Parish Affiliations of
Villages in the Former Archdiocese of Wilno
by Jonathan D. Shea and Diane Bojniewicz Szepanski
This publication lists tens of thousands of towns and villages with
of the parish church with which the locality was affiliated.
repeat frequently in Europe. For example, there are
three pages of listings
for the common place name Nowosiolki alone!!
This book identifies each of them with precision, thereby enabling
researcher to see how they are distributed and search in other
corroborating geographical data to determine which village
is the correct
one. It focuses on the old Archdiocese of Wilno, a
Roman Catholic diocese located in the Russian
Empire in the 19th century.
The land area spans portions of three modern day countries; eastern
Lithuania, the northeastern corner of Poland and the northwest portion
Belarus. While guides of this type exist for most of Eastern
was no compiled source for individuals whose family roots
lie in the area
The book itself is massive and the costs of printing and shipping
prohibitive. The authors provide a service allowing you
to search the list
of towns and villages and identify the ones that
The links below will allow you to access the
database of villages (located
in the former Archdiocese of Wilno -
now known by its
Vilnius - as of the late 19th century). The purpose of the
project is to help
genealogists locate the villages they are from which their
and identify the parish that served each village -- a
key step in gaining
to the birth, marriage, and death records that
comprise the most
sources of genealogical information.
The files below are in text format, with UTF-8
encoding. This is the simplest
way of formatting text that preserves the
diacritical marks in Central and
Eastern European languages, which can be
crucial to finding the right place.
The text format also protects you -- viruses
cannot be activated from within
text files. If you click on a file and the result
appears garbled, you need only
adjust the coding. In Internet Explorer 6.0, for
instance, simply select View
on the toolbar (or press Alt and V at the same
time), and under Encoding
click on "Unicode (UTF-8)."
Please note that many places in this part of the world
share the same name.
The reason Gaj, for instance, appears in the list 7 times
is because there are
7 places in the database by that name. If you contact the
authors to ask
about a specific town or village, your chances of receiving a
helpful reply are
greatly enhanced if you can provide some information that
helps clarify which
place you need.
The information sources available to the
authors were mostly in Polish, and
that's why the Polish versions of place names
predominate in the list. You can
read a short file designed to help you figure out the
Lithuanian or Belarusian
version of a Polish place name by clicking
To see a map of the area covered by the
Archdiocese of Wilno, click
To Get Information:
If you find a place in the list and believe it is your
village, you can send a request
for more information to the authors.
The numbers in parentheses following the village
name indicate the total
number of villages that bear this name. Therefore, if there is a (3)
a particular village, this means that there are three villages with this
all belonging to three different parishes. Please use these guidelines
before calculating the correct fee.
Please send the names of your village(s), along
with a check for $3.00 for each
village requested, payable to
(please do not make it
payable to PGSCTNE or LANGUAGE & LINEAGE PRESS ). Please enclose your
e-mail address or send a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Please send request to:
Wilno Diocese Request
138 Fern Dr
Plantsville CT 06479
If you have questions about this service, you can e-mail
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