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Information Picture Question
Category: Do you recognize?
Approval Date: 4/23/2008
Family Surname: BLOCK
Country: Russia
Date of Image: 1896
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Is anyone able to decipher the town in "Russia" that subject was born?

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4/24/2008 Could the town be “Schawl” (now Siauliai, Lithuania)? The “a” is open at the top like the ones in “Baltimore” in the lines below. The “w” has a tail on the right side like the one in “within” on the last line. The “l” is short, also like the ones in “Baltimore.”

The Yiddish transliteration in the JewishGen Communities Database for Siauliai is “Shavl,” and a German pronunciation of “Schawl” would sound like “Shavl.”

Deborra Wood
4/24/2008 It looks like "Schawl", i.e. Shavl, the Lithuanian town of
Siauliai, in Kovno gubernia.
4/24/2008 It appears to be SCHAWEL.
Jews called it Shavl/ Kovno gub./ Russian Empire.
Today, it is Siauliai, Lithuania.


Arnie Snap
4/25/2008 possibilities for the town:
Scharl
Schawl
Sckarul
Sckarvl
4/25/2008 Hi Pamela,

Although I cannot decipher the name of the town in Russia, I do have a couple of suggestions...

First check through Ellis Island for Morris Block who arrived in 1869, either from Russia (or Hamburg may have been the ship or port where he boarded the ship) or Hamburg.

If they do not have records going that far back, check other immigration records of ships arriving here in 1869, searching for his name.

Also, using the JewishGen Advanced Search, see if you can find records for Morris Block from Russia.

Any of these could possibly give you a clue as to the city or town, and maybe even a better spelling.

Let me know if any of this works. If you need any further help, it would be my pleasure to do so...Jo
4/25/2008 Hi Pamela,

I checked on JewishGen for Morris Block in Russia. There are some people by the name of Barker who were searching (in 2002) for Block, but I was not able to send it to you. See if you can find that, and perhaps they are searching for the same person....Jo
4/25/2008 Pamela,
I have a sneaking suspicion that this says Shavli, which could be either town or guberniya in Lithuania. Let me know what others think.
Ruth Hyman
Rockville Cente, NY
4/25/2008 Hi Pamela,

Town appears to be Schawl, Lithuania:

http://data.jewishgen.org/wconnect/wc.dll?jg~jgsys~shtetm~-2619027


All the best,

Nathen Gabriel
North Vancouver, BC
4/28/2008 Enter your response here and the submitter will be notified automatically. My best guess would be Schawel - Siauliai, Lithuania today.
4/29/2008 Enter your response here and the submitter will be notified automatically.

Perhaps it is Shavel - there was a Shavel shul in Philadelphia.
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