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  My Jewish Bessarabian Roots
  Volume 2 (Meites Family)
  
  By Ella Romm
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  San Diego, California, 2015
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  To my grandmother Anna Vaysman (Meites)
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  ISBN 978-1-329-04895-9 No Romm Ella, 2015
  
  
  
  
  Chapter 1. Introduction
  
  About the Author
  
  Dear friends, family and all readers,
  
  My name is Ella Romm. I was born in 1966, in a southern Russian town of Sholokhovskiy of the Rostov-on-Don region. My paternal grandmother Anna Vaysman, whose maiden name was Meites, immigrated to the United States from Kishinev, Moldova. Our family joined her in 1993. I had been living in New York for 15 years and then moved to San Diego, California in 2007. I am a medical doctor, a poet, a researcher.
  
  The subject of my earlier research that started in 2010 was the Vaysman family heritage (Vaysman was my maiden name). As a result, a book named 'My Jewish Bessarabian roots' was published. Later I decided to write another volume, now about Meites family. Working on the book, I discovered many amazing people, such as a Hebrew poet Eliyahu Meitus, American scientists Doctor Joseph Meites and Doctor Samuel Meites and others.
  
  I hope this book is going to inspire some of you to research further and would appreciate any amendments and additions sent to me by the readers.
  
  My address is queenstory@gmail.com. You can also find me on Facebook as Ella Romm.
  
  How This Project Started
  
  Meites family tree I built on ancestry.com includes around 300 people. More than 130 of them are the blood relatives.
  
  The family research began with my interest in the poet Eliyahu Meitus, my granduncle. His sister and my grandmother Anna left several tape recordings about Meitus family. Then online I found the memoirs written by Mabel Meites, a widow of Professor Joseph Meites, 'The early years of Joseph Meites'. We started writing to each other, and that continued until she passed away just months before her 100 birthday in 2013. I learned about the American branch of the Meites family from her. Mable kindly shared the photos, letters and other information with me. She also led me to Mikhail Meitis from Tolyatti, Russia, and his branch of the family. Finally, my father interviewed his second cousin Frida Pekker who described her side of the family. To summarize, several descendants of the Meites family took part in the research:
  - Mable Meites with memoirs of professor Joseph Meites (Zalman's descendant);
  - Michel Meitis (Iosif's descendant);
  - Frida Pekker (Vitya's descendant);
  - Ella Romm with the help of Yuliy Vaysman (Yoil's descendants).
  
  Even though some pieces of information contradicted with the other ones, it was an encouraging start.
  
  Sourcing the Data
  
  There were two directions of this research. One is digging to the past. Another one is discovering the present. Luckily, the Bessarabian archives were available on the Internet, and I managed to find some birthday, marriage and death records of our family members. Moreover, it was not difficult to collect data on the living people. Personal information has become widely available with advent of the Internet. Some websites (such as peoplesmart.com and many others) provide free data about individuals, including birthdays, residences and possible relatives. Obituaries online (those that exist) also provided very useful information. I gathered data from Facebook and other social websites. Traces of those who once stepped on the virtual road are there waiting for an interested party. I copied pictures, learned about family events without asking anybody for information. Building a family tree reminds me of assembling a puzzle: piece by piece, the big picture comes to you.
  
  Concerns and Problems in the Research
  
  After studding Meites' history for a while, I developed a certain picture of their lives and heritage. However, several facts have been puzzling me since. I believe that our earliest known ancestor Baruch and his wife Esther had several children. Most likely, they had three sets of them: Esther's children from the first marriage, Baruch's from the first marriage and children they had together. I am not sure (and most likely will never be) whom of them are siblings by blood vs. by marriage of Baruch and Esther.
  
  The other remaining question is the relation of our branch to Rabbi Leib Sarah's. In the Eliyahu Meitus (Baruch's grandson) biography, I found information that connects his mother Tseytl to Rabbi's family through her maternal branch of Tepper. I was not able to prove the connection though.
  
  The final piece of the puzzle is the name Shoikhet that was mentioned in the letter written from Kishinev to USA in 1972. The oldest of Baruch's sons, Zalman, was called by this name (instead of the name Meites). Was the writer mistaken, or was it the last name of Baruch Meites' first wife? It could also be just Zalman's profession (shoikhet is a religious butcher).
  
  I was unlocking these and other puzzles with the good help from my husband Michael Romm who assisted me in writing and publishing this book.
  
  Geography of the Meites Family
  
  According to relatives and proved by the birth certificates, Meites family came from the town of Balta, Bessarabia (now near Odessa, Ukraine) that was a small outpost on the northern border of the Ottoman Empire (in Turkish Balta means axe). From the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries most of the townspeople were Jews. The city survived two pogroms, plague and major flooding. Very possibly, forced by those disturbances and looking for better quality of life, Meites family moved from Balta to Kishinev in the late 19th century.
  
  
  
  Balta, Jewish hospital (photo from the Internet)
  
  The city of Kishinev was first mentioned in 1436. After the war with Napoleon, Kishinev (Bessarabia) become a part of the Russian Empire until 1918, and after the First World War, it became a part of Romania. In 1940, due to the rearrangement of European territories between Germany and the USSR, Moldavia became the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, which converted to the independent country (Moldova) in 1991.
   (In this book, for the consistency and statistics, I will use Kishinev without mentioning what country it belonged at the time.)
  
  
  Alexander Street, Kishinev (photo from the Internet)
  
  Life in Kishinev was not easy. The brutality of pogroms, Soviet repressions, the Second World War combined with anti-Semitism forced some Meites to immigrate. Only few families still live in Russia. I was not able to find anyone living in Moldova in our days.
  
  Presently, descendants of our family reside mostly in USA, Israel, Argentina, Russia and Canada.
  
  Distribution of Family Members by Their Country of Birth
  Moldova 59
  Israel 22
  USA 22
  Argentina 13
  Russia 8
  Canada 2
  Unknown and other 5
  
  Distribution of Family Members by Their Country of Residence (2015)
  Israel 29
  USA 23
  Argentina 11
  Russia 7
  Canada 4
  Unknown and other 2
  
  (All graphs in this book include only the blood relatives in the family.)
  Names and Their Metamorphosis
  Jews did not have last names prior to the late 18th and the beginning of the 19th century. The common practice was to call a person by his or her first name plus the father's first name on the ritual occasions. For example, Yoil's son Eliyahu would be called Eliyahu ben-Yoil and his sister Genya would be called Genya bat-Yoil. Such 'last names' were one-generational.
  
  Meites is a metronymic surname based on the Yiddish female name Meita, meaning a girl. Thus, the meaning of the surname Meites is "son of Meita".
  
  The name Meites has several variations of spelling, depending on the country our relatives lived in or immigrated to, the language they spoke, and even a simple clerical error. In this book, as a matter of convenience, I will be using the spelling Meites most of the time. However, I will also use the other two common spellings: Meitis and Meitus.
  
  Due to marriages, our family has expended with other last names. Among them are: Felman, Froimovici, Tamari, Vaysman, Cohen, Gofyzen, Titov, Pekker, Seidenberg, Szajewicz, Yankelevich, Zucker, Morelli and more.
  
  Working on the family tree, I figured that given names were not always corresponding with the birth certificates or the name the person was remembered by.
  
  Jewish given names were often changed due to influences of the diaspora-spoken language. One of the common male names running in our family in the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries was Baruch. (The other possible spellings are: Boruch, Barukh or Borukh). In Hebrew Baruch means 'blessed'. This name will transform to Boris in Soviet Russia or Ben in The English-speaking world. In the last half of the 20th century the most common male names were Yosef and Moshe.
  
  The most common female name in our tree is Anna (Khanna, Genya).
  
  Many of our relatives who were born in the USSR have Russian, not Jewish, names: Alla, Anna, Mikhail, Arkadiy, Roman, Zhanna and so on.
  
  It was always a tradition not to name children after the living relatives, and name them after the dead relatives. This particular Jewish tradition helped me in my research. I could predict the names of people in different generations or confirm the family relationships by comparing their first names.
  
  The more generations we have, the more variants of names we can see. However, traditional Jewish names are not that common as they were hundred years ago. Even in Israel, there is a tendency to give modern names instead of the traditional ones. The places of birth and mixed marriages also influenced the name choices.
  
  In this book, I will give all possible variations of names that were found in the metric documents or remembered by relatives.
  Chapter 2. The Family Tree
  
  Our Early Ancestors
  
  So let us start over.
  
  Baruch Meites was our earliest known ancestor. Hi lived in Balta, Bessarabia, and was born in about 1823, considering the birth year of his first known son Zalman. Most likely Baruch died and was buried in Balta. I believe that all his children also were born in Balta but later moved to Kishinev. Baruch was married to Esther (last name unknown). Probably, Esther was his second wife and, very possible, Esther was married before as well. How many children Baruch and Esther had, remains a question. Professor Meites named four brothers: Zalman, Joel (Yoil), Jacob and Joseph (Iosif), but did not mention any sisters. My father to the contrary named several sisters, including Vitya, Brucha and Ene, and only two brothers, Yoil and Iosif. Iosif, according to my father, was called Yosil (probably it was a nickname from his birth name Yos). He also said that Iosif was Yoil's half-brother. I was able to find records of all four brothers as well as Vitya's and Brucha's. I did not find any data about Ene, but I found Khaya Sura instead. I am struggling to explain the age difference (22 years) between Baruch's first son Zalman and his next child. This fact may have two explanations: Zalman is a son from Baruch's previous marriage, or that there were some children in between but they died or records and memories are missing (especially for females who get married and become a part of their husbands' families).
  
  I do not know what Baruch did for living. He belonged to a middle-class ('petty bourgeois') group of the city population. According to some sources, he could have been a rabbi or came from a family of rabbis. I believe he died somewhere before 1881(age 58) because at that time one of his grandsons was named after him. After Baruch's death Esther had to support her family and was involved in her own small business, trading oil tar. Esther died after about 1914 (age 86) of pneumonia. Baruch Meites had at least seven children (taken from all sources): ZALMAN, KHAYA SURA, VITYA, YANKEL, YOIL, BRUKHA and YOSEF.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  Descendants of Zalman Meites
  
  1. ZALMAN (ZELMAN, SOLOMON) MEITES was born in Balta, Bessarabia in about 1843. His descendants who immigrated to USA called him Solomon. In 1907, he was residing in Kishinev (according to Russian Duma Voters List).
  
