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JFRA Israel - Ra'anana - Wed., Nov. 9 - Leslie Oberman #general

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
 

JFRA Israel is delighted to welcome visiting speaker
Leslie Oberman of Australia to the JFRA Ra'anana
branch's next meeting.

Wednesday, 9 November
Doors open 7 pm, program begins 7.30 pm
JFRA Israel – Ra'anana (English)

Leslie Oberman, Melbourne, Australia
President, Australian Jewish Genealogical Society
(Victoria) Inc.

Topic:“Finding family in Australia.”

His presentation will describe how to locate family
downunder.
Since 1974, he has been researching his family, among
the founders of Rosh Pina. Results of his research may
be seen at www.oberman.org and www.bucshester.org .
He is president of the AJGS (Vic) Inc, with some 160
members.

Location: Beit Fischer, 5 Klausner St., Ra'anana
JFRA members, NIS 5; others, NIS 15
Membership checks (payable to JFRA) for 2006 will be
accepted: NIS 100, individual; NIS 160, couple.

Info: Ingrid Rockberger, ingrid@genealogy.org.il

Best wishes,
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Tel Aviv
schelly@allrelative.net
schelly@genealogy.org.il


JGS Pittsburgh November Meeting #general

Rae Barent <RaeBarent@...>
 

JGS Pittsburgh November Meeting
Date: Monday, November 21, 2005
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: Rudolph Family Holocaust Ctr.of United Jewish Federation
JCC Robinson Bldg.
5738 Darlington Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Most of us are familiar with the major divisions of Jewry in America...
Orthodox, Conservative and Reform and the variations of these. Not as
many of us think about another division of Jewry.. that between the
Sephardim and the Ashkenazim. Sefarad is a Hebrew word meaning Spain.
So, in the strictest sense of the word the Sephardim (plural of Sephardi)
are the Jews who came >from the Iberian peninsula. Today however the word
Sephardim has taken a much wider meaning and includes Jewish
Communities in North Africa, Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Greece, Turkey and
most Jews who are not Ashkenazim. The word Ashkenazi has had a similar
broadening of its definition. Arising >from a Hebrew word meaning "German"
it has taken on a broader definition that includes not only German Jews
but those of Eastern Europe and Russia as well. Today the distinction
between Sephardim and Ashkenazim is primarily one of differing traditions
due to their backgrounds. Differing languages (Ladino and Arabic vs Yiddish
and Polish), religious melodies during the services, festival traditions,
Hebrew pronunciation are among the things that differ between Sephardim
and Ashkenazim although most Conservative synagogues now use the Sephardic
pronunciation... Bat Mitzvah and not Bas Mitzvah. While Ashkenazim can be
religiously subdivided into Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist,
etc, the Sephardim have remained largely homogeneous and more traditionally
religious in what, for lack of a better term, is called Orthodox. However it
is an Orthodoxy that encompasses the entire spectrum of Sephardim, with
obviously some Sephardim more religious than others. As genealogists and as
Jews it is important to explore all facets of Judaism. To that end, I urge
you to attend the November meeting at which Abe Anouchi will provide us with
an excellent program on Sephardism.

The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 but refreshments and conversation
will begin at 7:00.

Rae M. Barent
Programming


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JFRA Israel - Ra'anana - Wed., Nov. 9 - Leslie Oberman #general

Schelly Talalay Dardashti
 

JFRA Israel is delighted to welcome visiting speaker
Leslie Oberman of Australia to the JFRA Ra'anana
branch's next meeting.

Wednesday, 9 November
Doors open 7 pm, program begins 7.30 pm
JFRA Israel – Ra'anana (English)

Leslie Oberman, Melbourne, Australia
President, Australian Jewish Genealogical Society
(Victoria) Inc.

Topic:“Finding family in Australia.”

His presentation will describe how to locate family
downunder.
Since 1974, he has been researching his family, among
the founders of Rosh Pina. Results of his research may
be seen at www.oberman.org and www.bucshester.org .
He is president of the AJGS (Vic) Inc, with some 160
members.

