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 Chaiken Family of Nezhin
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 Fine Family of Bialystok
 Geffen Family of Vilkomir
 Goldberg Family of Jablonka
 Katz/Hollander Family
 Zavelsky Family of Glukhov

Sources Front Page

Name Chaiken...."A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames From The Russian Empire" by Alexander Beider

Sources Ancestral Towns

Map..from Mapquest

History.. Encyclopedia Judaica

Photo Credits Front Page

#1,2,3,4,5,6..Alan and Marjorie Goldberg

Photo Credits Ancestral Towns

#1,2,3,4,5,6..Alan and Marjorie Goldberg

#7..Nezhin Archives

Photo Credits Chernigov

#1,2,3..Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova, by Miriam Weiner

Photo Credits Odessa

#1,3,4,5,6,7,8..Vitaly Chumak for Alan and Marjorie Goldberg

#2..Alan and Marjorie Goldberg

Photo Credits Philadelphia

#1,2,3..Philadelphia Municiple Archives

#4,5..Alan and Marjorie Goldberg

Photo Credits Immigration

#1,2..Ships Of Our Ancestors

#4..Philadelphia Municiple Archives

Photo Credits Photo Hillels Photo Album

#1,2,3..Randy Bellet

#4..Alan and Marjorie Goldberg

Photo Credits Photo Mire'sPhoto Album

#1,2,3,4,5,7,11,13,15,16,17,18,24,25..Alan and Marjorie Goldberg

#6,8,9,10,12..Chasanow Family

#14.Zelda Chazanoff Klemptner

#27..Howard Koff

#28..Terry Sovel Heller

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  • Photoshop CS6

Acknowledgments and Thanks

Miriam Weiner, who found all of the documents in Ukraine and created family trees from them, and who tediously planned and implemented our visit to the Chaiken ancestral towns in Ukraine. Miriam has been there for me, every step of the way.

To Vitaly Chumak, who guided us so professionally through our ancestral towns, made the plans for us to meet our new relatives and just made our Ukrainian trip the most memorable of our lives.

Without the above, there would not be a Chaiken Family Story.

To Randy Bellet for finding me and providing the photos of the Hillel Chaiken Family.

Last, but far from least, to my husband Alan who has helped and supported me in every way throughout the nine years of this project.


  • Address Bureau, Odessa
  • American Jewish Archives
  • American Jewish Historical Society
  • Archives of the City and County of Philadelphia
  • Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People, Jerusalem
  • Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
  • Central Historical Archives of Ukraine in Kiev
  • Chernigov Oblast, Archives
  • City of Philadelphia Register of Wills
  • Dept. of Health and Human Services, Social Security Administration
  • Douglas E. Goldman Jewish Genealogical Center, Tel-Aviv, Israel
  • Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania
  • Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace
  • Jewish Genealogical People Finder
  • Jewish Genealogical Society of Philadelphia
  • Library of Congress, European Division
  • Library of Congress, Geography & Map Division
  • Library of Congress, Hebraic Section
  • Marriage License Bureau, Philadelphia
  • Montefiore Cemetery Company
  • Moreshet Center of Genealogical Research
  • Municipal Archives, New York, NY
  • NARA, Mid Atlantic Region, Philadelphia
  • NARA, New York, NY
  • NARA, Washington, DC
  • National Archives Trust Fund
  • New York Public Library, Jewish Division
  • New York Public Library, Genealogical Division
  • New York Public Library, Microfilming Division
  • NY State Dept. of Health, Division of Vital Records
  • Nezhin Archives, Nezhin, Ukraine
  • Odessa Oblast Archives, Odessa, Ukraine
  • Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center
  • Pennsylvania Division of Health, Division of Public Records
  • Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
  • Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
  • Steamship-Historical Society Collection, University of Baltimore Library
  • Sumy Oblast Archives, Sumy, Ukraine
  • Ukrainian Historical Archives, Kiev, Ukraine
  • U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of the Census
  • U.S. Dept. of Justice, Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • U.S. Dept. of State, Office of the Special Consular Services
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern Division of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Government Printing Office
  • U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service
  • Yad Vashem, Hall of Names
  • Yivo Institute for Jewish Research

A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames From the Russian Empire, by Alexander Beider

"Chronicles," published by The Jewish Genealogical Society of Philadelphia

Columbia-Lippincott Gazetteer of the World

Encyclopedia Judaica

Finding Our Fathers, by Dan Rottenberg

From Generation To Generation, by Arthur Kurzweil

Goode's World Atlas, Published by Rand McNally

Jewish Personal Names, by Rabbi Shmuel Gorr

Jewish Roots in Ukraine and Moldova, by Miriam Weiner

Migration From The Russian Empire, Edited by Ira A. Glazier

Morton Allan Directory of European Passenger Steamship Arrivals

Pictorial History of the Jewish People, by Nathan Ausubel

Ships Of Our Ancestors, by Michael J. Anuta

"Shtetl Finder Gazetteer," Heritage Books

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Genealogy, by Arthur Kurzweil and Miriam Weiner

The Jewish World of Yesterday, by Rachel Salamander

"The New York Times," Obituary Section

Where Once We Walked, by Gary Mokotoff & Sallyann Amdur Sackler