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Tuesday 6/28/2011 5:36:16am

Name:

  Jamie Urbach

E-Mail:

  jamieGailU@gmail.com

Towns of Interest:

  Lithuania, Belarus, Kaunes?, Ivenets

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Search Engine

Location:

  Moses Lake, WA, USA

Comments:

  Hello, First I want to say thanks to all that make online sites available to us family research junkies, as myself...
On my Father's side & his Mother's are Persky's from Lithuania & such. Making their way to USA to places like New York, New Jersey, Chicago and California. The parents Gdalia Avrom & Leibe Persky had 5 children. Isador(aka Ike), Mikel(aka Max), Dawid(aka Dave),Benajmin and beautiful Sara Persky. Ike married Ida nee Bailin. Max married Rose nee Palley. Dave married Fanny Novick. Benjamin I believe married an Esther.... and Sara I believe married Itsik Leyba Shtrom. Ike, Max & Dave made their living in the USA later on where they had their families. Both Benjamin & Sara along with family members I believe after made a decision to try & tough it out even with the appending Nazi raid & murder approaching, because they did not want to be a burden to anyway sadly perished in the Holocaust. If anyone thinks I might have mentioned same family members familiar to family members I would love to hear from you to discuss... or any comments or input...Thanks again for everyone involved.
 

 
 

 

 

Friday 11/19/2010 11:04:54am

Name:

  Meg Klosko

E-Mail:

  margaret.klosko@gmail.com

Towns of Interest:

  Kovno

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  Virginia, USA

Comments:

  After you wrote to me, I searched you and found your astonishingly beautiful and moving site. Thank you so much for your painstaking work.
 

 

 

 

Monday 3/22/2010 3:39:35am

Name:

  Avner Yonai

E-Mail:

  germandolin@gmail.com 

Towns of Interest:

   

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Just Surfed In

Location:

  San Francisco,California

Comments:

  Dear Jose and others:
I am working on a memorial project to revive the mandolin orchestra of Gora Kalwaria, Poland (Ger) at where my late grand father and his brothers
played. The following link suggests that there was a mandolin orchestra at Kaunus and later at the ghetto as well.

http://books.google.com/books?id=7Ro-
AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA186&lpg=PA186&dq=warsaw+mandolin+or
chestra&source=bl&ots=U0MogvHWME&sig=gGsGRjDQW7TN
HVbqPbfi7ddHxPM&hl=en&ei=GRqnS8C6No2OtAOt_MAi&sa=
X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CA4Q6AEw
Aw#v=onepage&q=warsaw%20mandolin%
20orchestra&f=false

Do you happen to have any information about that mandolin orchestra? photos, repertoire, lyrics, the members, clothes, a testimony?

Thanks for all that you do!

-Avner Yonai
 

 

 

 

Friday 7/24/2009 5:42:50am

Name:

  Benjamin Dunn

E-Mail:

  benjamin.dunn@gmail.com

Towns of Interest:

  Vilna

Relationship:

  Potential Family Member

Family Group:

  Don

Referred By:

  E-Mail

Location:

  Batley, West Yorkshire, England

Comments:

  Wow, I am amazed that this site even exsits. It can help us piece together where the Dunns and others came from way back in that great expanse simply known to many as "Russia". If we all supply a little information on what we know, together we can build back up a great, and ever expanding jigsaw puzzle. Good work, genius...how can I help? I have some info on Dunn's going back to Emanuel Dunn who married Riva Abelsson, who
was father to at least half brothers Simon (my great grandfather) and U.S WW1 soldier Charles Dunn. Emanuel would have been uncle to Lazarus/Lazerus and Harris Dunn, a master tailor, and grocer respectively, in late 19th century, early 20th century Jewish London.

Any queries, drop us an email...
Ben
 

 

 

 

Monday 1/27/2009 8:07:44am

Name:

  Sigita

E-Mail:

  Please contact me with your correct E-Mail; It bounced

Towns of Interest:

   

Relationship:

   

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Search Engine

Location:

  Kaunas, Lithuania

Comments:

  Hi Jose and others,

I am from Kaunas, Lithuania. My aunt is living in Kaunas, Zaliakalnis, Zanavyku St. In her wooden house attic she have found some old photos, we believe that in these photos there are Jewish people. Some photos are with remarks and date of 1912, 1922. As we understand some photos were sent from US to Lithuania by Lili Cassel, later Betencourt. I do not know if there is any interest of these photos, at first I can scan it and send via email. Please contact me, if someone is interested.
 