Location: Beit Fischer, 5 Klausner St., Ra'anana
JFRA members, NIS 5; others, NIS 15
Membership checks (payable to JFRA) for 2006 will be
accepted: NIS 100, individual; NIS 160, couple.

Info: Ingrid Rockberger, ingrid@genealogy.org.il

Best wishes,
Schelly Talalay Dardashti
Tel Aviv
schelly@allrelative.net
schelly@genealogy.org.il


JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen JGS Pittsburgh November Meeting #general

Rae Barent <RaeBarent@...>
 

JGS Pittsburgh November Meeting
Date: Monday, November 21, 2005
Time: 7:30 P.M.
Place: Rudolph Family Holocaust Ctr.of United Jewish Federation
JCC Robinson Bldg.
5738 Darlington Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15217

Most of us are familiar with the major divisions of Jewry in America...
Orthodox, Conservative and Reform and the variations of these. Not as
many of us think about another division of Jewry.. that between the
Sephardim and the Ashkenazim. Sefarad is a Hebrew word meaning Spain.
So, in the strictest sense of the word the Sephardim (plural of Sephardi)
are the Jews who came >from the Iberian peninsula. Today however the word
Sephardim has taken a much wider meaning and includes Jewish
Communities in North Africa, Iraq (Babylon), Syria, Greece, Turkey and
most Jews who are not Ashkenazim. The word Ashkenazi has had a similar
broadening of its definition. Arising >from a Hebrew word meaning "German"
it has taken on a broader definition that includes not only German Jews
but those of Eastern Europe and Russia as well. Today the distinction
between Sephardim and Ashkenazim is primarily one of differing traditions
due to their backgrounds. Differing languages (Ladino and Arabic vs Yiddish
and Polish), religious melodies during the services, festival traditions,
Hebrew pronunciation are among the things that differ between Sephardim
and Ashkenazim although most Conservative synagogues now use the Sephardic
pronunciation... Bat Mitzvah and not Bas Mitzvah. While Ashkenazim can be
religiously subdivided into Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist,
etc, the Sephardim have remained largely homogeneous and more traditionally
religious in what, for lack of a better term, is called Orthodox. However it
is an Orthodoxy that encompasses the entire spectrum of Sephardim, with
obviously some Sephardim more religious than others. As genealogists and as
Jews it is important to explore all facets of Judaism. To that end, I urge
you to attend the November meeting at which Abe Anouchi will provide us with
an excellent program on Sephardism.

The meeting will begin promptly at 7:30 but refreshments and conversation
will begin at 7:00.

Rae M. Barent
Programming


Lodz Cemetery Photo #poland #lodz

Nicki Chodnoff - On The Go Publishing <nicki@...>
 

Hi All

If you are traveling to Lodz in the near future, please contact us. We need
an *immense* favor; we need someone to photograph a few (3 or 4) headstones or
markers of our immediate relatives at the new Lodz cemetery. Digital photos
are ideal. You will need to get the grave site location >from the
administrator upon arrival at the cemetery. Please note: the administration
office is closed on Sunday (and maybe Saturday). Please contact us
privately at: rshaw@cheltenham-township.org or nicki@onthegopublishing.com
. Thank you in advance."


Nicki Chodnoff nicki@onthegopublishing.com
Columbus, Ohio
researching ROZENTAL >from Lodz and Dabie; ORCHAN >from Lodz, Dabie, and
Poddebiece; and PARZENCZEWSKA(SKI) >from Lodz and Ozorkow

and

Cheltenham Township Main Street
Ruth Littner Shaw
rshaw@cheltenham-township.org


Lodz Area Research Group #Lodz #Poland Lodz Cemetery Photo #lodz #poland

Nicki Chodnoff - On The Go Publishing <nicki@...>
 

Hi All

If you are traveling to Lodz in the near future, please contact us. We need
an *immense* favor; we need someone to photograph a few (3 or 4) headstones or
markers of our immediate relatives at the new Lodz cemetery. Digital photos
are ideal. You will need to get the grave site location >from the
administrator upon arrival at the cemetery. Please note: the administration
office is closed on Sunday (and maybe Saturday). Please contact us
privately at: rshaw@cheltenham-township.org or nicki@onthegopublishing.com
. Thank you in advance."


