St.Casimir Parish at Plymouth, and Father Burba

This is a part of pages of Lithuanian heritage created by Lithuanians abroad. In the beginning a set of Lithuanian version were created: the history of famous Lithuanian Father Aleksandras Burba and his activity in Lithuania and at Plymouth, Pennsylvania. As continuation the new page was prepared - the history of St.Trinity Church at Wilkes-Barre. I'll be thankful to everybody who will help to translate these pages into English. Write to my at info@lithuanian.net

Here a continuation of these stories is to suggest more details. The Lithuanian version of this page will appear soon. I'm inviting all you to inform me about any facts of Lithuanian heritage abroad. That'll help to create the wholesome web of pages related to Lithuania. The links to this page are desired.

Aleksandras Burba
Father Aleksandras Burba,
Plymouth, Pensylvania

Father Burba arrived to assume his duties as pastor of St.Mary's on August 22, 1889. He had been instructed by Bishop O'Hara to use both the Polish and Lithuanian languages. However, his stay at St.Mary's lasted only nine weeks. On Thursday, October 24, 1889, a split between the two nationalities became permanent. Instead of the one national parish, there were henceforth to be two. Not only did the Lithuanians secede to form St.Casimir's, they also elected to take Father Burba along with them as their founding pastor.

1889 to 1989
The History of St.Casimir Parish

The first person to come to the assistance of Father Burba, thus giving him the needed courage, was Father W.Donahue. Pastor of St.Vincent's Parish, Plymouth, who invited him to conduct services in St. Vincent's Auditorium. There, on October 27, 1889, the Lithuanians held church services in their native tongue.

Thus was born St.Casimir Parish!

After the Bishop had given his sanction, Father Burba was soon joined by a group of persons who recognized an opportunity to have their own place of worship. They contributed their time, their energies, their means, and also solicited funds for the project. Outstanding among them were Adam Adzdrauskas, Michael Balyta, Casimir Brazys, Casimir Ivanauskas, Thomas Kazlauskas, Anthony Pajaujis, Joseph Paukstis, Sylvester Paukstis, A.Maslauskas, Matthew Mociejunas, N.Tamulis, Michael Tautoris, and John Zukauskas.

When enough funds were raised, Father Burba purchased a plot of land in what was then Plymouth Township, and which later became Larksville Borough. This site, situated on a hill overlooking the Susquehanna River and Plymouth Borough, was centrally located. It was meant to serve Lithuanians living throughout Wyoming Valley. Parish records reveal that father Burba went as far as Pittston to minister to the Lithuanians living there.

"And to provide a filling abode where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass could be offered, the Catholic people came afar from the country side bringing materials, and after many months of arduous toil, and by the sweat of their brows, erected a church in which to worship the King of Kings, Our Lord Jesus Christ. And here they worshipped, and their children were taught the word of God".

St.Casimir Church

Construction began on the church and rectory on June 1, 1890m and the cornerstone was laid on August 24, 1890. While awaiting their completion, the members of the infant parish continued to worship in St.Vincent's Auditorium. The first prayer service was held in the new church on December 21, 1890.

After a great deal of work and hardship, but amid great joy, their new church was blessed by Bishop O'Hara on january 1, 1891. The cost of the church and rectory, both wooden frame buildings, was about `$16.000.

Much of thanks to "Brothers Entertainment" at Plymouth and personally to Gary for a help and an information.

Will be continued...

The Lithuanian history pages (in Lithuanian):
Lietuvi° emigracija
The history of church in Salantai (West Lithuania, Samogitia)
The Old Church of Buivydziai (East Lithuania, Aukstaitija)
The history of Ula's territories (South Lithuania, Dzukija, Dubiciai)
The historical weekly Voruta (a name of legendary Lithuanian fortress)

 

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Katherine clark Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 08:58:54
Im looking for my great grandfather. His name was Stanley stevelvich?

Jillanne Buchanan Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 04:45:03
This message is for Jackie Haley. From your message in 2010 it is highly likely that my husband Jeffrey is related to you. Stanislas Antonowicz had a Baby named Frances, she was baptized on 5/7/1905 and born on 4/28/1905 listing Stanislas and Agatha as the parents. We have a Certificate of Baptism from the Church dated 03/21/1942 with an embossed seal. Your message helped me clarify Frances parents names. They are tickey to make out on the certificate and the spelling is nothing I had seen before. Feel free to contact me if you are still looking for connections. In fact I may have a letter from someone named Joe with a cleaning company named Anthony's Carpet Cleaning in Florida.

Julie Bell-Hanson Saturday, January 16, 2016, 21:49:02
I came across this website looking for Sophia Bell or Mary Danco, her mother

Jozus Sunday, November 22, 2015, 07:07:10
I'm looking for my relative Jan Woznalis (Jonas Vaznelis) born 1894 who came from Russia to Edvardsville Pa (near Wilkes-Barre)in 1913 to his uncle.
This message is from an intermediary; I can only understand Lithuanian, or Polish.
Please write me back if you have any info on him, or his children.
Or advise me on any further action I should take in order to find any info on my uncle.

