Eliahu Dov son of Yankel Amdur

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This website is run by Sallyann Amdur Sack-Pikus & Mike Ross (web master). It's contents have been put together based on information supplied by members of the Amdur family 'olumi'. Its purpose is to give us a history, roots, and to allow all of us a sense of belonging. Its accuracy & viability requires your help. Please add to it by forwarding missing or corrected information, stories you heard from your grandparents about the old countries, and most important - photos, both of your generation as well as of those no longer with us. Images allow the trees to have meaning beyond that of just relationships. Enjoy meeting your family!
Introduction to Amdur

Sallyann Amdur Sack-Pikus and Mike Ross (son of Esther Amdur Ross)


Between us, we have been researching our common Amdur roots for nearly 50 years. Along the way, we have acquired considerable data about many other Amdur families as well. This Web site has been designed to share all of that information. We hope that Amdurs everywhere will find their families here and will add information to it, in the process enriching everyone’s knowledge.

About the Amdurs
All of the Amdurs we have found to date appear to belong to one of three seemingly disparate branches. Our branch lived in the Braslav uyezd (township) of the Novo Aleksandrovsk district of what in the19th century was first Vilna and then Kovno guberniya (province) of Russia.

* The Braslav Amdurs were centered especially in Slobodka, a settlement 10 kilometers northeast of the town of Braslav from at least the start of the 19th century (and perhaps earlier) until the Holocaust and beyond. Novo Aleksandrovsk later became Zarasai district and , as a result of border changes following World War I, Braslav (55'38"N / 27'02"E) today is in the far northeastern corner of Belarus. Virtually all Amdurs who came from what today is Latvia or Lithuania have been shown to be part of the Braslav Amdurs. This group would also include those Amdurs who ventured to Dvinsk, Kamajai, and Rokiskis, as documented by the Pages of Testemony after the Sho'ar.

* Another large group of Amdurs originally were named Amdursky. They emigrated to the United States, possibly from Bialystok, at the end of the 19th century and settled in Pittsburgh. Many of them later shortened their name to Amdur. Results from the Amdur name DNA project indicates that the Pittsburgh clan are totally separate from most of the other branches of Amdur name bearing families

* A third group descends from a husband and wife who lived in Mogilev in contemporary Belarus and who emigrated to Palestine in the first quarter of the 19th century. They too have shortened their name to Amdur although, like the Pittsburgh Amdurs, they originally were Amdursky. We do not know yet if the two Amdursky barnches are connected or if the Mogilev gouping is connected to the Braslav Amdur branch. Facial similarities suggest that there is a strong family linkage.

The variant Amdurer also exists. We don’t know anything about the original home of the Amdurers but they are included as well. Amduras, a Latvian form of the name, appeared in the 20th century. Some of those in our database use that spelling, although they originally were probably just Amdur. A few also became Emdur.

The suffixes -sky and -er both mean “from.” Amdursky and Amdurer mean “from Amdur.” The town that Jews called Amdur is Indura (53'27"N / 23'53"E), a small town southeast of Grodno near the western border of Belarus (refer to the page tab above called Amdur Europe for maps). Yiddish speakers frequently transform the N sound into an M. They wrote the name Indura as aleph, mem, daleth, resh and pronounced it Amdur.

Most Jews of Eastern Europe did not have hereditary family names until required by law to adopt them. The Russian law mandating the adoption of fixed surnames was enacted in 1809. Prior to that time, Jews had just secular (Yiddish) and sacred (Hebrew) names. The Hebrew name always was, and still is, “X son of Y” where Y is the Hebrew name of the father.

Prior to the adoption of surname, Jews used nicknames or sobriquets to distinguish among those in the same community who carried the same given name. Thus, a town might have a “Simon the tailor” and a “Simon from Amdur.” Later, when Jews had to adopt hereditary family names, Simon the tailor might become Simon Schneider, while Simon from Amdur would become Simon Amdur.

We assume that all those whose names are Amdur, Amdursky and Amdurer descent from someone who lived in Indura just prior to the adoption of family names. As far as we know, no one assumed the last name of Amdur while still living in Indua. That would have defeated the purpose of distinguishing one from the other. Rather, they only took the name when they had left Indura for some other place.

We have used a variety of archival documents in our research, including the 1755 Polish census of the Jews of Indura, a 1784 Braslav Jewish census, many other censuses and other 19th century documents such as Rabbi, tax, voter and conscription lists. These records were acquired for us over many years either from archivists in Kaunas (formerly Kovno) or Vilnius (formerly Vilna), the Braslav historical museum and by a number of local Jewish researchers hired by us for that purpose. The earliest 19th century Braslav Jewish census we have is from 1812 and it shows that the Amdur name already was being used by then. Because Russian names traditionally include patronymics (the father’s given names) as well, we also learn the name of earlier generations. From this, we clearly track back to someone named Elyakim who probably was born circa 1735. No one in the 18th century censuses has family names. They all are identified only by patronymics.

Elyakim was a rare name in that time and place. The 1755 Indura census lists (enumerates) two men with that name, most likely cousins. We assume that one Elyakim was our ancestor although we don’t know which one. We also don’t know if this Elyakim made the move to Braslav.

When did our ancestors move from Indura and was it one or more than one who came? The 1874 census lists 63 Jewish families living both in the town of Braslav itself and also in settlements around the area where they operated karczmas (roadside inns or taverns). More Jews lived in karczmas than lived in town at that time. No head of household has the name Elyakim, but two men, Yankel and Leib carry that patronymic, i.e., they are Yankel, son of Elyakim and Leib, son of Elyakim. The names Yankel and Leib, as well as many given names in that census later appear often among 19th century Amdurs. Unfortunately, none of those listed in the 1812 census can be found in 1784. From the ages indicated in the 1812 census, we might have expected to find at least Abram as the head of a household. Either our relatives had not yet left Indura by 1784 or some are missing from both the 1784 and the 1812 censuses. This is not surprising. As is well known, Jews typically sought to avoid being counted in censuses. Most records from the 19th century are incomplete and many gaps remain in our knowledge. The presence of the rare name Elyakim, as well as other typical “Amdur” names such as Zalke, Simon and Abram make suspect that the Amdurs already were in the Braslav area by 1784. Researchers must remember, however, that we lack enough evidence to be certain. The relatively rare names Elyakim, Simon and Zalke continued to be used by our Amdurs up until the Holocaust.

About Braslav
Braslav today is the regional center of Vitebsk oblast in Belarus, very close to the border with Latvia. It is 50 kilometers from Dvinsk, Latvia, a large city that, in the 19th century, became home for many Amdurs after they left Braslav. Braslav located on the banks of Lake Drivjaty, is partly surrounded by hills. Considered one of the “greenest” cities in Belarus, it has a sanatorium and camping facilities for tourists.

The first mention of Braslav comes from a chronicle of 1065. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the town belonged to various Lithuanian and Polish noblemen. Braslav suffered greatly during the Northern War between Sweden and Russian (1699 - 1721) when troops from both sides ravaged the town. Some members of the Polish nobility supported Sweden; others supported Russia. The Sapieha sided with Sweden, the Visniviecky with Russia. A measure of the destruction suffered can be seen in the population statistics. In 1649, Braslav had 120 houses. By contrast, in 1794 the town had only 68 houses and 480 inhabitants.

At the end of the 18th century, the former town looked like a village, but with an inn, two churches and some shops. Some residents were craftsmen, but the majority lived off the land. During the first partition of Poland in 1772, part of Braslav district was incorporated into Russia. Another portion, including the town itself continued to belong to Poland. In 1792, the Polish magnate, Stanislav Poniatovsky granted Braslav the right of self-government. In the same year, the town was occupied by the Russian troops of Prince Dolgoruky. In 1794, the Polish szlachta, headed by Tadeusz Kosciucka mounted a large insurrection. Russia prevailed in 1798 when the remained of Braslav district and the town itself was incorporated into Russia. In 1798, Count Idiya and Marial Hilzen sold the town to Count Nikolay Manuzzi, a Venetian and former chamberlain to the King of Poland.

Jews first appear in a census of 1554. A census of 1776 (which we have not seen) mentions a synagogue for the first time and records 225 Jews in Braslav kahal (Jewish community). It seems that our Amdurs, along with other Jews, likely moved to Braslav sometime during the 18th century because of the economic opportunities that existed after the Northern War ended. The numerous karczmas found at nearly every crossroad, seem to have been almost a Jewish monopoly. In an inventory of Braslav taken in 1798, 445 Jewish men are mentioned; some seem to be members of our family. A certain, but unspecified number of Jews are said to have been Karaites.

During the 19th century, Jews tended to move into the town from outlying districts, although an 1845 census of Slobotka shows numerous Amdur families, the majority of them operating karczmas in nearby settlements. By 1847, the Braslav kahal comprised 325 men and 266 women. The Jewish population of Braslav peaked in 1897 when the census showed that Braslav had 1,501 inhabitants, 1,234 of them Jews.

The population of Braslav grew slightly in the first quarter of the 20th century to 1,587 in 1921, but the Jews population had begun to empty out, declining to 1,130 in that year. The prolonged suffering and ultimate destruction of the entire Jewish population of Braslav and environs in the Shoah is described in "Darkness and Desolation", a yizkor (memorial) books written by the few survivors.

We found one Amdur, Simon and his wife, still living in Braslav in the early 1990s—the last Jews of Braslav.

Recently JewishGen has added to their database a translation of Amdur, mayn geboyrn-shtetl (Amdur, my home town) by Yedidya Efron. It can be located at http://www.jewishgen.org/Yizkor/indura/Indura.html#TOC111.

For those Amdurs who are wishing to gain a deeper understanding and perspective of where they come from this reading is highly recommended.


(Note: The following History of Amdur  was written by Sandy Eisen who has generously allowed the document to be  reprinted on this web site. Please be aware that the document was written primarily for members of her family. Sandy notes that the accuracy is not guaranteed. If anyone comes across surnames of Eisen, Aizin, Ayzen, etc. please contact Sandy at  sandy.eisen@gmail.com. MR)

A. The History of Amdur and the Grodno Region
The town once called Amdur by its Jewish residents is called Indura by its Christian residents. Since the Jews are gone and the Christians remain, Indura is how you'll see it spelled on the maps.

Amdur is about 25 miles south of and a short car ride from the much larger city of Grodno (also spelled Hrodno). By horse and cart, it is probably a journey of half a day. Amdur is in what was once known as Grodno Guvernia, now called Grodno Oblast, which means the Grodno Region. Most historical events that affected Grodno also affected Amdur. Grodno would have influenced Amdur and my grandfather's family back in 1900; it was the centre of area trade and transportation and had a very large Jewish population. Amdur and Grodno are located in the northwest corner of what is now the independent country of Belarus, close to the Lithuanian and Polish borders.

Human beings have lived in the Grodno area since pre-historic times. The first mention of the city of Grodno in European history was in 1128 A.D., and Jews have lived in the area since at least about that time. Grodno was founded at the crossing of the Nieman and Hrodnichanka rivers; the name Grodno simply means "town" or fenced settlement. I don't know how old Amdur is; Jews have lived there as far back as 1539 or earlier.

During the 1200's, Grodno and Amdur became part of Lithuania, as they remained for hundreds of years. In 1569, the area merged with the "Commonwealth of Poland and Lithuania." The regions from Grodno in the west, through Minsk and to Vitebsk in the east became known as Belarus (or Byelorussia, "White Russia"). According to one source, "In 1588, there were two castles in Grodno, nine Orthodox churches, three Catholic churches, one synagogue, 31 streets, and 4,000 residents." Polish king Stephan Batori maintained a second home in Grodno.

Between 1640 to 1667, the Russians and Ukrainians expanded into southern Belarus. After the Cossack revolt of 1648 against Polish landowners and gentry, Cossacks joined with the Polish peasantry and murdered over 100,000 Jews, mostly in Ukraine and southern Belarus, but did not advance north to the Grodno region. Jews comprised 80% of the population in Grodno at that time; I was told that there were no pogroms in the Grodno area during the 1600's nor in subsequent centuries, including when my grandparents lived there.

Generally, there was peace and cooperation during these centuries between Polish Catholics and Jews, and Jews enjoyed a relatively high status at times. But there were some frictions. As in other places in Europe, there was an incident in Grodno in 1790 when a Jew was accused of killing a Christian child to use his blood for baking matzah. (This absurd accusation, which is abhorrent to Jewish law and, of course, in violation of the laws of kashrut, is referred to as the "blood libel" accusation.) The accused Jewish man was put to death for this alleged crime, and his body was cut into pieces for public display. But this was apparently a very isolated incident in Grodno. Notwithstanding the fact that Jews were a majority in Grodno, they still had to obtain permission from the Catholic church in the 1600's to build the grand synagogue, which still stands today. Grodno was within the Polish king's lands, and overseeing religious matters was turned over to the church.

At times during the 18th century, Amdur was the meeting place of the "Council of Four Lands," a Jewish self-governing body that met for two weeks each year and wielded considerable power among the large Jewish community in the areas that now constitute Poland, Belarus and Lithuania. The meeting of the Council in Amdur indicates that the town was one of some significance.

In 1795, most of today's Belarus was annexed from Poland by Russia under the rule of "Catherine the Great." In 1812, the area was invaded by the Napoleon army, but ultimately the Russians regained control. The Grodno area remained part of Tsarist Russia until about 1915. From 1835 to 1915, Amdur and Grodno were part of the "Pale of Settlement," an area to which Jews were restricted by Catherine's regime. They were granted certain rights under this regime, however, that had been previously denied by Polish rulers. The Pale of Settlement comprised most of today's Belarus and Ukraine; 4.7 million Jews lived in that restricted area in 1880.

In 1882, a fire destroyed much of Amdur, including its largest synagogue. A great brick synagogue was immediately built to replace it, and that structure still stands today.

As mentioned, a 1897 census reported 2,194 people living in Amdur, including about 1,800 Jews. Grodno's total population at that time was about 46,900, half of whom were Jews. Grodno was one of about a dozen centres of the "Bund," the Jewish social democratic party established that year. Poverty brought on by the Tzar's policies, mandatory lengthy conscription in the Tzar's army, the lures of modernization known to exist in other places, word of pogroms occurring in nearby Ukraine following the assassination of Tzar Alexander II in 1881 and again in 1905, unrest in western Europe, and the beginning of the communist revolutions (the first of which occurred in 1905, the last in 1917) all contributed to the Jews of the Grodno region re-evaluating their lives in this area.

One-third of Europe's Jewish population left for North America and other destinations between the 1880's and the beginning of the first World War. Some of the less religious Jewish youth began to align themselves with the Zionist movement, the Russian communist movement, or the Bund. Some of Grodno's Jews were actually quite well-to-do and were among the wealthiest citizens of the city. Likewise, the better-off in Amdur were Jewish as well. And while many left during this period, including our family, many also stayed. Perhaps it was the poorest Jews who thought that travelling far away to the United States or Argentina would be worth the risks. (Of course, now we know that these Jews fared much, much better than those who stayed.)

In September 1915, during World War I, the Grodno area was occupied by Germans. From the beginning of the Russian Revolution of 1917 until 1919, Belarus was in a state of turmoil. In 1919, the area was taken by the Polish army of Pan Pilsudski. The eastern part of Belarus became part of the Soviet Union; Grodno and its nearby shtetlach were included in the western section that became part of Poland. From 1919 until 1939, Grodno and Amdur were in northeast Poland, bordering Lithuania and East Prussia.

Prior to the 20th century, the Jews of Amdur were very segregated from their gentile neighbours, though living peacefully with them most of the time. The Jews lived on different streets and had separate schools for their children. This changed somewhat prior to the second world war, when Polish authorities required that children study together in secular schools.

Immigration to America was halted by the U.S. government in 1924. As the second world war neared, some Jews managed to leave for Palestine. But as war loomed closer, the options for leaving Europe diminished. One source cites Amdur's population at 2,650 in 1931. Industry at that time included distilling and brewing. One source estimated the town's population was 1,709 at the start of World War II; another source cites 2,500 Jews; and yet another cited 3,000 Jews and 1,500 Christians. Grodno's 21,159 Jews in 1931 represented 42% of its population.

In September 1939, Germans bombed Grodno briefly as it invaded Poland. Germany and the Soviet Union agreed to divide Poland, and the Grodno area became part of the Soviet Union. Many residents of Grodno, including many Jews, favoured the reunification of Belarus under Soviet rule. (Stalin's now well known murder of millions may not have been clearly evident during that time.) Communist life was, apparently, kinder to Jews than life under Polish or German rule.

On the first day of Germany's attack on the Soviet Union, June 22, 1941, Grodno quickly surrendered. It was occupied for three years by the Germans. Two ghettos were set up in Grodno where Jews were quickly herded. Eighty Jews were murdered in Grodno within the first few weeks of occupation. Life in the ghettos continued for some time before all of Grodno's Jews were systematically transferred to the Kielbasin slave labour camp before deportation to the Treblinka or Auschwitz death camps. Twenty-nine thousand Jews from Grodno and nearby towns had passed through the large ghetto and 15,000 through the second. Amdur's 3,000 or so Jews, who comprised the majority of the town, were probably sent to the Kielbasin camp and then deported to Treblinka for extermination in 1942. There was not, as far as we were told, a mass grave of Nazi victims in or near Amdur. Grodno's population was about 60,000 before the war began, including 25,000 Jews. Grodno's population at the end of the war was about 25,000. No Jews remained, and some 10,000 of the city's non-Jewish residents had been killed or fled during the war.
Two hundred Jews are thought to have survived the Grodno ghettos. Hirshel Grodzienski is believed to be the youngest survivor from Grodno. He changed his name to Harold Gordon after immigrating to the United States after the war. His experiences as a ten-year-old, from escaping the Grodno ghetto, to living in Bialystok's ghetto, Buchenwald, Auschwitz, and Dachau before freedom, are chronicled in his book, The Last Sunrise.