  Name: Zelman Meytis
  Patronym: Borokh.
  Age at Vote: at least 24
  Year of Record: 1907
  Gender: Male
  Country: Moldova
  Gubernia (District): Bessarabia
  Uyezd (Region): Kishinev
  Town: Kishinev
  [Chisinau]
  Voting Qualification: Tenant (rents and apartment and pays apartment tax)
  Data Source: Romania - Bessarabia Duma Voters List
  Voter List Number: 58-28
  
  The data sources for this and other records:
   Russia, Duma Voter Lists, 1906-1907;
   Bessarabia (now Moldova), Birth Records, 1829-1910;
   Bessarabia (now Moldova) Marriage and Divorce Records, 1879-1915
  
  In 1863, Zalman (age 20) married Rachel (Rukhlya) Averbuch (1843-?), daughter of Mordko.
  
  Zalman was petty bourgeois. He died sometime after 1920 (77 years old), in Kishinev. Zalman Meites and Rachel Averbuch had four children: SHMUL, MOISHE, SHEVA and BARUCH.
  
  SHMUL (SHMUEL, SHMIL) MEITES was born in Balta, Bessarabia in about 1865, to Zalman Meites and Rachel Averbuch. He was called Samuel by the English speaking relatives. In 1906, he resided in Kishinev, as you can see it in Russian Duma Voters List.
  
  Name: Shmul Meytes
  Patronym: Zelmanov
  Age at Vote: at least 24
  Year of Record: 1906
  Gender: Male
  Country: Moldova
  Gubernia (District): Bessarabia
  Uyezd (Region): Kishinev
  Town: Kishinev
  [Chisinau]
  Voting Qualification: Tenant (rents and apartment and pays apartment tax)
  Data Source: Romania - Bessarabia Duma Voters List
  Voter List Number: D-1676
  
  
  In 1885 (age 20) Shmul married Bassya-Rukhlya (last name unknown), daughter of Shabsa. They had six children: Ikhiel, Nusin, Berel, Yosef, Aron and Sima.
  
  1.1.1. Ikhiel Mikhel (Yekhiel Mikhael) Meites was born in Kishinev on May 16, 1886 to Shmul Meites and Bassya-Rukhlya.
  
  Name: Ikhiel Mikhel / Yekhiel Mikhael Meytis
  Gender: Male
  Birth Date: 16 May 1886
  Hebrew Date: 23 Iyar
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Shmul / Shmuel
  Father's Father's Name: Zelman / Zalman
  Mother's name: Bassya-Rukhlya / Batya
  Mother's Father's Name: Shabsa / Shabtay
  Registration Number: M319
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1886
  Film: 2255344 / 1
  Image: 52
  Comments: Mohel Moishe BRIMMER. Father from Balta
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/161
  Other Towns Mentioned: Balta
  
  Ikhiel married Gitlya (last name unknown) on March 6, 1915 (at age 28).
  
  Name: Ikhel-Mikh Meites
  Gender: Male
  Marriage Date: 6 Mar 1915
  Town: Kishinev
  Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Spouse Name: Gitlya
  Spouse Gender: Female
  Microfilm: 2292610
  Item: 4
  Record Number: 40
  Source: NARM/211/11/399
  
  
  
  Hi died on Oct 25, 1981 (age 95) in Kishinev. I do not have any information about his children.
  
  1.1.2. Nusin (Nosson) Meites was born in Kishinev on February 1, 1893 to Shmul Meites and Bassya-Rukhlya.
  
  Name: Nusin / Nosson Meytes
  Gender: Male
  Birth Date: 1 Feb 1893
  Hebrew Date: 27 Shevat
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Shmil / Shmuel
  Father's Father's Name: Zelman
  Mother's name: Basya
  Registration Number: M90
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1893
  Film: 2255903 / 3
  Image: 360
  Comments: Father from Balta; Mohel Levi HENHOLTS
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/235
  Other Towns Mentioned: Balta
  
  His fate is unknown.
  
  
  1.1.3. Berel Meites was born in Kishinev in 1893 to Shmul Meites and Bassya-Rukhlya.
  
  Name: Berel Meytes
  Gender: Male
  Birth Date: 1895
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Shmul
  Father's Father's Name: Zelman
  Registration Number: M85
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1895
  Film: 2292603 / 2
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/371
  
  His fate is unknown.
  
  
  1.1.4. Yosef Meites was born in Kishinev in 1897 to Shmil Meites and Bassya-Rukhlya.
  
  
  His fate is unknown.
  
  
  
  1.1.5. Aron Meites was born in Kishinev in 1899 to Shmul Meites and Bassya-Rukhlya.
  
  Name: Aron Meytes
  Gender: Male
  Birth Date: 1899
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Shmul
  Father's Father's Name: Zelman
  Registration Number: M406
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1899
  Film: 2292603 / 2
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/371
  
  His fate is unknown.
  
  
  1.1.6. Sima Meites was born in Kishinev in 1901 to Shmil Meites and Bassya-Rukhlya.
  
  Name: Sima Meytis
  Gender: Female
  Birth Date: 1901
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Shmul
  Father's Father's Name: Zelman
  Registration Number: F494
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1901
  Film: 2292603 / 2
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/371
  
  Her fate is unknown.
  
  
  1.2. MOISHE (MOSHE) MEITES was born in Balta, Bessarabia on March 8, 1867 to Zalman Meites and Rachel Averbuch.
  
  Name: Moishe / Moshe Meytis
  Gender: Male
  Birth Date: 8 Mar 1867
  Hebrew Date: 13 Adar 2
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Shliomo Zelman / Moshe Zalman
  Mother's name: Rukhlya / Rahel
  Registration Number: M95
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1867
  Film: 2086507 / 1
  Comments: Mohel Shmul AVERBUKH, father from Balta, father - middle class
  Archive Information: NARM/211/2/249
  Other Towns Mentioned: Balta
  
  Moishe married his wife (name unknown) in about 1889 (at age 32). It is unknown when he died. Most likely, he died in early age because the relatives do not have any recollection of him. Moishe Meites and his wife had two children: Geynikh, Liba.
  
  1.2.1. Geynikh (Henoch) was born in Kishinev in about 1900 to Moishe Meites and unknown mother.
  
  He died on July 30, 1902 (age 1 ½) of gastro-intestinal infection.
  
  Name: Geynikh/Henoch Meitis
  Est. Birth Year: abt 1900
  Gender: Male
  Age at Death: 1 1/2
  Death Date: 30 Jun 1902
  Hebrew Date: 8 Tammuz
  Town: Kishinev
  Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Cause of Death: acute gastro-intestinal catarrh
  Residence: Balta
  Record Year: 1902
  Record Location: Kishinev
  Father's Given Name: Moyshe son of Zelman/Moshe
  Microfilm: 2292608
  Film Item: 5
  Frame: 00745
  Image: 138
  Registration Number: M350
  Comments: middle class; father is Moshe son of Zalman
  Source: NARM 211/11/392
  
  1.2.2. Liba (Lieba) Meites was born in Kishinev on June 1908 to Moishe Meites and unknown mother.
  
  She died on December 23, 1908 (age 6 months) of tuberculosis.
  
  Name: Liba / Lieba Meytes / Movtes
  Est. Birth Year: abt 1908
  Gender: Female
  Age at Death: 6 Months
  Death Date: 23 Dec 1908
  Hebrew Date: 12 Tevet
  Town: Kishinev
  Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Cause of Death: tuberculosis
  Residence: Balta
  Record Year: 1908
  Record Location: Kishinev
  Father's Given Name: Moyshe / Moshe
  Microfilm: 2292609
  Film Item: 3
  Frame: 00990
  Image: 203
  Registration Number: F459
  Other Towns: Balta
  Comments: Father was petty bourgeois from Balta
  Source: NARM/ 211/11/395
  
  
  1.3. SHEVA MEITES was born in Balta, Bessarabia in about 1875 to Zalman Meites and Rachel Averbuch. Later in her life she resided in Kishinev. Sheva was married (her husband's name is unknown) and had a daughter Sarah.
  
  1.3.1. Sarah (last name unknown) was born in Kishinev in about 1910 to Sheva Meites and her husband (his mane is unknown). She married Shaya Sarotzky (or Sirotzkiy) and immigrated to Palestine in about 1933 (age 23). They were among the first Jews who bought the land of the future Kibbutz Dalia.
  
  
  
  Kibbutz Dalia (photo from the Internet)
  
  It is unknown if they had any children. Most likely they died in Israel.
  
  
  
  Sara and Shaya Sarotzky (Photo from Mable Meites' archive)
  
  
  
  1.4. BARUCH MEITES was born in Balta, Bessarabia on July 16, 1881 to Zalman Meites and Rachel Averbuch. He was called Ben in USA. Presumably, he was named after his grandfather.
  
  Name: Borokh / Barukh Meytis
  Gender: Male
  Birth Date: 16 Jul 1881
  Hebrew Date: 2 Av
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Zelman
  Mother's name: Rukhlya / Rakhel
  Registration Number: M445
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1881
  Film: 2255343 / 4
  Image: 261
  Comments: Mohel Moyshe BRUMNER, Balta
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/158
  Other Towns Mentioned: Balta
  
  
  
  On October 10, 1911 Baruch (age 30) married Freda Kamenetskiy (1890-1966), daughter of Efriam Kamenetskiy and Zeesil Averbuch.
  
  
  The family (including three children) immigrated to USA in 1920 (Baruch was 39). You can see the records from Ellis Island (the immigrants' gateway to the United States).
  
   Name of Passenger, Residence Arrived Age on Arrival
  1. Boruh Meites
   Kichnef Roumania 1920 35
  2. Freida Meites
   Kichnef Roumania 1920 30
  3. Isaaac Meites
   Kichnef Roumania 1920 2
  4. Josef Meites
   Kichnef Roumania 1920 7
  5. Moise Meites
   Kichnef Roumania 1920 8
  Ship of travel, Zeeland; Port of Departure, Cherbourg, France
  last place of residence, Kichnef, Roumania;
  
  Family had settled in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA. This is a list of 1940 US Federal Population Census (and its transcript) mentioning Baruch and his family members.
  
  
  
  First Name: Ben
  Last Name: Meites
  Age at Time of Census: 49
  Gender: Male
  Race: White
  Ethnicity: American
  Est. Birth Year: 1891
  Birth Location: Romania
  Enumeration District: 11-41
  Residence: Ward 5, St. Joseph, Washington Township, Buchanan, MO
  
  Other People in Household:
  Frieda Meites 48 yrs, Female
  Morris Meites 25 yrs, Male
  Isadore Meites 21 yrs, Male
  Joseph Meites 19 yrs, Male
  Renara Meites 12 yrs, Female
  Jerry Meites 15 yrs, Male
  
  Marital Status: Married
  Language: English
  
  
  
  Baruch and Freda Meites (Photo from Mable Meites' archive)
  
  Baruch died on July 25, 1975 (age 94). Baruch Meites and Freda Kamenetskiy had seven children: Moshe, Joseph, Sarah, Isaac, Samuel, Jerry, Renara.
  
