Guide to Parishes and Villages in the Former Archdiocese of Wilno
The links below will allow you to access the list of villages in the book and database Parish Affiliations of Villages in the Former Archdiocese of Wilno, compiled by Professor Jonathan D. Shea and Diane Bojniewicz Szepanski. It deals with places located in the former Archdiocese of Wilno -- now known by its Lithuanian name, Vilnius -- as of the late 19th century. The purpose of the project is to help genealogists locate the villages their ancestors came from, and identify the parish that served each village -- a key step in gaining access to the birth, marriage, and death records that comprise the most significant 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 here.
To see a map of the area covered by the Archdiocese of Wilno, click here.
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, along with a check for $3.00 for each village requested, payable to Diane Szepanski. (please do not make it payable to PGSCTNE or anyone else!). Send it to:
Wilno Diocese Request
138 Fern Dr
Plantsville CT 06479
Or to contact Diane with questions, click here.
The Lists of Villages: Names Beginning with...
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