Scot phelan Monday, September 21, 2015, 17:59:33
I am looking for information about st casmirs cemetary my grandparents last name is zubris 585 415 8577. Thankyou scot phelan

albert mikutis Sunday, August 16, 2015, 22:37:02
If you are looking for Lithuanians relatives reach out to the membership of the Lithuanian heritage group. They are in Frackville, PA and today are wrapping up a 2 days Lithuanian festival [8/15/16/2015] at the Frackville Mall. Tis I think the 25th year fro the Festival

Ivan Friday, June 19, 2015, 12:19:03
She reminds me - an elnaget, radiant flowering beauty wrapped with an exquisitely enrapturing jacket made of immense handmade crafted felt sourced from somewhere exotic and sensible. Her representation exhibits pure exuberance and fine details on how she captures on the tiniest imagery frit of magenta color from the scarf by paralleling with the color of the jacket. The patterns and transitions captivate the eyes and strongly draw one in. The back layers leave me speechless. The skirt shows the calyx-type flowing light puff layers with simplicity of the slim leather simple handbag and the boots are nicely deep rooted as great stems and branches. Her gentle ocean blue eyes and nicely coral lips are highlighted by the dashing diamond shaped metal earrings. She is a "stunning" light among the steel and glass buildings and cement streets. Thank you for the delightful, pure visualization with a striking harmonious composition and contours - true sophistication with a unique cultural sense.

albert mikutis Saturday, May 23, 2015, 23:22:11
My mother Emilia and her Mother and her 2nd husband Petras Skarna were parishioners. Petras passed away in/around Thanksgiving 1957 and my mom's mom around Feb/March 1958. Petras wife passed away in around 1928 and left a daughter and son and the son passed away in the early 1930's. They lived at 281 Phillips st in Lynwood.
Petras wife had a sister who subsequently marries and became my fathers step mother in 1930

lauri roman Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 18:17:23
My grandmother was Anna Helen Zanzinger. Her father was Eduard, and her mother was Wilhemia Nae. My dad and her first marriage certificate say she was born in Kovna, but I have not been able to find out anything more about this line of my family. She was born in 1897 or 98, and came to the United States around 1911.
If anyone has any ideas, i would gladly try and help out someone looking for people in the US
Thank you, Lauri

Leslee Thursday, March 5, 2015, 17:54:00
I'm looking into my Lithuanian ancestors Joseph Peter Pangonis and Marcella Kurowsky. They immigrated separately and lived in Wilkes-Barre, PA. They met, got married (17 Nov. 1908 by Rev. Aleksandras đaulinskas), & in 1909 they had my great grandfather Joseph Anthony Pongonis... I would be tickled pink if I could find out who their parents were (& if maybe their siblings' grandkids know any more than we do about it all! I'd especially love to know more about their families back in Lithuania & Poland (one was from Sejny but was Lithuanian...)

Nancy Slovik Monday, June 2, 2014, 00:05:00
My grandmother's maiden name was Burba. She came to the US via a ship named Prussia. I do not know for sure what city in Lithuania that she came from. She married Isadore Dargavich. Her first name was Anna. Her brother, Peter, was living in Mahanoy City, PA and was her sponsor. She arrived May 18, 1896. Port of departure was Hamburg.

Edward j Schumann Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 22:17:47
THE HISTORY OF PLYMOUTH PA. WAS A TRAGEDY AND SHAMEFULL ON DISCRIMINATION ON THE LITHUANIAN CATHOLICS BY POLISH EXTREMISTS. "MARTIN WIKES AND THE POLISH- LITHUANIAN CHURCH WAR'" WILKES THE LEADER OF POLISH NATIONALIST AND HATER OF LITHUANIANS , OPENED THE GRAVES OF TWO LITHUANIAN CHILDREN BURIED A DAY BEFORE IN A JOINT POLISH-LITHUANIAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY. THE COFFENS ARE THROWN OVER THE FENCE, ONE CHILDS BODY WAS LACERATED BY A PICK AXE IN SEVERAL PLACES USED BY THE POLISH CATHOLICS! LITHUANIANS ARE DEGRADED BY POLES FOR CENTRIES, AND ARE TOLD BY POLISH PRIESTS ,THAT LITHUANIAN LANGU AGE IS A PAGEN LANGUAGE AND YOU MUST PRAY IN POLISH ,TO HERE YOU. (see the HISTORY OF PLYMOUTH PA.) IN WILKOPIDIA, THANK YOU.

