Last Updated April 2, 2013
The Dagys surname has a rich history in the US and in
Lithuania. While, the surname itself is fairly common, our Dagys line
derives from the small villages of Jotkonys, Skvarbai, and Daujociai.
These villages can be found around the Svedasai Parish in Lithuania.
Throughout the last 200 years, the Lithuanian Catholic
churches have held a special meaning for our family. Marriages, Baptisms
and other celebrations revolved around the church. You will find most
records are drawn from the Skapiskis and Svedasai Roman Catholic Church.
Throughout this site you will find a wealth of
information on our Dagys line. There are still many unanswered questions.
Following, you will find a brief outline of my direct Dagys line. Over the
years I have made contact with distant DAGYS cousins. They are currently
living in Lithuania and together, we have discovered that family is more
than an exchange of birthday cards. In the summer of 2005 I plan to visit
Lithuania, meet my [new-found] cousin and experience the culture.
some highlighted facts about our family ::
The Dagys surname can be traced back
to Pranciskus Dagys born Abt. 1786 around the Jotkonys
Village in Lithuania.
(grandson to Pranciskus)
married twice. His first spouse, Domicele was born Abt.
1856 and died March 24, 1886 of Accouchement soon after the birth of
their daughter Ona. Domicele's maiden name is UNKNOWN.
Kazys soon remarried
(February 01, 1887). His wife
(my great great grandmother) Anele Motiejunaite was born Abt. 1864
around the Vederiskiai Villiage of ?? Parish, Lithuania. Together, they
had 5 children.
(son of Kazys and Anele), along with his
brother Juozas and wife Emilijia (nee. Slapelyte) immigrated to the
It's rumored Emilija and Jonas were
married in Lithuania (before their immigration) but no records have been
found in the Lithuanian Archives nor in any family documents.
We can not find any records of their landing
in America. We are not sure which port they came through. It's known they
immigrated to the US between 1905 and 1911. We guess that they came through
New York. Census
records indicate an immigration around 1906.
Emilija and Jonas settled in the East St.
Louis, Illinois Lithuanian Community shortly after their arrival. It has not
been determined if they temporarily lived elsewhere. They were a part of the
Immaculate Conception Lithuanian church on Baugh Ave. Their children were
Baptized and married in this church.
Jonas' brother, Juozas Dagys remained in the
New York area where his Dagys branch lives today.
After their arrival to the US, Jonas and
Emilija kept in touch with their family back in Lithuania. The only letter
remaining is torn therefore the full context of it is lost. We are still
trying to determine it's Author. We believe
the letter was written by
K. Varanavicius who may have been married to Emilija's sister, Marijona. We
not 100% certain of the Varanavicius connection to our family but they were
Varanavicius) witnesses at the marriage of
Emilija's parents. For
more information, take a look at the letters. Can you
translate it? Know what it means? Relates to your family? Look familiar?! Let
In 1911, Jonas and Emilija gave birth to their first born child; a son. Joseph
Dagys died 12 short days after his birth.
Surnames in the Dagys Line with Direct Links
Surnames in the Dagys Line
ie: no ancestral connection found YET, listed as god
parents, marriage witnesses, and family friends on vital documents
|Balaisyte, Budreika, Gavenavicius, Gudonis, Kauspedas,
Kemekliene, Kuilis, Meskauskiene, Rasymas, Simonyte, Starkus,Tumas,