We know that a Jew named Elli Goldfand from Amdur survived the war because he was away at the time, serving in the Red Army. After the war, he married a Christian woman, Ludmila, and brought her back to Amdur. He lived as the only Jew in Amdur for the next 40+ years until he died in 1998. Elli and Ludmila had children who are now grown and who have left Amdur. Elli was in touch with another Jewish survivor of Amdur, Shalom Siegel, who left eastern Europe after the war. There may have been a few other Jewish survivors who either escaped to the forests and joined the partisans or who survived service in the Red Army and hence were not in the town when the Nazis exterminated the Jews.

Grodno was liberated by the Soviet army in July of 1944. There was no battle; the Germans merely left. The city's buildings, its synagogues and churches, the Jewish shops and homes had gone mostly untouched. But nearly all Jewish life in the entire area had been extinguished.

For the next four and a half decades, Belarus was part of the Soviet Union. A very small number of Jews who had survived the war returned to Grodno and surrounding towns. Other Jews settled in Grodno due to work situations; their families most often survived the war because they had lived further east where Germans never advanced: the Urals, Siberia, Kazakhstan. During these decades of the Soviet Union, religion was prohibited by the government. Churches and synagogues were abandoned and, in some cities, destroyed. Only Grodno's large Catholic church, which was considered to be part of the Vatican and thus untouchable by the Soviets, continued to function. Cemeteries of all religions were destroyed and built upon; the Soviets considered cemeteries without burials within the past 25 years to be subject to demolition. A large sports complex now lies on the site of Grodno's large Jewish cemetery.

In 1986, the Chernobyl power plant in the Ukraine exploded, spreading radioactive dust over southeast Belarus. The Grodno area is in northwest Belarus and was not directly affected; however, the Soviet Union evacuated people from the areas that were heavily affected by Chernobyl's contamination, some of whom were sent to live in the Grodno region.

Belarus remained part of the Soviet Union until April 25, 1991, when it declared independence. The Soviet Union came to an end in December of that year, at which time Russia, Belarus and Ukraine formed the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Jewish emigration has been virtually unrestricted since that time, and more than half of the Jews of the former Soviet Union have left for Israel, the United States, Canada or western Europe. Amdur, Grodno and Belarus Today (2000)
Grodno today is a city of about 300,000 people. The Jewish population is about 1,000. Most of the Jews of Grodno today do not have pre-World War II family roots in Grodno. Their families were in the eastern Soviet Union during the war: Moscow, Kazakhstan, the Urals or Siberia, and they came to Grodno after the war. A few war survivors did return to Grodno and surrounding towns, including the one to Amdur.

The Jewish community in Grodno has declined from three to five thousand people some ten to fifteen years ago to just 1,000 today as a result in the change in emigration policies. From the 1950's until the late 1980's, emigration from the Soviet Union had been virtually impossible, while emigration has been virtually unrestricted since that time. Notwithstanding the recent decline in Jewish population, the religious and cultural life of the Jewish community has experienced a marked resurgence in all of the former Soviet Union countries now that such activities are no longer forbidden. Synagogues now actively operate in most major cities, and there are supplementary Hebrew schools, day schools and camps. There is a small religious group of Jews in Grodno that meets for prayers in an apartment, though most Jews in Grodno and in Belarus are secular.

In the centre of Grodno is a large plaza; when my grandparents lived nearby, it was called "Parade Square." A row of stores owned by Jewish merchants had once been on one side of the plaza. My grandfather surely visited. (Amdur is about a half-hour drive by car today; it was probably a few hours' drive by horse and cart, and there may have been a train. By the way, horses and carts are still a common mode of transportation today; most people cannot afford cars.) The second home of Polish King Stephen Batori was on another side of this plaza square, where it still stands, as does the Catholic church that also dates back to the 1500-1600's. The old Jewish-owned stores were set afire by the Nazi’s in 1941. They were not rebuilt; that side of the plaza was turned into a park.

Grodno's two Polish castles remain. Both are now museums. The first dates back to the 1300's. It is high on a hill overlooking the river where you can see the bridge upon which Napoleon's brother crossed with his troops. There had once been a mote around the old castle and drawbridge. The second castle is just nearby and now bears the Soviet hammer and sickle in its stone exterior. It was here where the town's leadership surrendered to the Nazi’s.

The grand old synagogue lies at the edge of the large wartime ghetto. Originally built in the 1600's, this building remains a very majestic structure; it is being restored today with American Jewish funds. There were a number of other smaller synagogues before the war, along with other Jewish institutions, including a hospital, that are now used for other purposes. In what is now the synagogue's parking lot, ghetto residents had to gather each morning to receive work assignments from their captors. Being assigned to the large Jewish bakery (which we also saw; it is in a state of disrepair) was considered a good job, as it offered the hope of receiving a piece of bread. The worst job was to work in the local tavern/restaurant, where Jewish workers were tortured by German soldiers.
Many of the large ghetto's original buildings remain. Before the war, this was the wealthy Jewish neighbourhood. Jewish merchants' stores had lined the main roads, and their homes were built on the second and third floors above the stores. These buildings are all occupied by the city's gentile residents now. Local historians know well where the ghetto borders fell and which structures had belonged to Jews before the war. The walkway where 29,000 Jews had to march as they exited the large ghetto to be sent off to death camps remains intact and is marked by a memorial arch and plaque.

Grodno's largest industries are located outside of the old historic town and include chemical products, textiles and electronics. In the downtown area, there are private shops; however, the large department store remains state-owned, as are most of the restaurants. This explains their very sterile atmosphere. The city's population grew from 25,000 at the end of the war to 300,000 today. Many live in city suburbs called "sleeping quarters" -- large, high-rise apartment buildings built during Khrushchev’s era that are now nearly all in a state of disrepair.

Privatization is coming slow to Belarus. Many Belarussians were not particularly happy about the break from Russia in 1991; some continue to support communism. Belarussians speak both the Belarussian and Russian languages (which share a common Cyrillic alphabet but have very different vocabularies) interchangeably, and don't prefer one over the other. They appreciate Russian art and literature. Most are still employed by the state. Average salaries are $20-$30 per month. The population is struggling economically. But they are well educated, dress nicely and are well groomed. The poverty spurred by the 1998 Russian economic crisis doesn't appear to suit them well, but they accept their circumstances. This is contrasted to the situation in Ukraine, where we also visited; Ukrainians, particularly in the west, are much more nationalistic, promoting the Ukrainian language and culture, and are much more anti-communist.

The food is the same throughout Belarus (particularly since the restaurants are almost all owned by the state): cabbage or beet borscht, salads (vegetables chopped very small with mayonnaise, sometimes with cold-cut meats), hard rye bread, and meats or chicken, usually fried. Restaurants are nearly empty. Belarussians cannot afford to eat out. The hotels are of substandard quality for Americans; public restrooms are horrendous.

Our primary guide in Belarus was a Jewish woman about my age: Galina Swartz. Her enthusiasm and knowledge made our trip to this depressed country not only interesting and worthwhile, but also exciting. Her English, learned entirely in Belarus, was outstanding. She was assisted in Grodno by a local licensed tour guide, Rosa, who did not speak English; Galina translated wonderfully. After touring Grodno, we had a dinner experience worth noting. We took Galina, Rosa and Pasha, our driver, to dinner. This was our most expensive meal in Belarus: $20 for five people; we would have expected to have paid at least $150 for a comparable meal at home. As was typical for Belarus, the restaurant was quite large, but there were only three or four tables of people. There was a live band with five or six members. (The state obviously does not run these restaurants at a profit!) Rosa commented that she knew the lead singer; he was a Jewish fellow and he knew Hebrew songs. (Rosa herself was not Jewish but had been married to a Jewish man, now deceased.) I challenged Rosa, in jest, to request that he sing a Hebrew song. She thought that was a reasonable request and did, in fact, ask him to sing something in Hebrew. When he sang "Oseh Shalom" (which Alan and I know well), not only did he and the entire band know it, but everyone else in the restaurant seemed to know it as well. According to Galina, it's a well known song throughout Belarus, whose Jewish population -- once nearly half of the total -- is now only about 1%. Needless to say, I was surprised.

According to Galina, there isn't and never has been antisemitism in Belarus -- perpetrated by the Belarusian’s, that is. (Belarusian gentiles consider themselves to be a unique ethnic group, descendants of ancient Slavic tribes, closely related to the Russians.) There may have been trouble from the Poles and Lithuanians in the west, who long-ruled the Grodno area, and the Ukrainians in the south, but the Byelorussians have always gotten along just fine with the region's Jewish residents. We saw or heard nothing to lead us to believe otherwise. This was in rather sharp contrast to nearby Ukraine, where we heard about anti-Semitism right from the beginning of our visit.

Amdur still exists today as a small town. Neither the town nor its people were what I had expected to find. I had expected to see a small but modern town where people would be busy with the ordeals of everyday modern life as we know it in the United States; I had expected to find people hostile to our visit or, at the very least, disinterested and too busy to be bothered with us. I knew I wouldn't see the shtetl of 100 years ago when my grandfather lived there.
I was dead wrong about all of that. Surprisingly, very little has changed. The shtetl remains. It surely looks much the same as it did 60 or 100 years ago. Only its Jews are gone. And as to the Christian population, I don't believe I've ever come across more friendly and warm strangers. Rural life is relaxed, and everyone was eager to help us. Outside the old town center, there is some modern housing, but inside, many pre-World War II houses remain. We became somewhat adept at identifying the "old" versus the "new" housing (that is, pre-World War II or post-World War II) and the Jewish (pre-war, of course) versus the non-Jewish housing.
The more well-to-do people in town had been Jewish. Their houses were built of bricks, more carefully mortared together than other houses and more ornate, with decorative brick patterns. Jews were frequently merchants, and their houses were stores downstairs and homes upstairs, two stories. But these were the better-off Jews. The poorer Jews lived in wooden homes made of dark wooden planks with thatched or wooden roofs. Today, chickens and ducks still run loose in the streets. The roads are very narrow. Some are cobblestone; most are unpaved. Large vegetable gardens grow between the houses. There is electricity, and some, at least, have phone lines. But there is no plumbing in most of the old town. People have outhouses and wells. Very few people have cars. Farmers have horses and carts. There are a few old cars in town, motorcycles and farm trucks, but not many. Most farming throughout the countryside is done manually, with horses but no powered machinery. I wouldn't have been surprised to have seen Tevye the Milkman or Yente the Matchmaker. Of course, there are no Jews in Amdur. But if you want to see what Amdur looks like, watch the movie, "Fiddler on the Roof."

Today there are Byelorussians, Russians and Poles in Amdur. About half are Catholic and half are Russian Orthodox. The old folk suffer from poor nutrition and lack of dental care. They look and dress as you would expect of the Russian countryside: old women with their colored scarves, old dresses, sweaters, and boot-shoes to navigate muddy streets, old men with Russian hats, trousers and boots, faces and hands hardened from a lifetime of farm work.

The only specific hope we had with regard to learning about our family of Amdur was that we might learn something of my grandfather's half-brother, Yankel Eisen, and his family. Yankel didn't leave Amdur for America when his siblings left because he was disabled and couldn't make the journey. He had married and, we believe, had three daughters. No one ever heard from him after the war. Surely he was killed by the Nazis. But maybe a teenage child survived? Or maybe someone could remember this family and tell us something about them? Most disappointingly, and notwithstanding the fact that we talked to half a dozen older folks who had been youngsters in Amdur before the war, no one could remember the Eisens. This was somewhat surprising, since Jewish and Christian children during those years under Polish rule attended public schools together. But each older person, some 60 years later, can understandably only remember a few Jewish families of the several hundred families that had perished. As to town documents, none exist from before the war. We searched the post-war records from 1946 for about a half hour and found no trace of an Eisen. So we had no luck discovering the fate of this uncle and likely never will.

The town center includes a "soviet" (village council office), a well-kept small Catholic church supported by Catholics in Germany, a Russian Orthodox church, and a monument to Red Army World War II soldiers from Amdur. We stopped in a tiny pharmacy that had once owned by Jews. Right in the middle of town, near the "soviet" and churches, is the very large abandoned synagogue. This synagogue, which had not been the only one in town but was clearly the largest, was the "great shul" Efron refers to as having been built in 1882. (There is a photo of it in Efron's book as well.) Today it is used as a warehouse, and though it is in a reasonable state of disrepair, the structure is probably sound. Perhaps it will be restored one day, if the economy ever improves. This shul survived because it is brick; only one wooden shul has survived in all of Belarus.

We spent some time in the Jewish cemetery. Again, this was our first visit to an ancient eastern European Jewish cemetery, and we found it all at once awesome, eery and fascinating. It sits atop a hill and overlooks a beautiful view of the town. Some graves were literally dug into steep slopes. There were hundreds or thousands of burials here. Nearly all of the headstones are illegible, toppled, worn down, moss-covered and eroded. But a handful had Hebrew lettering that was quite legible. The only name we were able to read clearly was that of "Yechezkiel Landau." We weren't told, but I can imagine that many of the newer stones of the 20th century may have been taken after the war to build foundations for homes, as was done in other towns. But we saw no indications of vandalism, only a lack of upkeep. Homes stand nearby, children play and farm animals wander.

We visited the widow of Elli Gelfand. She bragged of the awards he had received as a Red Army soldier and showed us a certificate they had received from the Soviet government on the occasion of their 50th anniversary. She showed us the many letters Elli had received in his lifetime inquiring of the fate of other Amdurer Jews. She said it was a shame we hadn't visited a couple of years earlier; Elli surely would have known the fate of the Yankel Eisen family. But Elli died in 1998, and she still grieves today.

The people of Amdur were extremely friendly. One woman spent a couple of hours showing us around. The employee at the council helped us look through records. We knocked on doors, met a number of people, and everyone tried to help. Only a few older folks have pre-war roots in Amdur; the other residents settled there after the war sometime. According to the older folks, Jews and Christians in Amdur always got along without a glitch. At least during their time (1920's and '30s), everyone went to school together and were friends with one another. The Jewish kids learned Polish, and the Christians understood Yiddish. Our guide, Galina, a Jewish Belarrussian of my generation, believes this entirely. We truly saw no signs of anti-Semitism in Amdur or, for that matter, in Belarus. Jews were the overwhelming majority in Amdur during my grandfather's day. Jews and Christians kept separate, which may have caused some tensions, but if there was real trouble from gentiles, it would have been perpetrated by the Tzar's authorities, not by the local gentiles, who were quite a minority.

Harold Gordon, in his book The Last Sunrise, speaks of the hostility between the Jews and Poles in Grodno, with some name-calling, breaking of windows and light hooliganism. It's hard, after all these years, to get the Jewish perspective of how things really were in these towns during the 1930's, or in the 1890's, when my grandfather was a kid. Gordon does mention that the Jews got along much better with Russian (and perhaps Belarussian) families when they moved into Grodno when the Soviets gained control of the city in 1939. Perhaps the tensions were greater between Jews and Poles.

The economic situation is Belarus' biggest challenge today. In 1986, it was mostly the soils of Belarus, not Ukraine, that were contaminated by Chernobyl's nuclear power plant explosion. Seventy-three percent of land in Belarus can no longer be farmed. This, coupled with the economic crisis in Russia of the 1990's, has led to a very depressed economy in Belarus. In terms of the people's health, some contend that thyroid cancers among Belarus' children have been rising dramatically following Chernobyl. It is hard to find any concrete research on this, and whether the government is covering up the problem, doesn't have the money to deal with the problem, or whether there isn't, in fact, a significant problem but merely uncertainty in the minds of the people is something I really could not figure out. What is certain is that the people of Belarus, especially the very old and the very young, have health problems due to poverty and its resulting malnutrition. People aren't starving from lack of food here, but they lack the nutrients found in diets that include a variety of food. The poor eat little more than potatoes and cabbage.

C. Shtetl Life

This booklet consists largely of a translation of Efron's book about Amdur. Before reading that, it is useful to understand the common characteristics of the shtetlach of 19th century European Jewry.

We define shtetl as a small, pre-World War II, Jewish-populated town in eastern Europe. Most of these towns also had non-Jewish populations. The Jews and non-Jews transacted business together, but their relationships usually did not extend far beyond that. Jews preferred to stay amongst themselves, maintaining their own schools and synagogues and living in kosher homes. Of course, there were exceptions, where strong friendships were forged between Jews and gentiles. In later years, just before World War II, Jewish and gentile children studied together in the same schools (primarily by force of the government). Jews lived in eastern Europe from the time of its earliest civilizations.

The Turkish Khazars ruled the areas of Russia-Belarus-Ukraine for a few hundred years until the mid-800's A.D. This group is of particular interest to Jewish history. Nearly 2000 years ago, when the Second Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed, some Jews migrated north to Turkish lands and assimilated into Turkish societies. The Turkish Khazar tribes then moved northward to eastern Europe and included some of these Jews. Later on, very large numbers of additional Khazarians converted to Judaism, while some were also Christian and Moslem. In the 13th to 15th centuries, large numbers of Jews from Germanic lands in western Europe migrated east. It is believed that these Jews eventually intermarried and assimilated with the Jews of Khazarian descent already living in eastern Europe. While the German Jews outnumbered the Jews of eastern origin, some historians today believe that most of today's Ashkenazi Jews from eastern Europe (us!) are about 75% of Germanic origin and 25% Khazarian. This is particularly interesting because most of the Khazarian Jews were converts and not from the biblical Hebrew tribes.
The Jews from the German empire brought the Yiddish language with them to eastern Europe, and it was ultimately adopted by all Jews of the area. Yiddish uses Hebrew letters, but its vocabulary more closely resembles the German language; it had originated in German lands (which extended over a much larger area than does the present-day country of Germany). Some Hebrew and Aramaic (the everyday language of the Jews living in Arab lands after the Babylonian exile) words were incorporated into Yiddish, and Russian and Polish words were also added. The language varied depending on what part of Europe one lived in. The first known written documents in Yiddish date back to the 1200's. For hundreds of years, the Jews of eastern Europe communicated amongst themselves in Yiddish, learning only as much of another language (for example, Russian or Polish) as was required to transact business. Prayer books were occasionally written in Yiddish, but throughout the centuries, learned Jews also knew Hebrew for praying and studying the Torah and Talmud.