  
  1.4.1. Moshe (Morris) Meites was born in Kishinev on July 12, 1912 to Baruch Meites and Freda Kamenetskiy. On December 13, 1920 he was brought to USA (at age 8). I do not have any information about Moshe's family or children. He died in USA on July 15, 1996 (age 84).
  
  1.4.2. Joseph Meites was born in Kishinev on December 22, 1913 to Baruch Meites and Freda Kamenetskiy. On December 13, 1920 (age 6) he was brought to USA. On January 30, 1943 (age 29) he married Mable Ramburg (1913-2013) daughter of Albert Ramburg and Minnie Lucas.
  
  
  
  (Photo from Mable Meites' archive)
  
  Dr. Joseph Meites was a famous American neurophysiologist. He died in Okemos, Michigan, USA on January 31, 2005 (age 91). Joseph Meites and Mable Ramburg did not have any children.
  
  
  
  Dr. Meites with his mother Freda (Photo from Mable Meites' archive)
  
  1.4.3. Sarah Meites was born in Kishinev in 1915 to Baruch Meites and Freda Kamenetskiy. She died in Kishinev in 1919 (age 4), most likely from malnutrition due to famine.
  
  1.4.4. Isidor (Isaac) Meites was born in Kishinev on June 23, 1918 to Baruch Meites and Freda Kamenetskiy.
  
  
  
  
  Isidor Meites (Photo from Mable Meites' archive)
  
  On December 13, 1920 (age 2) he was brought to USA. At the beginning of the Second World War, he served in the army and was sent to Philippines where he died on Apr 24, 1942 after a sustained injury. He was buried in St Joseph, Missouri, USA.
  
  1.4.5. Samuel (Sam) Meites was born in St Joseph, Missouri, USA on January 1, 1921 to Baruch Meites and Freda Kamenetskiy. Dr. Meites was a biochemist and a medical historian. He was married to Lois Maranville (1927-2003), a daughter of Ralph Maranville and Pauline Hoover. Samuel died in Columbus, Ohio, USA on Jul 13, 2003 (age 82). Samuel Meitis and Lois Maranville had a son David.
  
  1.4.5.1. David Meites was born in USA in 1951 to Samuel Meites and Lois Maranville. He was married to Phyllis O'Connor whom he later divorced. In 2015, David lived in the USA. David Meites and Phyllis O'Connor had three children: Silvia (about 1971), John (1975) and Aaron (1987). (Information about David Meites was collected from the Internet and could be inaccurate)
  
  1.4.6. Jerry Meites was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA on May 6, 1925 to Baruch Meites and Freda Kamenetskiy. He was married to Berta (last name unknown, born in 1935). Jerry died in Detroit, Michigan, USA, on Nov 25, 2007 (age 82). Jerry Meites and Berta had three sons: Michael, Gary and Edward. (Information about Michael, Gary, Edward and their children was collected from the Internet and could be inaccurate)
  
  1.4.6.1. Michael Raykhinshteyn (likely the last name Raykhinshteyn is the mother maiden name) was born in USA in about 1961 to Jerry Meites and Berta Raykhinshteyn. He is married to Andrea Soltis (1973). In 2015, Michael's family lived in Michigan, USA. Michael Raykhinshteyn and Andrea Soltis have four children: Isaak, Andrew, Arielle and Ithan.
  
  1.4.6.2. Gary Raykhinshteyn was born in USA in about 1962 to Jerry Meities and Berta Raykhinshteyn. He was married twice, to Kathleen August (they had a daughter Danielle) and to Galina Petlach. In 2015, Gary lived in Michigan, USA.
  
  1.4.6.3. Edward Raykhinshteyn was born in USA in about 1967 to Jerry Meities and Berta Raykhinshteyn. He is married to Tamara Pearson. In 2015, they lived in Michigan, USA.
  
  1.4.7. Renara (Rachel, Renee) Meites was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA in 1927 to Baruch Meites and Freda Kamenetskiy. She was married to Robert Lintz (1926-2010). She tragically died in 2010 (age 83) in Lakeland, Florida, USA in murder-suicide committed by her husband who was a retired Chicago Police officer. Both had suffered from significant medical issues. Renara Meites and Robert Lintz had a daughter: Sharyl Ivy.
  
  
  
  Meites siblings left to right: Samuel, Renara, Joseph, Jerry (Photo from Mable Meites' archive)
  
  1.4.7.1. Sharyl Ivy Lintz was born in USA on January 19, 1959 to Renara Meites and Robert Lintz. She was not married or had any children. She died in Lakeland, Florida, USA on August 2, 2007 (age 48). According the information on the Internet she committed suicide two years before her parents death.
  
  
  
  
  Descendants of other possible siblings of Baruch's children (to be discovered).
  
  
  Descendants of Vitya Meites
  
  3. VITYA MEITES was born in Balta, Bessarabia in about 1865. In around 1884 (age 19), she married Yankel (Yakov) Felman (son of Yosef) from Vonkovets, Podolia. Possibly, they resided in Vonkovets and later moved to Kishinev. It is unknown when Vitya died. Vitya Meites and Yankel Felman had four children: RIVKA, GENYA, GNESYA and YOSEF.
  
  3.1. RIVKA FELMAN was born in about 1885 to Vitya Meites and Yankel Felman. On February 24, 1909 (age 24), she married Shimon (Shlomo) Froimovich, son of Yankel-Kopel and Brakha. Shimon was from Peschanka, Ukraine.
  
  Name: Shimon Shlioma Froimovich
  Gender: Male
  Marriage Date: 17 Feb 1909
  Town: Kishinev
  Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's Given Name: Yankel-Kopel
  Spouse Name: Rivka
  Spouse Gender: Female
  Microfilm: 2292610
  Item: 4
  Record Number: 59
  Source: NARM/211/11/399
  
  Shimon Froimovich and Rivka Felman had four sons: Shmiel, Leyb, Berel and Shika.
  
  3.1.1. Shmiel Froimovich was born in Kishinev on Mart 28, 1910 to Rivka Felman and Shimon Froimovich. On March 28, 1928 (age 18), he married Mania Vaysman (1908-1985), a daughter of Khaskel Vaysman and Shandl Petrovskiy. (An interesting fact is that Mania Vaysman was the cousin of my grandfather Leyb Vaysman, my father's father). In the same year, Shmiel and Mania immigrated to Argentina (Buenos Aires) where their name was changed to Froimovici. Shmiel was a peddler. He died on June 24, 1975 (age 65) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Shmiel Froimovici and Mania Vaysman had four sons: a boy with unknown name, Ellias, Simon and Miquel.
  
  
  
  Froimovici family (Photo from Annette Lustgarten's archive)
  
  3.1.1.1. A boy (name unknown) was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Shmil Froimovici and Manya Vaysman. He died two month after birth. The cause of death is unknown.
  
  3.1.1.2. Ellias Froimovici was born on October 13, 1930 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Shmiel Froimovici and Mania Vaysman. He attended Medical University at Buenos Aires and was involved in the family jewelry business. In 1957 (age 27), he married Nellie Federman who was working on her Ph.D. in Economics. Elias died in Buenos Aires on August 27, 1999 (age 68). Elias Froimovici and Nellie Federman had two children: Sarita (born on August 13, 1959 in Argentina, no other information), Moshe (born on September 25, 1963 in Argentina, no other information)
  
  3.1.1.3. Simon Froimovici was born on January 5, 1932 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Shmeil Froimovici and Manya Vaysman. In 1952 (age 20), he started a glove factory in Buenos Aires.
  
  
  
  Simon Froimovici (photo from Annette Lustgarten archive)
  
  In 1960 (age 28), he married Rosita Nauchitel who worked in a bank office. In 2015, Simon (age 83) still lived in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Simon Froimovici and Rosita Nauchitel did not have any children.
  
  3.1.1.4. Miquel Froimovici was born on November 22, 1937 in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Shmiel Froimovici and Manya Vaysman. On November 22, 1963 (age 26), he married Berths Sharan who touted English. Miguel was a salesperson. He died on December 22, 2012 (age 75) in Buenos Aires. Miguel Froimovici and Berths Sharan had two children: Jorge and Analia.
  
  
  3.1.1.4.1. Jorge Froimovici was born on August 24, 1964 in Argentina to Miquel Froimovici and Berths Sharan. In 2015 he lived in Argentina. Jorge has two boys: Emanuel (birthday unknown, born in Argentina), Ariel (born on July 6, 1990 in Argentina).
  
  3.1.1.4.2. Analia Froimovici was born on April 30, 1966 in Argentina to Miquel Froimovici and Berths Sharan. She is married to Marcelo Luis Szajewicz. Analia Froimovici and Marcelo Luis Szajewicz have three children: Vanesa (born in 1988 in Argentina, married to Gustavo Mareli, have a son Thiago), Owen (1995, born in Argentina) and Maxi (born in about 1993 in Argentina).
  
  3.1.2. Leyb Froimovich was born in Kishinev in 1911 to Rivka Felman and Shimon Froimovich. He died in Kishinev on December 22, 1976 (age 65). I do not know if he had a family.
  
  3.1.3. Berel Froimovich was born in Kishinev somewhere after 1912 to Rivka Felman and Shimon Froimovich. Most likely, he immigrated to Israel and died there. There is no information about his marital status or children.
  
  3.1.4. Shika Froimovich was born in Kishinev somewhere after 1912 to Rivka Felman and Shimon Froimovich. He immigrated to USA and died there in 90s. There is no information about his marital status or children.
  
  
  3.2. GENYA (ENELY, ANYA) FELMAN was born in Kishinev in 1896 to Vitya Meites and Yankel Felman.
  
  Name: Genya Felman
  Gender: Female
  Birth Date: 1896
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Yankel
  Registration Number: F109
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1896
  Film: 2292603 / 3
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/371
  
  In about 1921, she married Usher Zeylik Yankelevich (1891-1987), son of Joseph and Yakhet. Genya died in Kishinev in 1985 (age 89). Genya Felman and Usher Yankelevich had a daughter: Frida.
  
  3.2.1. Frida Yankelevich was born in Kishinev in 1922 to Genya Felman and Usher Yankelevich. She married Khaim Pekker (1921). Frida Yankelevich and Khaim Pekker had a son: Isaak (married, with two sons: Avital and Jonathan. In 2014, they all lived in Toronto, Canada).
  
  3.3. GNESYA FELMAN was born in Kishinev on Mart 22, 1899 to Vitya Meites and Yankel Felman.
  
  
  She died on October 6, 1900 (age 1 ½) from croup.
  
