Monday, June 19, 2006

Eliasz Zelmanowicz, Gaon of Vilna

Here is an interesting record from the Jewish Family History web site:

It is from the 1765 census list of Vilna showing the Vilna Gaon (Eliasz Zelmanowicz, wife Chana, son Zelman, daughter Basia, and servant Nechama).

This page has more census records, including one from 1784 and one from 1795, listing his second wife Gitel.

I hope I am not insulting my erudite readers by pointing out that Zelmanowicz was not his true surname, but rather means "son of Zalman."

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