Religious law and observance defined the ethos of the Jewish community. Men were frequently judged not as much by their wealth as by the extent of their Jewish knowledge. Families made staunch sacrifices so that a son, son-in-law or husband would be able to devote his time to studying the Hebrew texts.
Women, on the other hand, were expected to tend to the home and needs of the family. In some instances, women raised the children, cared for the home, garden and farm animals, prepared meals and earned the family's livelihood by maintaining a store or other business so that the husband would be free to pursue study of the Torah and Talmud.

At times, Jews led culturally and spiritually rich lives in eastern Europe. The Jewish klezmer music spirited weddings and other celebrations. The literature of Y.L. Peretz, Shalom Aleichem (author of many tales, including that which became the basis for "Fiddler on the Roof"), and hundreds of other Yiddish writers accurately depicts life in those days. As the haskalah ("enlightenment" or modernization) movement grew in the early 1900's, Yiddish theatre grew and became the foundation for a group of Shtetl Jews and their children who later became the Hollywood studio greats (Universal, 20th Century Fox, Warner Brothers, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Columbia Pictures and United Artists were all founded by men with Shtetl roots).

The relationship between the Jews and gentile authorities varied throughout the course of the eastern European experience. At times, the Jews were an integral part of the larger society, working closely with the nobility as active and loyal citizens and soldiers, working and fighting for their respective countries. Their industriousness often led to positions of relative authority and prosperity, exceeding the successes of the gentile peasant population. But Jews were usually stopped short of holding the highest positions of authority or gaining too much wealth.

As I've mentioned before, I believe it was a combination of things -- poverty, the Tzar's required lengthy army service, rising communism and related violence in Russia, signs of future war in western Europe (World War I), stories of anti-Semitic murders in Ukraine, and the cultural stagnation and lack of modernism in Shtetl life -- that may have led our families to leave. Droves of Jews left beginning in the 1880's, moving to the U.S. and to other countries (such as Argentina, where many Amdurers settled) and our family undoubtedly heard of better opportunities abroad.

In America, the Yiddish language and Shtetl culture rather quickly and nearly entirely died, as Jews found themselves anxious to successfully assimilate among the many ethic groups of the American "melting pot." At the same time, other groups of young Jews in Europe were abandoning the traditional life in favour of the communist and socialist movements, and others were joining the Zionists' flight to Palestine or trying to assimilate into the bigger cities in central and western Europe. Shtetl life was coming to an end.

The Nazis abruptly completed the end of the Shtetl era in the 1940's. Town by town, Jewish families, entire Shtetls, were lined up and gunned down into mass graves. Others were forced into fenced-in ghettos before being sent to die in death camps. Shtetls -- homes, businesses, synagogues, holy books -- were burned to the ground. Seventy percent of Europe's Jews were murdered or died of disease or starvation in the Nazi ghettos and camps, between six and seven million people. Three million of those Jews had lived in shtetlach or cities of Poland (92% of the Polish Jewish population was killed), and more than a million had lived in the Soviet Union -- today's Belarus, Ukraine and Russia. The Shtetl was no more; though many of these towns remained or were rebuilt, their Jews were gone forever.
In the Soviet Union, where religious life and culture was repressed for 60 years, most Jews lost all connection to their former culture. Influences of Shtetl life helped to mould the flavour of Jewish life in the United States and in Israel. But Shtetl life is now truly extinct. Only tiny groups of ultra-religious Jews, mostly Holocaust survivors who resist assimilation, speak Yiddish in their daily lives. Jews in Israel abandoned Yiddish in favour of Hebrew on ideological grounds. While Yiddish language and music has made somewhat of a comeback in American universities and in the American Jewish community, Yiddish is essentially gone as a spoken language.

D. Religion in Amdur
Most of Amdur's population was Jewish in the 1800's, and the Jewish religion was very important in the town's daily life. It is likely that Amdur was heavily populated with Jews for centuries before the Jewish community was extinguished. The laws and customs of the Jewish community were dictated by Jewish law. In order for someone to live within the Jewish community, he or she had to abide by Jewish law. Since Jews were mostly segregated from the gentile community, they usually conformed to the requirements of the rabbinate. Unlike in western societies today, being a secular Jew was really not an option. Further, today's designations of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism did not exist. The Jewish community was Orthodox, regardless of the precision with which individuals did or did not abide by religious law within the home. Hasidism, considered an ultra-conservative sect today, was thought of as radical in the 18th century. It attempted to bring fervent spirituality to a religion its followers believed had become stagnant with meaningless ritual.

The Jews of eastern Europe chronicled their history according to the rabbis, synagogues and institutes of religious learning of the time, just as modern countries organize their histories according to their heads of state and military operations. For these reasons, historical information below, along with sections of Efron's book, include the hierarchy of rabbinical figures of Amdur.

Amdur was known as an important rabbinic center in Lithuania in the 1700's, contributing numerous eminent Jewish scholars. Efron includes in his book a chapter on the Yeshiva of Amdur, noting that other more populous Jewish communities did not have a proper Yeshiva. From Efron's description of rabbis, cantors, Talmud teachers and Torah scribes, it is clear that religion was played a prominent role in the lives of many of Amdur's citizens. The town of Amdur is featured in Chaim Grade's novel, The Yeshiva. Hasidism was a popular movement in this area, and Amdur was a significant center for Hasidism. In 1747, 1764, and 1772, about 300 Hasidim went from the Grodno area to Israel, settling in Jerusalem, Hebron, and Tiberias, where they founded yeshivas.

Amdur Hasidism is the topic of Chapter 3 (pp. 121-143) of Lithuania Hasidism, by Wolf Zeev Rabinovitch, forward by Simon Dubnow (Schoken, New York, 1971; ISBN 0 853 03021 9; a translation by M.B. Dagut (University College of Haifa) from the Hebrew original, (HaHasidit HaLitait) published by Mosad Bialik, Jerusalem). Amdur Hasidism was a branch of Lithuanian Hasidism. Rabinovitch regards Karlin Hasidism (from another nearby shtetl) and Amdur Hasidism as two of the three branches of Lithuanian Hasidism.

There was bitter sectarian strife between Mitnagdim (those who were against Hasidism -- Mitnagdim means "they are against") and Hasidim for 30 years. In 1781, in the face of Mitnagid "bans and boycotts," Karlin and Amdur were "the refuge of Lithuanian Hasidism." Rabbi Chaim Cheikel established a Hasidic center in Amdur in 1772-1773. He authored an 18th century kabbalistic book republished in Israel called Hayim v'Hesed (first edition: Warsaw, 1891). Renowned Jewish philosopher Martin Buber mentions Cheikel in one of his books. Cheikel died in 1787 and was succeeded by his son, Rabbi Shmuel of Amdur (active in 1798). Amdur Hasidism did not continue thereafter; Rabinovitch attributes that to Mitnaged opposition. Early rabbis of Amdur included: R. David ben R. Yisrael Zack, head of the Court of Zablodvi; Bierz. R. Yisrael, son-in-law of kabbalist R. Josef Yoska, who was the head of the Rabbinic Court of Dubno; R. Shmuel, author of "The Responsa Shmuel," son of R. Josef ben R. Shmuel, who wrote "Beit Shmuel," a commentary on the Shulchan Aruch section pertaining to marriage and divorce, who passed away in 1777 in Rackov, near Minsk; R. Tuvya, and after he left Amdur he was appointed the head of the Jewish court in the city of Metz in the province of Tiktin; and R. Chaim Cheikel, who was well known in rabbinic circles. In 1912, Ruben ben Shimeon HaCohen Katz, born in 1880, was the rabbi of Amdur (Kagan, 481; Shetl Finder, Diaspora Museum).

The strong religious community in Amdur, including the Hasidic base, is curious to us; after all, my grandfather truly had no use for organized religion whatsoever (he told me that God has no use for fancy buildings, such as the then-newly constructed Morman tabernacle in Washington that we drove past in the 1970's; so he may have believed in God, though not in religious ritural). He got into trouble as a teen for not going to shul. Dad remembers him inviting people into the house to eat during Yom Kippur (when one is supposed to be fasting). But he was, undoubtedly, a paradox. It's clear that most of Amdur's Jews were very pious.


How DNA Testing Can Teach Us More About Our Ancestors

(Recently the jewish genealogy magazine Avotanu printed an article on the amazing results that DNA matching can achieve. Click here to view this article which the magazine has granted us permission to include.)

A website from FTDNA offers some interesting results from studies concerning Jewish families and their DNA.

Based upon the 18th and 19th century archival material we have acquired, we assume that all the Amdurs with roots in Braslav descend from a single common ancestor, a man named Elyakim, who probably lived in Indura and was born about 1735 or 1740. Those who descend from the Amdur[sky]s of Mogilev also have a tradition of a common ancestor. In some cases, we cannot determine if an Amdur belongs to the Bialystok Amdurskys, the Braslav Amdurs, the Mogilev Amdur[sky]s or some other group as yet unidentified. DNA testing can help us answer some of these questions. Here’s how.

A strand of DNA in the human genome, passed from father to son, or from mother to daughter, remains essentially unchanged down through the generations. Unlike the rest of our DNA. The paternal DNA is called Y-DNA; the maternal is mtDNA. This means that a stretch of DNA is in every Amdur male with roots in Braslav should be essentially the same as that of his father, grandfather, great-great-grandfather and so on back into the mists of history. Occasionally, a mutation may cause a slight alteration, but nothing more. It also means that every Amdur descended from the Elyakim above should carry the same Y-DNA. Those who came from Mogilev or from Bialystok do not descend from the same common ancestor as those from Braslav even though the progenitors of all likely lived in Indura in the late 18th century.

Family Tree DNA, a genetic genealogy company in Houston, Texas, owned and operated by Jewish genealogist Bennett Greenspan, has pioneered in the testing of DNA for genealogical purposes. It is also the company used by the academics that have studied the so-called Cohen gene and are conducting the massive DNA migration project for the National Geographical Society in Washington, D.C.

The specific strand of DNA involved has locations (called “loci” or “markers.” A 12-marker test of the Y-DNA can show definitively if two or more men Do Not have a common ancestor. Depending on the nature of the specific DNA, it also may show if they Do have a common ancestor within a certain number of generations. The greater the number of markers analyzed (e.g., 25, 35 or 67), the closer one can determine the how long ago a common ancestor lived and in many cases, it can also reveal closer relationships among those who descend from a more remote common ancestor.

In order to eliminate the possibility of no common ancestor, Y-DNA testing begins with a 12-marker test. This costs $99 plus shipping ($2 within the United States, $4 for shipping outside the United States). Once an order is placed, a kit will be sent. The kit consists of three cotton swaps and a pre-labeled envelop in which to return them. The swabs are used to rub the inside of one’s cheek and are then dropped into the container and mailed back to Family Tree DNA. That’s all. Results will be mailed back within five weeks. They will give you your haplotype (your specific marker scores) and tell you to what haplogroup you belong. Common genetic research practice groups individuals with similar Y-DNA markers. Each group is called a haplogroup. You will also be told of any other individuals whose DNA, tested by FamilyTree DNA, is an exact match for yours. Based on the 12-marker test, the distance between two individuals is measured by the number of mismatches in their DNA sequences. A zero distance indicates a perfect match (12 of 12) . If individuals have the same haplotype, they likely share a common ancestor.

By now FamilyTree DNA has tested so many Ashkenazi (European) Jewish men that it is common for any new individuals tested to find one or more “genetic cousins,” i.e., other men with exactly the same Y-DNA– in other words, with a remote common ancestor. Often these others have different last names.

We already have established an Amdur Family DNA project. If you are a direct line Amdur male and wish to take part SIMPLY CLICK HERE. This will take you directly to the Amdur DNA Project application page. (Contact the web master if this link does not work).

The results obtained from the Amdur DNA project to date has now allowed us to see that there exists two DNA groupings. One group (tabs above shown in red) is that of the Pittsburgh Amdur family and those who most probably link to them, and the other group (tabs above shown in blue) is that of the family we called the Braslav Branch and those that possibly link to there. We still require a large number fo tests to be done as there are still many branches which we cannot link to and the results of the tests will allow us to narrow the area of genealogical research. If the tab link to your tree shows in black we ask that you find someone who will consider doing this non-invasive test.

Don’t hesitate to write to Sallyann Sack-Pikus if you have any further questions.

Maps of the Amdur World from
the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries

Aerial shot of modern Indura (Amdur)
Geographical coordinates: 53° 27' 0" North, 23° 53' 0" East
Geographical location: Hrodna, Belarus, Europe
Sourced from, and thanks to, Google Maps


Area location of Indura (Amdur) in relation to Hrodna (Grodno), modern Belarus

Large area map showing geographic relationship of
Indura (Amdur) Hrodna (Grodno), Vilna, Daugavpils (Dvinsk) & Braslav


Area map of Braslav and the smaller village of Slabodka

Aerial view of modern Braslav

Sourced from Google Maps

This link is to a current list of all known Amdurs and their descendants dating from about the 1730s

The format of this page is currently under trial and we request your understanding if it does not work as well as it should. at present.

To search the lists you have two options.

The first is to simply scroll down untill you find the name your are looking for and then click on the adjacent tree link.(simple but time consuming!)

The second option is to press Control F (for a Window's machine (XP, Vista, Win 7), not too sure on an Apple) and at the lower left hand side of the screen you will see a small ribbon with the word 'Find'. Enter the name and press 'Next' until you find the name you are looking for and then click on the adjacent tree link.

Have fun and enjoy your family and remember that there are now over 3850 names in this list.

This link is to an Amdur family slide show made up of 400 - 500 photos you have kindly sent in.

We do not have names on everyshot but the purpose is not so much names as enjoyment of seeing faces familiar yet unknown

The people represented are either direct descendant Amdurs or their spouses.

NOTE: Please be aware that this is a large folder and may take some time to download and run smoothly. Speed will depend on your system and your download speed.

We hope you enjoy it


The Braslav Amdur consists of those family members who lived in and moved from, Dvinsk / Braslav / Slobodka during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We trace this tree back to an ancestor - Eliakim - who was born most probably in the 1730s (Warning: This file is over 20mb so may take some time to down load depending on your ADSL/broadband connection.)

Recently the following Amdur branches were joined to the main Amdur trunk
Kazriel Amdur tree
Peretz Amdur tree
Simon Zalke Amdur tree

The following branch is known from both DNA and 19th century documentation to be directly connected to the Braslav branch but the exact point of connection is still being debated
Yankel & Yetta Amdur tree

Given that the Braslav branch now runs to about 1000 members and will print out to over 7 metres the separate trees noted above will still be available to view as individual trees - Just click on the required trees