  Name: Gnesya Felman
  Est. Birth Year: abt 1899
  Gender: Female
  Age at Death: 1 1/2
  Death Date: 6 Oct 1900
  Hebrew Date: 26 Tishri
  Town: Kishinev
  Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Cause of Death: croppe
  Residence: Vonkovetsk
  Record Year: 1900
  Record Location: Kishinev
  Father's Given Name: Yankel / Yaakov
  Microfilm: 2292606
  Film Item: 3
  Frame: 00757
  Image: 199
  Registration Number: F452
  Other Towns: Vonkovetsk
  Comments: father-middle class
  Source: NARM211/11/382
  
  
  
  3.4. YOSEF FELMAN was born in Kishinev to Vitya Meites and Yankel Felman. He went missing during the Second World War. No other information is available.
  
  
  Descendants of Yankel Meites
  
  4. YANKEL (YAKOV, JACOB) MEITES was born in Balta, Bessarabia in about 1867. On Aug 3, 1894 (age 27) he married Tauba-Leya Kogon (age 20), daughter of Leyb. Most likely, they resided in Kishinev.
  
  Name: Yankel Meytes
  Gender: Male
  Marriage Date: 1894
  Town: Kishinev
  Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's Given Name: Borukh
  Spouse Name: Tauba Leya Kogon
  Spouse Gender: Female
  Microfilm: 2292610
  Item: 3
  Record Number: 103
  Source: NARM211/11/398
  
  Yankel died in 1899 (age 32) of peritonitis and was buried in the Kishinev Jewish cemetery.
  
  Name: Yankel / Yakov Meytes
  Est. Birth Year: abt 1867
  Gender: Male
  Age at Death: 32
  Death Date: 27 Jun 1899
  Hebrew Date: 2 Av
  Town: Kishinev
  Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Cause of Death: Peritonitis
  Residence: Balta
  Record Year: 1899
  
  
  Yankel Meites and and Tauba-Leya Kogon had two daughters: REBECCA and VITYA.
  
  4.1. REBECCA (RIVKA) MEITES was born in Kishinev in 1895 to Yankel Meites and Tauba-Leya Kogon.
  
  Name: Rivka Meytes
  Gender: Female
  Birth Date: 1895
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Yankel
  Registration Number: F384
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1895
  Film: 2292603 / 2
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/371
  
  
  Rebecca immigrated to the USA in 1922 (age 27), according to the Records from Ellis Island:
  Associated Passenger: Rebecca Meitis
  Date of Arrival: Oct 08, 1922
  Ship Name: Finland
  
  Her fate is unknown. There was a family legend that Rebecca's daughter became a Hollywood actress.
  
  4.2. VITYA MEITES was born in Kishinev in 1898 to Yankel Meites and Tauba-Leya Kogon.
  
  Name: Vitya Meytis
  Gender: Female
  Birth Date: 1898
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya Bessarabia
  Father's name: Yankel
  Father's Father's Name: Borukh
  Registration Number: F410
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1898
  Film: 2292603 / 2
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/371
  
  Her fate is unknown.
  Descendants of Yoil Meites (the author's branch)
  
  5. YOIL (IOYL, JOEL) MEITES was born in Balta, Bessarabia in about 1870. In 1907 (according to the Russian Duma Voters List), he lived in Kishinev where he, perhaps, moved to in the beginning of 20th century. He had a family business focused on buying and selling recycled goods to the factories. He also was a property owner.
  
  Name: Ioyl Meytis
  Age at Vote: at least 24
  Year of Record: 1907
  Gender: Male
  Country: Moldova
  Gubernia (District): Bessarabia
  Uyezd (Region): Kishinev
  Town: Kishinev
  [Kishinev]
  Voting Qualification: Property owner (home, real estate, building, other immovable property, etc.)
  Data Source: Romania - Bessarabia Duma Voters List
  Voter List Number: 58-29
  
  
  
  In about 1891 (age 21), Yoil married Tseytl Averbuch (age 18), daughter of Geyhikh Averbuch and Rukhl Tepper. He died in Kishinev in about 1925 (age 55) of heart attack. Yoil Meites and Tseytl Averbuch had six children: ELIYAHU, KELMAN, AVRAM, KHAYA, GENYA and YAKOV.
  
  
  Yoil and Tseytl Meites (photo from Yuliy Vaysman's archive)
  
  
  5.1. ELIYAHU (ELYA, ILYUSHA, ILYA) MEITUS was born on September 27, 1892 in Kishinev to Yoil Meites and Tseytl Averbuch. His name was later changed from Meites to Meitus for an unknown reason. In about 1917 (age 25) he married Betty (last name unknown) in Belgium, but they parted soon due to the Russian revolution (Betty stayed in Russia while Eliyahu went to Bessarabia). In 1921 (age 29) he married Lisa (Alisa) (1890-1964) and they immigrated to Palestine in 1935. After Lisa's death he married Batya. Eliyahu was a Hebrew poet and translator of literature. He also worked as a teacher. Eliyahu died on June 19, 1977 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
  
  
  
  Eliyahu Meitus (photo from Yuliy Vaysman's archive)
  
  Eliyahu Meitus and Lisa had two children: Doriel and Yiel.
  
  5.1.1. Doriel (Darrel) Meitus (Eliyahu's adopted son by marriage) was born in about 1920 to Lisa (last name is unknown) and her first husband (name unknown). Doriel was married to Sara (last name unknown). He died on February 2, 1991 in Israel. Doriel Meitus and Sara had two sons: Hadar, Oren.
  
  5.1.1.1. Hadar Meitus was born in Israel to Doriel Meitus and Sara (last name unknown). He married Ayala (Eyla, last name unknown). Hadar and Ayala have two daughters: Amit and Edith, both born in Israel.
  
  5.1.1.2. Oren Meitus was born in Israel in 1949 to Doriel Meitus and Sara (last name unknown). He married Rina (last name unknown). Oren Meitus and Rina have two daughters: Keren (born in 1984 in Israel, married to Ran Folk) and Inbar (born in 1992 in Israel).
  
  5.1.2. Yiel (Fifi) Meitus was born in Israel in about 1925 to Eliyahu Meitus and Lisa (last name unknown). She was married to Menachem Tamari (1915-2002). Yiel died in 2006 in Israel. Yeil Meitus and Menachem Tamari had two children: Yoram and Liora.
  
  5.1.2.1. Yoram Tamari was born in 1946 in Tel Aviv, Israel to Yiel Meitus and Menachem Tamari. He married Esther Bronak, daughter of Shlomo and Yaffa Bronak. Yoram Tamari and Esther Bronak have two children: Daniel and Daphna Alisa.
  
  5.1.2.1.1. Daniel (Danny) Tamari was born in Israel to Yoram Tamari and Esther Bronak. He has a daughter (name unknown, born in 2012) with Dagmara Szemiot from Poland.
  
  5.1.2.1.2. Daphna Alisa Tamari was born in Herzliya, Israel in 1971 to Yiel Meitus and Menachem Tamari. She is married to Ziv Seidenberg (1971), son of Aaron and Haya. In 2007 they lived in Kfar Saba, Israel. Daphna Tamari and Ziv Seidenberg have three sons: Noam (2000), Yoav (2003) and Jonathan (2007).
  
  5.1.2.2. Liora Tamari was born in Tel Aviv, Israel in 1951 to Yiel Meitus and Menachem Tamari. She is married to Andrey Zucker (1950). In 2015 they lived in Antwerp, Belgium. Liora Tamari and Andrey Zucker have two daughters: Sharon and Sheli Lea. (Both daughters were born in Antwerp, Belgium.)
  
  5.2. KELMAN (KOLMAN) MEITES was born in Kishinev in 1894 to Yoil Meites and Tseytl Averbuch.
  
  Name: Kelman Meytis
  Gender: Male
  Birth Date: 1894
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Yoil
  Registration Number: M612
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1894
  Film: 2292603 / 2
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/371
  
  He married Pesya (last name unknown). Kolman participated in the family recycling business. In 1940 he and his wife became victims of the Soviet political repressions and were sent to live in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Kelman died in Samarkand on February 3, 1942 (age 48) of infectious decease.
  
  
  
  Kelman Meites' gravestone (photo from Internet)
  
  Kelman Meites and Pesya (last name unknown) did not have any children.
  
  5.3. AVRAM MEITES was born in Kishinev in 1898 to Yoil Meites and Tseytl Averbuch.
  Most likely, he died in early childhood (relatives did not have any memories of him.)
  
  5.4. KHAYA (KLARA) Meites was born in Kishinev in 1899 to Yoil Meites and Tseytl Averbuch.
  
  Name: Khaya Meytis
  Gender: Female
  Birth Date: 1899
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Yoil
  Father's Father's Name: Borukh
  Registration Number: F246
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1899
  Film: 2292603 / 2
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/371
  
  In about 1925 she married a man whose name is unknown. Khaya died soon after giving birth. Khaya and her husband had a daughter: Esther.
  
  5.4.1. Esther (last name unknown) was born in about 1926 in Kishinev. Very young she married Romanian businessman (name unknown) and moved to Galati, Romania. Esther and her husband disappeared while trying to escape Nazi's regime on a ship with Jewish refugees in about 1941-1942. (Possibly, it was the famous ship Struma that attempted to take several hundred Jewish refugees from Romania to Palestine but was fatally torpedoed by a Soviet submarine.)
  
  5.5. GENYA (ANNA) MEITES was born on March 20, 1900 in Kishinev to Yoil Meites and Tseytl Averbuch. In about 1927, she married Leyb (Lev) Vaysman (1901-1976), son of Mendel Vaysman and Yoykheved Neyman. After Leyb's death, Genya (age 80) immigrated to New York, USA, along with her younger son's family. She died in New York on June 11, 1996 (age 96). Genya Meites and Leyb Vaysman had two sons: Yuliy and Yefim.
  
  
  
  Genya (Anna) and Lev Vaysman (photo from Yuliy Vaysman's archive)
  
  5.5.1. Yuliy (Yoil) Vaysman (my father) was born in Kishinev. He is unsure about his date of birth because his birth certificate was lost during the Second World War. We assume, it is December 5, 1928. After graduating from Kishinev Medical University, Yuliy spent thirteen years working as a doctor in Unceshti, Moldova, and then thirty years as a head of neurology department in Sholokhovskiy, Russia. In 1952 (at age 23), he married his first wife Toliana Tintulov (age 24). In 1965, Yuliy (age 37) and Toliana (age 38) divorced. Toliana died on January 3, 2005 (at age 78) in Kishinev. In 1965, Yuliy moved from Moldova to Sholokhovskiy, Rostov-on-Don region, Russia where he married Valentina Reznikov (age 23) the next year. In 1993, Yuliy (at age 65) and Valentina immigrated to the USA where they still lived in 2015. Yuliy Vaysman has three children: Anatoliy (from the first marriage), Ella, that is yours truly (from the second marriage), and Zhanna (from the second marriage).
  
