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What surnames are you interested in researching?
Sragan, Israel, Slivkin, Wolinsky, Schrogin, Shrogan, Sukenick
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Advanced Family History Researcher

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At 12:41pm on August 8, 2010, Jason Wolinsky said…
great grandfather was morris wolinsky he was i believe the first us wolinsky in my line. had a son irving,and labish..daughter ida and i think there may have been 1 more. naturalized in 1922 i think boston..south boston any info would be appreciated
At 10:26pm on July 20, 2010, Penny Price said…
Hi, I just ran across your page here when I googled my grandmother's maiden name (Wolinsky). Do you have a family tree page somewhere? I'm totally new to this group. My GM Rose (or possibly Rosa) was born in NYC ( we think) about 1900. My uncle, Jacob Wolinsky was born in NYC about 1915. Other than that I believe Rose was married three times (to X, Ottesen and Dewel). Can you point me anywhere? Thanks-you, Penny
At 8:08am on August 25, 2009, Steve Orlen said…
I wrote it a bit different in my message to the Jewishgen discussion group.
At 11:26am on August 24, 2009, Steve Orlen said…
I made a mistake: the first Vilenskij in my family was in Boguslav as early as 1848.

On the next question, here is what I have written in the tree: The name Volinskij means someone from Volin: From Wikipedia: Volhynia (Ukrainian: Volyn', Polish: Wolyn, Russian: Volyn'; also called Volynia) comprises the historic region in western Ukraine located between the rivers Prypiat & Western Bug -- to the north of Galicia & of Podolia. The area has one of the oldest Slavic settlements in Europe. Part of historical Volhynia now forms the Volyn, Rivne, & parts of Zhytomyr & Ternopil Oblast of Ukraine, as well as parts of Poland (see Chelm). Other major cities include Lutsk, Kovel, Kremenets, & Novohrad-Volynskyi. Many Jewish shtetls like Trochenbrod & Lozisht were once an integral part of the region." From familytreedna: "Jews arrived in the region that is today western Ukraine at various times by different routes throughout the diaspora. By the end of the first century CE there were already Jews from the Near East who had settled in the Crimea on the Black Sea. More than a thousand years later beginning in the 13th century, there was a major migration of Ashkenazi Jews eastward from Germany. This migration continued until the Chmielnitski massacres in the mid 17th century. In the 19th century, Jews from the northern part of the Russian Pale moved to Podolia and Kherson gubernias and Bessarabia to settle on agricultural colonies. In addition to migrations there were conversion into the Jewish population, the most well-known being that of the Khazars. Thus, the sources of Jewish population in western Ukraine from whence our ancestors emerged are varied."

"The surname & the census reports make it likely that the family migrated from Volyn at any time before 1800, & before that probably from Lithuania, where many Volinsky's lived in the 19th century." I haven't heard anything about my family being in an agricultural community. These early family members were: one 25 year soldier, two blacksmiths, & the of the rest the researcher says "He deals."
At 9:50am on August 24, 2009, Steve Orlen said…
The Russian census spelling in 1875 was both Vilenskij & Volynskiy.I found a cousin "Israel Wolin aka Volenski" marrying 7 Feb 1897 at the East London Synagogue. The 1911 British Census shows him as Wolinsky. A researcher from Odessa writes: "In 1894th year Volynsky Froim Mendelev died." In 1921 Sarah Wolinsky arrived in NY from Palestine. Morris Wolinsky died 16 November 1937, as Morris Wolins. On legal documents before that, he was Wolinsky. As early as 1910, a newly discovered branch of the family spelled in Wilensky, in America.




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