Amanda F. Friday, August 9, 2013, 23:25:36
Contact St. Robert Bellarmine Parish for information on St. Casimir's Church and Cemetery - it is a new parish formed from the consolidation of St. Casimir's and St. Alyosius Church in Wilkes-Barre: 143 W. Division Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18706; (570)823-3791. They also have a Facebook page.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 15:56:30
Burokas grave

Mickey Piech Saturday, January 12, 2013, 07:26:53
I am looking for information on St. Casimir's Lithuanian Roman Catholic Cemetery in Muhlenburg, PA and I hope I have found the right place. My parents are buried in a double plot, Plot No. 7, in or near Section F. My brother purchased a plot in Section F, Plot No. 6, on October 12, 1983, certificate No. 13-83, signed by a Msgr. William J. Pakutka. My brother is in a nursing home and I am his POA and am trying to find out if I have the correct cemetery before it is necessary to do so. I tried to research St. Casimir's Church on the Internet, but all I could find, if I had the correct one, is that it is for sale. My husband and I live near Ithaca, NY and are not able at this time to travel to research this. Any help you can provide would be so much appreciated. Please e-mail me at mcpiech@aol.com with any information you can provide. Thank you. Mickey Piech

Bonnie McNamara Monday, September 24, 2012, 18:09:15
Gershon...I see you are researching my ancestors. Please send me any info. you find as I would be interested in seeing it.
I have lots of photos of them. In one, the person named has a Bible and rosary in her hands. I have photos of ancestors buried in Catholic Cemeteries. Because you're so interested, you can contact me directly.
You might want to research your own ancestors for posterity.

Bonnie McNamara Monday, September 24, 2012, 17:40:36
How does one answer a person's post on this site?

Judy Moskal Tuesday, May 29, 2012, 02:16:57
Hello. I have relatives buried in the "new" St. Cashmir's (Lynnwood, PA) cemetery up the mountain since the "flood". Can you please tell me the name of the cemetery and general directions.

elizabeth m. vansevicius Sunday, February 12, 2012, 21:36:32
Is anyone out there related to kazis Vansevicius( my father) who went to Cuba with parents Joseph and Elizabeth(Vilkas)and younger sister and older brother Joseph in 1920s? Kazis/Charley later went to U.S. and lived in Brooklyn NY on Havemeyer St. I know he had cousins in the area and on Havemeyer St. Charley is dead now but I'd like to meet some of my Dad's relatives .I know he had relatives in Pennsylvannia, too.

Jurgita Grigaliunaite-Chmieliauskiene Tuesday, January 10, 2012, 18:27:44
Hi,I looking for my geneology,may sombody heared about Tamosaitis and Draugelis or Prapuolenaitis name.Immigration could by around 1900?(+-)
Thank`s

gershon horowitz Friday, December 9, 2011, 11:46:51
searching to prove or disprove Jewish ancestry of these women:
1)Kanstancija Rincunas born 1855 in Miganiu Lithuania, mother of Anna...see below)
2)Anna Krausauskas immigrated to USA in 1917

Robrto Mociejunas Friday, November 18, 2011, 17:21:53
...A ME ACORDE EN V,BALLESTER,CONOSI A UN CACIMIRO BURBA CASADO CON UNA
LITUANA,Y,TRES HIJAS ,MIS PADRES ERAN AMIGOS

Robrto Mociejunas Friday, November 18, 2011, 17:15:41
Mis padres Lituanos ambos,ya fallesidos a qui en Argentina mis(Abuelos
Tios,primos estan en Litua├▒ia)Iba,a viajar para conoser,a,mi,familiares
cuando,se armo,la perestroica y finalmente no viaje...

malgorzata Bogdanowicz Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 13:01:41
Mieszkam w Polsce.Szukam moiej rodziny,ktora pochodzi z Litwy.Moj dziadek Krzysztof Niewieras(Neveraz,Niewiera)byl Litwinem.Urodzil sie w Zvirgzdenai(Zwirgzdins) Alytus.Na poczatku XXw emigrowal do USA.Mieszkal w Lowell Mass.Tam tez ozenil sie z Michalina Strawinski ktora pochodzila z Wilkanasriai pow.Druskiennicki na Litwie.Przed 1938 powrocili na Litwe.Mieli 3dzieci Florian,Helena,Aniela Niewieras.Wiem ze mam do dzis rodzine na Litwie oraz w USA.Szukam Strawinski,Niewieras z Lejpalingio,Drusgiennik,Zvirgzdenai,WiLkanasriai i rodziny Rozali Witkowski z Michigen powiazanej z ta rodzina.gosia140770@wp.pl

Joana Jasiuleviciute Snow Monday, November 14, 2011, 00:35:03
I am trying to trace Grandparents listed as Gotrydas and Marijones Verneryte but my mothers name is Ema Kynaite on her birth certificate.
She was born in Mureikuos and baptised at the Lutheran church in Sakai. Her parents were German. How do I continue with this search?

