Welcome to the family tree for the Fleishman, Gillis, Joffe, Lederman, Sandman, Seligman, Swartzman and Yachad families. To protect you and our families privacy, and to prevent abuse or misuse, you will find public access to information only for the deceased. Data relating to the living can only be accessed with a user name and password. This can be obtained by registering to the site on this page. After registration all of the site's functions will be available and you will also be able to add new data, pictures and edit any errors. To receive your user name and password click on 'LOGIN' on the banner above and follow the information in the menu. First click 'REQUEST A NEW ACCOUNT' and fill in the form. Remember to note your connection to the family and include information on names of parents, grandparents, dates of birth, places of origin etc. I will approve the new account usually within a few days.
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ברוכים הבאים לאתר של משפחות גיליס, זליגמן, יחד, יפה, לדרמן, זנדמן, פליישמן ושוורצמן. המידע הפתוח באתר מתייחס רק לבני המשפחה שנפטרו, וזאת בכדי להגן על מידע פרטי. גישה חופשית לאתר מצריכה הרשמה. לאחר רישום יהיה ניתן לראות מידע על כל בני המשפחה ואף להוסיף נתונים, צילומים או לתקן טעויות. הינכם מוזמנים להירשם וגם לגלוש לאתר המשפחה בו תמצאו מידע רב על המשפחה והעיירות מהם באו. כדי להתחיל, נא ללחוץ על 'בקש חשבון משתמש חדש' בפאנל ההתחברות לצד הודעה זו.
One of the historic conundrums considered when representing the place of a personal event on the map, is what national flag to use. We have decided that the flag and national association should reflect the place at the time of the event. This is especially poignant when referring to places in the 'Heim', that is the small towns, or Shtetlach, from where many of our families originated. Thus events, such as births, deaths etc, that are dated to the time of Russian Czarist rule are represented by the Russian flag, while the present politicallly defined location of the place is noted in parenthesis. This issue relates especially to places in present-day Lithuania, Latvia, Belarus and Poland during Czarist rule and later under the government of the former USSR where the Soviet flag is used. Similar situations existed in areas of Poland and Ukraine that prior to WWI were under Prussian or Austrian Hapsburg control.
The default settings for privacy start at this point, with the assumption that all data for living people will be visible only to authenticated users. If you see the need to further change the privacy settings for specific individuals, or for specific data fields, then you will find that this too is possible.
We also encourage you to set strong passwords for your accounts. The administrator cannot view the passwords set by each user, so use your common sense and avoid setting weak password combinations. For a family tree website we also advise avoiding passwords drawn from the immediate data visible on this site, such as your mother’s maiden name, surnames in your tree or relatives’ birth dates.
Like many families in Europe, World War One, then fallaciously thought to be the 'war to end all wars', took young men from our family.
Listed here are family members who fell in battle during those terrible years. Further data can be found in the data base.
- Joseph Gillis - Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action in the Arras Sector, 23/4/1917, Arras Monument.
- Wolfe Marks - York and Lancaster Regiment, killed in action in the Arras Sector, 3/5/1917, Arras Monument.
- Maurice Moshe Gillis - 5th. Scottish Rifles, killed 14/4/1917, in the Battle of Arras.
- Selig Franklin - Killed in action during Battle of Arras, 9/5/1917, Browns Copse, Roeux.
- Moshe Abram Zand - Killed in action in the Russian Army, WWI.
We should also note that around 500,000 Jews living in the Pale of Settlement were driven from their homes during WWI by the Czarist authorities on the false and anti-Semitic suspicion of cooperating with the invading German Army. Many would not return to their homes, while many others perished during this exile.
Take this opportunity to learn about our new project to research, excavate and preserve the memory of the Great Synagogue and shulhoyf of Vilna - the Jerusalem of Lithuania. Though only a small fraction of the historic synagogues and other Jewish communal buildings of Lithuania survived the Holocaust, they are an essential and integral part of the cultural heritage of Lithuania. None was more consequential or important than the magnificent Great Synagogue of Vilna (Vilnius), the oldest and most significant monument of Litvak Jewry and the spiritual and physical home of the Gaon of Vilna.
As part of the process to find a fitting memorial for the Synagogue and its associated buildings, we propose the creation of a joint expedition of Lithuanian, Israeli and other heritage professionals, to excavate, preserve and present in-situ the remains of the Great Synagogue as part of an overall scheme for the long-lasting safeguarding of the memory of the Jewish community of Vilna (now Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania). By working together, Lithuanians, Israelis, Americans and Litvaks from around the world, emphasis can be placed on the importance of Jewish built cultural heritage, as an inseparable part of Lithuanian heritage that needs to be celebrated by all and preserved for perpetuity.
Full information concerning this project, as well as opportunities to donate for the success of the project can be found here - http://www.seligman.org.il/vilna_synagogue_home.html.
This family tree was last updated on September 12, 2023 (Elul 26, 5783).