In August of 1999, while attending the 19th Annual Conference on Jewish
Genealogy in New York City, I visited the YIVO Institutue for Jewish Research, which is
part of the Center for Jewish History on West 16th Street. I searched through
YIVO’s Inter-War Communal Records for Lithuania folders for Rokiskis. There are 10
folders of Rokiskis material, containing 518 documents, almost all from 1922 and
Most of the material concerned official Rakishok Jewish community business
and was of no genealogical value. I obtained copies of eight documents which contain lists
of names. Five of these documents relate to elections held by the Rakishok Jewish
Community in 1923, three of the documents contain names of orphans in the Rakishok Jewish
Orphanage. I also got a copy of a tax receipt from the Lithuanian government to the
Rakishok Jewish Community because I felt it was of historical value.
I certainly did not retrieve all of the documents which are of
genealogical value to the Rokiskis researcher and encourage others to view this material
and perhaps, locate additional valuable documents.