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Gillam Keinan <gillam49@...>
Like the vast majority of South African Jews I am of Litvak stock.
Most of my life I have lived in Israel.
I recently went on a Roots/Heritage tour of Lithuania. I came back
with many satisfying experiences. Nevertheless I am still in the dark
about unknown ancestors and also cousins/relatives. (Of course I am
aware of all my South African first cousins).
I also did a DNA test with the hope of identifying additional
relatives - mainly in the States, without much success so far.
All my great grandparents hail >from Lithuania. One is >from Bialystok -
which is close by. Needless to say their children - my grandparents
all emigrated to South Africa.
Here are the details of my great grandparents who remained behind in
Lithuania. I estimate that they were born in the period 1850 - 1870
1a) Vilkomir (today, Ukmerge ) - Avram Shlioma and Zipporah Frank
1b) Kupishok ( today - Kupikis) - Avram Shlioma and Hannah-Lea
Frank (Zipporah passed away at a young age and he remarried).
2) Kibarti (today - Kybartai) Joseph and Rivka Stern.
3) Vilkomir - Joseph and Gila Josephson
4) Bialystok - Nachman and Leah Donovsky (My great-grandparents who
did emigrate to South Africa - via London) I met them when I was a
young kid in the early fifties.
Note: unfortunately I do not have the maiden names of any of my
If any of these names (Frank, Stern, Josephson, Donovsky) ring a bell
in the appropriate context, I'd be happy to hear >from you.
Gillam Frank - Keinan
MODERATOR'S NOTE: Have you searched the LitvakSIG All Lithuania Database
for the various surnames you list above?