Two interesting articles pertaining to Rabbinical families and based on
eighteenth century bridging records have been published by Chaim Freedman
on the Jewish Family History Foundation website
< www.jewishfamilyhistory.org >.
One is the family of the Vilna Gaon and proves Freedman's research to
establish the relative ages and order of the Gaon's sons.
The other, a new article resulting >from study and comparison of the 1765
and 1784 censuses of the Jewish community of Salant, Lithuania reveals the
family of the famous Rabbi Yosef Zundel Salanter and provides the name of
a previously unknown ancestor.
The site includes other articles demonstrating the efficacy of
researching eighteenth century records >from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania
(which in modern times became the territory included in Lithuania, Belarus,
parts of Poland and Ukraine.)
David Hoffman, Ph.D.
Jewish Family History Foundation
< www.jewishfamilyhistory.org >