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Jewish Families of Troki District, Vilnius Province, Lithuania

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  • David Aryeh Leib Zirilstein (c.1810 - 1907)
    Also known as "David". According to Dr. Neil Rosenstein - David Aryeh Leib Bernstein (b. c. 1810, died 1907 in Berlin, Germany). Married c. 1840. Changed his name to Zirilstein to avoid the mandatory...
  • Bertha Barnett (1873 - 1953)
    Birth Recorded in Merkine in 1873 F35 MORGOLIUS Basha daughter of Isaak and Ginda - - Day 3 Month 12 Year 1873 25 of Kislev Merkine Trakai Vilnius - - LVIA/728/3/469
  • David Tebele Ephrath (1849 - 1884)
    David Tebele Efrati, 1850-1884, author of the genealogical work Toldot Anshei Shem, published in 1875. He was born in Merkine (Meretz). An exceptional student, he wrote books and articles from a young ...
  • Shobsie "Samuel/Simon" Pailet (1849 - 1929)
    GEDCOM Source ===@R-1694733578@ New Orleans, Louisiana, Death Records Index, 1804-1949 Operations Inc 1,6606::0 === GEDCOM Source ===Orleans Death Indices 1929-1936; Volume: 1...
  • Khana Gapanovich (1899 - d.)

The purpose of this project is to document the Jewish families living in various towns in the Troki district, Vilnius Province, Lithuania (then Russian Empire) in the 19th century. I was interested in towns that the large Frankel family of Ratnycia / Druskininkai (an agricultural satellite of Merkine) married people from or moved to. See the Geni project on the Frankel family (link to the right). I have photos of Merkine, Žiežmariai, and Druskininkai / Ratnycia from trips in 2012 and 2017.

This is NOT a complete list of the towns in the Troki Gubernia pre- WW I. That can be found on Jewish Gen. I add towns as I identify families.

Alytus -- Alytus [Lith], Olita [Pol, Rus], Alita [Yid], Alīta [Latv], Alytaus, Alitus, Alyta

Butrimonys -- Butrimonys [Lith], Butrimantz [Yid], Butrimantsy [Rus], Butrymańce [Pol], Butramentz [Ger], Baltremantz, Butrimontz, Butrymańcy, Butrimantsi, Butrimonis, Butrimance, Butrimonių, Butrėmuonīs

Degsnės -- Degsnės [Lith], Deksznie [Pol], Dekshna [Yid], Dekshnia [Rus], Deksznia, Dekshna-Selo

Jieznas -- Jieznas [Lith], Yezne [Yid], Ezno [Rus], Jezno [Pol], Jezna, Yezna, Yeznas, Eznas, Iyeznas, Jeznas

Kaišiadorys -- Kaišiadorys [Lith], Koshedar [Yid], Koszedary [Pol], Koshedary [Rus], Kayshyadoris, Kayshadorys, Kayshadoris, Kasheydarys, Kashedary, Kašedarai, Kaišiadorio, Kaišedorys, Kaishiadorys, Kaisiadoris, Kashedar, Koshidar

Lieponys -- Lieponys [Lith], Lejpuny [Pol], Leypuny [Rus], Lieponiai, Lieponai, Leponay, Leipūnai

Merkinė -- Merkinė [Lith], Meretch [Yid], Merech' [Rus], Merecz [Pol], Meretsh, Meritz, Merch, Merts, Mertsh, Merkėnė, Merkinės

Nemunaitis -- Nemunaitis [Lith], Nemoneitz [Yid], Nemonaĭtsy [Rus], Niemonajcie [Pol], Nyemonaitsi, Nemunaytis, Nemunaièio, Nemonajtsy, Nemenitz, Nemunaitz

Panošiškės -- Panošiškės [Lith], Panashishok [Yid], Panashishki [Rus], Panaszyszki [Pol], Panoškių Žydkaimis, Žydkaimis, Zhidkaimis, Panasishok

Ratnycia -- Ratnycia [Lith], Rotnitsa [Yid]; an agricultural satellite and part of the Merkine Jewish Community, absorbed later into the spa town of Druskininkai

Stakliškės -- Stakliškės [Lith], Stoklishok [Yid], Stoklishki [Rus], Stokliszki [Pol], Stakliškių, Staklėškės, Staklishkes

Trakai -- Trakai [Lith], Troki [Pol, Rus], Trok [Yid], Traken [Ger], Trakay, Troki Nowe, Troki Nove, Novyye Troki

Valkininkai -- Valkininkai [Lith], Olkieniki [Pol], Olkeniki [Rus], Olkenik [Yid], Olkienniki, Olkinik, Olknik, Volknik, Valkiniras, Valkininkas, Valkininkay, Valkėninkā, Walkenykai

Varėna -- Varėna [Lith], Orany [Rus, Pol], Aran [Yid], Varēna [Latv], Oran, Warna, Worany, Waranii, Variena

Žasliai -- Žasliai [Lith], Zhosle [Yid], Zhosli [Rus], Żośle [Pol], Zhusli, Zhayslyay, Zhaslyay, Žaslių

Žiežmariai -- Žiežmariai [Lith], Zhezmir [Yid], Zhizhmory [Rus], Żyżmory [Pol], Zhyzhmor, Žižmariai, Žiežmarių, Zhiyezhmaryai, Zhezhmaryay, Žeižmariai, Žėižmarē, Zhezhmir, Zhezhmer, Zezmer, Shishmory



  • Finkelhor
  • Kubitsky
  • Sirota
  • Pailet


  • Kubitsky


  • Frenkel


  • Frenkel

Merkine (Merech)

  • Efrati
  • Frenkel
  • Godofsky
  • Itelson
  • Kubitsky
  • Margolis


  • Bravmann
  • Breidbord (Reidbord, Bridberd)
  • Butrimovich (Shafer)
  • Finkel (Zhopovich)
  • Frenkel
  • Gornovski (Shain)
  • Kaplan
  • Khazanovich
  • Mishtovski
  • Pruss
  • Rabinovich
  • Rukhovich
  • Shafer
  • Shapovich
  • Shibail
  • Sudvoiski (Sudov)
  • Zhupovich

Ratnycia (absorbed in Druskininkai)

See Project on Frankel Family of Ratnycia and Merkine which gives a list of families from Ratnycia and Project on Holocaust victims from Ratnycia and Druskininkai


  • Frenkel


  • Frenkel
  • Kubitsky


  • Frenkel
  • Kubitsky