 1959, and others.
It should be noted that the access to many 20th c. genealogical sources preserved in the Lithuanian State Historical Archives is restricted by the law. ”
The digitized collections of the Lithuanian Central State Archives are hosted at ePaveldas.lt.
Here is a link to all the digitized collections of the Lithuanian Central State Archives. You can filter search results by time period, place, and more using the filters in the side-bar.
How to Search the Collections:
If you don’t want to use the direct link provided above, you can search the collections by typing a query (in Lithuanian) into the red search window at ePaveldas.lt and then copy and paste search results into Google Translate if you need a translation. You can also type your query into Google Translate, get the Lithuanian translation, and use that for your query at ePaveldas.lt.
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