Sue Monday, October 24, 2011, 04:38:35
My grandparents last name was Yadversus (not sure of spelling) and other names were Tamashusky. Would love to hear about any of them.

Marie Kalinowski Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 22:22:56
My paternal grandparents were Jerome (maybe Heronim) and Rose Sujeta Poznanski. I would like to know if you have any record of their marriage, probably in the 1903-1906 timeframe. Thank you in advance for any help you could provide.

Alonzo Richard Burba Thursday, May 26, 2011, 00:05:54
I am told the word Burba means to gripe to moan or to bleat like a sheep in the Lithuanian Language. I was also told that in ancient lithuania and throughout the middle east any name that began with BR was the son of whatever followed. So Bartholomew was the son of Tholomew and Barabus was the son of Abas. So it would seem that Burba may have been the son of Ba, the sound a sheep makes, who was a shephard. With that I will say Ba Ba as I feel a little sheepish in adding that bit of history to the family sheepskin.

eileen remavege Friday, April 29, 2011, 23:24:29
please send any information on the remavege family from 1800-2011 to me. it is greatly appreciated and confidential.
with love and respect,
eileen remavege welly

eileen welly Friday, April 29, 2011, 23:16:43
i need information on edward john remavege, george and john for my family tree.
please help
erwelly@care2.com

Len Yencharis Saturday, April 16, 2011, 09:31:32
Where did they move the ST Casimir records when they closed the church in lynnwood?

JANICE ZINKEVICH GIROUARD Sunday, February 13, 2011, 22:47:18
I AM LOOKING FOR RECORDS FOR ANN ZINKEVICH OF ST CASIMIR'S PARISH OF WORCESTER, MA. SHE WAS SENT TO A CONVENT IN CHICAGO AND DID NOT STAY. SHE WAS PROBABLY 16 .IT MAY HAVE BEEN 1928 TO 1933. DO YOU HAVE AANY RECORDS
- 4 OCT., 1962 (AGE 52)
ANN CATHERINE ZINKEVICH 2 NOV 1912 - MAR 1977 (AGE 65)
033-07-4174

Bonnie McNamara Sunday, February 6, 2011, 09:28:31
If you have questions, you should give your email address.
I know of a family friend Kaslauskas (dec.) in Binghamton, NY. Email me for more info.
My family names are Krasauskas, Kvietkauskas, Rincunas, Wogentis, Gudnikus, Marozas, Valentinacus. I can help some with these names.
There was a large Lithuanian community in Binghamton, NY.
Google your last names and also look them up on Facebook.

Jackie Haley Friday, December 10, 2010, 05:57:31
I'm looking for information on the Antonowicz family. Stanislas Antonowicz was Lithuanian, born in Russia c. 1867, emigrated to the US aboard the Scandia in May 1895, last place of residence Suwalken Russia. Three years later his wife Agata Antonowicz sailed to NY with two children, Theofila age 8 and Franciszek, age 3. They were living in Plymouth, PA by 1810 at which point there are two additional children, Anna and Frances. Both Stanley and his son Frank worked in the mines.
Frank was my grandfather, left the mines in 1913, joined the army, moved to Union, NY in the southern tier by 1920 where he married my grandmother.
I believe his mother, Agata [a.k.a Augusta, Agatha] probably died in the early 1910s. I don't have any information on the rest of the family once Frank left Pennsylvania. He changed his name to Anthony at that point.
Anyone know anything about these folks.
Jackie Haley

JOHANNA LAMBERT Thursday, October 14, 2010, 23:46:58
ANYONE HAVE ANY MEMORIES OF THE CHURCH...WE JUST CAME UNTO A REAL 8X10 PHOTO, AND HAVE THE 'WATER FOUNTAIN' THAT ONCE STOOD AT THE CHURCH...
ALSO THE PAPER LISTING ALL THE CONTRIBUTORS FOR THE BUILDING OF THE NEW CHURCH IN LYNNWOOD, WHICH WAS JUST CLOSED WITHIN THE LAST MONTHS.....
SINCERELY,
JOHANNA LAMBERT
PLYMOUTH, PA.

BOBBY BURBA Thursday, October 14, 2010, 22:58:31
It is nice read about someone withe the same last name as Father Burba.

elizabeth vansevicius Tuesday, October 5, 2010, 06:32:20
Looking for relatives of Elizabeth vilkas vansevicius who died in 1985 and was married to Joseph Vansevicius. Both emmigrated to Cuba in the 1920s .Does anyone know why they may not have made it to the U.S. where they wanted to go? They had relatives in Pennsylvania. These were my grandparents.Is there a town in Lithuania that sounds like Stragus?