The following individuals appear as members of the Braslav branch

(Rebecca), Rivka Amdur, Katie Davison, Anne Srol
?, Alexey Amdur, Kazriel Davison, Henry Stein, Bessie (Basia Riva)
?, Amos Amdur, Kazriel Khaim Davison, Margery Steinhart, Ariel
?, Bradley Amdur, Keith Deitch, ? Steinhart, Avi
?, child1 Amdur, Kelvin Deitch, daughter Steinhart, Avigail
?, child1 Amdur, Khaim Israel Donough, Francis Joseph Steinhart, Batsheva
?, child2 Amdur, Khaim Meir Droe, Adam Steinhart, Betsalel
?, child2 Amdur, Khaim Shmuil Droe, Harry (Drozinsky) Steinhart, Chezki
?, child3 Amdur, Khasia Droe, Richard Steinhart, Eitan
?, child4 Amdur, Khaya Droe, Seth Steinhart, Elisheva
?, Danielle Amdur, Khaya Dveira Droe, William Steinhart, Hyman
?, daughter Amdur, Kitty Dverka Steinhart, Hyman
?, daughter Amdur, Ksenia Dverka Steinhart, Leora
?, Dora Amdur, Lea-Elka Elia, Barbara Steinhart, Matan
?, Faye Amdur, Leiba Ester Steinhart, Maurice
?, Gabrielle Amdur, Leiba Elyakimovitch Feiga Steinhart, Naftali
?, Hana Amdur, Leizer Feige Steinhart, Noam
?, Harel Amdur, Leizer Felber, Adam Samuel Steinhart, Shlomo
?, Hetty Amdur, Leizer Felber, Daniel Martin Steinhart, Stephanie
?, Hilda Amdur, Leizer Felber, Emily Rose Steinhart, Yoni
?, Hilda Amdur, Leizer Peisach Ferguson Steinhart, Zahavit
?, Jeremy Amdur, Lenny Freida Steinsneider, Francis
?, Kfir Amdur, Leonid Gamdur, Movsha Aron Streem, Harry (Stremofsky)
?, Libi Amdur, Liel Garfunkel, Shoshana Tawill, Maya
?, Limor Amdur, Liron Golda, Michle Triena
?, Maayan Amdur, Liusya Goldfeder, Chaim Tsipa
?, Mary Amdur, Lou Goldfeder, Nechama Tzirka
?, Miriam Amdur, Louis Goldfeder, Shlomo Tzirka
?, Nadav Amdur, Lucy Goldman, ? Unsdorfer, Shula
?, Reece Amdur, Marissa Goldman, Jacob Waxman, Jacqueline
?, Roni Amdur, Marlene Handen, ? Weinberg, Ariella
?, Sergei Amdur, Marsha Idka Weinberg, Ayelet
?, Shoshana Amdur, Mary Ita Weinberg, Jonathan
?, Sivan Amdur, Maurice Johnson, ? Weinberg, Miriam
?, son Amdur, Max (Moishe) Johnson, Connor Weinberg, Philip
?, Tal Amdur, Mendel Katzman, Ayelet Weinberg, Shira
?, Valerie Amdur, Menucha Katzman, Bensi Weinberg, Tamar
?, Vesna Amdur, Meyer Katzman, Moriah Weiner, Sam
Abrahams, Francine Amdur, Michael Kessler, Michal Weitzman, Arlene
Abrahams, Gerald Amdur, Michel Khana Wisikolskis, Kate (Kaila)
Abrahams, Richard Amdur, Mikhel Elyakimovitch Koblenz, Ephraim Yosel
Abram Amdur, Minnie Menucha Koblenz, Lena Zalman
Abram Amdur, Miron Koblenz, Mayer Zappie, Nora
Adler, Fred Amdur, Molly Koblenz, son Zella
Amdur, ? Amdur, Movsha Landau, Avi
Amdur, Aaron Ber Amdur, Movsha Landau, Shachar
Amdur, Abel Amdur, Movsha Leah, Chaya
Amdur, Abraham Amdur, Movsha Leaman, Arie
Amdur, Abraham Amdur, Movsha Leaman, Chani
Amdur, Abraham Amdur, Nina Leaman, Duvy
Amdur, Abraham Amdur, Nisel Leaman, Hindy
Amdur, Abraham Amdur, Oser Leaman, Miri
Amdur, Abraham (Abba Getzel) Amdur, Paul Leaman, Motty
Amdur, Abraham Itzik Amdur, Peretz Leaman, Steven
Amdur, Alexey Amdur, Peretz Leaman, Zally
Amdur, Alice Amdur, Rae Leib
Amdur, AnaBella Amdur, Reuben Levinson, James
Amdur, Andrew Amdur, Roche Levinson, Martin
Amdur, Anthony Amdur, Roche Levinson, S Robert
Amdur, Avrek Amdur, Roche Levy, Janice Ruth
Amdur, Azik Amdur, Rosalie Levy, Joel
Amdur, Azik Elyakimovitch Amdur, Rosalie Levy, Julie Ann
Amdur, Azik Shimon Amdur, Sadie Levy, Lawrence
Amdur, Barbara Amdur, Sallyann Levy, Samuel
Amdur, Basia Amdur, Samuel Levy, Susan
Amdur, Beatrice Amdur, Samuel (Zhushke) Lewis, Mary
Amdur, Ber Amdur, Saul Hayden Lishak, Danny
Amdur, Berka Amdur, Shalom Zavel Lishak, Edna
Amdur, Berko Amdur, Shirley Lishak, Simon
Amdur, Berl Amdur, Shirley Simone London, Frieda
Amdur, Beth Amdur, Shlomo Maka
Amdur, Boris Amdur, Shlomo Malka
Amdur, Briena Zavel Amdur, Shlomo Zavel Malkah
Amdur, Carl Amdur, Shmuel Mannes, Mary Ann
Amdur, Cele Gitel Amdur, Shmuel Leib Marchinsky, Sadie
Amdur, Charles Amdur, Shmuel Schmulia Chaim Maryasse
Amdur, Child1 Amdur, Sholomo Shmoylo Miller, Henry
Amdur, child1 Amdur, Sidney Mizrachi, Gayla
Amdur, Child2 Amdur, Sidney Donald Mizrachi, Noa
Amdur, child2 Amdur, Simon Mizrachi, Ohad
Amdur, Child3 Amdur, Simon Mizrachi, Yael
Amdur, child3 Amdur, Simon Mizrachi, Yigal
Amdur, Clarence Amdur, Simon Yaacov Moizek, Hilda
Amdur, daughter Amdur, Simon Zalke Moranz, ?
Amdur, Daughter Amdur, Solomon Nieman, Lillian
Amdur, David Amdur, Solomon Betsalel Nutall, Eleanor Grace
Amdur, David Amdur, Solomon Yuda Zalke Pauline
Amdur, David Amdur, son Pikus, Irwin Mark
Amdur, Debbie Amdur, Sonia Powers, Dale
Amdur, Deena Amdur, Sora Powers, Lawrence
Amdur, Dinka Amdur, Sora Yenta Powers, Randi
Amdur, Doba Amdur, Sora-Rivka Rachmiel
Amdur, Dora (Gelye Devora) Amdur, Sore Tzipporah Reyza
Amdur, Dvera Amdur, Sorka Rietterbund, Bernard
Amdur, Dvorka Amdur, Srol Simon Rietterbund, Jerry
Amdur, Edward Amdur, Steven Mark Shlomo Meir Chaim Rietterbund, Joice
Amdur, Efroyim Amdur, Tilliie Rietterbund, Sidney
Amdur, Eliash Amdur, Tsipa Rietterbund, Steven
Amdur, Ella Amdur, Tzipa Rifkin, Evelyn
Amdur, Elyakim Amdur, Tzvia Ritterbund, Simon
AMDUR, Elyakim Amdur, Yakov Roche
Amdur, Elyakim Amdur, Yankel Roche
Amdur, Elyakim Amdur, Yankel Rose, Mary
Amdur, Elyakim Amdur, Yankel Rosenbaum, Child
Amdur, Elyakim Movsha Amdur, Yankel Matis Rosenbaum, Henry
Amdur, Esther Edels Amdur, Yosel Rosenbaum, Pauline
Amdur, Etka Amdur, Yuda Rosenbaum, Theodore
Amdur, Evelyn Amdur, Zachary David Rosenthal, Alan
Amdur, Feige Amdur, Zelda Rosenthal, Amy
Amdur, Frances Amdur, Zelik Rosenthal, Ben
Amdur, Fred Amdur, Zelik Ross, Ben
Amdur, Freida Amdur, Zelik Ross, Daniel
Amdur, Fruma Ander, Ida Ross, Eugene
Amdur, Gedalyia Wolf Ander, Jack (Jacob Avrum Yankel) Ross, Gail
Amdur, Genesh Ander, Jean Ross, Ivan
Amdur, Gershon Ander, Khaim Movsha Morris Ross, Mark
Amdur, girl Auerbach, Elise Ross, Marlene (Machla Raisl)
Amdur, Gita Basia Ross, Mitchell
Amdur, Golda Beines Ross, Shelley
Amdur, Golda Bender Ross, Sheri
Amdur, Greta Berkowitz, Cheryl Ross, Susan
Amdur, Greta Binder, Lotte Ross?, Ivor
Amdur, Hana Blank, ? Rubenstein, Carol
Amdur, Hannah Block, Alexander Milton Sack, Benjamin Myer
Amdur, Harry Block, Bradley Stephen Sack, Daniel Amdur
Amdur, Haska Block, Francesca Amelia Sack, Elizabeth
Amdur, Hatzskel Block, Sara Elizabeth Sack, Kathryn Diane
Amdur, Haya-Gesya Braun, Rachel Leah Sack, Lawrence
Amdur, Hershele Bricker, Deborah Sack, Matthew Philip
Amdur, Hinde Broder, Aharon Sack, Robert
Amdur, Hirsh Broder, Chaim Saperstein, Perry
Amdur, Hyman Broder, Linda Schneider, Rose
Amdur, Ian Brody, Chani Schocket, Dave
Amdur, Idel Wulf Brody, Dov Sheina
Amdur, Idka Brody, Gavi Sheina
Amdur, Isaac Khatzkel Brody, Hadar Shemesh, Naama
Amdur, Isadore Brody, Michael Shulkin, Rose (Roche Leah)
Amdur, Isadore Brody, Ronit Shuster, Gershon
Amdur, Israel Brody-Shemesh, Idan Sills, Alan
Amdur, Israel Caplan, Sid Sills, Jason
Amdur, Israel Chaike Sills, Larry
Amdur, Israel Chana Sills, Michael
Amdur, Itsik Chaya Sills, Ralph (nee Silverstein)
Amdur, Itsik Chernok, Jacob Benjamin Sills, Ronna
Amdur, Itzik Chernok, Matthew Franklin Sills, Steven (nee Silverstein)
Amdur, Itzik Chernok, Rachel Jane Simcha
Amdur, Jeff Chernok, Rick David Solomon, Gregory
Amdur, Jeff Cohen, Fanny Solomon, Jacob Louis
Amdur, Jenny Cooper, Lou Solomon, Julia Rachel
Amdur, Judith David Sora


The Dov Aisik Amdur tree consists of a small grouping which lives in the USA. This tree is known to be a part of the main Amdur trunk but currently we are not too sure exactly how it connects.

DNA results from the Amdur DNA project have confirmed that members of the Yankel Amdur tree, the Zalke Simon Amdur tree, and the Dov Aisik Amdur tree are closely related.

The following names appear on this tree:

Amdur, Annie Emdur, Jerome Wolf (Jerry)
Amdur, Becky Emdur, Larry Israel
Amdur, Issac Emdur, Leah
Amdur, Jack Emdur, Sammy Joseph
Amdur, Lazarus Louis Ringold, Daniel
Amdur, Rosie Ringold, Joel
Emdur, Bruce Wayne Ringold, Michael
Emdur, daughter Ringold, Steven
Emdur, Fred Wolf Slavik, Leah Libby Lillian
Emdur, Harriett


The Yankel & Yetta Amdur tree consists of Amdurs who went from Braslav & Dvinsk to England, the USA, South Africa, Rhodesia and Australia.

This branch has been confirmed, via DNA analysis and documentation, as a direct member of the Amdur Main Trunk. How they link to the trunk however is currently under further discussion as there are three possible Yankels (born 1809, 1811 and 1818) and it is not certain as to which of these they link to.

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The following individuals appear in the Yankel and Yetta Amdur tree ( list needs to be updated)

?, Brett Davis, Dina (Dinky) Kanter, Miriam Rosenberg, Samantha Miriam
?, Casey Davis, Hilda Renee Karmel, Dora Rosenberg, Sidney Harris
?, daughter Davis, Lillian Katz, Genia Nehe (Chana) Ross, Aiden Sidney
?, Jennifer Davis, Maralyn Katznelson, David Ross, Jared Brett
?, Jessica Davis, Sidney David Katznelson, Emily Tess Ross, Karen Lee
?, Lynne Davis, Sidney Zelig Katznelson, Jacob Mark Ross, Mike (Rosenberg)
?, Rose Daystar, Tara Katznelson, Sarah Grace Ross, Natasha Jessie
?, Ruth Dina, Yetta Katznelson, Scott Ross, Shelley Ann
?, son1 Dipple, Darren Peter Katznelson, Steven Ross, Sidney Paul (Rosenberg)
?, son2 Dipple, Lisa Rosalind Kaufmann, Anne Roth, Ronny
?, Sylvia Dipple, Peter Kaufmann, Usher Roth, Rosalind
?, Tammy Doransky, Celia Kaye, Ellen Rothman, Lily
?, Tammy Lynn Downs, Anthony Raymond Keife, Kathrine Sack, Cecil
?, twin1 Driskuns, Freida Kent, Bradley Sack, Martin
?, twin2 Driskuns, Yudel Kent, Craige Sack, Rodney
1, child Duffy, Karen Kent, Jonathon Sadowsky, Abraham
2, child Effenson, Beatrice Kerble, Francis Salling, James
3, child Effenson, Dorothy King, Goodman Saponia, Cheryl Nikki
Alexandra Eiland, Murrey King, Harry Saponia, Hazel Celia
Alterman., Fannye Ellis, David King, Naomi Saponia, Ian
Amdur, Ada Ellis, Samuel Ilan King, Ruth Saponia, Wendy Elaine
Amdur, Albert Bernard Emder, Jack (Jacob Amdur) Kishineff, Dana Sarah
Amdur, Anne Emder, Jeanne Kishineff, Melanie Sargon, MichelleTamar
Amdur, Ante Leah Englander, David Kishineff, Risa Schafer, Alyssa Rose
Amdur, Arthur Englander, Sally Kishineff, William Schafer, Marshall
Amdur, Betsey Frieda Englander, Selick Cecil Lascofsky, Sarah (Cissie) Schafer, Matthew David
Amdur, Brandon Englander, son1 Lazerus, Rosa Schneider, Linda Hart nee
Amdur, Brooke Englander, son2 Leberman, Ben Schuster, Sandra
Amdur, child1 Fendel, Melody Coral Leberman, Christopher Schwartz, Lior
Amdur, child1 Fox, Charles Leberman, Daniel Paul Webb Segal, Angie Lena
Amdur, child2 Freda Leberman, Jessica Marya Segal, Anthony
Amdur, child2 Freed, Lillian Leberman, Nicholas Segal, Colin
Amdur, Danielle Galinsky, Lily Leberman, Reuben Segal, Daniel
Amdur, Dinah Galinsky, Monty Leberman, Ruth Segal, Ella
Amdur, Eliahu Dov (Bennett) Galinsky, Ruben Leberman, Sarah IsaBella Segal, Louise
Amdur, Esther Galinsky, Silvia Leberwohl, Annette Segal, Zachery
Amdur, Esther Gallagher, Ruth Leberwohl, Daniel Serebro, Boris
Amdur, Esther Gallop, Alex Burton Leberwohl, Herbert Serebro, Caroline
Amdur, Esther Liba Gallop, Lenard Leberwohl, Morris Serebro, daughter of
Amdur, Eva Gallop, Mona Lee, Harrison (Harry) Serebro, Eric Michael
Amdur, Golda Sophie (Schlova) Gallop, Phyllis Lee, Marsh Serebro, Ivan Stephen
Amdur, Hannah Ettie Gallop, Robin Lee, Melissa Serebro, Lee
Amdur, Irene Gallop, Samuel Lee-Berman, Michael Serebro, Leslie Arthur
Amdur, Israel (Issy) Gallop, Silvia Lee-Berman, Nehemiah Serebro, Louis
Amdur, Jacob Gates, Esther Lee-Berman, Richard Serebro, Minni
Amdur, Janie Gershoff, Ann Levene, Jacki Serebro, Paul Henry
Amdur, Joan Lillian Jinny Ginnes, Breanne Levy, Johnathon Matthew Serebro, Rafael
Amdur, Katie ( Mushka Gitel) Ginnes, Cassandra Levy, Nikki Serebro, Rosalyn Meryl
Amdur, Leah Ginnes, Eli Joseph Levy, Philip Shapiro, Samuel
Amdur, Leah Ginnes, Isaac Jacob Levy, Sarah Sheinholtz, Jane
Amdur, Lillian Ginnes, Jacob Lewis, Joshua Sher, Bryan Richard
Amdur, Lily Ginnes, Joseph Liebovitz, Vittie Sher, Gary Avron
Amdur, Lilyan Lois Ginnes, Nancy Sharnee Litwin, Hyman Sher, Gavriella
Amdur, Louis Samuel (Smuel Leib) Ginnes, Sanford Litwin, Sharon Sher, Howard
Amdur, Marks Mendel Mannie Ginnes, Ted Rubin Litwin, Stuart Sheridan, Linder
Amdur, Max (Melech Girsh) Ginnis, Caira Loraine Lubin, Charles Shine, Andrew
Amdur, Meryl Mary (Rochel Menala) Ginnis, Colton Lubin, Maralyn Shine, Felix
Amdur, Meyer Ginnis, Heidie Lubin, Sandra Shine, Harley
Amdur, Michelle Ginnis, Holey Lucket, Robert Shine, Jeremy
Amdur, Millie (Hinde Malka) Ginnis, James Dean Lucks, Gerry Shine, Leslie
Amdur, Miriam Emily Ginnis, Jonathon Lurie, Danielle Peta Silverman, Gerald
Amdur, Moshe (Max) Ben Zion Ginnis, Kylie Lurie, Emma Rachel Silverman, Jeffry
Amdur, Natalie Ginnis, Patrick Joseph Lurie, Joshua Bennet Silverman, Richard
Amdur, Pamela Ginnis, Rylie Lurie, Michael Ian Skibelski, Israel Cohen
Amdur, Reuben Ginnis, Samuel Charles Lyons, Daniel Gideon Stark, Philip
Amdur, Reuben Ginnis, Sarah Lyons, James Steier, Hannah
Amdur, Rita Rebecca Ginnis, Savannaha Grace Lyons, Oliver Adam Stein, Ernest
Amdur, Rose Ginnis, Taylor Marie MacKimmie, Laurie Stiller, Cheri Lynn
Amdur, Ruby Ann Ginnis, Trent MAISEL, Florence Stiller, Deborah Joyce
Amdur, Samuel Ginnis, Wayne Allen Malinak, David Stiller, Richard Edward
Amdur, Samuel Nathan Ginsberg, Shayne Malinak, Denis Paul Taub, Dora (Schamroth)
Amdur, Shevel Mordakhai Glazener, Judyann Malinak, Esther Thei, John
Amdur, Shlomo Soloman Goldberg, Lillian Malinak, Gail Trina Thei, Judith
Amdur, Shlova Ada Goldsmith, Janice Malinak, Golda Thei, Laura
Amdur, Sinai (Simon) Goldstein, Joseph Malinak, Max Thei, Ruth
Amdur, Sybil Golubchik, Nava Malinak, Rose Toledano, James
Amdur, Victor Goodman, Michael Malkah Toledano, Joe
Amdur, Yankel Goodrin Marchand, Dorothy A Toledano, Sophie (Tzofia)
Amdur, Yetta Goren, Hannah Mark, David Michael Towe, Cynthia
Amdur, Zalman Yankel GOULD, Ashley Mark, Heath Nathan Tremayne, Alice
Anne GOULD, Carol Gloria Mark, Sheena Gay Trevathan, ?
Anton, David GOULD, Harvey Lawrence Mark, Simon Reuben Trevathan, ?
Anton, James Martin (Amdur) GOULD, Jack Phillip Mark, Yael Trudy
Anton, Jonah GOULD, Jennifer Karen Mark, Yair Avraham Tucker, Ira Baer
Anton, Nathan GOULD, Lisa Ann Mark, Yishai Manuel Tucker, Jeffrey Henry
Anton, Richard Gross, ? Martha Tucker, Martin (Toker)
Anton, Samson Grossman, Adam Maskovitz, Mary Rose Tucker, Randel Martin
Anton, Sarah Grossman, Benjamin Andrew Maureen, Cynthia Unknown
Anton, Susan Grossman, David Samuel McCleod Vivian
Anton, Theodore Grossman, Gemma Metzer, Sylvia Walderhorn, Paul
Bell, Aaron Grossman, Hannah Meyer, Basil Wand, Susan
Bell, Aaron M. Grossman, Jodi Meyer, Brenda Warren, Dominic
Bell, Carolyn Grossman, Joseph Alan Meyer, Ilana Wassarman, Merton Eliot
Bell, Cathryn Grossman, Lee Meyer, Jenny Wassarman, Moses Israel
Bell, Clara Esther Grossman, Oliver Michael Meyer, Steven Wassarman, Robert Melvin
Bell, Cyril Grossman, Robert Ian Meyer, Susan Wasserman, David Aaron
Bell, Deborah Cecille Grossman, Scott Meyerovitz, Menucha Rachel Wasserman, Eva Leah
Bell, Edward Grossman, Stephen Jack Michelle, Kim V Wasserman, Jean
Bell, Elizabeth F. Grossman, Ted Miller, Alexandra Sarah Wasserman, Judah Louis
Bell, Emily Guthrie, ? Miller, Jonathon Wasserman, Laura Jean
Bell, Julius Guthrie, Brett Miller, Joseph Asher Chaim Wasserman, Max
Bell, Leah Guthrie, Lynn Miller, Rachel Chaya Wasserman, Paul
Bell, Lester Guthrie, Nathan Miller, Samuel Ephraim Moshe Wasserman, Sharon Meryl
Bell, Maris Lonny Guthrie, Paul Miller, Yael Syma Wasserman, Shifa Sophie Ann
Bell, Mark Guthrie, Phoebe Minnie Wasserman, Soloman Henry
Bell, Marla Haba, Doron Mitchell, Brian Wegman, Daniel
Bell, Merrilyn Mickey Haba, Gilad Mitchell, Ryan Wegman, Marty
Bell, Michael Haba, Matan Mitchell, Samantha Wegman, Stephen
Bell, Moses Martin S Haba, Zohar Nathan, Shani Wegman, Vanessa
Bell, Phineas Philip Hall, Jamie David Noah, Alvin WEISS, Andrea Michelle
Bell, Richard Hall, Robert Noah, Dawn Suzy WEISS, Jeremy Kenneth
Bell, Robert Hall, Samantha Esther Noah, Gayle Illana WEISS, Mitchell Frederick
Bell, Sarah Hanstater, Solomon Noah, Lauren Hedy WEISS, Stephen Gilbert
Bell, Stanley Harris, Essie O'Day, Rosemary Western, Nova
Bell, Sunny Harris, H Oswald, Emily White, Clare Sophia
Bell, Susan Harris, Mark Oswald, Jenny White, Douglas R
Benaharon, Alexa Drew Harrison, Netty Oswald, Michael White, Hayden Sebastian
Benaharon, Mark Hazan, Renee PADNOS, Esther White, Scott Douglas
Berg, Andrew David Hoff, Alan Lee Michael Pearce, Rose Wiggs, Toby
Berg, Corinne Rochelle Hoff, Alec Power, Samuel Wolovitz, Allan
Berg, Steven Norman Hoff, girl Rafer, Abraham Wolovitz, Daniel Yecheskia
Berrie, Michael Hoff, Goodie Rafer, Cecilia (Sheila) Wolovitz, Dina Aviva
Berrie, Rachel Hoff, Hannah Rafer, Chloe Wolovitz, Elisheva Chaia
Berrie, Richard Hoff, Henry Rafer, Danielle Wolovitz, Johnathon Yoni Saul
Berrie, Sarah Hoff, Illana Rafer, David Wolovitz, Talia Sarah
Berrie, Sherrie Hoff, June Rafer, Joseph (Joey) Wolovitz, Yehuda Michael
Brecker, Andrew (Drew) Hoff, Katheryn Rafer, Josephine Yisrael, Reut ben
Brecker, Neil Hoff, Mark Paul Rafer, Minnie Lillian Yolson, Golda Minna
Breslaw, Jean Hoff, Mossie Rafer, Sheridan Zerden, Emma
BRISKIN, child1 Hoff, Natalie Rafer, Steward Zimmerman, Renee
BRISKIN, child2 Hoff, Sacha Kate Rathhouse, Bridget Zucker, ?
BRISKIN, child3 Hoff, Sharon Rathhouse, Catherine Zucker, ?
BRISKIN, Jack Hoff, Simon Rathhouse, Maya Zucker, Sarah (Chasie)
Brown, Marion Hoff, son 1 Rathhouse, Samuel Alexander (Mokkie)
Brown, Patrica Hoff, son 2 Reveres, Karen
Brudner, Harvey Hoff, Tzvika Reveres, Michael
Cahan, Edward Hoof, Hyme Reveres, Nicola
Charles, Jack Hyman, Jonathan Richardson, Sarah
Charles, Maarily Hyman, Marissa Roberts, Dereck
Charles, Sam Hyman, Mark Robin, Audrey
Clarke, Andrew Isaacman, Gabriel Avrum Robinson, Daniel
Cohan Isaacman, Ilene Rosenberg, Aaron James
Cohen, Anne Isaacman, Lisa Rosenberg, Abraham Jacob (Jack)
Cohen, Danielle Isaacman, Richard Rosenberg, Danielle Louise
Cohen, Jerome Isaacman, Sibren Nicholas Rosenberg, Geraldine Marion (Jodi)
Cohen, Ruth Isaacman, Steven Rosenberg, Jeffrey Nathan
Cohen, Simone Issacs, Janet Ruth Rosenberg, Justin
Conetta, Linda D James Rosenberg, Lawrence Robert
Davidson, Hilda Gitte Hinda Kanter, Bracha Dvora Rosenberg, Natasha
Davis, Bernard Mason Kanter, Melech Dovid Rosenberg, Philip Reuben