  5.5.1.1. Anatoliy Tintulov was born on November 24, 1953 in Kishinev. He was never married and is one of a few relatives who still reside in Kishinev.
  
  5.5.1.2. Ella Vaysman was born on December 29, 1966 in Sholokhovskiy, Russia. She graduated from high school with gold medal of excellence and then in 1991 from Rostov Medical University. She is a medical doctor, neurologist. She was briefly married to Anatoliy Kleyner (no children) and in 1991 (at age 24) she married Vladimir Titov with whom she divorced in 1993 (at age 26). In the same year, she immigrated to the USA. In 2000, Ella (age 34) remarried Vladimir Titov who came to USA for a visit. They divorced again in 2007. On December 31, 2007 Ella (at age 40) married Michael Romm. In 2015 the family lived in San Diego, California, USA. Ella Vaysman and Vladimir Titov have two children: Viktoriya and Nicole Anna Maria.
  
  5.5.1.2.1. Viktoriya Titova was born on July 29, 1992 in Sholokhovskiy, Russia to Ella Vaysman and Vladimir Titov. She was brought to USA at the age of one year old. In 2013, she graduated from University of California in Santa Barbara with the major in pharmacology. In 2015 she lived in San Diego, California, USA.
  
  5.5.1.2.2. Nicole Anna-Maria was born on November 11, 2001 in New York, USA to Ella Titova and Vladimir Titov. In 2015 she lived in San Diego, California, USA.
  
  5.5.1.3. Zhanna Vaysman was born on January 4, 1973 in Sholokhovskiy, Russia. In 1993 (at age 20), she immigrated to USA along with her parents, sister and niece and settled in New York. She graduated from the Queens College and works in a hospital as a clinical dietitian. In 1999 (at age 26), she married Martin Cohen. In 2015, the family lived in Wilton. Zhanna Vaysman and Martin Cohen have three children: David Ari (born on October 2, 2001 in New York), Daniel Jordan (born on September 2, 2003 in New York), Benjamin Albert (born on December 25, 2005 in Saratoga Spring, USA)
  
  5.5.2. Yefim (Khaim, Philip) Vaysman was born on May 11, 1934 in Kishinev to Lev Vaysman and Anna Meites. In 1959 (at age 25), he married Sofia Bukhaltsev. Yefim was an engineer. In 1980, they immigrated to USA and settled in NY. In 1992 (at age 57) Yefim died from heart attack. By tragic coincident it happened while his brother Yuliy visited him in New York for the first time since Yefim left Kishinev. Yefim Vaysman and Sofia Bukhaltsev have a daughter: Yuliya.
  
  5.5.2.1. Yulia (Julia) Vaysman was born on May 18, 1960 in Kishinev. In 1980 (at age 20), she immigrated to USA with her parents. She is married to Alexander Gofyzen. In 2015, they lived in New York. Yulia Vaysman and Alexander Gofyzen have a son: Benjamin (born on January 4, 1990 in New York, USA and still lived there in 2015.)
  
  
  5.6. YAKOV (YANKEL) MEITES was born in Kishinev on October 21, 1904 to Yoil Meites and Tseytl Averbuch.
  
  Name: Yakov Meytis
  Gender: Male
  Birth Date: 21 Oct 1904
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Yoyel
  Registration Number: M757
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1904
  Film: 2292603 / 4
  Image: 86
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/372
  
  
  He died in about 1926 (age 22) from complication of chest injuries he received from the bicycle accident. He was not married.
  
  Descendants of Brukha Meites
  
  6. BRUKHA MEYTES was born in about 1875 in Balta, Bessarabia, to Baruch and Esther. In 1899 (age 24) she married Srul Lerner (age 24), son of Leyb from Staro-Sinyav, Ukraine.
  
  Name: Brukha Meytes
  Gender: Female
  Marriage Date: 1899
  Town: Kishinev
  Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's Given Name: Borukh
  Spouse Name: Srul Lerner
  Spouse Gender: Male
  Spouse Father's Given Name: Leyb
  Microfilm: 2292610
  Item: 3
  Record Number: 329
  Source: NARM211/11/398
  
  
  Brukha Meites and Srul Lerner had a child. His name is unknown. The family perished in the Holocaust.
  
  
  
  Descendants of Yos-Volf Meites
  
  7. IOSIF (YOS-VOLF, YOSIL) MEITES (MEITIS) was born in Balta, Bessarabia in about 1877 to Baruch Meites and Esther. His birth name was Yos Volf. (All his descendants spell their last names as Meitis.) In 1897 (age 20) Iosif married Eydlya Akselrud.
  
  Name: Ios Volf Meytes
  Gender: Male
  Marriage Date: 1897
  Town: Kishinev
  Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Spouse Name: Eydlya Akselrud
  Spouse Gender: Female
  Microfilm: 2292610
  Item: 3
  Record Number: 131
  Source: NARM211/11/398
  
  Most likely, they stayed in Balta before moving to Kishinev in the beginning of the 20th century.
  
  
  Name: Iosif Meytis
  Patronym: Borukhov
  Age at Vote: at least 24
  Year of Record: 1906
  Gender: Male
  Country: Moldova
  Gubernia (District): Bessarabia
  Uyezd (Region): Kishinev
  Town: Kishinev
  [Kishinev]
  Voting Qualification: Tenant (rents and apartment and pays apartment tax)
  Data Source: Romania - Bessarabia Duma Voters List
  Voter List Number: C-1651
  
  Yosef was accidentally killed by police in the crossfire with bandits in about 1912 (age 35) during business trip to Warsaw, Poland.
  
  Case Title: Meytis Eydlya, petty bourgeoisie widow, petition to compensate for her husband's death, wrongfully killed by a lower rank member of the guard of the railroad station box office.
  
  Archive: RSHA (Russian State Historical Archive)
  Fund Number: 1412
  Office Name: Office of H.I.H. (His Imperator Highness), brought on the adoption petitions to his Majesty
  
  Inventory Number: 44
  Case Number: 311
  Number of pages: 2
  Years: 1914-1914
  Type of archival work: Individuals
  Geography of case: Russian Empire (country)
  
  
  Eydlya died of cancer (somewhere after 1914). Yosef Meitis and Eydlya Akselrud had five children: BARUCH, ISAR, GITEL, BINYAMIN and SOSYA.
  
  7.1 BARUCH (BUKA, BORIS) MEITIS was born in Kishinev in 1898 to Yosef Meitis and Eydlya Akselrud.
  
  Name: Borukh Meytis
  Gender: Male
  Birth Date: 1898
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Yos-Volf
  Registration Number: M708
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1898
  Film: 2292603 / 2
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/371
  
  Baruch married Rakhel (Raya) Barinstein (1898 - 1980), daughter of Baruch (Boris) and Sara. Baruch died in Kishinev in 1954 (age 56). Baruch Meitis and Raya Barinstein had two children: Joseph and Adel.
  
  7.1.1. Joseph (Iosif) Meitis was born in Kishinev to Baruch Meitis and Raya Barinstein. He married Surka Rivka Gertz (Ginzburg). Later they immigrated to Israel. Joseph Meitis and Surka Rivka Gertz had two sons: Aron and Moishe.
  
  7.1.1.1. Aron Meitis was born in Kishinev on August 23, 1948 to Joseph Meitis and Surka Rivka Gertz. He married Tatyana Shubin, daughter of Nikolay. In 2015, they lived in Tolyatti, Russia. Aron Meitis and Tatyana have two sons: Roman and Mikhail.
  
  7.1.1.1.1. Roman Meitis was born on March 4, 1973, in Tolyatti, Russia, to Aron Meitis and Tatyana Shubin. He has a daughter Inna (1993, born in Tolyatti, Russia, in 2015 was living in Shanghai, China).
  
  7.1.1.1.2. Mikhail Meitis was born in Tolyatti, Russia, to Aron Meitis and Tatyana Shubin. He is married to Natalya Pozdnyakov. In 2015, they lived in Tolyatti, Russia. Mikhail Meitis and Tatyana Pozdnyakov have three daughters: Mariya (2006), Eva (2010) and Anna (2013). All of them were born in Tolyatti, Russia.
  
  7.1.1.2. Moishe (Mikhail) Meitis was born in 1952 in Kishinev to Joseph Meitis and Surka Rivka Gertz. He was married twice, to Viktoriya and woman whose name is unknown. In 2015, he lived in Ashdod, Israel. Mikhail has two daughters with Victoriya: Rachel (Renata) (1990, born in Kishinev, in 2015 was living in Tel Aviv, Israel) and Khanna (Anna) (1995, born in Kishinev, in 2015 was living in Ashdod, Israel) and a daughter from the other marriage: Zhanna (no information about her).
  
  7.1.2. Adel (Alla) Meitis was born in Kishinev in 1931 to Baruch Meitis and Raya Barinstein. She married Mr. Faiman (the first name is unknown). They lived in Israel, but most likely moved to USA. (There is no further information about them.)
  
  
  
  7.2. ISAR (ISYA) MEITIS was born in Kishinev in 1901 to Yosef Meitis and Eydlya Akselrud.
  
  Name: Iser Meytes
  Gender: Male
  Birth Date: 1901
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Yos-Volf
  Registration Number: M767
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1901
  Film: 2292603 / 2
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/371
  
  He married Tzilya Galperin. They immigrated in Israel where Isar was killed in a military operation in 1953 (age 52). Isar Meitis and Tzilya Galperin had two children: Haviva and Joseph.
  
  7.2.1. Haviva Meitis was born on August 27, 1935 in Israel to Isar Meitis and Tzilya Galperin She was married to Mordechai Eizenberg who died in 2014. In 2015, Haviva was living in Israel.
  
  7.2.2. Joseph Meitis was born in 1945 in Israel to Isar Meitis and Tzilya Galperin. He is married to Zvia Barzel (1948), daughter of Efraim and Bilha. Joseph Meitis and Zvia Barzel have three children: Isar, Ofra and Yotam.
  
  7.2.2.1. Isar Meitis was born in Israel in 1973 to Joseph Meitis and Zvia Barzel. He is married to Dikla Yarimi. In 2015, they lived in Orlando, Florida, USA. Isar Meitis and Dikla Yarimi have three children: Ella (2007) and Amir (2010) and a boy (I do not know the name, 2015)
  
  7.2.2.2. Ofra Meites was born in Israel in 1975 to Joseph Meitis and Zvia Barzel. In 2015, she lived in Israel.
  
  7.2.2.3. Yotam Meitis was born in Israel in 1979 to Joseph Meitis and Zvia Barzel. He is married to Noa Tepper. In 2015, family lived in Israel. Yotam Meitis and Noa Tepper have a son Arbel.
  