JOHANNA LAMBERT Monday, September 27, 2010, 03:56:53
JUST MET TODAY WITH THE FAMILY THAT BUILT THERE HOME ON THAT LOT...
I BOUGHT EVERYTHING THEY HAD ON THE CHURCH...
HAVE NOT HAD THE TIME TO GO THRU IT ALL YET...
JOHANNA LAMBERT
PLYMOUTH PA

Pat Gugas Saturday, August 14, 2010, 19:41:08
To Kathy Bower - My paternal grandfather was Joe Gugas who was a miner in Wilkes-Barre at one point and had also lived Springfield, IL with his wife, Teodora Molnikas, and finally in Detroit, MI. Joe apparently migrated to the US with two friends, Anton Anilionis and _____ Ustinsky, who apparently married Joe's sister (Petronia or Petronella?). I have a photo of the Utinsky and Gugas families on a front porch poss. IL or PA. Joe first came to the US in 1904. I believe John/Jack Utinksky was killed in the Bataan March. Please comment to prbloodworth@bellsouth.net.

Joan Zettlemoyer Sunday, June 13, 2010, 23:44:54
I am doing family history on my dads side this is what I know when my dad Peter Krasauskas was born April 29 1908 his mom Katherine Sukis died May 6 1908 On my dads marriage record the name John and Anna Kosen my grand father may have givein the baby to this couple my grand father did not remarry for a while
and I did go to the school in Plymouth to get school records they were distroyed in a flood hoping they had information on Peter and his half sister Frances but no luck
His dads name was Joseph Krasauskas and he remarried to Anna Pikutis
they had daughter Frances she married Peter Bugjo he was a prisioner of war for 3 years they had 2 kids Frances first marrige was to John Macicjko his mom was Victoia Chitco dad Anthony (Tony)Bugjo
What i am tring to find if any one has school pictures of Peter or Frances. Kathern had a sister Lucy she married Mathhew Valentukions they had 10 children their first daughter became a Nun Sister Mary Aloysis in MA she was a nun for 75 years and passed at 95 my dad went to live with this family for a while My dad Passed in 1947 Heart problems he ran away from PA changed his name from Peter Krasauskas to Joseph Burns i guess i did find out a lot of things but still i would love to find maybe someone knew this family there were two other brothere my grandfather had Peter and Adam Peter never married Adam took his life he had 1 son John he was in a hospital in NY thats all I know about him. His sister Pauline married Vincent Seravage they had 1 son and 3 girls they liverd on Van Loon St in Plymouth My mom passed in 1991 after that i started searching so many are gone Thank you my E is zotm@cfl.rr.com

Ellen Mason Monday, May 10, 2010, 00:36:15
I have been trying to find a Lithuanian Cross for my sister in law who is recovering from major surgery. Do you know which cross is most likely to be considered a Lithuanian Cross? I have been very confused by trying to research this online. Do you have a gift shop or know where I might go to find one? Thank you so very much for your attention. It would mean so much to my sister in law. Thank you again. Ellen Mason 717 730 9227

Kathy Bower Monday, March 29, 2010, 19:10:27
I am looking for any information on my Lithuanian geneology. My grandmother was Nell Utinsky, born is Springfield,IL in 1905. Her parents were Chris Utinsky (sp?) born in June 1875. His parents were Baltraneus Utinsky and Ursala Geggarich (sp?). He married Petronella Anna Gugas (His second marriage. I think that his first wife died. They had a son named John who died in WWII). She was born in 1875. Her parents were Vaitaiks Gugas and Ann Laurenitis (sp?). I believe that they were both born in Lithuania. I understand that he was a miner and immigrated to Baltimore (I have no idea which ship), then moving to Pittsburgh, eventually moving to Illinois. Does anyone have ANY information regarding this part of my family???

Susan Knox Saturday, January 30, 2010, 03:47:54
Do you have access to parish members list from 1908. My father's family arrived in Wilkes Barre at that time. I am looking for help in my genealogy search? The name was Wilhelm and Anna Pusch or Busch. Would you have the names of other Lutheran churches in Wilkes-Barre at that time?
Thank You.
Susan

Ann-Marie Townsend Thursday, January 28, 2010, 21:21:18
Does anyone have any relatives with the name "Balanda"?

Bea Saturday, December 19, 2009, 19:50:07
Does anyone know how we might try and save St. Casimirs in Hanover Township Pa from closing??? Would getting a priest from Lithuania help and how would you go about doing so. It is a shame that the Church is trying to close the ethnic parishes stating it is a lack of Priests.

pat Friday, November 27, 2009, 19:23:45
When the Old Latin Mass was no longer is when churches began the downward spiral to there final ends. If we could return to the Old Mass i think there would be better hope. the Lithuanians know this more than most.

pat hurtuk Friday, November 13, 2009, 16:43:00
there is a church called st casimer, in cleveland that the bishop shut down last sunday, nov 8 but there could still be hope, before stripped and bulldozed. please read the comments on internet it is under st. casimer closing and THEN add comments too, as many as possible. spread this request to others PLEASE, quickly.