Nicki Chodnoff nicki@onthegopublishing.com
Columbus, Ohio
researching ROZENTAL >from Lodz and Dabie; ORCHAN >from Lodz, Dabie, and
Poddebiece; and PARZENCZEWSKA(SKI) >from Lodz and Ozorkow

and

Cheltenham Township Main Street
Ruth Littner Shaw
rshaw@cheltenham-township.org


photographs of Lodz Headstones #lodz #poland

Shaw, Ruth <RShaw@...>
 

We are asking if anyone is going to Lodz soon; if so, please contact us.
We are *very* desirious of having someone photograph a few headstones,
specifically our immediate relatives. The 'addresses' will need to be
researched upon your arrival at the cemetery. Please contact:
mailto:rshaw@cheltenham-township.org or nicki@onthegopublishing.com.
Thank you.


Lodz Area Research Group #Lodz #Poland photographs of Lodz Headstones #lodz #poland

Shaw, Ruth <RShaw@...>
 

We are asking if anyone is going to Lodz soon; if so, please contact us.
We are *very* desirious of having someone photograph a few headstones,
specifically our immediate relatives. The 'addresses' will need to be
researched upon your arrival at the cemetery. Please contact:
mailto:rshaw@cheltenham-township.org or nicki@onthegopublishing.com.
Thank you.


Lodz 1903-1904 PSA/JRI vital record indices complete #lodz #poland

Roni S. Liebowitz
 

We are very pleased to announce that the 1903 and 1904 indices for almost
14,000 birth, marriage and death records for the city of Lodz have now been
completed.

We now have available a list of 25 of the most common surnames found in this
batch of Lodz indices, 1903-1904. The surnames are followed by the frequency
with which they appear:

GOLDBERG 138
JAKUBOWICZ 124
KON 101
ROZENBERG 90
LEWKOWICZ 86
FRENKEL 68
LEWIN 61
FRYDMAN 60
ROZENBLUM 55
GRYNBAUM 54
ZILBERBERG 54
LIPSZYC 50
FUKS 48
ROZENCWAJG 48
GOLDMAN 47
MOSZKOWICZ 45
ROZEN 45
GROSMAN 44
GLIKSMAN 43
SZWARC 43
MARKOWICZ 42
WAJNBERG 41
BORNSZTEJN 39
KAC 39
ROZENBLAT 38

A list of all surnames found in the new data (1903-1904) is now online at:
http://www.jri-poland.org/psa/lodz_surn2.htm There are an impressive 4760
unique surnames in this list. Not surprising since Lodz contained the second
largest Jewish community in Poland, if not all of Europe. If you want to
know how any times your family's surname exits, please contact us.

We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all those who have been so
supportive of this project. We would also like to particularly thank
JRI-Poland's Sheila Salo, Michael Tobias, and Stanley Diamond for their
invaluable assistance and guidance.

The Lodz PSA Project consists of two phases. Phase 1 is for the years 1878
to 1898 with over 50,000 records. All of this data is now live on the
JRI-Poland database. Phase 2, also known as the "Seven-Year Initiative,"
was created to index the records for the years 1899 through 1905. With
today's addition, the total records indexed for the Seven-Year Initiative is
now 37,536 which covers the years 1899 through 1904.

However, for Phase 2, only 1899 through 1901 is currently live on the
database. If you are interested in seeing these important indices become
part of the JRI-Poland database, please contact Roni Seibel Liebowitz, Lodz
Archive Coordinator Roni19@optonline.net or Joe Ross, Lodz Town Leader,
joeross1220@comcast.net for more details.


