Lithuanian State Historical Archives in Vilnius.
The most fruitful sources of
information for anybody researching family roots are usually vital
records (birth, marriage and death registers) and census records
("revision lists" in Russia or Lithuania).
The Vilnius Archives have 19th century Revision Lists and vital
records for a large number of Jewish shtetlach , but unfortunately
in the case of Kvedarna, no such vital records have been preserved.
They are thought to have been destroyed either in fires or during
The main records in Vilnius are the census
and the revision lists. The
1784 Census taken by the
Grand Duchy of Lithuania includes details of the Kvedarna Jewish Com
munity. It is the earliest record giving the names of members
of the Jewish community.
The situation with Revision Lists drawn up
under the Czarist regime is not so good; most of those relating
to Kvedarna have been lost. However details of the Jewish community
of Kvedarna sometimes appear as part of the Revision Lists for
the Rasseiniai district. So far it has been established that
this is so in the case of the Revision
List for 1816, and of Additional Revision Lists for 1816 , 1841 and
1874, all of which are in the Vilnius archives.
Rhode and Sack in their monograph (Jewish
Vital Records, Revision Lists and other Holdings in the Lithuanian
Archives, Avotaynu 1996) list Revision Lists for
Kvedarna for 1851 also. Presumably this is part of the Rasseiniai
District list also.
The 1858 Revision List for Rasseiniai district
, which has been acquired by the Jewish Genealogical Society,
has records for 9 towns in addition to Rasseiniai itself, but these
do not include Kvedarna. It was thought that the community of
Kvedarna might have been included in one of the adjoining
shtetlach, but this has turned out to be
not so. It would appear therefore that the 1858 Revision List
for Kvedarna has been lost - but there is an outside chance that it
may yet turn up among the records in the Vilnius archives.
Address: Lithuanian State Historical
Archives, Gerosios Vilties 10, Vilnius 2009, Lithuania