 

 

 

Tuesday 3/10/2008 1:08:58pm

Name:

  Doris SHAPIRO Frank

E-Mail:

  dofrank@cfl.rr.com

Towns of Interest:

  Zasliai

Relationship:

  Landsman

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  Lake Mary, FL

Comments:

  Jose it has taken me a long time to really look into all the wonderful work you have done. I am awed and amazed. Are you still living in Miami? Would you like to come to Lake Mary, NE of Orlando and speak to the Genealogical Society of Greater Orlando? Let me know and I'll arrange it.

Shalom y carino.
Genealogically yours,
Doris
 

 

 

 

Wednesday 1/20/2008 1:31:55pm

Name:

  Shmaryahu (Seymour) Miller

E-Mail:

  tottymiller@hotmail.com

Towns of Interest:

  Zasliai

Relationship:

  Landsman

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Search Engine

Location:

  Lakewood, NJ USA

Comments:

  Dear Jose:
Very intrigued about the Zosler lists. My great great grandparents were from there & saw both last names on the list. They were Eliezer Lippe Shapiro & Cherne nee Sakir I believe. I did find them in gencircles.com but was looking for some info here.
 

 

 

 

Sunday 8/26/2007 2:10:53pm

Name:

  Milton Blackstone

E-Mail:

  milbla@yahoo.com

Towns of Interest:

  Zasliai, Musnik, Jonava, Gelvonai

Relationship:

  Potential Family Member

Family Group:

  DON

Referred By:

  E-Mail

Location:

  La Jolla, CA USA

Comments:

  Dear Jose:
I was delighted to find your website and although I have only taken a cursory look - find it an excellent effort and plan to come back, if I may. My mother's family (Lenchner) were primarily from Musnik but I met a cousin who was married to a DON. There is also a Gutstein connection on my chart (not currently handy right now as I had a recent crash and working to restore same from my hard copy.) I visited the area in 1992/94 and
found a 94-year-old niece of my mother's who passed a lot of info before passing in 1995. I would love to explore our possible connection further. Incidentally, on father's side, from Mariampole, he had a sister Becky, married to a Goodstein and they lived in Brooklyn, NY.
Congratulations on your very informative and well done effort.
 

 

 

 

Sunday 7/15/2007 8:54:09am

Name:

  Jeffrey

E-Mail:

  Firstkahn@AOL.com

Towns of Interest:

  Zasliai

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Just Surfed In

Location:

  Hadley, Massachusetts

Comments:

  Great site! My great grandfather, Piotr Mokrzecki, was from Zasliai. He came to the United States around 1895 and eventually settled in Hadley, Massachusetts. His siblings were Alvira (Mokrzecki) Butler; Genoefa (Mokrzecki) Wysocki; Helena (Mokrzecki) Jakutowicz "Haygood"; Aleksander, who changed his surname to Mann, and possibly a sister named Weronika. Their parents were Aleksander Mokrzecki and Genofewa or Jozefa Nawrocki.

Based on what the family has written down, Aleksander was the clerk at a railroad station before he came to the United States around 1895.  Aleksander's father's first name was probably either Tadeusz or Teodor, since he is recorded on Aleksander's death certificate as Teddy Mokrzecki.
 

 

 

 

Sunday 4/22/2007 11:03:40pm

Name:

  Nancy S. Dunetz

E-Mail:

  NancyDunetz@gmail.com

Towns of Interest:

  Vilna, Kovno

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Just Surfed In

Location:

  Bronx, New York

Comments:

  Thank you for this wonderful site. I need to spend a lot more time on it than I had tonight. I'm trying to understand what life was like for my grandparents in Lithuania.
My grandfather, Abraham Dunetz, was from the Vilna area. He arrived in the US in 1904. He is buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery through the Zosler Protective Association,  Block 13 Grave 9. My grandmother, Ida Bronsnick Dunetz, was from the Kovno area. She arrived in the US in 1906. She is buried in the Acacia Cemetery, through the Zosler Protective Association, Gate 8.
 

