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Physical Location of Plitiany/Plitjany, Vilnius, Lithuania

Physical Location of Plitiany/Plitjany, Vilnius, Lithuania

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 8:53PM GMT
Classification: Query
My ancestors came from "Vilna/Russia" in the late 1800's early 1900's to Rhode Island. In several instances (especially on ship records) they indicate they are from a town called either Plitiany, Plitjany, or some version thereof. I have been unable to find this town on the map. Any ideas or leads on its location would be appreciated.

Re: Physical Location of Plitiany/Plitjany, Vilnius, Lithuania

Posted: 28 Nov 2012 10:16PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Nov 2012 10:34PM GMT
Half of Vilna Governorate lied in territory of modern Belarus.
See the map: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lithuania-1867-1914-EN.svg

Your ancestors could have been from Belarus. You mentioned in your previous posts that they spoke Russian and Polish. Ethnic Poles still live in the territory that would be Belarussian part of Vilna Governorate.

The Lithuanian version of the village would be Plytinė or Plytinės kaimas (village of Plytine). There are 4 Plytine villages that come up on google maps and 6 on maps.lt They are in Šalčininkai, Švenčionys, Trakai and Vilnius districts. They would all fall in Vilnius Governorate territory.

Re: Physical Location of Plitiany/Plitjany, Vilnius, Lithuania

Posted: 29 Nov 2012 10:36PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks! This is very helpful. We'll be visiting Vilnius next fall and looking forward to seeing the area our relatives came from.
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