Timothy W. (Tim) Davis Sunday, November 8, 2009, 04:56:40
My wife's great-grandfather was named Casimir Brazys, b. abt. 1840 in Russia (married to "Ludwig", b. abt. 1844 in Russia). They had a son, Antonius (Anthony) Brazis/Brazys, b. 25 Mar 1869 in Russia, who came to Baltimore, Maryland, by 1913. "Anthony" Brazis married Alexandria Krasauskas (Kazlauskas?), b. 13 Feb 1875 (Vilnius, Lithuania/Russia), whose father was Peter Krasauskas (related to Thomas Kazlauskas?).
Do you know if any of this information fits with the family information for Casimir Brazyz, an important contributor to the birth of St Casimir Parish?
Thank you for any information you can provide to me.
Tim
Timothy W. Davis
tdavisfam@gmail.com

Jodie Sunday, November 1, 2009, 01:00:56
hello. My grandmothers side of the family came from Lithuania from just out side Vilniun and the family name was Zumarus (i am unsure how to properly spell this). On behalf of my father I would realy like to find out more information on my family and the full history but i am unsure the best way to do this so would be very gratefull to anyone who can help me. thanks Jodie

LINDO ROSSI Sunday, May 17, 2009, 23:30:22
IF ANYONE COULD HELP INTO THE FINDING OF ANY HISTORY AND OR PICTURES OF ST. CASIMIR'S CHURCH (LARKSVILLE) NOW LOCATED IN LYNDWOOD PA. WE ARE HAVING OUR 120 ANNIVERSARY AND WE ARE TOLD THIS IS THE OLDEST LITHUANIAN CHURCH IN THE COUNTRY. WE WOULD LIKE TO PUT TOGETHER A MEMORY BOOK TO CELEBRATE OUR ANNIVERSARY. THANK YOU! LINDO ROSSI

Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 23:32:36
Hi Neil,
SHAKI - that is a town ´┐Żakiai (Shakiai) in Lithuania

NEIL CARTAWICK Tuesday, December 23, 2008, 04:08:46
HI MY FAMILY CAME FROM LITHUANIA ABOUT AN 100 YEARS AGO TO BRITAIN IM STRUGGLING TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT MY HERITAGE DO U HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR ME I BELIEVE WE CAME FROM A PLACE CALLED SHAKI IM NOT 2 SURE HOW TRUE THIS IS THANKS HOPE 2 HEAR FROM U SOON NEIL

Kathy Monday, December 15, 2008, 02:20:47
I thank the Lord for giving us the gift of brilliant preachers!

Debra Worthington Thursday, May 10, 2001, 15:00:48
Does anyone have any info on a young Lituanian girl who immigrated from Lithuania late 1800s or very early 1900s named Magdelin Baladiuskutis? She married a German immigrant named George Stonis and they lived in Pennsylvania. Her children went to Catholic School (Bill Stonis, Elizabeth C. Stonis)

louise albitis Monday, May 7, 2001, 00:33:28
thankyou for the site. Although I cannot read or write in Lithuanian, I am Lithuanian by heritage. My father was born in England after his mother and father left Lithuania about 1900. His father's name was Dominic Albitis and his mother's name was Louisa Kathleen Shutrick. If you have any records for these people or where they came from in Lithuania I would be most grateful. Keep up the good work,
.
louise

Linda MacDougall Thursday, May 3, 2001, 02:07:23
My dad was Lithuanian but our name was messed up by immigration. We ended up with Vervewski, but it may have been Veverskis. My dad grew up in Plymouth, PA. I am trying to trace roots, but cannot find much. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. All of his family are deceased.

David Schultz Sunday, April 29, 2001, 20:36:56
I went to Holy Cross Perish of the So. side of Chicago and graduated in 1964.The order of Sisters were "The Sisters of St. Casimer". Is this group of nuns from your area? I remember when asking one of the sisters where she was from and she told me Pennslyvania.

ASHE WEDNESDAY BURBA Thursday, March 29, 2001, 01:35:33
my name is ashe wednesday burba and my grandfather was benjamin michael burba sr. (1910-ish to 1986-ish) he moved to connecticut and
married kate russo. i am very interested in learning anything about my family's history.thank you.

Kathleen( Antonovich ) Weber Sunday, March 4, 2001, 08:06:35
Anyone who has any information on where I can find out what ship and other information about my grandparents please e-mail me. I have their naturalization papers.I was told there was a way if I had them? Also any information on these names, Antanovich,Antonovich, Antanovice, Antanovicius.Any help would be greatly appreciated......Thanks

Linda Friday, February 9, 2001, 20:02:20
Researching surname KASLAUSKAS from Lithuiana. My mother-in-law's family is from there. Can anyone help me? Thank you.

