Re: GINSBURG of St. Petersburg #general


David Ellis
 

I recently learned that Rabbi Yitzchak Ayzik GINSBURG (1780-1839) was my 6th-generation direct ancestor.  By correlating revision lists for 1813, 1795 and 1784, I identified his father Eliyahu Elyash and grandfather, also named Yitzchak Ayzyk.  All three lived in Vilnius, and I estimate the elder Yitzchak Ayzyk was born around 1730, give or take.

The Maggid book gives passing mention of these people but seems unable to make up its mind who the father of the elder Yitzchak Ayzyk was.  The family tree that folds out on page 150 lists his father as Yehuda Idel but goes no further and doesn't connect my branch to the main tree.  The errata on page 307 says that attribution is mistaken and should be Shimon HaKadosh (the martyr).  There is a problem with this correction:  Shimon HaKadosh lived about a century too early to possibly be the correct father and my 9th-generation ancestor.  

My newly discovered ancestors are mentioned only in passing, on pages 82 and 83 (mostly in three footnotes, of which the third spans the two pages).  This textual reference doesn't resolve the question of who my 9th-generation ancestor was or how my branch connects to the main GINSBURG tree that goes back centuries.

In an attempt to corroborate one account or the other, I searched the 1765 revision list from Vilnius by hand, since there is no translation from the original Polish.  It lists one family headed by Icko with son Eliasz, and the ages are consistent with my family tree.  Unfortunately, Icko's patronymic Hirszowicz doesn't agree with either scenario in Maggid's book.  I think this is my family, but I'm not certain based on this record alone.

I welcome suggestions as to how to proceed with my research into the GINSBURG branch of my family.  Please feel free to contact me directly by e-mail.

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David Ellis
Natick, MA
djemkitso@...

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