New DNA Page now online
Coussins Documents pages
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The family trees are coming along and we have three now. Zagare , Wigtownshire and Glasgow
Please take your
time as some of the pages are very large
New Photo Page for Coussins and Simpson's Click this line
1-The Family Tree-in Lithuania: Database
|Underlined items have pages already in place Family Trees: McClymont, Simpson, Crone, Slavin While extensive, this section is still under construction|
|Svetlana Coussins Family in Russia: Photo page|
Download time: Please note that the Lithuanian and Russian pages may take up to three minutes to download as they are very large on non DSL/Broadband connection. On DSL they will take around 15 to 30 seconds.
This is not the website that I will eventually build which will be a professional Genealogy website for our Diaspora of a family. This is a temporary site with documentation that I will weave into a readable and hopefully enjoyable family tree. It will spread quite wide and should include many family members that married into other families and will have references to that line as well. We have already sourced material that traces us back to 1750 on the Coussins side, material that takes us from when we arrived in the UK and material from 1830 on the Simpson Side.
What I need now is scans of family photographs
from these older periods.
What this is is a information source page to give you a taste of what I already have and what you can add to if you have some information and most importantly, Photographs of family and ancestors for our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. I would suggest that you save the pages that you are looking at so you have a record should anything happen to the site (or me). Make a shortcut to your desktop to access the site as it builds. I am hoping that all branches of the family will be able to contribute to this project which we feel should be built while we are still able to remember. We are fortunate in having my wife, Svetlana helping us as Svieta is Russian and a trained academic researcher. Please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
This page will take around one minute to download on a modem and 20 seconds on Broadband. The website will be much faster when the actual site will be built some time next year. Note: Please refresh your page each time you visit as changes will be made and your own system may still be showing you an older page..
Most images are THUMBNAILED which means that you will need to click the image to get a larger image that you can download.
One tip is to run your mouse over the enlarged image and if a small square with four arrows appear on the bottom right side of the image,
click that to make the picture even bigger such as in the Naturalisation documents. Some will have that facility and some will not
Abraham Cussin Naturalisation Documents
Arrived in the UK in 1888.
(we have more pages)
And here are the papers from Hymen Cussins, his brother. Click for bigger images
The Morrison's are Hymen's descendants and here is their pages
Morrison discovered that there were in fact three brothers (there may be more
family we have not yet discovered) and the third one was Morris Cusson. He
settled in Leeds. We have his marriage certificate and marriage certificates of
two of his 10 children. Here is page 7 and 8 of his Naturalisation documents. We
have more. These papers list the children
And here is the
family line in Zagare
Please note that you will need to allow a couple of minutes to download this data
Email Craig for
further info or input
Len Yodaiken lives in Israel and is a genealogist- . Len is helping me with the historical aspect of the Coussins / Rakusens as he is an authority on this branch of the family. He has succeeded in tracing the family back to two men, Efroim and Shachna Rakuzhin. They were born in the 1750s and believes that they were brothers. We will have more information shortly. Len also has information from Leeds and other places.
The Zagare page has some images that Len took of the town as it is today. There was a Jewish population of over 5000 in the 1890's which had been reduced through movement and emigration to around 1000 in Zagare and 1000 in the Zagare surrounding areas at the time of the German ' liberation'.
Many Lithuanians enthusiastically helped their masters in the murder of part of their own population who just happened to be Jewish. It must have been inconceivable to the Jewish population as to what was to happen to them. After all they had farmed and lived together with their neighbours for well over a 100 years and possibly more. Perhaps they understood that they were to be segregated, property confiscated or treated badly but to be murdered was incomprehensible. That was soon to change though and while the memories of the Holocaust are heart breaking these memories should not be forgotten. They were family.
What happened to the Jewish
population of Zagare? Len Explains.
I have also made a Zagare on Page 2 which explains from personal reports, testimonials and interviews with both Jews and non Jews living in Zagare after the Holocaust. This is extremely interesting reading
This is taken from the Jewish
Harvey L. Kaplan: Director
of the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre in Glasgow. Harvey is also a
freelance family history researcher with 30 years' experience of tracing
Scottish Jewish family history.
First piece of information:
In the 1901 Census, showing the family living at 26 South Shamrock Street in the Gorbals:
Naturalisations from the National Archives in London is relevant:
Zagare had a Jewish community from the 16th century. The Jewish population in 1897 was 5500 - 60% of the total. This was reduced to about 1,000 by 1939, due to emigration, and the remaining community was murdered in 1941.
The umbrella website for Jewish genealogy is www.jewishgen.org . Many sites spin off from here, including one devoted to Lithuania: http://www.jewishgen.org/Litvak/ . In the last few years, a lot of East European Jewish records have been indexed online. The surviving records for Zagare include Revision Lists (like censuses of the Jewish community) and taxation records. Amongst these I found a number of people called Katsyn, but now I'm thinking that your lot were probably the Rakishins and Rakuzhins. I haven't yet found any reference to Abraham (probably Abram or Abel) son of Phillip (probably Feivish).
Harvey L. Kaplin, Glasgow.
RAKUZHIN Abram Leyb
Nephew Idel Nephew age 17
Vital records include birth, marriage, death, and divorce records.
The czarist government issued a requirement in 1826 that rabbis, generally elected by a variety of Jewish communities, keep registration books of births, marriages, divorces and death.
Jews in Kovno/Kaunis and Vilna Guberniya (region) were required to go to the synagogue to which they were assigned to register life cycle events, and each year, the government authorities went to the synagogues to copy these registers. The records were written in Russian (Cyrillic.) Some, but not all records were then duplicated in Hebrew or Yiddish. Today, all vital records stored in archives today are copies. The original records, kept in synagogues were destroyed by 1942, primarily by the Germans.
For Jews in Suwalki (district) Guberniya, (region) the life cycle event was first recorded in the Synagogue. The record was then copied and recorded at the Civil Office, either in Polish or Russian.
The Vital Records Database is split into separate tables.
Births were usually reported by the father.
The Kaunas Archives has Abstracts of birth records for Rokiskis, which were used to prove identity, and some copies of birth records for Kaunas, for the late 19th and 20th Centuries.
Fields included in Birth Records:
Deaths were reported by relatives who came to the Civil Office accompanied by one witness. Occasionally, only witnesses, but no relative, appeared to report the death.
The Kaunas Regional Archives has Abstracts of death records used for Rokiskis.
The Lithuanian State Historical Archives in Vilnius has 19th century Vital Records.
The Lithuanian Central Civil Archives in Vilnius has 20th Century Vital records.
Fields included in Death Records:
Marriage and Divorce Records:
Marriage records within this table contain 2 lines for each record. One for the bride and one for the groom.
Because we have so few Divorce records, those we have are included in the Marriages Table.
The Kaunas Regional Archives contains late 19th Century copies of marriage certificates in Kaunas, and abstracts of marriages for Rokiskis.
Fields included in Marriage and Divorce Records:
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