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Submitted by Bea Bowie

Information Question
Category: Interpretation
Family Surname: Yudelson
Country: Lithuania
Town: Salantai
Date of Image: mid 1880s
  The photo is of Perel Yudelson (possibly born Perel Sofer Leventson) and her two daughters with Mordechai Zundelevitch Yudelson, Yetta (later to become Urdang) and Sarah (later to become Hurwitz). They are known to have lived in Salantai and Mordechai was probably the Markus, taxpayer in Salantai in 1877, 1881 and 1892 but apparently not 1883 or 1903 or 1912. The photographer Gessau operated out of Goldingen now in Latvia. Would Gessau have travelled professionally across the Lithuanian border or indeed into German Memel?

I ask the question because I wonder whether the apparent absence of the Yudelsons from Salantai in 1883 might be explained by a temporary move to Latvia (eg Goldingen)- which could be indicated if Gessau did not in fact stray far from his home base in taking photos. Alternatively, if Gessay travelled to Memel might the photos have been taken in Memel about the time of departure of my grandfather Jacob for the west(Yankel?).Comments would be appreciated.

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