  
  
  7.3. GITEL (GITLYA, Sonya) MEITIS was born in Kishinev in 1898 to Yosef Meitis and Eydlya Akselrud.
  
  Name: Gitlya Meytes
  Gender: Female
  Birth Date: 1901
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Yos-Volf
  Registration Number: F80
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1901
  Film: 2292603 / 2
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/371
  
  She was murdered in Balta, Bessarabia, during the Second World War (age 44). It is unknown whether she had a family.
  
  
   7.4 BINYAMIN MEITIS was born in Kishinev in May 1905 to Yosef Meitis and Eydlya Akselrud. He died 2 months later.
  
  Name: Binyamin Meytes
  Gender: Male
  Birth Date: 13 May 1905
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Yos-Volf
  Registration Number: M353
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1905
  Film: 2292603 / 4
  Image: 87
  Archive Information: NARM/211/11/372
  
  
  
  7.5 SOSYA (SOSANA) MEITIS was born in Kishinev in 1908 to Yosef Meites and Eydlya Akselrud.
  
  Name: Sosya Meytes
  Gender: Female
  Birth Date: 21 Jan 1908
  Hebrew Date: 1 Adar1
  Birth Town: Kishinev
  Birth Uyezd (District): Kishinev
  Birth Guberniya (Province): Bessarabia
  Father's name: Yos-Volf / Yoisef-Zeev
  Father's Father's Name: Borukh
  Mother's name: Eydlya / Eidel
  Registration Number: F45
  Registration Place: Kishinev
  Registration Year: 1908
  Film: 2292604 / 3
  Image: 21
  Comments: Father from Balta; Married Moi?e Cogan in Kishinev on June 3, 1936 cert. no. 278. June 4, 1936 signed by Civil Registry Officer
  Archive Information: NARM 211/11/375
  Other Towns Mentioned: Balta
  
  She married Moshe Kogan on June 4 1936 (at age 28). Sosya perished in the Holocaust (age 33) in Balta, Bessarabia. It is unknown whether she had any children.
  
  
  
  
  
  Chapter 3. Family Memoirs
  
  Meites Family
  (from Yuliy Vaysman's memoirs)
  Translated from Russian by Ella Romm and Viktoriya Titova
  
  
  
  Yuliy Vaysman (photo from Yuliy Vaysman's archive)
  
  The earliest memories about my family are linked to the pre-war years, when my parents, Genya and Lev Vaysman, and I lived in Kishinev, in my grandmother Ceitil's house. It was several years after my grandfather Yoil's death.
  
  The city of Kishinev was first mentioned in 1436. After the war with Napoleon, Kishinev (Bessarabia) become a part of the Russian Empire until 1918, and after the First World War, it became a part of Romania. In 1940, due to the rearrangement of European territories between Germany and the USSR, Moldavia became the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic, which converted to the independent country (Moldova) in 1991.
  
  Grandfather Yoil Meites came from a family of rabbis, and grandmother Cyettil was from the descendants of the famous rabbi Ben Sarah, who was born in 1791 in Poland.
  
  Yoil Meites was born in the town of Balta, Bessarabia (near Odessa) which at the beginning was a small outpost on the northern border of the Ottoman Empire (in Turkish "Balta, Bessarabia" means, "axe"). From the 18th to 20th centuries, most of the townspeople there were Jews. The city survived 2 pogroms, plague and major flooding during this time. According to the Bessarabian archives, the Meites family moved from Balta, Bessarabia to Kishinev in the late nineteenth century.
  
  Grandfather Yoil had a family business which mainly consisted of collecting, utilizing and selling secondary materials to factories. After his death (around 1925) his wife Cyettil and children (mostly his son Colman) were conducting the business. I remember the piles of worn cloths in the backyard and the workers who, with primitive machines, loaded them into numerous bags. I also remember the animal bones, which were turned into bone coal and sold to the sugar factory as adsorbent.
  Grandfather Yoil ran his business together with his half-brother Yosef. While on a business trip in Warsaw, Yosef was accidentally killed in crossfire of bandits. My grate grandmother Esther was married twice, once to a religious widower with children and Yosef was most likely the son from a previous marriage. Esther herself ran a business, trading lubricants, and died at old age from pneumonia. Yosef had four children. His wife died young from cancer. After his tragic and unexpected death, the care of Yosef' family was placed on Yoil's shoulders, who, by then, already had 3 sons: Yankel, Eliyahu, Colman, and two daughters: Clara and Anna. Successful business allowed Yoil not only to provide the food for a large family, but also allowed him to educate all the children. Even one of his nieces, who had shown interest in knowledge, completed 4 grades of elementary school even though education for women was not popular in those days.
  
  Meites' house was located on the outskirts of Kishinev, on Pavlovskaya Street, next to the railway station Visternicheny, on the small river Byik. There were large rooms filed with heavy wood furniture. Each summer Yoil send his family outside the city. In 1903 this custom saved Meites from the famous Kishinev pogrom, known as pogrom on Asian Street. The pogrom was triggered by the murder of a 14-year-old boy, in which the newspaper "Bessarabetz" blamed the Jews. As a result of the pogrom, 49 people were killed, 586 were wounded or injured and over 1500 houses that make up one third of households in Kishinev were destroyed. The Kishinev pogrom received great public outcry in Europe and Russia in the beginning of the XX century. Writer Lev Tolstoy, and professors at Moscow University Vladimir Vernadsky and Sergey Troubetzkoy, accused the Russia rulers of acquiescence of the murderers.
  
  Then in the United States, my daughter met Mabel Meites, widow of Professor Joseph Meites my second cousin. Thanks to her memoirs I learned that my grandfather Yoil has 3 brothers: Solomon, Jacob and Joseph. In 1920, Baruch Meites, the son of Solomon, immigrated to the United States along with his family. One of his sons Joseph Meites (Mabel's husband), later became a major American neurophysiologist who studied the processes of ageing. His studies served as the basis for his disciples (Guillemin, Schally, and Yalow) who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology in 1977. Another one of Baruch's sons, Samuel Meites, became American biochemists, a historian of medicine and a specialist in laboratory Diagnostics.
  
  But let's go back to Yoil Meites. His middle son Colman, who was also involved in the family business, was a solid man who always smiled. I remember his petit wife Pesya wearing her colorful robe. On the 28 of July in 1940, after Soviet troops entered Kishinev, Colman Meites and his wife were arrested and sent into exile, where Colman died of typhus in the town of Samarkand (Uzbekistan). Grandmother Ceitil escaped such a fate, because luckily she was not home at the time the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs during the era of Joseph Stalin) arrested her son.
  
  The eldest son of Yoil Meites, Ilyusha (Eliyahu Meitus - famous Hebrew poet in the future) displayed ability in literature and was sent to study at the Sorbonne University, which he left without finishing due to the outbreak of the First World War.
  
  
  
  Eliyahu Meitus (photo from Internet)
  
  Continuing his education in Petrograd University, Ilyusha joined Jewish poets of South Russia, headed by Khaim Bialik; Jewish poet who wrote in Hebrew and Yiddish. During the revolution Ilyusha was on the interim Government's site, but grandfather Yoil saved his son from the revolutionary fire by moving him to the Odessa University. After the Brest "peace" Bessarabia (Moldova) was ceded to Romania and Ilyusha was told to return to Kishinev immediately and stay with his family. By that time he had been married, but his wife Betty had not wanted to follow her husband and stayed on the other side of the border. Eliyahu Meites became a Director of the Jewish gymnasium in Soroki in 1921, and went to Palestine with his second wife Lisa in 1935. There he worked as a teacher, as well as published his poems and translations. The first poem in Hebrew ("Lilith") was published in 1910, in the magazine "haShiloah" with the support of Khaim Bialik. In Palestine and then in Israel, he published several poetry books, as well as a large anthology of contemporary poetry, and the memories of his childhood and youth in Kishinev. He also gained wide popularity as a translator, mainly from Yiddish. Among his translations into Hebrew are Baudelaire's "Fleurs du Mal (Flowers of evil) and two volumes of military memoirs of Charles de Gaulle. I remember my mother repeating lines from his lyric: "You're so tender, you're so gentle, and as you were woven from the moon's rays ...' We have a book of Eliyahu's sonnets 'On the edge of the second bridge" written in Hebrew. Here is a translation of the sonnet "I am like an alive stem ...' made by my daughter poet Ella Titova-Romm:
  
  I am like a living gem in a fog of the Universe
  Stuck in the darkness of the Ecumenical Tower,
  I am rising forward behind God,
  I will not fall: my palm is in His hand.
  Look, I did not escape the wanderer's fate,
  The road got entangled in the net of the foreign Moon.
  But give me time and we will stay in the doorsteps
  Of the sacred Palace- the point of beginning.
  There has been blazing eye fire,
  There is a warm ray of light in the depths of amber,
  There is the silence of forests and seeds of meadows;
  Always will come the right day among the stream of days,
  In spite the fog on the mirror of the Universe,
  The grieving soul shall arise, of course.
  
  Once uncle Ilyusha arrived in Kishinev, he brought a colorful oriental dress for my mother and a stamp book with postage stamps for me. That was when I started my first stamp collection which unfortunately completely disappeared during the Second World War. In 1946, I started collecting again. Now my collection includes thousands of stamps and is waiting for my disciples.
  During the war and especially during the post-war disaster, we repeatedly received parcels from the Red Cross with clothing and food, and it seemed to me that they were coming from my uncle in Palestine. But that was not the case. My uncle Ilyusha explained that, while working as a teacher and financing and publishing his own books, he would not have been able to do so. I remember how my father sent to Palestine a few packages with paper for publishing purposes.
  Eliyahu Meites died in 1978, one year before my father. It is interesting to note that his son Darrel died on the same day as my brother did in 1992. The grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Eliyahu Meites still live in Tel Aviv where one of the streets named after him.
  
  
  
  Eliyahu Meitus Street in Tel Aviv (Photo from Yoram Tamari's archive)
  
  The youngest son of Yoil (Yankel) died at the age of 20 from complications following his bike accident.
  
