(Expanded Preview: Vol. 2, No.
Be Persistent but Patient: Looking for Ancestors and Relatives
in Lithuania by Alius Pleskiaciauskas - This article is written
by a Lithuanian citizen with significant experience helping foreigners
trace their roots in Lithuania. Alius discusses the resources available
in that country, explaining what you can and cannot hope to get from
each. It is clear and very informative -- required reading for beginners,
and helpful even for old pros.
Lithuanians in Chicago: Off the Boat at Bridgeport
by Thomas Gregg - The author, a frequent contributor to the fine magazine
Lithuanian Heritage examines the course of Lithuanian immigration to
the city of Chicago in a three-part series. This first installment examines
the beginnings and development of Lithuanian settlement in the Bridgeport
area. Subsequent installments will discuss settlement in Marquette Park
area and finally in Lemont. Tom Gregg's prose is lively, easy to read,
and jammed with facts. If your family has any connection with the Chicago
area, you'll find his piece as interesting as it is informative.
President's Report by Jay Zane, LGGS President - The
President of LGGS discusses the current state of the LGGS and the Society's
goals for growth and improvement. He stresses the valuable contributions
every member can make to help the Society expand and provide its members
with more and more assistance in their research.
Letters from and to the Editor by Fred Hoffman - Editor
Fred Hoffman provides a few comments on the last issue and this one,
followed by some of the letters we have received from members.
Template for a Lithuanian Family Group Record - by
Fred Hoffman - Members Rimgaudas Vidziunas and his cousin in Lithuania,
Daiva Vidziunas, drew up a bilingual form for recording family information.
It not only provides a good way of storing basic info on your relatives,
it also gives all terms in Lithuanian as well as English. In other words,
you can photocopy it and send it to Lithuanian-speaking relatives, and
they'll have no trouble reading it and filling in whatever info they
My Research in Lithuania by Bill Succolosky - Bill,
Art Director for Proteviai (the man you should thank for its attractive
and professional layout), has written a wonderful piece describing the
research he has done in Lithuania over the last year, mainly in the
area east of Marijampole and west of Prienai. His experiences are valuable
for what they tell you about doing research in Lithuania -- but more
than that, they are fascinating reading. If you like a little human
interest served up with your facts and research tips, you'll love this!
Translated Excerpts from the Slownik Geograficzny
by Fred Hoffman - Accompanying Bill Succolosky's article are these translations
(by Fred Hoffman) of entries from a late 19th-century Polish-language
gazetteer that provide some historical information on the villages Bill's
ancestors came from. If you have roots in this area, you will get facts
here you may find nowhere else. If you don't come from that area, you
may be motivated to join LGGS just so you can ask for translations of
the entries on your ancestral villages.
Notes on the Origins and Meanings of Lithuanian Surnames
by William Fred Hoffman - This is the first of two installments of an
article that discusses how Lithuanian surnames got started and what
they originally meant. While not the lightest reading in the world,
it will help you appreciate that those long, complicated Lithuanian
surnames actually mean something.