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Meeting Your Lithuanian Relatives

Many people want to see the region where their ancestor were born. An actual visit provides images and memories that can never be conveyed in words

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Five million Americans have ancestors who came from Lithuania. Are you one of them? How would you like to sit down and have a meal with those who share your Lithuanian family name?

A new service brings people in this country together with their relatives in Lithuania. These new Family History Tours are offered by Vilius Vaseikis, an experienced and knowledgeable facilitator who lives here in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. He has a new website,, which is richly illustrated with photographs of Lithuania. The site also has a wealth of information about traveling in the country.

"Many people want to see the region where their ancestor were born. An actual visit provides images and memories that can never be conveyed in words," Mr. Vaseikis says.

The very affable "Vilius" does the advance work for your visit. With your help, he locates the area of Lithuania where your family is from. Then he contacts people there who share your genealogy. He speaks excellent English and easily bridges the two cultures.

All of the preparations come together when Vilius makes the final arrangements for your visits with your relatives. These typically include a meal or two, which are always the high points.

You will find that there is much to talk about. Life in America continues to be a fascination for Lithuanians. And there is much to be learned about present-day life and work in Lithuania. When you sit down with cousins and nephews and nieces or others with a name connection, you can begin to fill in the blank spaces in the journal that is your family history.

In addition to these face-to-face contacts, Vilius arranges for tours of the relevant villages, churches, and cemeteries that connect you to your Lithuanian roots.

You can book your own flight to Lithuania or have Mr. Vaseikis help with this. Flights cost between $900 and $1600 depending on the season and the US departure city.

A typical Family History Tour takes one to two days and costs between $380 and $1200, depending on the scope of the tour, lodging arrangements, and the like. Once you describe to Vilius the type of Tour you are interested in, you will be given a price quote. You can decide whether a Family History Tour is in your future.

A Family History Tour is a perfect addition to a longer stay in Lithuania. Again, you can put that together yourself, or you can have Vilius make the arrangements for you.

For more information about Family History Tours and other alternatives, as well as a wealth of helpful advice, take a look at

Leisure travel in Lithuania was not possible for the 45 years of Soviet occupation. Now the country is both open and welcoming. This is an excellent time to walk where your ancestors walked. It is an experience that you will find nowhere else.

For more information about this article, contact John Weistart, the US contact for LithuaniaVisits, or see the website,


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