 

 

 

Wednesday 1/31/2007 7:32:32pm

Name:

  Ofejah

E-Mail:

  Ofejah@one.lt / koshka.666@hotmail.com  

Towns of Interest:

  Kaunas/Lithuania

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Just Surfed In

Location:

  Kaunas/Lithuania

Comments:

  Shalom! Hi, to all people in here. I'm Ofejah, I'm young Lithuanian girl. I found this web right now and I'm amazed of it, very great work! It's really nice to see, to see something memorial. I'm interested in my genealogy tree, very interested. I know that in my genealogy tree was Jewish woman whose surname was Milukas made after she get married with Lithuanian man. This is all what i know about her. I really want to know more, if someone can help me, I would be very thankful.
Ofejah.
 

 

 

 

Friday 12/22/2006 10:56:45pm

Name:

  Abe Louis Riklis

E-Mail:

   

Towns of Interest:

  Zasliai

Relationship:

  Friend

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Just Surfed In

Location:

  Toronto, Canada

Comments:

  Manny & I grew up together in South Africa. we spent endless hours during school holidays and weekends playing table tennis together. I heard of his death through a mutual friend, but I must say the shock of seeing his photos on this sight freaked me out.
I was researching my fathers heritage and came upon this very sensitive and well put together site. Thank you for giving me the opportunity of once
again seeing my old friend, last seen about 50 years ago in South Africa.
http://www.gutstein.net/zasliai/zasliai-current3.htm 
 

 

 

 

Friday 11/03/2006 8:27:53pm

Name:

  Paula Faquinello

E-Mail:

  plnello@hotmail.com

Towns of Interest:

  MARKIEWICZ family

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

  MARKIEWICZ

Referred By:

  Search Engine

Location:

  Brazil

Comments:

  Hello,
I am from Brazilian MARCHEWICZ´s roots. My great-great-grandfather came from Poland in 1800 in a ship. All Brazilian MARCHEWICZ are from this person. I have been in contact searching for relatives for at least 5 years. I keep contact with people from Poland, England, Germany. Unfurtunatelly I couldn't find the exactly place that my great-great-grandfather came from in Poland. I would like your help to be in contact with possible relatives, share pictures and information. Thanks for now.
 

 

 

 

Tuesday 8/22/2006 2:04:26pm

Name:

  Wendy Saul

E-Mail:

  ewendysaul@gmail.com

Towns of Interest:

  Kedainiai, Zeimiai and Jonava

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Search Engine

Location:

  St Louis, MO, USA

Comments:

  This is the website of my dreams. Thanks so much for the time and careful work that has obviously gone into it. I still have a lot of tracking to do, but family names include Zeltser and Gordon (My grandmother Mary Gordon Zeltzer (daughter of Khaim David Zeltzser (a teacher from Kedainiai or Zeimiai?) was married to to Hyman Loeb Solski of Jonava in 1858. She is buried in S. Jewett Cemetery in the Catskills (NY). There are many other Gordon's listed on gravestones there. I suspect that I am also related to the names beginning with Perel on the Zeimiai family lists.

Question: My other grandmother, last name Pearl/Perel, supposedly had the maiden name "Himmelblau" and came from the same area as the Perel grandfather in Kovna Gubernia. I can find nothing that even vaugely looks or sounds like Himmelblau anywhere in LT. Moreover, on her 100th birthday in 1954 she was interviewed and said that she came from Latvia. Is any part of Kovna Gubernia, where she supposedly came from, part of Latvia?

I can't wait to begin following back your sources on these names. And you can imagine my shock when I opened the Zeimiai website and saw the Gordon store!

Interestingly, all of the Gordon women in the cemetary maintained a Gordon identity, e.g. "Mary Gordon, wife of Sussman Saul." The Zeltser name is dropped, however.

Again, many, many thanks. Any help or insights you could provide would be much appreciated.
 

 

 

 

Friday 8/11/2006 4:47:32pm

Name:

  Diane Paul

E-Mail:

  diane.paul2@ntlworld.com

Towns of Interest:

  Kaunas

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  E-Mail

Location:

  Manchester, UK

Comments:

  Congratulations on your beautifully designed website. It's a pleasure to visit and the information on Kovno is invaluable. I'm searching for my g/mother's second husband, surname DON who she married in the USA. Her name: Miri, Mischle, Miriam or Mildred, maiden name Gerilus, Gerulis, Grill (USA), Green (UK); married name Pulcovitch, changed to Paul. If any Dons recognise the names, please contact me. All the best.
 

