Re: Leaving Lithuania to South Africa in search of gold #lithuania

Martin & Ruth Levit <martin.ruth@...>

Hi Ann

I was successful in finding my Father, Grandfather and Grandmother's passage
from Southampton to Cape Town thru findmypast in 1896 and 1903.
Very interesting to examine the ship's manifest in 1896 and to note that
nearly all the male passengers gave their occupation as ' miners'.

I would dearly love to find out how they got >from Panevysz to Southampton
without funds and without knowing one word of English ?

Can you help ?

Kind regards

Martin Levit

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Subject: RE: Leaving Lithuania to South Africa in search of gold
From: "Ann Rabinowitz" <annrab@...>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 03:54:29 -0500

When posting about a last name, it is always helpful to provide a first
name(s) of those you are trying to research.

There are 19 LAN family members who left ports in England for South Africa
from 1890 on which can be found through the subscription
database. You may be able to find the person you are looking for there.
However, if the person left before 1890, you will need to use other

You can find more info on the RootsWeb site where there are 19 entries for
LAN and on the National Archives of SA site where there are 118 references
(not all Jewish).

Gold deposits had been found as early as 1840, but the SA Gold Rush started
on February 5, 1873 and more gold finds happened after that through the

Many people came searching for the "pot of gold", many stayed and made a
life for themselves, others left and went to the next destination such as
America, etc., before they found what they were looking for.

Ann Rabinowitz

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