Sincerely,


Roni Seibel Liebowitz,
Lodz PSA/JRI-Poland Archive Coordinator
Roni19@optonline.net
Scarsdale, New York
and
Joe Ross,
Lodz Town Leader, JRI-Poland
joeross1220@comcast.net
Bala Cynwyd, PA


Lodz Area Research Group #Lodz #Poland Lodz 1903-1904 PSA/JRI vital record indices complete #lodz #poland

Roni S. Liebowitz
 

We are very pleased to announce that the 1903 and 1904 indices for almost
14,000 birth, marriage and death records for the city of Lodz have now been
completed.

We now have available a list of 25 of the most common surnames found in this
batch of Lodz indices, 1903-1904. The surnames are followed by the frequency
with which they appear:

GOLDBERG 138
JAKUBOWICZ 124
KON 101
ROZENBERG 90
LEWKOWICZ 86
FRENKEL 68
LEWIN 61
FRYDMAN 60
ROZENBLUM 55
GRYNBAUM 54
ZILBERBERG 54
LIPSZYC 50
FUKS 48
ROZENCWAJG 48
GOLDMAN 47
MOSZKOWICZ 45
ROZEN 45
GROSMAN 44
GLIKSMAN 43
SZWARC 43
MARKOWICZ 42
WAJNBERG 41
BORNSZTEJN 39
KAC 39
ROZENBLAT 38

A list of all surnames found in the new data (1903-1904) is now online at:
http://www.jri-poland.org/psa/lodz_surn2.htm There are an impressive 4760
unique surnames in this list. Not surprising since Lodz contained the second
largest Jewish community in Poland, if not all of Europe. If you want to
know how any times your family's surname exits, please contact us.

We owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to all those who have been so
supportive of this project. We would also like to particularly thank
JRI-Poland's Sheila Salo, Michael Tobias, and Stanley Diamond for their
invaluable assistance and guidance.

The Lodz PSA Project consists of two phases. Phase 1 is for the years 1878
to 1898 with over 50,000 records. All of this data is now live on the
JRI-Poland database. Phase 2, also known as the "Seven-Year Initiative,"
was created to index the records for the years 1899 through 1905. With
today's addition, the total records indexed for the Seven-Year Initiative is
now 37,536 which covers the years 1899 through 1904.

However, for Phase 2, only 1899 through 1901 is currently live on the
database. If you are interested in seeing these important indices become
part of the JRI-Poland database, please contact Roni Seibel Liebowitz, Lodz
Archive Coordinator Roni19@optonline.net or Joe Ross, Lodz Town Leader,
joeross1220@comcast.net for more details.


Sincerely,


Roni Seibel Liebowitz,
Lodz PSA/JRI-Poland Archive Coordinator
Roni19@optonline.net
Scarsdale, New York
and
Joe Ross,
Lodz Town Leader, JRI-Poland
joeross1220@comcast.net
Bala Cynwyd, PA


Searching for AXELRAD #galicia

Tony Hausner
 

I am looking for a Nathan AXELRAD (or AXELROD) who lived in Raanana in
1956. or his relatives or descendants. He once lived in Stanislawow now
called Ivano Frankiwsk, now in western Ukraine. Axelrod or his descendants
are being sought by members of the KRESSEL family >from Zablotow who are
now in the USA. Please respond privately. Thank you.

Tony Hausner
Silver Spring, MD
Researching:
Hausner: Skala, Galicia, Austria, Bohemia
Wechsler, Zimmerman: Galicia
Bloch, Epstein: Czech


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Searching for AXELRAD #galicia

Tony Hausner
 

I am looking for a Nathan AXELRAD (or AXELROD) who lived in Raanana in
1956. or his relatives or descendants. He once lived in Stanislawow now
called Ivano Frankiwsk, now in western Ukraine. Axelrod or his descendants
are being sought by members of the KRESSEL family >from Zablotow who are
now in the USA. Please respond privately. Thank you.

Tony Hausner
Silver Spring, MD
Researching:
Hausner: Skala, Galicia, Austria, Bohemia
Wechsler, Zimmerman: Galicia
Bloch, Epstein: Czech


New JRI-Poland Project - Rzeszow Census Records #galicia

Eden Joachim <esjoachim@...>
 

Dear Fellow Galitzianers,

It's my pleasure to let you know about the Rzeszow Census indexing project
of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland. Rzeszow is at coordinates Latitude 50o
03' Longitude 22o 00', in the former Galicia region of Austro-Hungary.
Today Rzeszow is in southeastern Poland, between Krakow and Lviv, Ukraine.

