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Greg Sevelis (#48307397)
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Bio Photo I am a retiree from Detroit living since 2009 in Kaunas, Lithuania. I first came to Lithuania in 2006 with hopes of just seeing the hometowns of my grandparents, and instead I found a whole new family and gained a wife in the process! I do much original genealogical research, particularly in the Gelgaudiskis and Vilkaviskis areas of my grandparents, and I am always glad to connect with people with roots in these areas.
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Rick Miller
RE: Raseiniai, Lithuania
Hi Greg,
Not sure why the e-mail address didn't work for you. I will try sending you an e-mail and see if it will work in the other direction.
My wife, Rasa, is Lithuanian. She lived in Lithuania (including during the occupation by the USSR) until our marriage in 1996. She is from Raseiniai and we go there every year. By my count, I have been to Lithuania 22 times. Her mother and one set of her great-grandparents are buried in the Raseiniai cemetery. Her paternal grandparents are buried in Alejai, which is not far from Raseiniai.
I rely on Rasa's advice when naming cemeteries and the proper spelling of names. Of course, the answers she gives me depend in part on the questions that I ask.
Thanks for the tip on uploading photographs. I will give it a try. I had tried everything I could think of to get them oriented correctly, but nothing I tried worked.
I have a couple hundred more headstone photos waiting for me to find the time to create memorials for them and upload them.
Best regards,
Added by Rick Miller on Sep 18, 2016 6:48 AM
Tati and Eric Anderson
RE: Algimantas Masiulis
Good morning Mr. Sevelis,

Thank you very much for your attentive suggestion. I indeed made a mistake and glad to correct it.
In addition I sent edit request with places of birth and death.
Best regards,
Added by Tati and Eric Anderson on May 24, 2016 9:21 PM
Clayton & Donna Kribs
My Great Grandfather fled from Vilkaviskis around 1911. His last name was 'Gencius' , his mother's name was 'Genciuviene'. His father actually had 3 wives, his last wife's name was 'Guoba' (that is how I found your account here. My Great Grandfather was raised in Vilkaviskis with 2 Guoba step brothers. I would be interested if you see any of these other names. Also if you can explain the endings of names, I have seen the Gencius, referred to as Gencii and Gencium. Thank you, Donna Kribs I also have a findagrave account here under Clayton & Donna Kribs.
Added by Clayton & Donna Kribs on Oct 14, 2015 8:46 AM
RE: Kovno Cemetery (cont'd)
Hi Greg,

I know what you mean by those so-called "natural" deaths, however, thankfully, we can be spared graphic details.

According to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, so far, the list has approx 800 names of persons who died and were buried in the ghetto cemetery. They also go on to say this:

"Three weeks before the Soviet army arrived in Kovno, the Germans razed the ghetto to the ground with grenades and dynamite. As many as 2,000 people burned to death or were shot while trying to escape.

Also, many (about 2,500) of the mass murders in August, 1941 took place at Kauen-Fort IV. That list was compiled by SS-Standartenfuhrer Karl Jäger.
Added by Bernadette on Sep 16, 2015 3:15 PM
KZ Kaunas - more
Just a quick glance shows several I created should be moved to the Ninth Fort Memorial. I'll take care of it over the next few days.

According to the list transcriptions done so far, The Kovno Cemetery site holds approximately 900 persons.
Added by Bernadette on Sep 15, 2015 10:59 AM
RE: KZ Kowno/Kaunas
Hi. Greg. I didn't create that cemetery. Indeed, I thought abbreviations were not allowed for cemetery names. Since it's there, I've used it as last I checked, there was no alternative cemetery listing for the Kaunas/Kovno Ghetto Cemetery deaths.

To be more specific, the list contains the names of those who died in the Kovno Ghetto between 18 August 1941 and 31 December 1943, and were buried there. It is considered to be a list of those who died "natural" deaths — as opposed to those who were murdered by the “killing squads”. This list was held, untranslated, in The American Jewish Archives, in Cincinnati, Ohio - one of many repositories of vital Holocaust manuscripts. Although the translating is ongoing, the documents have been shared with multiple sources including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

More details can be found here:

and here:

Added by Bernadette on Sep 15, 2015 10:21 AM
Paolo Trauner
RE: Gelgaudiskis
Greg, my wife and I were escorts for her friend who does have relatives--ORENTAS. When planning to go, I noted the outstanding photo requests as well as those graves that would likely be her relatives. I have no more pictures. I remember reading our bio and now realize that we should have looked you up when we were in Kaunas. We started out looking for a church (only had a picture of inside) in Vilnius, but a lady at archives discovered that the church matched on in Kaunas. We accosted a young man who led us to the church. We then visited Gelgaudiskis and met a couple of nice women there who showed us around the cemetery as well as the palace being refurbished. Very nice people! We also looked for surnames of interest in Sakai and Laksai cemeteries and posted some pictures. If we get back there, we'll contact you!
Added by Paolo Trauner on Jul 10, 2015 12:00 PM
Vincas Rinkevicius
Thanks for fulfilling my request for a photo of Vincas' gravestone. I appreciate your efforts.
Added by wayneslyhouse on May 25, 2015 6:44 AM
Kari Olson
AnnaTomaskeys husbands
Hi I switched them so they are correct but they show on the memorial in alphabetical order for first name.
Added by Kari Olson on Jan 15, 2015 4:32 PM
Jim Ditton
Ann Neaton
Greg sorry spelled her last name wrong I transferred her over to you as you are family Jim
Added by Jim Ditton on Jan 15, 2015 11:04 AM
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