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Working on pre-16th century German genealogy

There are a lot of things going on in this question. I'll try to untangle a few of them. First, the word "ben" is Hebrew for "son of" (see eg https://www.jewishgen.org/infofiles/...
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Cannot find the town of Yobeneks, Russia

I checked my favorite town database for any appropriate towns in Eastern Europe starting with "Yob…" or "Job…" and came up blank. I also searched for any towns that ended in "…neks" or "…necks" and ...
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Locating town named Porshwel(?) in Lithuania

There are a couple of possibilities very near by Pumpyan. Could "Porshwel" be either "Pushlot" (#1) or "Poshwol" (#2)? There is a town named Pušalotas about 7 km west of Pumpėnai (Pumpyan). Pušalotas ...
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Finding original surname of Anton Orsik who immigrated to United States from Russia (Lithuania)?

Vilna used to belong to Russia but is now in the country of Lithuania. That is where all your documents will be. (It's possible there will be exceptions but generally documents go with the current ...
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Finding an immigrant ancestor's origin from Lithuania?

The most likely places to see a location (town) for an immigrant to US would include records such as: Immigration records (more so at later dates) Naturalization records (after 1906) Newspaper ...
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Seeking birth family of Michał (Michael) Gudzinowicz Praniewicz from Poland/Russia?

The Geographical dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic Countries lists three different locations for Ryski. The first is a village in the powiat lidzki; the second is a small town in ...
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"len pat." in Lithuanian passport

Gyve namoji vieta means residency. Sen pat apparently means long ago. Probably means residency unknown. According to Google Translate which is sketchy at best of times. I am not Lithuanian so I am ...
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Where was Eiszuk, Russia?

Also there is such town as "Ейск". It is port town, so your grandfather really can arrive from there despite great distance between Ейск and Lithuania. It can be misspelled as "Eiszuk", but answer of ...
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Locating town named Tavlik(?) near Lithuania

I'll make a guess that this might be what was known as Шавли in 1890, just south of the 56th parallel: (Lithuanianmaps.com) Russian maps of the time put the zero meridian on the Pulkovo Observatory ...
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Where is town of Pogena, Russia (or Lithuania) where ancestor born in 1885?

A good place to start when looking for people from Russia and adjacent countries is Jewish Gen. This link will take you directly to pages on Lithuania. http://www.jewishgen.org/databases/#Lithuania
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