The Census of 1870 includes 5394 individuals; the Census of 1890 includes
5527 individuals. Both censuses provide: House Number, Apartment Number,
Surname, Given Name, Gender, Year of Birth, Place of Birth, Marital Status,
Community Affiliation, Relationship to Head of Household and Comments in
some cases.

There are 598 distinct surnames, 242 different towns of birth and 100
different community affiliations listed in the 1870 Census. There are 1211
distinct surnames, 413 towns of birth and 331 community affiliations listed
in the 1890 Census. Name and Town frequency lists for both censuses are
available for your use.

I welcome hearing >from you if you have an interest in this Rzeszow Census
indexing project or if you would like to obtain copies of the Surname, Town
of Birth and Community Affiliation Frequency lists. Questions relating to
any Rzeszow district indexing projects are also welcome.

Sincerely,

Eden S. Joachim
Pomona, New York
esjoachim@optonline.net

Archive Coordinator - Rzeszow Branch of the Polish State Archives.
Archive Coordinator - Sanok Sub-Branch of the Polish State Archives
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland Project www.jri-poland.org


Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia New JRI-Poland Project - Rzeszow Census Records #galicia

Eden Joachim <esjoachim@...>
 

Dear Fellow Galitzianers,

It's my pleasure to let you know about the Rzeszow Census indexing project
of Jewish Records Indexing - Poland. Rzeszow is at coordinates Latitude 50o
03' Longitude 22o 00', in the former Galicia region of Austro-Hungary.
Today Rzeszow is in southeastern Poland, between Krakow and Lviv, Ukraine.

The Census of 1870 includes 5394 individuals; the Census of 1890 includes
5527 individuals. Both censuses provide: House Number, Apartment Number,
Surname, Given Name, Gender, Year of Birth, Place of Birth, Marital Status,
Community Affiliation, Relationship to Head of Household and Comments in
some cases.

There are 598 distinct surnames, 242 different towns of birth and 100
different community affiliations listed in the 1870 Census. There are 1211
distinct surnames, 413 towns of birth and 331 community affiliations listed
in the 1890 Census. Name and Town frequency lists for both censuses are
available for your use.

I welcome hearing >from you if you have an interest in this Rzeszow Census
indexing project or if you would like to obtain copies of the Surname, Town
of Birth and Community Affiliation Frequency lists. Questions relating to
any Rzeszow district indexing projects are also welcome.

Sincerely,

Eden S. Joachim
Pomona, New York
esjoachim@optonline.net

Archive Coordinator - Rzeszow Branch of the Polish State Archives.
Archive Coordinator - Sanok Sub-Branch of the Polish State Archives
Jewish Records Indexing - Poland Project www.jri-poland.org


Jezierzany and Skala Births: Where Registered Question #galicia

Gabe Kingsley <gabek1@...>
 

Greetings all -

My paternal grandfather, Juda KUBERT, was thought to have been born
in Jezierzany December 12, 1879. Although unable to find his record
of birth in the Polish records database in Jezierzany, I did find his
birth record in Skala, the town of his mother, Kreindel GARTLER, 11.5
miles away. In this entry, his father, Morris KUBERT, was not shown,
only his mother, and the surname used was hers. I'm certain this is
my grandfather, but wonder if it was a common practice for a mother
to register a birth in her former home town and if that listing could
be done without the name of the father. Also in the Skala database
is a listing for his younger sister, Jente, born in 1885, but in that
entry, their father, Moses KUBERT, is properly listed and showing
Jezierzany as his home town. For what it's worth, he was born on the
2nd night of Chanukah. I can imagine that she had my grandfather
while visiting her parents, thereby causing the registration in
Skala.