The Yankel Kark Amdur tree is a branch which has much Amdur information yet the progenitor's original surname was apparently totally different (It is believed to have been Kark).

Family memories tell one story yet facial similarieties with member so of the Braslav branch seem to indicate possible close relationship. For reasons unknow or remembered some of the sons changed their name to Amdorsky or Amdur during the 19th century.

Hyam Meyers of Sydney Australia has provoded a detailed document which details the history of the family.

Given that although this family may not be connected to any of the Amdur branches either by genetics or place of origin I have decided to retain their data for others to view, review and use as they require.

The webmaster requests that any discussions on this families origins be directed to Hyam Meyers, careof the webmaster

The Abraham Amdur tree is a group from Novo Alexandros. One brother went to South Africa and the other to the USA.

The progenitor is the father of Abraham, and at least one other son.

The following names appear on this tree:

?, Libbe Fine, Louis
?, Mandy Finkel, Fanny Faye Tzipporah
?, Nitza Herman, Bertha
?, Samantha Koton, Kayla
Amdur Koton, Mathew Adam
Amdur, Abraham Koton, Michael
Amdur, Alexander Cecil Lewisen, Adam
Amdur, Alexandra Cecilia Lewisen, Kiera Faye
Amdur, Hannah Lewisen, Martin
Amdur, Hilda Musikanth, Ella
Amdur, Leah Vera Musikanth, Evan
Amdur, Moshe Maurice Musikanth, Gia Shayne
Amdur, Rebecca Nesta Puterman, Alan
Amdur, Sara Puterman, Jessica
Bar-Hai, Dror Puterman, Talia-Leigh
Bar-Hai, Giora Rogut, Brian
Bar-Hai, Lior Rogut, Charles
Bar-Hai, Maytal Rogut, Craig
Bar-Hai, Yuval Rogut, Ella
Barr, Ariel Zvi Rogut, Nathan
Barr, Ayelet Moriah Rogut, Seth
Barr, Daniel Rogut, Shawn
Barr, Meirav Noa Rogut, Sophie
Barr, Tehilla Zehavit Rogut, William
Barr, Yishai Ephraim Sherry, ?
Chorn, Andrea Sherry, Gordon
Chorn, Justin Sherry, Morton
Chorn, Ronald Nathan Shorkend, Cheryl
Chorn, Stacey Shorkend, Deborah
Fine, Alon Shorkend, Dennis
Fine, Ari Shorkend, Leslie
Fine, Bram Shorkend, Michelle Liora
Fine, Daughter Shorkend, Sylvia
Fine, Eyal Shorkend, Tanya
Fine, Illana Sinclair, Jonathon
Fine, Joseph Jodi Amdur


The Zeilik av Abraham Amdur family today live in Argentina and in Israel.

Abraham Amdur moved from Riga, Latvia to Buenos Aires before WWll in order to escape military conscription.

Facial similarities indicate a relationship between this branch and the Amdur main trunk.

The following names appear on this tree

?, Adam Amdur, Leizer
?, Shiri Amdur, Luis
?, Sigal Amdur, Marcos
Amdur, Abraham Amdur, Moshe Mauricio
Amdur, Adolfo Amdur, Nicolas
Amdur, Adrian Amdur, Samuel
Amdur, Alfredo Amdur, Tomer
Amdur, Andres Amdur, Vivian
Amdur, Claudio Korzenblat, Berta
Amdur, Cynthia Levy, Lidia
Amdur, Enrique Arik Miller, Lidia
Amdur, Eyal Pillemer, Ariel
Amdur, Fabian Pillemer, Daniela
Amdur, Gabriel Pillemer, Jack
Amdur, Girl one Pillemer, Luciana
Amdur, Girl two Pillemer, Nicole
Amdur, Graciela Richter, Lola
Amdur, Guy Sued, Gabriela
Amdur, Julian Szneiderowicz, Clara
Zaidenberg, Clara



The Amdour tree consists of a family who live in a small town in northern France. The progenitor of this branch was Schneir Amdiur

The Avram Amdur tree

The progenitor Avram, is the father of Nathan (Nosson), Rachmiel, & Morris Moshe.

The following names appear on this tree:

Amder, Benjamin Cesa, Thomas Martin, Zoe
Amder, Louis Egendorf, Frederick Rick Mylinda
Amder, Raymond (Rachmiel) Egendorf, Laura Sarbin, Adam
Amder, Sidney Egendorf, Paul Sarbin, Alan
Amdur, Albert Felden, Charles Sarbin, Audrey
Amdur, Avram Fels, Isak Sarbin, Deborah Ann
Amdur, Bessie Fels, Martin Sarbin, Emma
Amdur, Bonnie Michelle Fels, Morris Sarbin, Estelle
Amdur, Ethel Goldberg, Suzanne Frances Sarbin, Eugene
Amdur, Harriett Grossman, Lillian Sarbin, Lydia
Amdur, Ida Guttman, William Sarbin, Nathan
Amdur, Ilene Hechtman, Eva Sarbin, Sara Beth
Amdur, Iris Hersh, Henry Sarti, Denis
Amdur, Irwin Isador (Israel) Hersh, Marian Sarti, Jeffrey
Amdur, James Austin Hersh, Sidney Sarti, Jennifer
Amdur, Jill Horwitz, Fanny Segal, Alec
Amdur, Judy Isaacson, John Segal, Arnold
Amdur, Morris (Moshe) Kahn, Henry Segal, Lena Leah
Amdur, Nathan (Nosson) Kass, David Segal, Thomas
Amdur, Norman Katz, Ida Seigel, Sam
Amdur, Rachel Lansky, Marcia Simon, Daniel
Amdur, Samuel Ledsky, Benjamin Simon, Leonard
Amdur, Sandra Leibe Simon, Susan
Amdur, Sarah Libbie Tally, Pearl
Amdur, Sonia (Sunny) Marks, Daughter Teinish, Beatrice
Amdur, Sophie Marks, Daughter van Eersel, Katherin
Amdur, Stanley Samson (Simon) Marks, Neal van Eersel, Michel
Amdur, Sylvia Marks, Stanley Weiss, Ruth
Amdur-Kass, AaronBenjamin Martin, Madeline Wold, Florence
Amdur-Kass, Rebecca Shira Martin, Russ Zimring, Sherman


The Cecil Alexander Amdur Tree

The progenitor of this Amdur grouping moved to Houston, Texas in the USA possibly from Kapuge, Latvia around the turn of the century, with at least the two elder children having been born in Europe. They went into the furniture business.

Click here to view an on-line newspaper article about the furniture business they ran

A second Amdur family from Houston has recently come to light and currently members of both families are attempting to find the connection via some common family histories.

The following names appear on this tree

Amdur, Arthur Raymond Carson, Morris
Amdur, Carl Chesnick, ?
Amdur, Cecil Alexander Chesnick, Sarah
Amdur, David Morton Fishel, Jessica Lee
Amdur, Jonathon Fishel, John
Amdur, Joshua Elliot Holland, Bertha
Amdur, Karen Adele Holland, Herbert
Amdur, Khaya Anna Lev, Orit
Amdur, Lena Malev, David Sandor
Amdur, Marsha Malev, Jonathan Sholom
Amdur, Max PACHT, Yaron
Amdur, Paul Solomon Reichek, Renee
Amdur, Ruchelle Robins, Elisa Beth
Amdur, Sale Robins, Eric
Amdur, Shira Paula Robins, Gerard
Amdur, William Will Robins, Leslie Ayn
Amdur, Zelda Sofar, George
Bagos, Dora Stoloff, Dora
Caplan, ? Stoloff., Jacob
Trifon, Morris


The family of Dunstan Amdur and his sister Desire lived in South Africa.

Their father was Joseph who had siblings Moses, Abraham, and Sharon.

Little else is currently known of this small branch.


Not much is known about the tree of Elyakim Amdur and his wife Sara Pesia other than the branch of Yacov and Gita (Beliak) Amdur went to Toronto, Canada.


The tree of Gedalya Avraham and Khana (Berkowitz) Amdur consists of members who live in the USA, Israel and possibly still Russia. One branch in the USA changed the name Amdur to Bernstein.

Although the progenitor link is tentative the rest of the tree is well documented. There exists strong circumstantial evidence for the progenitor link such as a grandson being called Gedalya, as this name is only known in three other instances amongst 3500 Amdurs, and the fact that Gedalya Avraham had a son called Shlomo Meir Chaim Amdur whereas the descendants all know of a progenitor called Shlomo Chaim Amdur.

Gershon Geirszon Amdurski lived in Suwalki where he had a large family. Little is known of this branch except that many may have perished in the Sho'ar although at least one branch had a survivor who died in Leningrad in the 1970s.

the following appear on this tree

Amdurska  Chiah Dwera Dynenshon  Enia
Amdurska  Estera Dynenshon  Fejga Rywa
Amdurska  Frejda Dynenshon  Gnesza
Amdurska  Gitla Dynenshon  Grigory
Amdurska  Rocha Dynenshon  Gutta Merja
Amdurska  Sora Dynenshon  Idzko Wolf
Amdurska  Szejna (Sonja) Dynenshon  Malka
Amdurski  Abram Dynenshon  Maria
Amdurski  Chaim Dynenshon  Olga
Amdurski  Dawid Dynenshon  Wolf
Amdurski  Gershon Gierszon Erdreich  Dawid
Amdurski  Leiba Jelenkiewicz  Mosek
Aronshon  Dwera Merka Jerozolimska  Abram Berkl
Blumenthal  Chana Jerozolimska  Anna Cira
Dynenshon  Abram Jerozolimska  Beniamin
Dynenshon  Chackel Krucinski  Joslel
Dynenshon  Chaja Rywka Rajgrodski  Dweira
Dynenshon  Cirka Szachnerowicz  Chaja Merka
Dynenshon  David Chaim Szachnerowicz  Szloma (Shlomo)



The Herrich Amdour family branch have France / Paris connections since Herrich Amdour died there. This tree may be connected to the tab headed Amdour France.

Irvin J & Belle Amder tree. Nothing else is known of this branch other than the slightly different spelling to the surnam.


The Jacob & Devorah Amdursky tree progenitor arrived in Montreal around 1912.

This family is most probaby related to the Victor & Yisrael Jacob Amdursky tree which also arrived in Montreal about the same time

The Joseph Amdor family is a grouping that comes from northern England and Scotland. Today the one line we can trace has spread as far afield as Australia.

The following names appear on this tree:

?, Gabby Hillman, Carolyn
?, Hannah Hillman, David
?, Tammy Hillman, Linda
Amdor Hillman, Martin
Amdor, Abram Hillman, Nat
Amdor, Alfred Isaacs, Aida
Amdor, Doris Priestman, Abbey
Amdor, Frances Priestman, Allan
Amdor, Harris Priestman, Angela
Amdor, Harry Priestman, Paul
Amdor, Jacob Priestman, Steven
Amdor, Joseph Priestman, Tyler
Amdor, Joseph Regan, Joan
Amdor, Morris Shapiro, Annie (Hannah)
Casson, Annie Sheila
Harrison, Annie Stewart Yael


The Chaim Hyman Amdur tree consists of a small group which originally moved to South Africa and then partial alyah to Israel. This family originated possibly in Rokishkis and has some connection with the Gafenovich family.

The following names appear on this tree:

Amdur, Barney Amdur, Sora
Amdur, Bernard Amdur, TamarYaffa
Amdur, Chaim Hyman Amdur, Yair
Amdur, Daniella Beinart, Pessa Riva
Amdur, Doron Cohen, Shoshannah
Amdur, Edythe Lurie, Gita
Amdur, Elana Mosheshvilli, Mamuka
Amdur, George Mosheshvilli, Ro'i
Amdur, Getzel Mosheshvilli, Sa'ar
Amdur, Jack Yankel Raymond, Milicent
Amdur, Leslie Rosenberg, Iris
Amdur, Mark Ilan Sacks, Melanie
Amdur, Meir Ya'acov Sher, ?
Amdur, Miriam Sher, Leah
Amdur, Raymond Leon Weinberg, Jennie


The Max Mottel Amdur tree is a group which went to South Dakota after moving to the USA.

The progenitor is the father to Max Mottel, Louis, and at least one daughter.

