Pilvisk, Lithuania



25 January 2017

Dear Eli  

I am wondering if you might be able to help guide me in my search pertaining to the Kehilalinks page on PILVISKIAI. In reading the Joseph Rosen article, he mentions a piece of information that I want to follow up on. You are the only contact that I was able to find on the site, so here I am asking you if you have any ideas. 

In the “Jewish Settlement Till After World War I” section, the last line states  "Many names of Pilvishok Jews appear in a list of donors for Jewish victims of fires in 1895.”  I am wondering if you know of a location where I could access this list

I know this is a long shot, but I thought it was worth asking. My great grandfather, Charles FINKELSTEIN (yiddish name unknown as of yet) listed PILVISKIAI on his naturalization paperwork - see below and I’m hoping to find traces of his family there. He is said to come from a large family of 10-12 siblings, but was the only one to come to America. No one in my family has any information on them. He was born in 1884 according to American records, though possibley as early as 1874 according to rumor. Regardless, I expect that he and his family would have been around during these fires and perhaps this would be one way to find record of them. 

I thank you in advance for your time. Take care. 


Lindsay Sweetnam