I guess it is possible that they lived in Skala for a time following
his birth, but he always claimed Jezierzany and was, for a time,
president of the Jezierzany Sick and Benevolent Society in New York.
I never heard of Skala until recently. My grandmother, Basha SEIDMAN,
was >from Husiatyn.

Oddly, there seem to be no listing of the birth of any of their
siblings elsewhere in the region, but there are records of another of
his sister's children being born.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Gabe Kingsley
Hayward, CA

Jezierzany: KUBERT, SPERLING, WEISSBROT
Husiatyn: SEIDMAN, ROSENHAUCH
Skala: GERTLER/GARTLER, JAGENDORF
Wasylkowce: ROSENHAUCH

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Gesher Galicia SIG #Galicia Jezierzany and Skala Births: Where Registered Question #galicia

Gabe Kingsley <gabek1@...>
 

Greetings all -

My paternal grandfather, Juda KUBERT, was thought to have been born
in Jezierzany December 12, 1879. Although unable to find his record
of birth in the Polish records database in Jezierzany, I did find his
birth record in Skala, the town of his mother, Kreindel GARTLER, 11.5
miles away. In this entry, his father, Morris KUBERT, was not shown,
only his mother, and the surname used was hers. I'm certain this is
my grandfather, but wonder if it was a common practice for a mother
to register a birth in her former home town and if that listing could
be done without the name of the father. Also in the Skala database
is a listing for his younger sister, Jente, born in 1885, but in that
entry, their father, Moses KUBERT, is properly listed and showing
Jezierzany as his home town. For what it's worth, he was born on the
2nd night of Chanukah. I can imagine that she had my grandfather
while visiting her parents, thereby causing the registration in
Skala.

I guess it is possible that they lived in Skala for a time following
his birth, but he always claimed Jezierzany and was, for a time,
president of the Jezierzany Sick and Benevolent Society in New York.
I never heard of Skala until recently. My grandmother, Basha SEIDMAN,
was >from Husiatyn.

Oddly, there seem to be no listing of the birth of any of their
siblings elsewhere in the region, but there are records of another of
his sister's children being born.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Gabe Kingsley
Hayward, CA

Jezierzany: KUBERT, SPERLING, WEISSBROT
Husiatyn: SEIDMAN, ROSENHAUCH
Skala: GERTLER/GARTLER, JAGENDORF
Wasylkowce: ROSENHAUCH

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Presentation about A. Goldfaden and the Yiddish Theater #yiddish

David Harris <dorsharris@...>
 

To the YT&V Members:

I have been informed of a FREE (for reservation see below) presentation of
a documentary film about the origins of the modern Yiddish theatre and its
Yiddish theatre pioneer, Abraham Goldfaden. Directed by Radu Gabrea,
Bucarest, Romania. 2004,
With Zalmen Mlotek, Folksbiene Theatre, New York (piano presentation);
Yiddish songs with singers Elenor Reissa and Elisabeth Schwartze.
Discussion with film maker Radu Gabrea, historian Nahma Sandrow and Moshe
Yassur to follow.

It will be presented in New York city, 6:30 PM, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, -
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center,
Proshansky Auditorium at The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave., at 34th
Street.

For reservations please contact 1.212.817.8215 or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu
and mention the Reservation Code 6420. Free. First come, first served
basis.

David Harris
Silver Spring, MD


Yiddish Theatre and Vadeville #YiddishTheatre Presentation about A. Goldfaden and the Yiddish Theater #yiddish

David Harris <dorsharris@...>
 

To the YT&V Members:

I have been informed of a FREE (for reservation see below) presentation of
a documentary film about the origins of the modern Yiddish theatre and its
Yiddish theatre pioneer, Abraham Goldfaden. Directed by Radu Gabrea,
Bucarest, Romania. 2004,
With Zalmen Mlotek, Folksbiene Theatre, New York (piano presentation);
Yiddish songs with singers Elenor Reissa and Elisabeth Schwartze.
Discussion with film maker Radu Gabrea, historian Nahma Sandrow and Moshe
Yassur to follow.

It will be presented in New York city, 6:30 PM, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, -
Martin E. Segal Theatre Center,
Proshansky Auditorium at The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave., at 34th
Street.