 

 

 

Friday 8/11/2006 2:20:59pm

Name:

  Ted Margulis

E-Mail:

  JWebindex@gmail.com

Web Page:

  http://jewishwebindex.com

Towns of Interest:

  Plunge, Svencionis, Klapeda

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  E-Mail

Location:

  Palm Desert, California

Comments:

  A wonderful addition to helping one research their Lithuanian Jewish roots. And a great effort too!
 

 

 

 

Thursday 8/10/2006 12:22:15am

Name:

  Faye Gilbert

E-Mail:

  fddldd@yahoo.com

Towns of Interest:

  Kaunas, Seta

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  E-Mail

Location:

  Wisconsin

Comments:

  Dear Jose:
I looked through your webpage for Kaunas and was very impressed. You have created a memorable, lasting legacy. Thank you for sharing it. You show an intense labor of love for what family is all about. Again, it was a pleasure viewing your site. Your beloved grandmother would be proud.
Sincerely,
Faye Gilbert
 

 

 

 

Thursday 8/10/2006 11:42:31am

Name:

  Joel Sisitsky

E-Mail:

  sisitsky@adelphia.net

Towns of Interest:

  Jonava

Relationship:

  Visitor

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Just Surfed In

Location:

  Boca Raton, FL, USA

Comments:

  Beautiful site. I'm sure you've spent many hours putting it together. Found family name on both lists.
 

 

 

 

Thursday 8/10/2006 8:57:00am

Name:

  Saul Marks

E-Mail:

  saulmarks@hotmail.com

Towns of Interest:

   

Relationship:

   

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  Liverpool, England

Comments:

  Dear Jose,
As always, this is a work of perfectionism & detail, valuable to many in their research & interest. Mazel tov once more!
Saul
 

 
 

 

 

Thursday 8/10/2006 2:07:52am

Name:

  Mark Addleman

E-Mail:

  addlefinger@yahoo.com

Towns of Interest:

  Kovno, Szaki / Shaki / Sakai / Sakiai

Relationship:

  Landsman

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Just Surfed In

Location:

  Bristol, UK

Comments:

  Great website Jose - very grateful to benefit from all the hard work you've put in. My ggrandfather Addleman left Kovno c1890 and arrived in Manchester, UK. His brother went on to NY. My gggrandfather Cohen left Szaki c1870, also to coming to the UK & settling in Leeds.
 

 

 

 

Sunday 3/26/2006 6:21:57am

Name:

  Naomi (Ostroff) Charnov

E-Mail:

  ncharnov@earthlink.net

Towns of Interest:

  Zasliai

Relationship:

  Landsman

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  Bergenfield, NJ

Comments:

  What a great way to create connections to the past. My grandparents came from Zosliai and I am related to people with the surname Alpert, Galper, Halpern etc and Shapiro and Spiro. I hope that more family members can be identified and included.

Thank you for the wonderful website you created.
 

 

 

 

Tuesday 2/01/2006 8:34:33am

Name:

  Rita Simon Gordon

E-Mail:

  prg202@adelphia.net

Towns of Interest:

  Kaunas

Relationship:

  Other

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  E-Mail

Location:

  USA

Comments:

  Great Site. I check out all the sites in Lithuania. My Father was born in Kovna Gubernia in 1889. He and his Father, Mother, and brother emigrated to the US about 1892. Parents came from Moscow and married there. In Russia, the name was Chaimowitz. That's why I check all sites....just in case. Keep working on the site. It's great.
 

 

 

 

Sunday 1/29/2006 6:46:35pm

Name:

  Rica Goldberg

E-Mail:

   

Towns of Interest:

  Zeimiai, Jonava

Relationship:

  Family Member

Family Group:

  KAMENSHCHIK

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  Manchester, England

Comments:

  Dear Jose,
Thank you for all the work you have done.
Your GUTSTEIN.net is absolutely wonderful!!!!!!! I am flabbergasted at the wonderful job you have done. Let us hope that we will find out lots more and be able to tie up all the loose ends.
Fondly
Rica (and Gerald of course)
 

 

 

 

Sunday 1/29/2006 3:58:00pm

Name:

  Russ Byer

E-Mail:

   

Towns of Interest:

  Zeimiai

Relationship:

  Landsman

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

   

Comments:

  Great job, Jose. I hope this site can grow and become a stop for many researchers.
 