  Yoil's daughter Clara died in childbirth, leaving a baby girl Esther in the care of her father. In 1939, Esther was visiting us in Kishinev and I had my first romantic feelings. By that time my father had rented a 4-bedroom apartment on Prunkulovskaya Street (which continued as General Inzov Street). General Inzov was Governor of Bessarabia during Pushkin's exile in Kishinev. Esther had visited us at the time when my father bought a wagon of apples in Romania for resale, and the entire apartment was soaked in a fragrant odor and packed with numerous boxes. Later, our family had learned the tragic story of Esther's death. At age 16, she had married a Romanian engineer. In 1940 the fascist regime of General Antanesku came to power in Romania. In 1941, Esther and her husband tried to escape from the regime on a ship that sank in the Black Sea with them aboard. Perhaps it was the Bulgarian ship "Struma", which was used to evacuate Jewish refugees to Palestine and was hit by a Soviet submarine on February 24, 1942.
  
  The story of the Meites family ends with my mother Genya, who was called Anna most of the time. My father affectionately called her Kutzala, from the Romanian name Anikutza. The exact date of birth of Anna Meites is not known. Although her passport had her date of birth in the year of 1906, I think that she was born in the beginning of the century because she remembers episodes related to the 1903 pogrom.
  
  The Meites and Vaysman families lived side by side, and after my parents got married they stayed in grandmother Ceitil's house, where I was born in 1928. I was named Yuliy after my grandfather Yoil. When I was 3, we moved from the Meites' house to the 2 bedroom apartment on Prunkulovskaya Street in the yard of Mr. Katz. In this apartment my brother Yefim (Khaim) was born in 1934. Soon after his birthday we moved to the 4 bedroom apartment on the 2nd floor in the same building. At the age of 4 Yefim fell from the second-floor window. It seems that he lost his balance while I had turned away. I managed to grab his leg, but he fell directly into the flower pot, which obviously softened his fall, leaving only his shoe in my hand. I run outside and brought him home. Luckily uncle Kopel had just walked past and he called Urbanovich, the family doctor. Except for the scar, the fall has not led to any other consequences, which significantly diminished the sense of guilt that I experienced during this accident.
  
  I remember that as a child I had a nanny Nastya. Nastya often took me to the Pushkin Park, where she would meet with a young priest. According to my mother I had curly hair and wore fashionable sailor suits during those times.
  
  Having the opportunity to move to a more prestigious area, my father chose the central part of Gogol Street, opposite of the famous Cathedral and the Triumphal Ark, established in honor of the Russian victory over Napoleon in 1812. It was a type of middleclass apartment with four bedrooms, one of which contained my mother's piano. Renting this apartment meant that my father had reached a certain level in his commercial activities. My mother always had a maid and we lived happily until 1940, when the Soviets arrived in Bessarabia.
  The Early Years of Joseph Meites
  (by Mable E. Meites)
  Partial, read the complete version at http://ssw.missouri.edu/docs/alumni/mable_meites/chap_earlyjoseph.pdf )
  
  
  
  Mable Emily Meites (photo from Mable Meites' archive)
  
  Introduction
  
  Joe and I had hoped to have our memoirs completed before he passed away, on January 31, 2005. Since we did not succeed, I am writing this from my memory of our discussions about his life, written family history, discussions and letters with family members, students, and colleagues, published materials about his career as a scientist at the University of Missouri and Michigan State University and our trip to Kishinev, Russia in 1972. I cannot guarantee absolute accuracy.
  
  
  
  Dr. Joseph Meites. (photo from Mable Meites' archive)
  
  Birth
  
   Joseph Meites was born in Kishinev, Russia December 22, 1913. His memory of what it was like to live in Russia came from his parents, relatives and other Jewish families in St. Joseph, Missouri.
  
  FAMILY BACKGROUND
  
  Joe's Paternal Grandparents - Maitus
  
   I did not find the origin of the name Maitus (Meites) or the place of origin. The Ellis Island website does list a number of spellings for the name, including Maitus, Meitas, Maites, Maitas, Maitos, Meates, Meitus. Joe's cousins supplied the following family names:
  
  Joe's Great, Great Paternal Grandparents
   Baruch and Esther Maitus. Their Children were:
   Zalman (Solomon), Joel, Jacob and Joseph Maitus
  
  Joe's Paternal Grand Parents
   Solomon and? Maitus: Their children were:
   Baruch, Sheva and Samuel
  
  Joe's Parents
  
   Baruch and Freda Kaminetsky-Meites
  
  
  
  Baruch and Freda Meites (photo from Mable Meites' archive)
  
   It is not known where the Maitus and Kaminetsky families first originated. However, they were known to reside in Kishinev, Russia in the late 1800's.
  
  A brief history from Jerry Meites states that it was Solomon Maitus who arranged the marriage of his son, Baruch, to Freda Kaminetsky. This arrangement was made with Ephriam
  Kaminetsky. Baruch and Freda were married about 1910. Baruch was a student at the local Yeshiva. They began having children about 1911 when (Moshe) Morris was born.
  The Russian Revolution left conditions in Russia intolerable for the Baruch and Freda Meites family. There was famine and long bread lines. The Meites family now had three children, Morris (1911), Joseph (1913), and Sarah (1915). Joe's mother
  remembered that she stood in bread lines for hours. Sarah did not survive. Some of the family thought she did not have enough food. The fourth child, Isidor, was born in 1918.
  
  With the help of family members, and other financial sources, they left Russia for America, in early December 1920. Joe recalled that they traveled by train in Europe, and it was very cold. They made a stop in Paris. They thought Morris had frozen to death, so they took him to a hospital. The doctor did not know what to do. Finally, his mother put Morris in a container of
  warm water and he was revived. They had little food, but had brought some bottles of wine. It was thought that Morris may have had too much wine in his system. He recovered but was a
  frail person throughout his life. Freda had another scare because Joe was missing. When they found him he said he was out sight seeing in Paris, alone - at the age of 6. He recalled how dazzled he was by all the different lights and colors.
  
  After the Meites family was processed through Ellis Island, they took a train directly to St. Joseph, MO. Joe's mother was 9 months pregnant. They barely reached St. Joseph when
  Samuel was born January 1, 1921. If there is any question about how strong women are she would be a prime example of strength and courage.
  Two more children had been added to the Meites family. Jerry was born in 1925 and Rachel (Renee') in 1927. They needed more income so they moved into a house next to the B'nai Yaacov Synagogue. The house was owned by the synagogue. They received free rent as Freda did many things for the synagogue. Baruch also did some things for the synagogue,
  including being Shamus. Morris, Joe, and Isidor, sold newspapers and magazines.
  Baruch (Ben) Meites was poorly prepared to earn a living. He had the honor of being selected to attend a Yeshiva as a young man in Russia. Those selected had to be bright
  students. Although the focus was on religion, Joe recalled that his father read famous Russian novels, history and other books on his own. He was especially good in mathematics. He
  formulated mathematical problems and solved them. He was proud of his educational background. If he had had an opportunity to attend a university, he probably would have felt
  more at home in that environment. He tried to sell fruits and vegetables in the neighborhood. It had to be a drastic change for him. At the Yeshiva he was supposed to devote all of his time to
  studying and learning. He clung to his orthodox religion and lifestyle, and continued to believe that learning was a higher honor than any other kind of work. He was the only Meites in St.
  Joseph and he missed his family. He sometimes mentioned how terribly sad his father, Solomon, looked when they left Kishinev. Solomon was too old to make the trip and was standing alone waving to them as they left Kishinev.
  
   Joe's mother was more exposed to the world outside the home and tried to cope with the assimilation that she observed, and to some extent, participated in. As the children attended school and participated in community activities, they too were exposed to more assimilation and were making their entry into these changes. It sometimes brought conflict with the parents who
  were clinging to the life they knew in Russia.
  At home, the Meites and Kaminesky families lived in close proximity to each other. Being Jewish and having been the victims of pogroms and anti-semitism, they followed the rise of Nazism in Germany and Austria, the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, and in America with great concern. They identified with the concept that the Jewish people needed a homeland and became involved in local activities to further the Jewish cause.
  One of Joe's relatives, Sarah Maitus, daughter of Sheva Maitus lived in Russia. She married Shaya Sarotzky and they immigrated to Palestine about 1900. They had formed a group of Jews who purchased land in the upper galilee and established one of the first Kibbutzim, known to this day as Kibbutz Dalyia. In 1955 Joe and I visited Sarah in Kibbutz Dalyia. She showed us a photo of a tree that was the only thing on the land when they arrived. We visited Sarah many times and watched the Kibbutz change from a large farming area to an industrialized kibbutz.
  Isidor Meites
  (by Mable Meites)
  
  Isidor Meites was born in 1918 in Kishinev, Russia to Ben and Freda Meites. He immigrated, with his parents, to America in 1920 and lived in St. Joseph, MO. He completed grade and high school and community college in St. Joseph and was in the national honors society and valedictorian of his classes. He was greatly interested in many different subjects and excelled in all. He had unusual understanding of people, was always kind and considerate and was greatly admired and respected by all who knew him.
  
   Isidor received a B.S. and Master's degree in Organic Chemistry at the University of Missouri, Cum Laude in 1940. He enlisted in the U.S. Army just prior to the declaration of the Second World War and was almost immediately sent to the Philippines. His battalion had very little training, was poorly equipped, and was ill prepared for the battles they had to face after Pearl Harbor. He sustained injuries, developed malaria, and was very ill when he and his battalion of 120 men had to surrender to the Japanese. They were subjected to the 'infamous' Death March' of Bataan which he survived but died ten days later. He received two Purple Hearts. His remains were returned to his parents in St. Joseph where he was buried at the Shaare-Sholem Cemetery.
  