For reservations please contact 1.212.817.8215 or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu
and mention the Reservation Code 6420. Free. First come, first served
basis.

David Harris
Silver Spring, MD


Research through the Archives in Vilnius #lithuania

Jrbaston
 

Dennis Gelpe asked:
<< I was wonder just what examples of data were found when using
the Vilna State Archives genealogical research services....Have people
been able to learn about past family members, or names of people going
back generations? >>

My experience requesting research >from Galina Baranova and the
Lithuanian State Historical Archive in Vilnius has been a very positive
and very helpful one.

It began back in 1995 when Galina and her colleague Laima attended
the IAJGS conference in Washington, D.C. and I had a consultation with
them. I requested that they research my BASTUNSKI and KAGANOVICH
families >from Eisiskes, and a few months later (waiting times were much
shorter 10 years ago!), I received a list of 36 birth, marriage and death
records for individuals with these surnames. I ordered copies of many
of the records, and especially in the case of the BASTUNSKI family found
branches I'd never known.

Two years later when I went to Vilnius and found my father's second cousin
living there, I was able to pinpoint exactly how he and I were related
because of the records Galina had found. Otherwise I would have never
known how we were connected.

Later Galina researched the revision lists >from Eisiskes, and as a separate
research task, the revision lists >from the Lida Kahal (community) going
back to the supplemental revision of 1818 >from the tiny villages in the
Lida Kahal. Because of this I was able to find my BASTUNSKI family -- going
back to my fourth great-grandfather -- living in the tiny village of Sokoly,
near Bastuny, in 1818. Galina later informed me about another list >from
1888 that included the name BASTUNSKI.

If there are vital records for your town, you can learn a lot by helping to
get these records indexed through LitvakSIG's VItal Records Indexing project.
If you make a qualifying contribution and obtain the Excel File of that
town's data you can search it in ways that help you find family members
with different surnames, etc.

But for some towns there are also additional records in the Vilnius Archive
that can be searched, including vital records later than those in the VRI
project, and such a search can be very worthwhile.

Judy Baston
San Francisco, CA


Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Research through the Archives in Vilnius #lithuania

Jrbaston
 

Dennis Gelpe asked:
<< I was wonder just what examples of data were found when using
the Vilna State Archives genealogical research services....Have people
been able to learn about past family members, or names of people going
back generations? >>

My experience requesting research >from Galina Baranova and the
Lithuanian State Historical Archive in Vilnius has been a very positive
and very helpful one.

It began back in 1995 when Galina and her colleague Laima attended
the IAJGS conference in Washington, D.C. and I had a consultation with
them. I requested that they research my BASTUNSKI and KAGANOVICH
families >from Eisiskes, and a few months later (waiting times were much
shorter 10 years ago!), I received a list of 36 birth, marriage and death
records for individuals with these surnames. I ordered copies of many
of the records, and especially in the case of the BASTUNSKI family found
branches I'd never known.

Two years later when I went to Vilnius and found my father's second cousin
living there, I was able to pinpoint exactly how he and I were related
because of the records Galina had found. Otherwise I would have never
known how we were connected.

Later Galina researched the revision lists >from Eisiskes, and as a separate
research task, the revision lists >from the Lida Kahal (community) going
back to the supplemental revision of 1818 >from the tiny villages in the
Lida Kahal. Because of this I was able to find my BASTUNSKI family -- going
back to my fourth great-grandfather -- living in the tiny village of Sokoly,
near Bastuny, in 1818. Galina later informed me about another list >from
1888 that included the name BASTUNSKI.

If there are vital records for your town, you can learn a lot by helping to
get these records indexed through LitvakSIG's VItal Records Indexing project.
If you make a qualifying contribution and obtain the Excel File of that
town's data you can search it in ways that help you find family members
with different surnames, etc.

But for some towns there are also additional records in the Vilnius Archive
that can be searched, including vital records later than those in the VRI
project, and such a search can be very worthwhile.

Judy Baston
San Francisco, CA