 

 

 

Saturday 1/28/2006 12:01:30pm

Name:

  Isabel Cymerman

E-Mail:

   

Towns of Interest:

   

Relationship:

  Family Member

Family Group:

  NEMENCHINSKI

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  New York City

Comments:

  Dear Jose,
The website is wonderful! Thank you so much for putting all that info on there, in a very workable fashion.
Best,
Isabel
 

 

 

 

Friday 1/27/2006 3:03:02pm

Name:

  Steve Orlen

E-Mail:

  sorlen@email.arizona.edu

Towns of Interest:

  Zasliai

Relationship:

  Landsman

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  Tucson, AZ

Comments:

  Your site is wonderful, and informative. I was pleased and proud to see the photo of my great-great Aunt.
Best, Steve
 

 

 

 

Friday 1/27/2006 3:31:26am

Name:

  David Kaplan

E-Mail:

  david@kaplan.fsnet.co.uk

Towns of Interest:

  Zasliai

Relationship:

  Landsman

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  London/UK

Comments:

  As part of the Rom family, Mazal Tov on this great web site and thanks for putting some of my photos on the site.
Kol hacovod
 

 

 

 

Thursday 1/26/2006 10:44:07pm

Name:

  Olga Zabludoff

E-Mail:

  ozabludoff@verizon.net

Towns of Interest:

  Kedainiai, Rumsiskes

Relationship:

  Landsman

Family Group:

   

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  Washington, D.C.

Comments:

  Jose,
I just studied your Zasliai web page as well as the others which are linked to it. They all have class beyond words--in appearance, presentation, and in the amount of information you have compiled. Beyond that, this is a way of recreating a lost community--a mitzvah clothed in taste and technology at its best. Congratulations on this achievement. You have reason to be immensely proud. Your websites are world class.
Olga
 

 

 

 

Monday 1/16/2006 7:51:02am

Name:

  Marvin Bienstock

E-Mail:

   

Towns of Interest:

  Zasliai

Relationship:

  Family Member

Family Group:

  DON

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  Columbia, SC, USA

Comments:

  Beautifully done. You are weaving together the past and the present. I look forward to following the site.
Marvin Bienstock
 

 

 

 

Monday 1/16/2006 7:07:19am

Name:

  Gail Bienstock

E-Mail:

   

Towns of Interest:

  DON

Relationship:

  Family Member

Family Group:

  DON, related to my husband

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  Columbia, SC, USA

Comments:

  Jose, what an incredible amount of work. This goes way beyond a personal genealogy--you've really compiled a very scholarly life's work. Mazel Tov!
Gail Bienstock
 

 

 

 

Thursday 12/22/2005 8:15:41pm

Name:

  Michael Sinai Dunn

E-Mail:

   

Towns of Interest:

  Zasliai

Relationship:

  Family Member

Family Group:

  DON

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  New Rochelle, NY

Comments:

  What an excellent site! You have to link this to JewishGen's ShtetLinks!
Regards, Michael (4th cousin once removed)
 

 

 

 

Wednesday 12/07/2005 9:36:34pm

Name:

  Gerald Goldberg

E-Mail:

   

Towns of Interest:

   

Relationship:

  Family Member

Family Group:

  KAMENSHCHIK

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  Manchester, England

Comments:

  Well done, A very superior web site, Kind regards, Gerald
 

 

 

 

Wednesday 12/07/2005 7:02:28am

Name:

  Rica Bella Goldberg

E-Mail:

   

Towns of Interest:

  Zeimiai, Jonava, Vabalninkas, Keidan

Relationship:

  Family Member

Family Group:

  KAMENSHCHIK

Referred By:

  Jose

Location:

  Manchester, England

Comments:

  So glad we found each other!! We both had red haired grandmothers!!!!!!
Looks as if your site will be great!!!
 
 

 

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