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Court Rabbi records and draft avoider records and Kretinga, Lithuania #general


rachel rachel
 

Hello,

I'm new, so please let me know if I'm going about asking my questions in
the wrong way or place.

I'm trying to trace my GG-Grandfather who lived in or near Kretinga,
Lithuania, who was supposed to have been the only rabbi in a small,
Jewish-only Shtetl. (This is what makes me think he was near, not in
Kretinga. Kretinga was on my G-grandfather's immigration papers.) His
name may have been SHTERN.

His son, my G-grandfather, left to the US (arriving in 1895) to escape
conscription, saddling the village with a 500 ruble fine. Does anyone know
how to find that type of record, for either draft avoiders or fines paid?

The family used the name GELLIS in the US, which is apparently >from some
other part of the family, possibly mother's maiden name. There are GILLIS'
in Kretinga, and Gellises in nearby Gdorsk. SHTERN may be the family name.
Neither name is on the Kretinga list on this site.

Also, the rabbi's wife was >from Odessa, and said to be the only one to speak
Russian, so she dealt with the authorities. This, and my father having been
told that he was the village's only rabbi, makes me think they must have
been on a list of court rabbis. Can anyone suggest a next step for tracing
Court Rabbis?

I've also sent this to ravsig.

Thank you so much for any suggestions,

Chana Feinstein
rachel_rachel9@...

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Joyaa Antares
 

Hi Chana,

It would be worth your posting this message to LitvakSIG. Also, if you
haven't done so already, it might be worth your paying a visit to the
Telsiai DRG (http://telsiai.shutterfly.com) as they have a wealth of data
relating to Kretinga. (You'll also find some FEINSTEINs in nearby Polangen
amongst the Telsiai data). All Telsiai info eventually finds its way to
the All Lithuanian Database but takes about 18 months to get there

Good luck!

Joyaa Antares
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Researching ZAUSMER, ZOUSMER, ZESMER, CHOUSMER, CHAUSMER, TSOUZMER etc,
MARCUS, DAVIDOFF in Polangen, Kretinga, Darbenai, Libau, Riga, Memel
SCHORR, SCHERZER, JURIS and DAWID in Buckaczowce, Ottynia, Nadworna, & Kolomyya
ZUNDER in Buckaczowce and Ivano-Frankivsk
KEMPNER in Berlin, Lodz, Warszawa and London
GERSON, SIDERSKY in Gumbinnen, Koenigsberg, Danzig, Berlin and South Africa

From: rachel rachel <rachel_rachel9@...>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012

I'm trying to trace my GG-Grandfather who lived in or near Kretinga,
Lithuania, who was supposed to have been the only rabbi in a small,
Jewish-only Shtetl. (This is what makes me think he was near, not in
Kretinga. Kretinga was on my G-grandfather's immigration papers.) His
name may have been SHTERN.... [SNIP]