The following names appear on this tree:

Amdur, Barbara Hirshberg, Saralyn
Amdur, David Janet
Amdur, Elias Joshua Joanna
Amdur, Harvey Michael
Amdur, Judith Millunchick, Benjamin
Amdur, Libby Millunchick, David
Amdur, Louis Millunchick, Debbie
Amdur, Louis Millunchick, Edward
Amdur, Max (Mottel) Millunchick, Liz
Amdur, Progenitor of Max (Mottel) Millunchick, Mark
Amdur, Ronald Millunchick, Michelle
Amdur, Saul (Sol) Millunchick, Morgan
Amdur, Zara Millunchick, Richard
Andrea Millunchick, Sam
Baker, Roz Millunchick, Sam
Bitzalel Millunchick, Tom
Carol Millunchick, Tom
Christine Millunchick, Zachary
Dargis, Menukha Nancy
Frame, Brandi Noach, Tovia
Frame, Jason Rubles, Bessie
Frame, Jay Sara, Chana
Geri Susan
Hirshberg, Bill


The Meyer & Bessie Amdursky tree is only known from some entries on Geni.com


The Mogilev Amdur / Amdursky / Amdurer family tree consists of about 5 known possible Amdur groupings who originated from the Mogelov area. This new breakdown is thanks to the work of Michael Waas and Nehemia Shiff who recently met up in Israel to discuss this complex line. This link is a proposed ancestry created by Nehemia Shiff.

This link is to a MS Excel document put together by Nehemia Shiff outlining what he belives is the possible Amdur linkage fof the Mogilev Amdur branch. In it he also quotes his sources. The webmaster would appreciate any discussions about the validity of this ancestral line be directed to Nehemia.

Further work and DNA testing is required to determine exactly how each of these groups are related to each other, if at all. It may well be that there were at least two separate Amdur groupings living in Mogilev during the mid part of the 19th century. DNA testing will also determine the link if any with the Braslav branch or the Pittsburgh branch.

The Mogilev #1 tree consists of the descendants of Mendel Amdurer and those who are connected with the Amdursky Hotel in Jerusalem.

The Mogilev #2 tree consists of the descendants of Yosef Amdur/sky and especially his son Menachem Mendel David Amdursky

The Mogilev #3 tree consists of the descendants of Abram Amdurer. This line currently disappears in the late C19

The Mogilev #4 tree consists of the descendants of Leib Amdursky. This line currently disappears in the late C19

The Mogilev #5 tree consists of the descendants of Zalman Amdursky. This line currently disappears in the late C19

Facial similarity of Mendel David Amdur with that of brothers Reuben Amdur, & Eliahu Amdur of the Yankel Amdur tree, together with further facial similarities of the young daughters of Yeruchmiel Amdursky with the daughters of Sophie & Manny Amdur of the Yankel tree appears to indicate a strong family connection between the Mogilev and the Braslav branches.

This link is from a 1903 NY Times artical about the Mogilev Pogrom - concerns Amdur Bros garment manufacturers

This link is to a 1922 New York Times article concerning Yerachmiel Amdursky visiting the USA to visit his son Alexander.

This Link is to a Hebrew publication honouring Yerachmiel Amdursky

Please Note: The following narrative, put together by two interested members of this branch (M.Waas & N. Shiff) and contains a possible genealogy having been based on research, family stories and known history. If any reader cares to add to this we would be most appreciative.

The progenitor of this tree is likely Rabbi Samuel Amdur, the Gaon of Minsk, who was the first AB"D of Amdur, and the Chief Rabbi of the Upper Minsk District. It is said that Rabbi Samuel Amdurer's name was held dear to the Vilna Gaon as a man of great knowledge and respect. He died in Rakov (1777) but it is believed that some of his descendents moved to Mogilev. In the Hebrew publication honouring Yerachmiel Amdursky below it states that the grandfather of Yerachmiel, Samuel, was the grandson of his namesake grandfather, Rabbi Samuel Amdurer of Minsk. In the Mogilev birth records, the father of Yerachmiel, Joseph Amdursky ("A") also known later as Yoshe Mohilover, appears as the son of Samuel Amdur and Rokhlia and the grandson of Mendel Amdur. However there is no known son of Rabbi Samuel Amdur by the name of Mendel at this time. Samuel, together with his wife and children, Joseph, Benjamin and Matcha, went to Israel (1841), as is found in the Montefiore censuses. The descendants of this Joseph Amdursky (Also known as Yoshe Mohilover) went to Israel mainly and also to America. Joseph also had several siblings, among them Benjamin Amdurer.

The other branch of the family, which remained in Mogelev, is also headed by a man named Joseph Amdursky ("B"). Joseph had at least two sons, the eldest Menachem Mendel David Amdursky and Isaac Amdursky, and also a daughter Gasha Amdursky. It is not know who the father of Joseph was, though a possible naming tradition in the family indicates that Mendel Amdursky, the father of Samuel Amdur above, may have been the grandfather. This comes from two clues: 1) Mendel David is not a common name combination in that part of the Ashkenazic world; 2) Gasha's son is named Iankel-Esel' according to his birth record which is also a highly unorthodox name combination in this part of the Ashkenazic world. Iankel-Esel' is named first for his paternal grandfather Iankel Rabinovich and second for his maternal grandfather Esel'. Further research needs to be conducted in the archives of the Mogilev region to determine the validity of this hypothesis. The descendants of this family branch spread out to Leipzig, Germany, America, and Israel. Furthermore, connection between the two families is likely with the combination of many common names as well as the two families keeping in touch with one another well in to the 1970s before e-mail reestablished the lost connections. On Joseph Amdur's (son of Yerachmiel Amdursky) emigration manifest in 1936 to NY, he lists his cousin "Louis Amdur" as his contact in America. The address listed for Louis is almost exactly the same as Menachem Mendel David's eldest son Avraham-Eliezer "Louis" Amdur. In the 1970s, Rick Amdur, the grandson of Louis, and Benny Amdursky, the descendant of Benjamin Amdurer, were known to each other as cousins.

If a connection can be conclusively established to Rabbi Samuel Amdurer, the descent of this family goes to the Ba'al Beit Shmuel and through him, to the MaHaRaSHaL, to the father of the MaHaRaL, and from there, back to Rashi and his ancestry. (M.Waas & N. Shiff)

The Mordechai Amdursky tree consists of a small group living in Australia. The name changed from Amdursky to Amoudor after the move from Grodno.

The progenitor, Mordechai, is father to Abel.

The following names appear in this tree:

Amdursky, Abel Mordkowicz
Amdursky, Grygory
Amdursky, Mordechai
Amoudor, Jacaw Jacob
Amoudor, Ruth Anita
Carroll, Aaron Gregory Amoudor
Carroll, Shannon Michael
Carroll, Victor Mick Gregory
Deutsch, Truda Trudi
Dixon, Anita Gillian
Dixon, Thomas Foster
Dunlop, Graham Harold
Dunlop, Shani Anita
Koluszco-Seebacher, Milena Caley
Koluszko, Adriana
Parker, Halina
Parker, Isabelle
Schubert, Margot
Seebacher, David George
Seebacher, Georg
Seebacher, Helga Anita
Tykocka, Chana Anna Boruchovna


The Movsha Amdur family has been constructed from a link on the Geni.com site and from the connection made to the line of brothers Berl Boris and Yosel Amdur. The names and the dates seem to indicate a possible direct link to the Amdur Main trunlk and specifically to the line of Movsha son of Abraham son of Shlomo Amdur

The following appear on this tree

Amdur, Abraham Moshe Amdur, Yitzhak
Amdur, Berl Boris Amdur, Yosef Yankel Elia
Amdur, Breine Lea Amdur, Yosef Yosel
Amdur, Chanan Amdur, Yudel
Amdur, child Goldberg, Khava-Lea
Amdur, child Kaplan
Amdur, David Kastanos, Bernado
Amdur, David Kastanos, Shula
Amdur, Eigetchke Libe
Amdur, Feige Lyuba
Amdur, Itzhak Miriam
Amdur, Khana Khaya Ribak, Liuba
Amdur, Leah Ribak, Naftola
Amdur, Maleshka Shlozberg
Amdur, Michael Micha Shlozberg, Reuven
Amdur, Miryam Shuster, Rachel-Leah
Amdur, Moshe Nachum Shvartz, Khana Chaja
Amdur, Movshe Vingrin, Khana
Amdur, Rachel Volpert, ?
Amdur, Tevie Zhukauskas, Moshe Amdur

Reuben Amdur tree consists of a branch which lives primarily in the New Jersey area.

The progenitor, Reuben, is the father of Ned (Nathan), Louis, & Phillip.

The following names appear on this tree:

Abramson Bessie Amdur Richard
Alban Marie Amdur Robert
Amdur Abraham Leib Lewis Amdur Robert B
Amdur Barbara Amdur Ronald
Amdur Brian Amdur Ruben
Amdur Bruce Amdur Sarah
Amdur Catherine Amdur Sharon
Amdur Daughter Betty
Amdur Elizabeth Grant Chris
Amdur Jennifer Graves James Micheal
Amdur Joseph Greene Judith
Amdur Lauri Hanoka Sue
Amdur Melissa Settle Larry 
Amdur Meredith Levin Estelle
Amdur Ned (Nathan) L Nanko Pauline
Amdur Pamela Phyllis
Amdur Philip Roig Joyce
Amdur Phyllis Roig Suzanne
Amdur Rebecca Settle Caitlin Marie
Amdur Richard Settle Megan Lynn
Amdur Richard Settle Rachel Leigh
Smith Esther


The Sam and Hannah Amdur tree consists of an Amdur family who live in Houston Texas, and have been there since before the 1920s. Before Houston they lived in Philadelphia. Their son Paul moved there on advice from his brother in law. Given that Paul's wife's family came from Bialystok there is a strong chance that this family is connected to the Pittsburgh Amdur(sky) clan. Currently it is not known if Sam moved to the USA

This now makes three separate Amdur branches in Houston alone from the period of the early 1930s onwards.


The Samual & Bessie Amdur tree consists of a family who emmigrated to Texas and was involved in the furniture business.

It appaears that this family is related to the Cecil Amdur family as both lived in Texas, both were involved in the furniture business and some members of the Cecil family were known to this family.


The progenitor of the Samual & Josephine Amdurer tree came from the Minsk area in Belarusia. Little is known other than the family in stages moved to the USA at the turn of the C19 and the name changed to Andurer.


The Rabbi Simon Amdur Rapoport tree consists of a medium sized family. Family history tells that Rabbi Shimon Amdur changed his family name from Amdur to Rapoport in order to escape the Russian Army..

Rabbi Shimon Simon Amdur Rapoport spent his time travelling North and South Dakota visiting the jewish communities there.


The Solomon Amdur tree descendants moved from the USSR/Russia to Israel over the past 20 - 30 years

The following names appear on this tree

? Olga
Amdur Anaelle
Amdur Dalia
Amdur Mark
Amdur Samuel
Amdur Sergei
Amdur Solomon
Amdur Yaacov
Amdur Yegeny
? Hanna
? Marina


The Victor & Yisrael Jacob Amdursky family arrived in Montreal Canada in 1912. Family stories say they came from Amdurav but that may have meant that the family originated from there maybe many years earlier.

The Yacov & Sara Rivka Amdur tree is an Amdur family group possibly from the Riga area. A large proportion perished during the Sho'ar


The Sion Amduras tree consists of a small group which went from Latvia to Israel and then to Australia.

Owing to the fact that members of this group have in their family photo albums pictures of Reuben Amdur from the Yankel Amdur tree it is believed that this branch is connected closely to the Yankel Amdur tree.

The progenitor, Sion, is the father of Yehuda Leib.

The following names appear on this tree:

Amdur, Aliza Amduras, Sion
Amdur, Ben Amduras, Yehuda Leib Ben-zion
Amdur, Chaya Amdur-Neil, Riley
Amdur, Leon Amdur-Webb, Reuben-Ari
Amdur, Mark Betty
Amdur, Nicole Marian
Amdur, Robert Nahuma
Amdur, Ruth Walker, Irene
Amduras, Nachum Zvi Webb, Jonathon


The Zelik Amdur tree consists of one group who, after Europe, lived in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and then moved to Israel.

The progenitor, Abraham Zelik, is the father of Shmuel, Rachmiel, Mendel Kopel, & Leib.

The following names appear in this tree:

?, Tziril Leah Amdur, Shachaf
Amdur, Abram Zelik Amdur, Shai
Amdur, Adi Amdur, Shani
Amdur, Chana Amdur, Shelley
Amdur, David Samuel Amdur, Shmuel
Amdur, Feiga Amdur, Sonia
Amdur, Frieda Amdur, Tomer
Amdur, Gerald Manuel Gershon Amdur, Zelik
Amdur, Gershon Brigg, Eyal
Amdur, Harold Brigg, Keren
Amdur, Leah Brigg, Oren
Amdur, Leib Aryeh Brigg, Ronnie
Amdur, Liba Genya Chitron, Freda
Amdur, Mendel Koppel Epstein, Lisa
Amdur, Mira Dobra Haimovitz, Rae
Amdur, Ofer Kopach, Chaya Fruma
Amdur, Rachmiel Merka, Zeima
Amdur, Reuven Rotshtein, Lova (Luba)


Ze'ev Indorsky tree originates in Ziesmariai, Lithuania. The family of one line changed its name to Isaacs. The family moved to the USA around 1870. Isaac Indorsky had seven sons and he was the 7th son of Ze'ev Indorsky.

Little else is currently known of this family. More information would be most welcome.

The following names appear on this tree:

Blaine, Lazarus
Cohen, Abram H
Copeland, Annie
Drescher, Millie
Harris, Sadie S
Heller, Nettie
Herman, Mary
Indorsky, Annie
Indorsky, Bessie
Indorsky, Emmanuel
Indorsky, Leah Esther
Indorsky, William
Indorsky, Yitchak Issac Jacob
Indorsky, Ze'ev
Isaacs, Benjamin
Isaacs, Irvin
Isaacs, Louis
Isaacs, Meyer
Isaacs, Samuel
Isaacs, Wolf S
Kaplan, Razel
Lieberman, Samuel



The Gerson Amdur tree is a large Amdur grouping with the early arriving members living in Buffalo and Wilkes-Barre.

The progenitor is Gershon Amdur, father of Shlomo Zalman Amdur.

The DNA results from the Amdur DNA project have confirmed that the Gershon Amdur, & Labe Amdur.trees share the same ancestral DNA. The Pittsburgh Amdursky tree DNA results indicates a possible more distance relationship.

DNA test results have confirmed that this Amdur tree is of a totally different ancestry line to those on the Amdur Trunk

The following names appear on this tree:

?, Candice Amdur, Maxine Esther Daly, Louise Rice, Gertrude
?, Judy Amdur, Menuchen Mendel Maney Daly, Marvin Leo Rickler, ?
?, Margaret Amdur, Michael Daly, Patrick Rickler, Tamar Caral
?, Natasha Amdur, Miriam Louise Daly, Samuel Rose
?, Sally Amdur, Moses Dannen, Gertrude Rosenberg, Michael
?, Samuel Amdur, Moses Falk, Anna Rosenberg, Philip
?, Shila Amdur, Moses Jeremy Gisha, Basha Rosenberg, Rebecca
Adelstein, Alta Sara Basha Amdur, Nancy Goldman, Andrew Sugarman, Tilley
Adelstein, Ayallah-Malka Amdur, Naomi Michal Goldman, David Swisher, Linda
Adelstein, Chana Tehilla-Hinda Amdur, Neil Goldman, Douglas Thaler, Matthew
Adelstein, Chaya Faygah Amdur, Patsey Goldstein, Helen Thaler, Paul
Adelstein, Penina Pesha Riva Rose Amdur, Rachel Goldstein, Rachel Thaler, Rebecca
Adelstein, Shaina Rochel Amdur, Rachel Lee Greebel, Ari Thaler, Robbie
Adelstein, Simcha Amdur, Rebecca Elaine Greebel, Avigyail Penina Tyson, Myra Mildred Malka
Adelstein, Sosha Gittle Amdur, Richard Greebel, Avroham Gershon Weiss, Sarina Mirit
Adelstein, Yehuda Yekusiel Amdur, Samuel Greebel, Hadassah Weiss, Steven Mitchell
Adelstein, Yosef-Tzvi Dovid Amdur, Sandra Gail Greebel, Sima Bracha Willer, Elizabeth Libby
Amdur, Abraham Amdur, Sara Gruber, Chris Wolfson, Amy
Amdur, Adele Etti Amdur, Shlomo Zalman Gruber, Terah Wolfson, Marjorie
Amdur, Ashley Amdur, Sidney David Hausser, Brian Wolfson, Melvin
Amdur, Barbara Amdur, Simon Hausser, Ethan Amdur Youdelman, Adam
Amdur, Bessie Amdur, Sol Hausser, Wynn Youdelman, Jodi
Amdur, Brett Michael Amdur, Son Hayman, Allyssa Paula Youdelman, Kyle Joseph
Amdur, Charles Amdur, Son Hayman, Amy Evelyn Youdelman, Lonni
Amdur, Charles Simon Amdur, Susan Hayman, Andrea Ellen Youdelman, Michael
Amdur, Daniel Amdur, Sylvia Hayman, Charles Edmund Youdelman, Stanley
Amdur, Dennis Amdur, Tricia Krohn, Elaine Lois Giltman Zitch, Dale Maurine
Amdur, Elaine Chaya Liba Balsom, Amy Kurland, Lyric Samson
Amdur, Elisheva Tova Balsom, David Kurland, Ruvane
Amdur, Elizabeth Balsom, Janet Lang, Kevin
Amdur, Enid Balsom, Laurie Lang, Sabrina Marie
Amdur, Fanette Balsom, Leo Lena
Amdur, Gabriel Shaul Balsom, Melvin Levin, Sandra Rose
Amdur, Genevieve Shaney Balsom, Mia Lucas, David
Amdur, Gershon Bernstein, Isadore Lucas, Hillary
Amdur, Gerson Bernstein, Judy Maas, Andrea
Amdur, Gilbert Black, Eric Maas, Bruce
Amdur, Gilbert Neil Black, Helen Maas, Michelle
Amdur, Gregory David Black, Sophie Minkin, Ethan Bennett
Amdur, Haley Elizabeth Brock, Cheryl Minkin, Jake
Amdur, Howard Brock, Joseph C Minkin, Samantha
Amdur, Hyman Brock, Layla Norma
Amdur, Ida Brock, Ronna Patricia
Amdur, Jacob Cohen, Arthur Perlmutter, Alan
Amdur, Jennifer Nancy Cohen, Daniel Perlmutter, David
Amdur, Lawrence (Larry) David Leib Cohen, Fanny Perlmutter, Janet
Amdur, Leon Leisar Cohen, Jason Peterson, Anna
Amdur, Mark Cohen, Joel Peterson, Joseph
Amdur, Marvin Leo Cohen, Mindy Peterson, Lily
Amdur, Max Cohen, Sandra Popley, Etta


The Labe Amdur tree consists of a small group primarily located across the USA. At an early point the name changed from Amdur to Ender.

