South Boston, Brockton, Cambridge....these were just some of the Lithuanian hotspots in Mass.
The 1925 Boston City Directory.
The Cambridge, MA "Blue Book" (Directory) for 1910.
The Mass. Election Dept. produced directories of residents for the various voting districts. These have been scanned by the Boston Public Library and put on www.archive.org. Roughly speaking, from 1930 onward, South Boston (East side) is ward 7 and South Boston (West side) is ward 6. However, before that, voting districts moved often. I'll be posting links to the directories here, focusing on South Boston addresses. If you click on the book image, you can search for your relatives in the upper right corner by typing in the first few letters of their surname.
The Massachusetts State Archives 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125
Phone: (617) 727-2816
Massachusetts Registry of Vital Records and Statistics
For birth, death certificates, etc.
Brockton: The USGenWeb page for Brockton, including info on libraries, historical societies, cemeteries, etc.
Lithuanian Catholic Churches/Diocese Information:
The Archives of the Diocese of Boston might be helpful in finding some Catholic marriages and baptisms. Also, here is a list of the closed and merged parishes within the Boston Diocese.
The Diocese of Fall River.
The Diocese of Springfield.
The Diocese of Worcester.
There is no online resource for St. Augustine's Cemetery, South Boston, where I think many Boston area Lithuanians are buried. It's an old cemetery, pre-dating Lithuanian immigration. You'll have to contact the old-fashioned way: St. Augustine Cemetery
Established in 1818
225 Dorchester St, South Boston, MA 02127-2876
Lithuanian Catholic Parishes:
105 Main Street
Athol, MA 01331
St. Casimir, South Boston, MA. 1895-1908. Replaced by St. Peter's, founded 1904.
St. Peter's, founded 1904.
50 Orton-Marotta Way
South Boston, MA, 02127-2006
Email: Daiva, Church Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Casimir, founded 1898. CLOSED?
21 Sawtell Avenue
Brockton, MA 02402
Article about history & closure
Records possibly at St. Michael's, 87 N. Main Street, Avon, MA 508-586-7210/fax: 508-586-7211
Immaculate Conception, founded 1910. CLOSED
432 Windsor Street
Cambridge, MA, 02141-1343
Sacred Heart Parish Rectory
49 Sixth Street
Cambridge, MA 02141-1594
St. George, Haverhill, MA. Founded 1917. CLOSED
All Saints Parish Rectory
120 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill, MA, 01832-4711
St. Francis of Assisi, founded 1903. CLOSED
94 Bradford Street
Holy Rosary/Corpus Christi Parish Rectory
35 Essex Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
St. Joseph, Founded 1908. MERGED
151 Rogers Street
Lowell, MA, 01852
3 Fayette Street, Lowell, MA 01852-1234
St. George, founded 1912. CLOSED>
36 St. George Avenue
Saint Catherine of Siena Parish Rectory
547 Washington Street
Norwood, MA 02062-0547
Phone: 781-762-6080 (8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m., weekdays and weekends / closed holidays)
St. Casimir's Church, Westfield, MA. CLOSED.
22 State Street
Westfield, MA 01085-3814
Our Lady of Vilna, Worcester. CLOSED.
St. Casimir, founded 1894. CLOSED 2009.
41 Providence Street
http://www.stcasimirworc.org/ --the website is still there with detailed history.
44 Temple Street
I'm new here so please bear with me!!
Our family is LT and also Polish but from NOW LT. All our branches immigrated to the South Shore of MA.
Our LT branch is Glebo (Gleba, Glabas, Glibo, et) and Krasnowsky/Krasnosky and they immigrated from the Varenos Parish and the village of Kirklionis/Kirklyonis(sp?). Our great grandmother, Petronele (later Beatrice) immigrated to her brother, Josef, who lived in Brockton. (Josef later moved to Worcester and had a family...the trail runs cold after that) Beatrice married Walter Krasnowsky and had 5 daughters. They lived in the Montello section of Brocton until Beatrice's death in 1977. She worked in the shoe factories, as did her daughters, and Walter died in the 1950's. The family belonged to St. Casmir's Parish. One of the daughters, Bronia, owned Martin's Bakery in Abington.
Does anyone know about St. Rocco's? I rec'd 2 baptismal records for the same person...2 different parish letterheads! Any clues?
I'd love to hear about the St. Casimir's Feast Day if anyone attended last year! It sounds like a great resource!
The 2 baptismal records on different letterheads could be because one church closed, or merged with another one. I don't know about St. Rocco's--sounds Italian--so maybe the Lith. parish was closed or merged into an Italian one. I try to put the closed churches (and where the records are now) on the main page for each state.
I know I've seen Gleba, Glebas, Glabas and Krasnowsky, Krasnauskas names in posts either here, or more likely on the Lithuanian Genealogy group on Yahoo. If you haven't joined that, make sure you do. The link is on the main page of this group.
Lastly, welcome to the group; thanks for joining!
The parish in Brockton, MA was originally St Rocco's before it became St Casmir's:
St Casimir's closed about 3 years ago, & the records are now at St. Michael's in Avon, as I understand it. My step grandmother had friends in the Lit community in Brockton, but unfortunately I never knew their names. Her husband had a brother, ?Victor Sinkeivich, who lived there for a number of years as well.
I don't have any information on the feast of St Casmir, but Our Lady of Sorrows convent on Thatcher St. has been holding their Lithuanian fairs on Labor Day once again over the last two years. I haven't heard anything about this year as of yet, but hopefully they will do it again.
- Jim Z
Jim and Richie,
Thanks so much for the info. I'm sorry it has taken so long to reply but summer is always very hectic! (What lazy days of summer,I'd like to know!)
Jim, that article was great! I find it interesting that St. Casmir's was not established until 1950 and yet all but one of the documents I secured, weddings and baptisms, all are attributed to that parish.
My Glebo/Gliba and Krasnosky family research is all but a dead end in Brocton. However, I'll keep plodding along.
Richie, thanks...I'll check out the YAHOO group for leads.
Best to all on the search of our ancestors.
This is a great listing of resources. I realize this was posted some time ago, but wanted to update one item.
Earlier this spring, I spent some time researching church records for St. Casimir's Church in Worcester, MA (now closed) and it was quite useful in tracking down family history.
St Casimir's church records are now at St. John's church if anyone needs them:
Thanks for the update. I made a correction on the Massachusetts page.