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Eliyahu's Branches: The Descendants of the Vilna Gaon (Of Blessed and Saintly Memory) and His Family Hardcover – September, 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 685 pages
  • Publisher: Avotaynu; First Edition edition (September 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886223068
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886223066
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 7.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,755,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Eliyahu's Branches has become an important book in my library. I found out after I bought and quickly started using it that my Jewish Genealogical Society of Oregon of which I was on the steering committee also had this in our library. However, it's a book that I turn to many times throughout the week, so am glad that I have it at my disposal. I'm the family genealogist and handle all our DNA testing results, so it's nice to have this book. I had found out that we are supposed to be related to the Vilna Gaon. My grandfather had come from Telsiai, Lithuania, and that's the story my 3rd cousin, Stanley Goldfoot, told me when we met in Jerusalem. The book has 685 pages, and wouldn't you know it but our surname, Goldfoot, or Goldfus, the original name, was not listed. However, as I find more surnames through dna testing and it's resulting matches to my dna, I have started checking in this book. For one man to undertake all the reported relations to the Vilna Gaon is quite a project. I have found definitely through dna triangulation, etc, that I have matches with the Rabbi of Worms, (Germany) who is connected to RASHI whose oral tradition was that he was connected to King David, so I would not doubt that somehow a branch came to Lithuania and the Vilna Gaon could be on their tree as well.
As for the book, it is very easy to use the index of names which refers you to pages where the surnames are listed. Every Jewish genealogy group should purchase this important book.
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Great resource. I was not able to find the link in my family tree, but I hope with more research I will be able to one day.
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