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1) Most of the family trees initially made available here are of families that are directly interconnected with the webmaster's (Irwin Berent's) own family. A few have no known connection, but are either speculated to be related and/or have similar surnames. Almost all the families have roots in Lygumai (Ligum) or Pakruojis (Pakroy), Lithuania. A few, invariably, also have connections with other towns in Lithuania (for example, the RESNIK family is related to the RUTENBERG family of Papile, Lithuania).

2) In most instances, where no source is mentioned, the information was gathered by Irwin Berent, most often either from relatives or obituary notices or death certificates.

3) On each file, the first name listed, even if it is not numbered or lettered, is considered the patriarch/matriarch of the family enumerated below it.

The typical order followed is indicated as follows:


1. P/M's son/daugh

2. P/M's other son/daugh

- 2's son/daugh

- 2's other son/daugh

-- 2's other son's/daugh's son/daugh"

and so on. In other words, a double dash preceding a name indicates that the person named is a son/daugh of the next person above with a single dash. If a name has a single dash, and then the next name also begins with a single dash, the two persons are siblings. Likewise, if a name has a double dash, and then the next name also begins with a double dash, the two persons are siblings.

4) Surnames (last names) are always placed in all UPPER CASE LETTERS.

5) In most instances, the order in which the siblings appear is NOT NECESSARILY the order in which they were born.

6) For many of the files, the genealogical information shown only goes up to the generation born before about 1910, for purposes of privacy. However, in many instances, information about more recent generations is held by the source (or Mr. Berent himself).