The DNA results have confirmed that the following three trees have are closely related and have a common ancestor - Gershon Amdur tree, & Labe Amdur. The Pittsburgh Amdursky tree results indicate a possible more distant ancestor.

DNA test results have confirmed that this Amdur tree is of a totally different ancestry line to the Amdur Trunk.

The following names appear on this tree:

Amdur, Labe Enders, Sarah
Enders, Fannie Esther
Enders, George Hinde
Enders, Howard Hank Kaplin, Rita
Enders, Ida Rosenberg
Enders, Martha Rosenberg, Allan
Enders, Mary Rosenberg, Michael
Enders, Meyer Sweidel
Enders, Robert J Sweidel, Howard


The Amdursky family originated from the Bialystok area in eastern Poland, not too far from Indura. One son moved to the Pittsburgh area and the family has spread from there across the USA.

The progenitor, Yehuda Leib Amdursky, is father to Abraham, Isaac & Jacob.

DNA results from the Amdur Surname project have confirmed that the following three trees also have a possible common ancestor - The Gershon Amdur tree, Israel Isadore Amdur tree, & the Labe Amdur. (The tab links above for these trees appear in red)

DNA test results have confirmed that this Amdur tree is of a totally different ancestry line to the Amdur Trunk.

The following names appear on this tree:

(Rogers wife) Amdur, Steven Benjamin Feldman, Mariam Lefton, Israel Steiner, (Eleanor's husband)
?, (Avremel's second wife) Amdur, Susan Ellen Fox, Carolyn Berman Lefton, James Steiner, Alice
?, (Avremel's third wife) Amdur, Suzannah Beth Foxman, Andrew Craig Lefton, Margaret Ginns Steven Jacobs
?, (Beth's second? husband) Amdur, Sylvia Esther Foxman, Bruce Mayer Lefton, Marie Stewart, Abraham Nathan
?, (Beth's third? husband) Amdur, Ted Foxman, Gregory Michael Lefton, Marilyn Stewart, Andrew Neil
?, Anna Amdur, Terry J. Foxman, Jerome Jay Lefton, Samuel H. Stewart, Beth Seltzer
?, Arlene Amdur, Thelma Foxman, Randi Jo Levin, Eleanor Stewart, Carol Deborah
?, Bertha Amdur, Thomas Jay Freedman, Helen Levin, Morris Stewart, Charles C.
?, Betty Amdur, Verna Freedman, Joanne Levin, Sally Stewart, Ellen Claire
?, Cecilia Amdur, William Friedberg, Sara Levin, Sidney Stewart, Emma Bailey
?, Dora Amdur, William Henry Fromberg, Douglas Levin, Sue Stewart, George
?, Edna Amdurs, Julie G., Dorothy Levin, William Harold Stewart, Karen
?, Eila Amdurs, Russel Gady, Abe Levine, (Ethel's husband) Stewart, Maurice Jacob
?, Frances Amdurs, Russell Williams Gady, Cecile Levine, Abe Stewart, Mervin Stanley
?, Halley Amdurs, Samuel W. Gady, Linda Jo Levine, Babette Stewart, Nancy Sue
?, Hishie Amdurs, Theodore I. Galvanek, Jeremiah Christian Levine, Hyman Stewart, Natalie
?, Jane Amdurs, Theodore I. Galvanek, Jessica Lynn Levine, Kathy Stewart, Neil Allen
?, Jean Amdurs, Theodore James Galvanek, Paul Stephen Levine, Leon Stewart, Norman Charles
?, Jeanette Amdursky, Abraham Geffen, Amy Lyn Levine, Roy Stewart, Phyllis
?, Jeanette Amdursky, Abraham Geffen, Arik Lee Levine, Sandra Stewart, Rachel
?, Joni Amdursky, Allen Geffen, Ben-Zion Levy, Fannie Stewart, Sander Harold
?, Mashvinah Sarah Amdursky, Avremel Geffen, Jonathan Michael Levy, Rosabell Stewart, Zachary Ellis
?, Minnie Amdursky, Belle Pauline Ginns, Clara Belle Lipets, Martha Sue Sugar, (Fraike's husband)
?, Shany Sorel Amdursky, Benjamin Emanuel Golanty, Anne Lisowitz, (Gittel's husband) Sundry, Brooke Michele
?, Shirley Amdursky, Chaim-Labe Gold, Benjamin Livingston, Alex James Sundry, Scott
?, Suzanne Amdursky, Deborah Gold, Rachel Livingston, Andrew Scott Sundry, Shannon
?, Valerie Amdursky, Elizabeth Gold, Robert Livingston, Scott Swartz, Patricia
?, Zipora Amdursky, Elka Sylvia Goldberg, David Joseph Louik, Howard Martin Swiss, Allen Byrl
Abram, Leon Amdursky, Fraike Goldberg, Elizabeth Sara Louik, Jay Benjamin Swiss, Bernetta
Abram, Linda Amdursky, Gittel Goldberg, Jennifer Louik, Matthew Jacob Swiss, David
Abramovitz, Moshe Amdursky, Hai Goldberg, John Michael Louik, Rachel Joan Swiss, Elizabeth
Abramson, (Katy's husband) Amdursky, Henry Goldberg, Melissa Lurie, (Katies husband) Swiss, Ellen
Adler, Ann Amdursky, Ida May Goldberg, Robert Mackey, Heather Ann Swiss, Hyman I.
Ady, (June's husband) Amdursky, Isaac Goldberg, Ted Mamolen, Marcia Swiss, Irwin A.
Alpern, Anne X. Amdursky, Jacob Goldfarb, Ellen Jeanne Marrie, Anna Swiss, Jack M.
Alpern, Ida (Elizabeth) Amdursky, Janet Esther Goldfarb, Lynne Michele Martin, Helen R. Swiss, Katie
Altshuler, Edward Amdursky, Katie Goldfarb, Michael Scott Mattson, Moriah Ellen Swiss, Lillian Mae
Altshuler, Myrna Ruth Amdursky, Katy Goldfarb, Robert Mattson, Paul Arvid Swiss, Meyer
Altshuler, Phyllis Elene Amdursky, Maurice Jacob Goldstein, Helen McWhirter, (Sue's husband) Swiss, Morris Jack
Amdur, (David's third kid) Amdursky, Nachomi Goldstein, James Bruce Michel, Jillian Beth Swiss, Sally Ann
Amdur, (Jack's daughter) Amdursky, Naomi Goldstein, Milton Leonard Michel, Robert Alan Swiss, Samuel
Amdur, Adam Mark Amdursky, Noah Wolman Goldstein, Robert Joshua Michel, Robert M. Taylor, Toye
Amdur, Adam Michael Amdursky, S. Hyman Goldstein, William Eric Miller, Amarilice Thomas, Nancy
Amdur, Akiva Makito Amdursky, Samuel Golub, Morris Mitchell, Jo Unger, Jill
Amdur, Alan Isadore Amdursky, Samuel Golub, Robert Morgan Unverdi, Seval
Amdur, Alexander Gregory Amdursky, Saul Herman Golub, Sana Fishbach Morris, Ashira Li Verne, Brian Matthew
Amdur, Allen Amdursky, Shanie Esther Golum, Marsha Morris, Bayla Chana Verne, Kevin Mare
Amdur, Allen Cassel Amdursky, Shepsal Gonon, Tevia Morris, Caryn Beth Verne, Michael
Amdur, Allen R. Amdursky, Yehuda Leib Goodstein, Barbara Hope Morris, Fred L. Wachs, (Marjorie's husband)
Amdur, Allen Robert Amdursky, Yentle Gordon, Alice Morris, Lynn Celia Warren, Deborah
Amdur, Allen Stein Amdursky, Ze'ev Gordon, Allen S. Morris, Richard Jack Weiner, Carl
Amdur, Allison Paige Americus, Lena Gordon, Elaine Marilyn Nauheim, Irma Weiner, Hyman
Amdur, Amy Arenson, Joshua A. Gordon, Holly Elizabeth Normandy, John Weinman, Jack
Amdur, Anna Arenson, Michael J. Gordon, Isadore Oblonsky, Alison Weinman, Sharon Lee
Amdur, Anna Arenson, Perry E. Gordon, Jacob Oblonsky, Charles Weinstein, Aaron Nathan
Amdur, Anthony Bruce Ashe Bagran, (Verna's husband) Gordon, Jennifer Faith Oblonsky, David Weinstein, James Barry
Amdur, Arlene Bailey, Carole Ann Gordon, Joy Noelle Oblonsky, Dean Weinstein, Mark Andrew
Amdur, Barbara Adele Barenboim, Carl Gordon, Lewis Stephen Oblonsky, Dustin Weinstein, Sarah Beth
Amdur, Belle Barenboim, Deanna Gordon, Sam William Oblonsky, Ethan Warren Weinstein, Steven Howard
Amdur, Benjamin Barenboim, Julia Gottlieb, David Oblonsky, Fred Weisberg, Florence
Amdur, Benjamin Bass, Dani Gottlieb, Francine Oblonsky, Jerome Weisman, Jeanne
Amdur, Benjamin Heller Bass, Richard Gottlieb, Martin Oblonsky, Joel Weisman, Leesa
Amdur, Bennett D. Bass, Steven Gottlieb, Shari Pauline Oblonsky, Linda Weisman, Sidney
Amdur, Bertha Beck, Judith Susan Greenblatt, Barbara Ann Oblonsky, Megan Weiss, Max
Amdur, Bertha Begun, (Ruth's husband) Greenblatt, Beth Susan Oblonsky, Michelle Weiss, Sam
Amdur, Cassel Bell, Dylan Greenblatt, Stanley Oblonsky, Neil Weissman, Doris
Amdur, Charles Bell, Howard Greenfield, Albert Oblonsky, Sandra Weitzman, Sharon
Amdur, Charles J. Bell, Shirley Greenfield, Ella Oblonsky, Shane Wittkopf, Carole Janice
Amdur, Charlotte Bell, Zoey Greenfield, Hermina Ochsenhirt, Mary Wolman, Ella
Amdur, Daniel Block Berliant, David Aaron Greenfield, Mildred Olson, Kari P. Wolovitz, Ellen
Amdur, David Berliant, Erica Ilen Greshin, Adam Mark Oster, Harold Worton, Diane Kay
Amdur, David Howard Berliant, Harry J. Greshin, Benjamin Oster, Jacqueline Wulkan, Adam Jared
Amdur, David Morris Berliant, Joseph Greshin, Jared Oster, James Wulkan, Alyssa Ellen
Amdur, David Peter Berman, Alan Greshin, Jeremy Henry Oster, Marc Wulkan, David Lee
Amdur, Dora Berman, Elana Greshin, Jesse Doron Pakula, Michael Wulkan, Herbert W.
Amdur, Dorothy Charlotte Berman, Jeremy Grinberg, Barrie Jane Pakula, Randall Wulkan, Jamie Beth
Amdur, Dorothy Lillian Bernstein, Joe Grinberg, Bernard Joseph Pakula, Terri Wulkan, Jessica Lauren
Amdur, Dorothy Sylvia Bernstein, Melva Grinberg, Bryan Jeffrey Parish, Glenn Wulkan, Jonathan Lloyd
Amdur, Edith Binenkorb, Alan Grinberg, Edye Sue Parish, Lindsay Morgan Wulkan, Mark Lewis
Amdur, Edward Innis Binenkorb, Barbara Grinberg, Jeremy Scott Parish, Shelby Amdur Yablonski, Dora Sarah
Amdur, Elaine Binenkorb, Harry Grinberg, Myron Kalman Parmlee, Carol Young, Amarilice Convery
Amdur, Eleanor Bloch, Alan N. Grinberg, Richard Lewis Pasekoff, Ellen Young, Arthur William
Amdur, Eleanor Charlotte Bloch, Carolyn Jean Grinberg, Robert Amdur Pickholtz, (Sandra's husband) Young, Bradley
Amdur, Elizabeth Bloch, Evan Amdur Gross, Edith Plenby, Mauritz Gabriel Young, Tessa Charlotte Prada
Amdur, Elizabeth Bloch, Rebecca Lee Gross, Gerald Polaski, Carole Zama, Shoko
Amdur, Ellen Block, Barbara Ann Gross, Haley Ray Pollack, Pike Zare, (Michaels third son)
Amdur, Elliot Carl Block, Brian Edward Gross, Joseph Sandler Preskill, Robert Zare, Bethany Jean
Amdur, Ellis Scott Block, Harvey Faber Gross, Marc Provus, Bea Zare, Bonnie Sue
Amdur, Emmanuel Block, Heide Michele Gross, Susan Provus, Della Zare, Jeff
Amdur, Essie Block, Kathy Jo Guenther, Madeline June Raizl, (Hai's husband) Zare, Michael Kalman
Amdur, Ethel Block, Melanie Virginia Gummer, Abigail Rambo, Robert Zare, Milton
Amdur, Ethel Block, Rae Gummer, Burton Rast, Mark Lee Zare, Nancy
Amdur, Evelyn Block, Richard Owen Gursky, Mark Ratner, Betsy Noel Zare, Rachel Amdur
Amdur, Francine Block, Robert Altshuler Gursky, Talia Claire Rein, Meyer Zare, Richard Neil
Amdur, Frank Block, Terence Alan Haddad, Calvin Rein, Sheila Zare, Roger
Amdur, Frank A. Block, Wendy Allison Haddad, Heidi Relin, Doris Zivitz, Bertha Rose Hart
Amdur, Henry Blockstein, Evelyn Haddad, Maxwell Rich, Donald Zuckerman, David
Amdur, Henry Steven Bloom, Sally Haddad, Melissa Riesberg, Ben Zuckerman, Eric
Amdur, Hertzel Blum, Marguerite Hall, Leslie Ann Rinne, Sheila Zuckerman, Mark
Amdur, Hertzel J. Bosch, Lois Harris, David Howard Roman, Peggy Zuckerman, Tracy
Amdur, Ida Brauer, Julie Harris, Rhonda Lynn Rose Oppenheim
Amdur, Ina Sarah Brier, Adrea Hauser, Jody Ann Rose, Mike
Amdur, Isadore Briskin, Claire Anne Hauser, Kenneth Rosenberg, Esther
Amdur, Isidore Briskin, Jennifer Michelle Hauser, Lawrence David Rosenberg, Gabriela
Amdur, J. Leonard Briskin, Justin Charles Hauser, Tabytha Hope Rosenthal, Tillie
Amdur, Jack Briskin, Kenneth Scott Hecht, Isabelle Rosi, Allison Swiss
Amdur, Jack Briskin, Leonard Allen Heller, Harriet Rosi, Benjamin Swiss
Amdur, Jacob Briskin, Stephanie Gail Henderson, Roxanna Rosi, David M.
Amdur, Jennifer Wray Briskin, Stephen David Heringman, E. Craig Roth, Dorothy
Amdur, Jenny Buchman, Belle Hershman, Andrew Craig Rubel, Douglas
Amdur, Joni Bush, Aamon East Hershman, Blair Gould Rubel, Jacob
Amdur, Kai Shamir Bush, Arthur Benfield Hershman, Dale Ratner Ruben, Barbara Alice
Amdur, Kalman Busis, Abigail Mara Hershman, Donald Stephen Ryan
Amdur, Kathryn Busis, Adam Robert Hershman, Howard Sabol, Jennifer Ann
Amdur, Katie D. Busis, Anne Elizabeth Hershman, Jonathan Marc Sack, Jack
Amdur, Kristi Lenore Busis, Daniel Santo Hershman, Kenneth Robert Sack, Joan
Amdur, L. Scott Busis, David Samuel Hirsch, Jerry Yale Saklad, Michael
Amdur, Lisa Louraine Busis, Deborah Beck Hirsch, Sheryl Samuels, Darlene
Amdur, Lois Busis, Ethan Richard Hirschfield, Betty Jo Sandler, Marci
Amdur, Lottie Busis, Hannah Danica Hirschfield, Carol Louise Saperstein, Joseph
Amdur, Louis Busis, Hillary Brooke Hirschfield, Dean Saperstein, Samuel
Amdur, Louis Busis, James Robert Hirschfield, James Neal Sauer, Margaret
Amdur, Louise Busis, Molly Amdur Hirschfield, Mie Lani Schleifer, Lucy
Amdur, Manuel Rosenberg Busis, Neil Amdur Hoefling, Douglas Schlessinger, Richard
Amdur, Marc H. Busis, Richard Jay Hoefling, Jennifer Leigh Schwartz, Louis
Amdur, Margery Busis, Samuel Beck Hoefling, Ryan Douglas Seidman, Barbara Jean
Amdur, Martin B. Busis, Sarah Beck Hoffrichter, Abraham Seidman, Daniel Jay
Amdur, Matilda Busis, Sidney Nahum Hoffrichter, Maurice Jacob Seidman, Jesse I.
Amdur, Matthew Benjamin Busis, William Lee Holloway, Charles Seidman, Mark Amdur
Amdur, Maurice Caplan, Irene Holloway, Colin Benjamin Seidman, Marshall J.
Amdur, Maurice Caplan, Sy Holloway, Corey Robert Seltzer, Dorothy
Amdur, Max I. Cassin, Anne Horn, Ann Sevitsky, Judith
Amdur, Meyer Chaitkin, Aaron Huei, Chia Shapiro, Amy Anne
Amdur, Meyer Chaitkin, Bertha Ishii, Sonya Shapiro, Benjamin
Amdur, Mildred Rose Chaitkin, Betty Jane Iverson, Diane Shapiro, Claire Heidi
Amdur, Millard Jason Cherques, Harry James, Ellis George Shapiro, Elizabeth
Amdur, Milton G. Cherques, Joseph James, Ian David Shapiro, Myer Maxwell
Amdur, Minnie Cherques, Myrna James, Noah David Shapiro, Neal Kalman
Amdur, Miriam Cherques, Rose Marie Jolivette, (Ruths husband) Shapiro, Samuel
Amdur, Miriam Paula Christman, Carolyn Sue Jolivette, Ruth Shenier, Pat
Amdur, Morris Cohen, Benjamin Max Jolivette, Sonya Shively, Susan
Amdur, Mortimore Cohen, Elana Kane, Selma Shusterman, Jack
Amdur, Nancy Cohen, Elizabeth Leigh Katz, Nancy Shusterman, Richard David
Amdur, Nancy Beth Cohen, Henry Michael Kaznocha, Clifton Shapiro Silverberg, Fan
Amdur, Natalie Cohen, Jeffrey Kirk Kaznocha, Edward Frederick Silverblat, Mollie
Amdur, Nathan Cohen, Jesse Kaznocha, Jeremy Shapiro Silverman, Ethyl
Amdur, Neal Owen Cohen, Julie Keller, Hermina Silverman, Frank
Amdur, Nicholas John Cohen, Marilyn Adele Kelly, Maureen Anne Silverman, Isadore
Amdur, Nicolette Cohen, Matthew Kesner, Suzanne Silverman, Jeanette
Amdur, Norman Cohen, Paige Millicent King, Alison Ruth Silverman, Joe
Amdur, Norman Cohen, Rose Klein, Jonathan Silverman, June
Amdur, Patricia Cohen, Sarah Klein, Marian Silverman, Melvin
Amdur, Phyllis Crane, (Sally's husband) Klein, Marjorie Skavlem, Karen
Amdur, Phyllis Daughterty, Bill Klein, Morris Snitzer, Max
Amdur, Rachel Dawson, Susan Klein, Sara Jane Snyder, Rachel Leah
Amdur, Richard Deakin, Pamela Koban, Ari Soltman, Daniel Jacob
Amdur, Robert Cassel Denzer, John Koban, Michael Soltman, Deborah Lynn
Amdur, Rose Derfner, Elizabeth Ann Koenig, Joan Soltman, Eileen Beth
Amdur, Ruth Derfner, John Amdur Korson, June Soltman, Harold Sylvan
Amdur, Samuel Derfner, Morton Kovall, Herbert Soltman, Herbert Sorrell
Amdur, Samuel Derfner, Tessa Kramer, Marjorie Soltman, Lauren Joy
Amdur, Samuel E. Dickter, Cynthia Rose Kramer, Murray Soltman, Michael Lee
Amdur, Samuel J. Doetch, Angela Kupfer, (Beth's first? husband) Soltman, Nelson Arnold
Amdur, Samuel Theodore Herzl Edison, Barbara Kupfer, Paul Soltman, Theodore Joel
Amdur, Samuel Theodore Herzl Eliashof, Bruce A. Kupfer, Stewart Sonnabend, Henry
Amdur, Samuel Theodore Herzl Eliashof, Byron Amdur Kurby, Bessie Sonnabend, Herbert
Amdur, Samuel Theodore Herzl Eliashof, Leon H. Kurz, Denise Sonnabend, Jerome
Amdur, Selma Eliashof, Mark William Lee, Linda Spector, James
Amdur, Sheila Ellis, Lauren Lefton, Al Paul Spector, Morris
Amdur, Shirley Epshtein, Leon Jacob Lefton, Al Paul Spector, Myron
Amdur, Sidney Alan Epshtein, Marcia Phyllis Lefton, Al Paul Spector, Robert
Amdur, Sidney Jay Epshtein, Michael William Lefton, Alice Spitz, Jeff
Amdur, Stephen Epshtein, Sandra Elizabeth Lefton, Clara Belle Spitz, Samuel Jacob
Amdur, Stephen Jay Epshtein, Steven Alex Lefton, Elizabeth Stein, Ida Sarah
Amdur, Steve L. Fang, Sean Lefton, Israel Steinberg, Charlotte


