Orlya Resources

   1784 Grand Duchy of Lithuania Project - Orlya in Lida District

   1929 Directory Listings for Orlya

   Kagan, B. Sefer ha-prenumerantn [Hebrew Subscription Lists]. New York: Ketav 1975. p. 20 Items 658-659.

   Levin, D. Pinḳas ha-ḳehilot Liṭa : entsiḳlopedyah shel ha-yishuvim ha-Yehudiyim le-min hiṿasdam ṿe-ʻad le-aḥar Shoʼat Milḥemet ha-ʻolam ha-sheniyah [Encyclopedia of Jewish Communities]. Jerusalem: Yad Vashem. 1996 - Hebrew. Volume VIII, pp. 106-107.

English translation by Dov Eisdorfer with Rhoda Miller (PDF file)
   Meyerowitz A., Ed. The Book of Zoludek (Zhelodok) and Orlowa; a Living Memorial (Belarus) Tel Aviv, 1967 (H,Y,E, 329 pages).
   Slownik Geograficzny [Geographic Dictionary of the Kingdom of Poland and Other Slavic Countries] 1880-1902. Volume VII
Orla & Lopaty Translation
   Wiesenthal, S. Every Day Remembrance Day. New York: Holt, 1987, p. 110.

   Wigdor, G. and Spector, S. The Encyclopedia of Jewish Life before and during the Holocaust
Jerusalem : New York - Yad Vashem , New York University Press, 2001, Vol. II, p. 944.
Note: be sure to use Orla (II) Novogrodek district.

 Independent Orler Benevolent Society
    Schwartz, R. & Milamed, S. A Guide to YIVO's Landsmanshaftn Archive. New York: YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 1986, p. 40.
Organization of YIVO holdings for the Independent Orler  Benevolent Society (PDF file) Surname list of burials
Detail of names in holdings of the Independent Orler Benevolent Society  Names on cemetery gates
International Jewish Cemetery Project of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies
Holocaust memorial names

DNA Studies
The Kotlowitz family has been identified as Haplotype G-M201 (formerly G2b2) at Y-111 markers. This is a relatively rare genetic type but has revealed a 110 marker match with Howard Wolinsky (of no known relation or common location). There is also a 67 marker match with descendants of the Zacuto family (associated with Christopher Columbus) which are currently being studied. This result implies Sephardic origins. DNA testing is encouraged for other Orlya families.
Family Tree DNA for testing

G2c Group

Kotlowitz Family Story [PDF file] This story reflects the same family that appears in the Yiskor Book chapter titled Orlowe, My Birthplace by Gittel Pomerantz.
Family of Ray Cannata (PDF file) - Surnames: KIRSNER, BRAVER, KAMINSKY and LIFSITZ

Lida District Resources

Zholudek area communities