  Letter from Rakhel Meitis (Kishinev, USSR) to Dr. Joseph Meites (USA), 1972
  (partial publication, with the original grammar)
  
  Dear Josef, Mable and the family, your letter and photo we received. A lot of thanks for them. We all liked them very much. I remember uncle Zolman and Elya Meytis. I recognized them on the photo immediately. He (I believe - Eliyahu Meitus) was handsome and now he is handsome too. He must remember me too. When he came to Kishinev from Romania to his mother we meet there at the ant Tseitl.
  Josef, you want to know who is from the family Meytis. So our family, my daughter and her husband and my two nephews, my son and his wife with their two children. My daughter's name is Adel (Alla), the name of dead husband's mother. My husband name was Buka - Boruh, my husband's father's name was Josif Meytis. He was a brother of uncle Yoyla, it is Elya's father. All the other of our family whom I know perished in the war. I know that Ilia is rewriting with his sister.
  Letter from Joseph Meitis (Kishinev, USSR) to Dr. Joseph Meites (USA), 1972
  (Partial publication, with the original grammar)
  
  
  
  
  Joseph Meitis (photo from Mable Meites archive)
  
  My father Boruh Maites told me that he had an Uncle Zolman Shoihet, which had a son, Boruh too. He said to me, that he leaved to America and what was the matter with him, he didn't know.
  In Kishinev lived Kolman Maites, they were brothers with Ilja. This (unreadable), because I was at Kolman more than once. After the war Kolman didn't return home. He was lost. What has happened with his wife I don't know. They had no children. That's all about our family.
  Death of Dr. Joseph Meites
  
  From Obituary (Lansing State Journal, 2 February 2005)
  Joseph Meites, born December 22, 1913, in Kishinev, Russia (now Moldavia), died on Monday, January 31, 2005, at the Hospice House of Mid-Michigan, at the age of 91. He was
  preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Freda Meites, three brothers, Isidor, Morris and Samuel. Professor Meites is survived by his beloved wife, Mable, of 62 years; his brother, Jerry Meites of Farmington Hills, MI; a sister, Renee Meites-Lintz of Florida; and some nieces and nephews. Professor Meites immigrated to the United States (St. Joseph, MO) with his parents in 1920. He graduated from grade school, Central High School and Junior College in St. Joseph and received the BS, MA and Ph.D. degrees from the University of MO. He met his future wife, Mable, while at the University. They were married in 1943. From 1942-46,
  he served in World War II as a First Lieutenant and was assigned to the 106th General Hospital in Southern England. In 1947, he was appointed as Assistant Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University. In 1955, Professor Meites received a Weizmann
  Fellowship and he and his wife spent a year at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, where he did research in endocrinology. Professor Meites was a mentor of over 80 graduate students who attained the Masters, Ph.D., and Post-Doctoral degrees. His students have contributed to furthering medical knowledge worldwide. Together with his students, he
  edited six scientific books, wrote 85 chapters in other scientific books and more than 500 scientific articles, all in the area of endocrinology. He was a pioneer in the field of neuroendocrinology and a co-founder and first President of the International Society of Neuroendocrinology. He served on much U.S. government scientific advisory committees, on scientific journal editorial boards and university committees. He participated in many scientific conferences worldwide. Professor Meites received recognition for his contributions to teaching and scientific research including the MSU Distinguished Faculty Award, the Junior and Senior Sigma Xi awards, the Carl Hartman award in the study of reproductive physiology, the Robert H. Williams Distinguished Leadership award and other citations for
  his work on prolactin, hormonal control of breast cancer and his pioneering research on aging. Dr. Meites is known by students and colleagues as a pioneer in the field of endocrinology and as the scientist whose research established the foundation for the role of the brain in controlling hormone secretions that led to the winning of the Nobel Prize in Physiology by his colleagues Roger Guillemin, Andrew Schalley and Rosalyn Yallow in 1977. Dr. Meites was considered by his students and colleagues as a model of excellence in research education and ethical standards. They write that "He did everything in his power to help his students develop into bright scientists. He stimulated them and inspired them to do their utmost and allowed them complete freedom to sharpen their ideas and knowledge. He was never offended by their challenges to his ideas and criticisms of his theories. The
  affection and care he bestowed upon his students is a phenomenon not commonly seen during modern times. When seeing him at scientific meetings surrounded by his students and
  other young scientists one was reminded of the Greek teachers we read about in the classics." He was a member of the American Physiological Society, the Endocrine Society, the Neuroendocrine Society, and a number of other scientific organizations. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1984. He was a member of Congregation Shaarey Zedek.
  Samuel Meites
  (From AACC 1990, compiled by David E. Bruns)
  Samuel Meites will receive the
  
  Born in St. Joseph, MO, Dr. Meites received an A.B. in botany (plant physiology) and chemistry from the University of Missouri in 1942. He was introduced to clinical chemistry in the military, where he served as a medical laboratory officer from 1942 to 1946. After a year in graduate school at the University of Denver, Dr. Meites earned a doctorate in agricultural biochemistry from Ohio State University in 1950. He is married to Lois Maranville of Shenandoah, IA; they have one son and three grandchildren. Dr. Meites is Professor of Pediatrics at Ohio State University College of
  Medicine and head of Clinical Chemistry at Children's Hospital of Columbus, Ohio, where he has worked since 1954. He has achieved international recognition for the standardization of
  skin-puncture techniques in neonates, for clarifying the pitfalls associated
  with bilirubin methodology, and for establishing reference values for clinical chemistry analyses in children. Dr. Meites has published extensively on blood-collection techniques in neonates and infants and has developed methods for measuring bilirubin in
  children. Probably best known for his books, Dr. Meites has edited three editions of the pioneer work, Pediatric Clinical Chemistry, Reference (Normal) Values, the only book containing
  a comprehensive list of clinical chemistry laboratory values for children. This book is used as a reference source 1394 CLINICAL CHEMISTRY, Vol. 36, No. 7, 1990 by pediatricians, clinical chemists, and clinical pathologists. Dr. Meites was co-editor with Willard R. Faulkner of Selected Methods for the
  Small Clinical Chemistry Laboratory (1982); he also edited Volume 5 of the AACC's Standard Methods of Clinical Chemistry series. He considers his most memorable work the biography, Otto Folin-America's First Clinical Biochemist.
  In addition to five books, Dr. Meites has written more than 90 papers. His research has focused mainly on three areas: clinical microchemistry, with a particular series on bilirubin analysis;
  blood collection in children; and the gathering and collation of pediatric reference values. His most recent work is on determining optimal sites and depths for skin puncture of the
  infant in an effort to promote greater safety in that practice.
  Dr. Meites has served the profession of clinical chemistry for 40 years and has been an enthusiastic member of the AACC since 1956. He is a founding member of the Ohio Valley Section
  and has served in its principal offices. For six consecutive years he chaired a Regional Conference on Clinical Chemistry and served as the AACC national secretary from 1975 to 1977.
  Active in the affairs of AACC, Dr. Meites has concentrated his efforts on activating the Association's committees,
  establishing a council newsletter, and defining the professional role of the clinical chemist in a hospital. Dr. Meites played an important role in developing the Association's Research Endowment Fund. For these services, he received the AACC Fisher Award for outstanding contributions through service to the profession of clinical chemistry in 1981 and the Ohio Valley
  Section's first B. J. Katchman Award in 1971.
  Chapter 4. Family Statistics
  
  Statistics in this chapter need to be viewed in the context of my research that included only the blood relatives I was able to find. However, some areas of this research do not have good enough sampling for statistical analysis because there are missing pieces in the data. In this statistics, I will analyze the generations of four Meites siblings: Zalman, Vitya, Yoil, and Iosif.
  
  I was able to discover:
  - 33 descendants of Zalman (Solomon) Meites, 12 of them live in our days
  - 27 descendants of Vitya (Vitya) Meites (Felman), 15 of them live in our days
  - 37 descendants of Yoil, 28 of them live in our days
  - 26 descendants of Iosif (Yos-Volf), 21 of them live in our days
  
  
  Among them:
  - Male - 76%
  - Female - 52%
  - Unknown - 5%
  
  - Living - 75%
  - Deceased - 58%
  
  The oldest living people (in 2015):
  - Frida Pekker (Yankelevich) (born in 1922, 93 years old, Vitya's descendant)
  - Yosef Meites (born in 1923, 92 years old, Iosif's descendant)
  - Yuliy Vaysman (born in 1929, 86 years old, Yoil's descendant)
  
  People who lived the longest:
  - Anna Meites (1900-1996) died at 96 (Yoil's descendant)
  - Ikhel Mikhel (1886-1981) died at 95 (Zalman's descendant)
  - Baruch Meites (1881-1975) did at 94 (Zalman's descendant)
  - Joseph Meites (1913-2005) died at 91 (Zalman's descendant)
  - Genya Felman (Yankelevich) (1896-1985) died at 89 (Vitya's descendant)
  - Moshe Meites (1912-1996) died at 84 (Zalman's descendant)
  - Renara Meites (1927-2010) died at 83 (Zalman's descendant)
  - Samuel Meites (1921-2003) died at 82 (Zalman's descendant)
  - Jerry Meites (1925-2007) died at 82 (Zalman's descendant)
  
  
  Number of children in one family
  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  2% 31% 39% 10% 8% 2% 6% 2%
  
  
  Families with the most children:
  
  7 children
  Family of Baruch Meites (Zalman's descendant)
  Children: Isidor, Jerry, Moshe, Rachel, Samuel, Sarah, Yosef
  
  6 children
  Family of Shmul Meites (Zalman's descendant)
  Children: Aron, Berel, Ikhiel Mikhel, Nusin, Sima, Yosef
  
  
  6 children
  Family of Ioil Meites
  Children: Anna, Avraam, Eliyahu, Kelman, Klara, Yakov
  
  6 children
  Family of Vitya Meites (Felman)
  Children: Not Named, Gnesya, Yosil, Yosef, Rivka, Genya
  
  Age differences between the oldest and youngest children
  1-2 years 3-4 years 5-6 years 7-9 years 10-14 years 15-19 years 20+ years
  4% 17% 13% 30% 9% 22% 4%
  
  
  The Final Thoughts
  
  Studying the family history is a never-ending adventure. We could dig further into the past and possibly discover more and more names and facts, or keep track of the ongoing events trying to catch up with the ongoing changes. I hope my work will inspire those who care about their family research and touch others with the insights of their ancestry.
  
  I am thankful to you for reading this book and caring about our Jewish heritage.
  
  Very truly yours,
  
  Ella Romm
  
  Information Sources
  
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  2. "Bessarabia (now Moldova), Birth Records, 1829-1910", "Bessarabia (now Moldova), Death Records, 1858-1914" , "Bessarabia (now Moldova), Marriage and Divorce Records, 1879-1915" by JewishGen.org volunteers, comp in "Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.Original data - Jewish Congregations and Orthodox Consistory. Metrical books and Alphabetical Book of Marriages. Chişinău, Moldova: National Archives of the Republic of Moldova and Centra".
  
  3. "New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957" by Ancestry.com in "Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U.S. Customs Service, ".
  
  4. "Russia: Duma Voter Lists, 1906-1907" by JewishGen.org, comp in "Online publication - Provo, UT, USA:
  Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.Original data - Gubernskie Vedomosti. 1906-1907. This data is provided in partnership with JewishGen.org..Original data: Gubernskie Vedomosti. 1906-1907. This data is provided in partn".
  
  5. "Social Security Death Index" by Ancestry.com in "Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011.Original data - Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security ".
  
  6. "U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1" by Ancestry.com in "Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.Original data - Voter Registration Lists, Public Record Filings, Historical Residential Records, and Other Household Database Listings.Original data: Voter Registration Lists, Public".
  
  7. "U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946" by National Archives and Records Administration in "Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.Original data - Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 [Archival Database]; World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administrat".
  
  
  
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