Amdur Website News !
(last update - June 2, 2012 )

The following is a list of recent additions, updates, and reinterpretations to the Amdur Family Name Website

  1. An Amdur family who went to Argentina (March, 2010)
  2. An Amdur family whose progenitor is traced back to the area of Suwalki (March 2010)
  3. An Amdur family who went to live in Texas (March 2010)
  4. Additional up-dated information from the family of Jacob Amdur, son of Eliahu Dov Amdur (April 2010)
  5. The Les Amdur page has been renamed the Jack Amdur page as the name of the father & the mother has now come to light (10th April, 2010)
  6. A new early Amdur family. Movsha Amdur, father of Yosel (10th April 2010) (see 12 below)
  7. An new Amdur family (from Russia?) who live in Israel (10th April 2010)
  8. An update on the Reuben Amdur tree including more family names and many photos (14th April 2010)
  9. The Jack Amdur page (#5 above) has now been renamed Chaim Hyman Amdur page. New information has come to light which pushes this branch back two further generations. (3rd May 2010)
  10. New information has come to light with regards to Reuben Amdur. The 1897 Riga Revisionist list shows that Reuben was definately the son of Yankel, that his second wife was Chana Katz, that he was born in Braslav and that most if not all of his children were either born or registered in Dvinsk. There is also mention of an unknown son, Shevel Mordachai, which has not been know to date. (7th May 2010)
  11. A review of the dates for Berl Boris Amdur has revealed that this tree in its current chronological format cannot be linked to the Amdur Main Trunk so it has been detached (7th May 2010)
  12. Examination of the Yosel Amdur data has found that it forms part of the Movsha av Yosel Amdur tree. By extension this also means that the family of Berl Boris Amdur also fits into this tree. (7th May 2010)
  13. After further analysis of the Riga Rabanate lists the linkage between Yankel, the father of Reuben, and the Amdur Main Trunk has been reviewed. It is now believed that based on the fact that Reuben's son Max had the second name Hirsh it would be more logical to connect the family to Yankel, son of Hirsh. (8th May 2010) see note 17 below.
  14. A clean up process has taken place to remove doubled up instances of early 18th Century family members entered in duplicate. (8th May 2010)
  15. A number of 3 - 4 generation small trees drawn from the Riga Rabinate lists have been added to the "Can you help" page. (8th May 2010)
  16. The tree of Herrich Amdour from France added to the main Index. There may be a direct link between this tree and the existing Amdour tree as they are both noted as families in France and these are in fact the only Amdur links we know of in France. (16th May 2010)
  17. Discussions have led to the Yankel Amdur tree being detached for the moment from the main trunk as the identity of the father of Yankel is again in doubt. (16th May 2010)
  18. A number of 2 - 3 generation Amdur family trees have been found and added to the database after a search through the Geni.com site. Please click on the 'Can you help' tab above to review these families. If you can add further information we would be very happy to hear from you (22nd May 2010)
  19. The Steven Amdur tree has now been found to be part of the Yehuda Leib Amdursky (PIttsburgh) Amdurs and so has been integrated into it. (22nd May 2010)
  20. A second Amdur family who went to Texas and was involved in the furniture business has come to light. From all accounts it is most likely that they are related to the Cecil Alexander Amdur family who live/d in Texas. Currently a member of each family has been asked to get togetehr with the other family to try and work this relationship out (24th May 2010)
  21. An Amdursky family from Montreal whose ancestor arrived about 1912. (24th May 2010)
  22. Using the Jewish Gen database of BD&M the Cecil Alexander Amdur family tree (from Texas) has doubled in size (25th May 2010)
  23. It has been determined that there is possibly another Amdur family living in Houston. Paul Solomon Amdur (1913 - 1980) aparently lived there all of his life. The Houston white pages indicates that at least some of his descendants still live there (26th May 2010)
  24. The Amdur name index file has been updated and made easier to search and to use. Currently only names from the large trees shown on the tabs are indexed however it is planned that all the names from the small trees will also be included. (28th May 2010)
  25. All the names from the small trees on the 'Can you help' page have now been added to the Amdur Index page. These include the trees from the Yad Vashem Sho'ar victims. (30th May 2010)
  26. It is thought that the Moses and Anita Amdur tree (showing in the 'Can you help' page) is in fact part of the Gershon Amdur tree. It would be appreciated if someone from the tree could review and confirm one way or another (30th May 2010)
  27. A second Amdursky family in Montreal, that of Jacob & Devorah Amdursky, has now come to light. It is believed to be part of the same group as Victor and Israel Jacob Amdursky. It would be appreciate if someone connected to either of these families could review and confirm the connections (31st May 2010)
  28. The Moses & Anita Amdursky have now been placed corectly on the Jacob & Devorah Amdursky tree (31st May 2010)
  29. Thanks to Nick Amdur there have been some updates to the Pittsburgh Amdur/sky tree (31st May 2010)
  30. The Amdour family from the north of France has supplied further information. Their progenitor has now been identified as Schneir Amdour and his wife Hannah Kagan (1st June 2010)
  31. Another Amdursky family tree has come to light, that of Meyer & Bessie Amdursky. (2nd June 2010)
  32. Thanks to Jeanne Emdur Isaacman, up dates to her family additions (5 June 2010)
  33. Thanks to cousins Sonja and Susan (from one of the London Amdur branches), updates to the Amdur main trunk (5 June 2010)
  34. Additions have been made to the Mogilev Amdur family tree. Further information has now been added as to names and dates of the Benjamin Amdursky line, specifically individuals connected to the late Israeli singer Beni Amdursky and his family. Data drawn from Geni.com site (5 June 2010)
  35. The progenitor father of the Reuben Amdur tree has been tentatively identified as Haskel Amdur making this tree a possible branch of the Braslav Amdur Tree. DNA tests are required to confirm one way or the other the genetic connection between the two trees. (14th June 2010)
  36. Mina Miriam Amdur, from the Yankel Amdur/Emdur tree apparently married Frank Amdur(sky) who was the grandson of Samuel Shmai Amdursky. This is a possible cross over between two Amdur groupings being the Emdurs and the descendants of Yehuda Leib Amdursky from the Pittsburgh family. Miriam and her children thus appear in two trees (14th June 2010)
  37. A new & large Amdur family (Elyakim & Sara Pesia Amdur) who went to Toronto Canada. Data from Bielak Family tree on line (15th June 2010)
  38. A small 'twig' of Abba Amdur father of Nohim (17th June 2010)
  39. A slide show of all the photos in the site has been added (19th June 2010)
  40. A small family group of Shlomo-Khaim & Nihama Amdur(sky) from Mir, Belarus. Data from Researchers of Mir web site (21st June 2010)
  41. A further family from Texas, that of Aaron & Eva Amdur. They apparently moved to Austin, Texas.(26th June 2010) (see below)
  42. The Paul Solomon Amdur tree (from Houston) has been renamed to that of Sam & Hannah Amdur as the father's name has now been located. It is still not known which larger tree this one connects to but there is an in-law reference to Bialystock so there is a chance that this branch connects to the Pittsburgh clan. (26th June 2010)
  43. A small tree of Gedalya & Khana Amdur has been added (26th June 2010)
  44. A small tree of Irvin J Amder and Belle Weinstein has been added (26th June 2010)
  45. A small tree of Joseph and Hilda Amdur has been added (26th June 2010)
  46. A small tree of Lipman Amdur has been added (26th June 2010)
  47. The Aaron & Eva Amdur tree has now been linkied to a more substantial tree thanks to a cousin, Nyna, who visited our website. It would appear that the father of Aaron was Shlomo Chaim Amdur, and this branch has now been tentatively connected to the line of Gedalya Avraham and Khana (Berkowiotz) Amdur on the basis that Shlomo Chaim Amdur had a son called Gedalya (which is not a common Amdur name) and because Gedalya & Khana had a son called Shlomo Meir Chaim Amdur. (7th July 2010)
  48. Thanks to a recent get together in Israel a major rethink has taken place concerning the Samuel Amdur tree. It has now been replaced with five Amdur grupings all originating in Mogilev during the 19th century. All five trees now appear in the tab above called Mogilev Amdur trees. (11th July 2010)
  49. Recent information concerning the fact that Michael and Nathan Amdur/Emdur stayed at 58 Church St in Shorditch at the start of the 20th century, and the fact that they were staying in the same building as Samuel Amdur of the Yankel & Yetta line and the fact that Michael's and Nathan's grandfather father was Yankel as was Samuel's has led to the hypothesis that these were all first cousins. An autosomal DNA test is planned using female members of these families to test this hypothesis. If proved correct this could create a very large tree. (11th July 2010).
  50. The Israel Isador Amdur tree has now been determined to belong to the Mogilev #2 family grouping. The link was made when casual research determined that reference to the 3AAA garment factory on the one hand and the Amdur Brothers garment factory on the other hand was in fact reference to the same thang, just reflecting diffferent family view points. (12th July 2010)
  51. Further information concerning the ancestors of Michael Amdur/Emdur seem to point to a surname of Kark instead of Amdur. With reference to #49 above it would appear that the hypothesis made there is now seen as not being valid. (15th July 2010)
  52. Thanks to Nehemia Shiff and Michael Waas a possible "all in one" Mogilev tree has now been put together. There are still some issues with a few aspects of the tree but it is now a tree which has bipartisan support. (15th July 2010)
  53. A new Amdurer family tree from Minsk has come to light, that of Samuel and Josephine Amdurer. The name changed early in the C20 when the son moved to the USA. Amdurer became Andurer. (15th July 2010)
  54. Thanks to Jon Lishak further details have come to light relating to the Amdur Main Trunk. Jon has supplied further details of the English Amdur line. His data also allowed some descrepencies to be cleared up as to who are children and who are the grandchildren of Simon Yacob Zalke Amdur. (19th September 2010)
  55. Richard Berrie , grandson of Issy Amdur, has recently updated photos for his direct line (21st September 2010)
  56. Sharon Saponia nee Hoff has updated the birth of her granddaughter (30th September 2010)
  57. A family called Malkin has been added to the site given that their original name was Amdur (23rd April 2012)


Can you help !

The following "Twigs" represent members of the Amdur family who we know existed, but very little else.

We know from the Yad Va'Shem Pages of Testemony that numerous Amdur family members persihed in the Sho'ar. We also know of other small family units from sources such as Lithuanian Revision (census) lists of 1845 and 1883, the Riga Rabiante list (1850 - 1910), the Dvinsk 1896 Revision list, as well as the many other databases available on Jewishgen, and on-line genealogical web sites.

Currently we are unable to connect these families on to any branches.

Do any of these families sound familiar? If they do please contact Mike or Sallyann who will be more than happy to add your data to the Amdur collective.

Hatskel (Amdur) from the 18th Century

Reuven & Sarah Amdur (Elizabeta Amdur survived the Sho'ar and created the Pages of Testemony)

Henek Hanoch Amdur

Eliezer Luzar Amdur (Sara Amdur survived the Sho'ar and created the Pages of Testemony)

Meyer Amdur

Meir Amdur

Gershon & Maria Amdur

Khava Amdur Chernovzky  (Daughter Ahuva Chernovzky Taube survived the Sho'ar and created the Pages of Testemony)

Wolf & Khana Amdur  (Sara Amdur survived the Sho'ar and created the Pages of Testemony)

Abram & Sarah  Amdur (Sheva Portnaya, grand-daughter of Khaia Riva, created the Pages of Testemony)

Benjamin & Khayke Amdur (created from Pages of Testemony)

Gedaliya & Yehudit Amdur

Grigori Amdur

Shmuel Amdur (From the Riga Rabinate lists)

Srol ben Abraham Amdur (From the Riga Rabinate lists)

Movshe av Shevel Amdur (From the Riga Rabinate lists)

Sheina bat Abraham Amdur (From the Riga Rabinate lists)

Khaim av Khatzkel Amdur (From the Riga Rabinate lists)

Avraham av Sora Pesha Amdur Gamburg (From the Riga Rabinate lists)

Eliokum av Yankel Amdur (from Riga Rabinate lists)

Yankel av Abraham Amdur (From the Riga Rabinate lists)

Movshe av Ziska Amdur (From the Riga Rabinate lists)

Abo Amdur (From the Riga Rabinate lists)

Harry Amdur (Harry was born in Greece late 1800s or early 1900s)

Yosel Amdur, father of Efraim (from 1883 Lithuianuan revision list)

Thomas Amdur (sourced from geni.com)

Richard & Dale Amdur (sourced from geni.com)

Philip & Mikey Amdur (sourced from geni.com)

William (Bill) & Sylvia Amdur (sourced from geni.com)

Norman Amdur (sourced from Ancestry message board 2000)

Roje Aryeh & Nechema Amdur (from Slobodka)

Elyakim & Bat Sheva Amdur (created from Pages of Testemony)

Rabbi Israel Amdur (from Dvinsk)

William & Lynne Amdur (from Case-Clark family tree on line)

Abba Amdur, father of Nohim

Joseph & Hilda Amdur (Greenwald) (from Geni.com)

Lipman Amdur

Golda bat Abram ben Leiser Amdur (born in Griva)

Kalmain Malkin, who had a brother (name unknown) who used the name Amdur and whoes father was most probably an Amdur.