Robert O. Dadurka Sunday, January 28, 2001, 20:19:32
My grandparents Michael and Anna Mark DaDurka (DaDurkiewicz) were married in St. Mary's church Oct. 24, 1899.
They came to USA in 1915.
Currently there are 8 famileis using the same last surname as I do (DaDurka)
I'm 62 years old and I' m want to pass on the family tree and stories of the family.
I have a substantial listing of the DaDurka's in the US. Anyone is interested I will forward the information.
I have been unable to contact anyone in Lithuania. Sad but true I do not read or write any other language but English. If any request is made in Polish or Lithuanian is will seek to have it translated in the US.
If you can pass on my e-mail to family in Lithuania I would be very grateful.
Bob Da Durka
3890 Chutney Street
Las Vegas, Nevada 89121

Kostya Demas Wednesday, December 13, 2000, 06:13:58
Hi!
I am currently doing research on the Easter Eggs of Eastern Europe and I am looking for the book: LITHUANIAN
EASTER EGGS by Antanas Tamosaitis. Please advise if you know where i can find a copy to buy.
Thanks.
Kostya Demas
PO BOX 399
Fullarton 5063
S.AUSTRALIA

B Harrison Steele Wednesday, October 25, 2000, 04:19:49
Hello, My husband's Great Grandmother was America Burba b. abt. 1848 in Kentucky USA She married Thomas J. Caswell. Her father was Miles Peter Burba, her mother Azuba Burba (they were cousins) Would like to know if you know their ancestors. Thank you very much.

Dan Paugstat Monday, September 25, 2000, 18:16:39
I was told that the name Paugstat originated from the Lithuanian word "Paukstis." My relatives were from Tilset, Prussia. Does anyone know anything about Paugstat/Paukstis connection?

Kelly Killeen Thursday, August 31, 2000, 22:05:48
I am in the early stages of researching my family genealogy. I am trying to locate any information on the Burba and Kasulis families. John Peter Burba is my great grandfather. He reportedly came to the U.S. from Lithuania in the 1890's(?) with four brothers (two went back to Lithuania) and a sister. In America John Burba married to Agnes Kasulis. The family settled the Shenandoah, PA area. Any information about either of these families would be greatly appreaciated.
Thanks,
Kelly Killeen

Monica Macejunas/Mociejunas Thursday, August 10, 2000, 05:31:26
In establishing St. Casimir's the name Matthew Mociejunas was mentioned. Is there any information on him for my genealogy chart which I am so interested in establishing. Please let me know!
Thank you so much!

Monica Macejunas/Mociejunas Thursday, August 10, 2000, 05:31:22
In establishing St. Casimir's the name Matthew Mociejunas was mentioned. Is there any information on him for my genealogy chart which I am so interested in establishing. Please let me know!
Thank you so much!

Jaci Dotson Thursday, June 29, 2000, 03:44:24
I am trying to locate information on my family - the Maslowsky's of Omaha, originally Maslauskas in Pennsylvania. My great grandparents names were Bernardas and Eleonora Maslauskas. Found the A. Maslauskas listed here and wondered if there is a family connection. Any help would be appreciated.

Georgia Remavege Ricci Saturday, June 3, 2000, 20:30:46
Hello,
I believe my grandparents(on my father's side) lived in a house just down the hill on the right when facing uphill from this church. They lived on Gould St., Plymouth, Pa. My grandparents were George & Anna Remavege. They had 3 sons, Edward(the oldest), George(my father,the middle son) & John(the youngest). They are all deceased. I think all the sons were alter boys at this church too, probably in the late 20's & 30's. Edward & John were career Army. George was a locomotive engineer on the D&H railroad. I would love to hear from anyone who knew them.Sincerely,
Georgia Remavege Ricci

Rasa Ardys-Juska Tuesday, March 21, 2000, 22:27:18
After reading this article and the letters that follow,
it seems to me that many of you are very concerned with
preserving your Lithuanian Church's history. By publishing
several articles about other churches in BRIDGES, reader response
has helped to make known not only the rich histories of the
Lithuanian-Americans but the churches which may be in dire need
of help. Please don't hesitate to send along your Church's
history and photos to us at BRIDGES (can be seen without subscribing
on www.javlb.org). Maybe a reader, a past member of your church,
will come up with the answer to our prayers through us.
Good luck to you all, Rasa Ardys-Juska, editor, BRIDGES

