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In this issue of Proteviai, there aren’t a lot of short articles;
instead we have printed lengthy selections from three substantial pieces
that should be full of information from which you can benefit:
Notes on the Evolution of Lithuanian-Polish Nobility
by Leon Stevens Part 1 - The first installment is in this issue, and
it will be concluded in future issues. As he says, many of the names
and terms are Polish because most of the material written on the nobility
of the Commonwealth of Two Nations was in Polish; but he has provided
a wealth of information on a subject not often discussed in English-language
sources, and it applies to Lithuanian nobility at least as much as to
Poles. We hope you will enjoy his article and gain a more accurate perspective
on any of your ancestors who were noble.
Incidentally, there is a Website for the Lithuanian
Royal Nobility Association [English]; [in Lithuanian: Lietuvos
Bajoru Karališakoji Sajunga, abbreviated LBKS].
Many of the pages are available in English, so don’t hesitate
to visit and learn more on this fascinating subject. And don’t
be in a hurry to say “My ancestors weren’t noble.”
Nobles comprised a larger percentage of the population of the Grand
Duchy and of Poland than in almost any other European nations. If you
trace your ancestors back more than a few generations, it becomes almost
certain you will find connections with members of noble families - minor
nobility, perhaps, but noble nonetheless.
The Lithuanians of Cleveland Part 1 Charles W. Coulter,
Department of Sociology, Western Reserve University Published by
Cleveland Americanization Committee, Cleveland 1920 - Leonard L.
Brazus, formerly of Cleveland, was kind enough to send us a pamphlet
written in 1920 that gives an American view of the history of Lithuania,
and how immigrants from that country fared in the Cleveland area. The
first part appears in this issue. You may wish to read it even if your
relatives did not settle in Cleveland, as it provides information on
a number of Lithuanian organizations which existed all over America,
and which many of your ancestors surely joined. Some of these organizations
have left records, a possible source of genealogical information you
never would have known about without this article.
Mr. Brazus also sent photographs and information on the Lithuanian
section of the Cultural Gardens in Cleveland, and we have included excerpts
in this issue. In a country where Lithuanians have too often been overlooked
or ignored, it is gratifying to see that Cleveland saw fit to devote
a major portion of its beautiful Cultural Gardens to recognition of
Lithuania’s cultural heritage.
Listing of Lithuanian Roman Catholic Parishes in the U.S.
compiled by Joe Mickunas - The third major piece in this issue is a
list compiled by Joe Mickunas of addresses of Roman Catholic parishes
in the United States which served Lithuanian immigrants. Strictly in
terms of genealogical research, this may be the most valuable item in
this issue. Lithuanian immigrants were generally devout Catholics; they
attended these parishes, and when possible, sent their children to their
schools. The addresses of these parishes may help you access parish
records that could fill in a lot of branches in your family tree!