Several years ago I wrote to both Belarus and Poland archives (don't recall the name/address) regarding information from Lida - about 1908-1911. A marriage and a birth. Since the church for both was in Lida (then Poland, today Belarus), the Polish archive responded that I had to inquire at the Belarus archive.
The response I subsequently received from the Belarus archive had me abandon hope of learning what I wanted. The letter was in a 3"x4", cheap paper, envelope - with little space for my address, as it was covered in numerous small denomination Belarussian stamps. The letter was even more weird, a 6" x 7" tissue thin paper with only a single line written in Russian (or Belarussian, don't recall) that merely asked me to mail $300 (U.S.) to some individual and their address. Nothing more.
Needless to say, I ignored it and put aside hope of soon learning more about my maternal line.
I will reread the replies here and see if others have found a more 'legitimate' source for information.
Last night I sent an email to the State Archives in Vilnius. This morning I received a response from them assigning a number to my request and stating that I would need to transfer 15.66 EURO to a bank in Vilnius before they would begin the search. I have read all the various posts concerning this subject and was wondering if anyone has found an easier more economical method of paying the required fee? Thanks for your help.
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