Mary Strovink Daukas Wednesday, February 16, 2000, 02:16:51
Found your note asking for other Lithuanians with the
surname of SHAKIS.
Our Lithuanian family originally had the surname
SHAKIS pronounced "sharekees" by our first emigres to
the US.
The earliest family member was known as Rudis the Red
SHAKIS c. 1837. He owned a brewery with his three
sons. They spoke the Lithuanian language and
considered themselves Lithuanian Nationals.
He became the first family member to bear the name
STRAVINSKY when he changed his surname to accommodate
to the political climate.
Rudis had three sons c. 1857, one of whom was
Augustus who fathered my grandfather in Grodno,
Russia in 1877.
The brewery which, was passed down to the family,
eventually employed my grandfather, Kayeton Augustus
Stravinsky nee SHAKIS, and his brothers.
In 1898 all the brothers but one emigrated to
Lawrence, MA, USA.
We have had no contact with the family in Lithuania
since before WWII. One U.S. family member tried to
locate the Lithuanian relatives on a trip to
Lithuania in the seventies before the fall of the
iron curtain. She could not find them.
Now with the inter-net, I am trying to locate any
surviving family.
I also located an American via the inter-net by the name
of Al SHAKIS who is also looking for Lithuanian
relatives.
Mary Strovink Daukas

j. regina Sunday, February 6, 2000, 17:18:02
I have Lithianian books, art, folk art and national dress for sale.
For instance, a large unique painting by Antanas Tamosaitis.
J. Regina R.R. 2,Gananoque, Ontario Canada (613) 382-4366
fax, (613) 342-1831

Normlasko Thursday, January 13, 2000, 03:11:29
My family came over in the early 1900's. Grandfather Ignatz Dambrauskas came over first, then his son William, they somehow got to Rock, Michigan. Sent for my mother Anastasia, she came over in 1910 at the age of 14. I guess they needed a housekeeper.
The story gets a little blurred here. She got to Chicago -married a widower Frank Rimkus, who had two sons Vito & Bart. They had another child, Albert. They divorced. She ended up in Rock, Michigan, where she met my father John Lasko( Laskauskas). We ended up in Chicago. The Bridgeport area, where all good Lithuanians seemed to converge. Attended St. Georrge's Church and school. We moved out of Bridgeport in 1935, but stayed on the good old Southwest side of Chicago.
Let's here from some Lithuanians out there

Fay Brachulis Thursday, October 21, 1999, 21:26:46
My grandfather Alexander Brachulis immigrated from Lithuania before 1900 married a Michli Petcavage from Duryea, Pennsylvania. They built
a three family flat in Plymouth Pennsylvania at the foot of the hill on which St. Casimer Church was built. It was very sad when I went back
one year and found that the church had been taken down and the mountain
leveled. Family still lives in the house. THe men were mostly coal
miners or bar owners. The church was a wonderful center of the
community. Can you please tell me if there are church records
from pre-1900 thru 1915. I still cannot trace the name of the Lithuanian town that he immigrated from. Would appreciate a reply
if anyone has the answer.

Ray Delin Sunday, September 12, 1999, 16:29:47
We have several Lithuanian speaking members in our organization. Perhaps they could help
with the translations that you need. We are in need also - check our website at
http://pionet.net/~rdelin/
Sincerely
Ray Delin

Ronald Gillen Friday, July 16, 1999, 04:05:12
we cordially invite you to join LithRatPack, signup located at:

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A new community has been born where "anything Lithuanian goes."
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History, politics, economics,culture, geography, current events, travel,
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Let "The Curmudgeon Manifesto" be our guide

Before I begin this little rant, I would like to first delineate the
difference,
as I see it, between the cynic and the curmudgeon.
The cynic is often a humorless and bitter man
who delights in scorning and cursing
all that falls into the line of his narrow vision,
for he has discovered the simple truism,
that it is easier to hate than accept, to fight than to agree, to ignore
than
to believe.
Society, he feels, is too corrupt and too petty for the likes of him,
who is somehow superior by virtue of his spite.

The curmudgeon, on the other hand, is in his heart an idealist.
His jibes are intended, not to scar,
but to bring about a degree of enlightenment to their recipient.
For unlike the cynic, it is not people whom the curmudgeon hates.
His animosity is directed at the ills with which man has infected
himself.
Author Unknown
Rimgaudas, Listmaster
Phoenix, Arizona
Three rules we follow:
1. Thou shalt never talk evil about another Lithuanian.
2. Thou shalt never talk evil about another Lithuanian.
3. Thou shalt never talk evil about another Lithuanian.

Stanley J. Pauksis, III Wednesday, June 9, 1999, 06:24:26
Hi, my family has been here now to the third and fourth generations. I do know that my grandfathr had a brother who came here with or around the same time. My family grew up in and near Forest City, Pa. Does any one know or any other Paukstis families? I understand the name is quite common in Lithuania, but not so common in the States.

Linda "Shakis" Bell Friday, April 23, 1999, 20:01:28
We are looking for other Lithuanian's with surname of "SHAKIS"

Richard Anderson Saturday, March 20, 1999, 18:41:42
Im looking for info on King Vitow, aprox. 14th century

Ronald Gillen Saturday, March 13, 1999, 20:01:34
I am seeking a list of all active
Roman Catholic churches in the US.

Can you be of help???

Sincerely,

Ron Gillen

Peter Smith Monday, December 28, 1998, 17:09:25
I'd like to find histories of all Lithuanian churches...

 

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