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More on Gabrilowitz


By "Googling" the name Gabrilowitz in Russian, I came upon the most important discovery I've ever made in genealogy: the work of two historians, one Russian and one German, who are experts on the Gabrilovich family in St. Petersburg and are writing a book about Dr. Nikolai Gabrilovich.

When I first saw the article, with a picture of Dr. Nikolai, my eyes nearly popped out of my head. It is a genealogist's dream to find such significant, professionally written, historical information.

As I scanned the article, which centered on Dr. Nikolai's imortance to the homeopathic medicine community in Russia, I realized it was not just a professional biography, but a biography of the Gabrilovich family.

Written by Marina Sorokina (a Russian historian) and Ingrid Kaestner (a German professor), the article mentioned an uncle to Dr. Nikolai I did not know, Gustav, as well as information on several other family members. It also touched on the Lithuanain origins of the family.

Below is link to the article (the article is in Russian, so paste the link into "Google Translate" for an English version):

Here are links to two addtional articles focusing on Olga Gabrilovich (sister to Nikolai) by a St. Petersburg researcher, Maria Kunkite:

After corresponding with the authors of article number 1, I learned that the two researchers are working on a forthcoming book on Dr. Nikolai Gabrilovich!

It will be written in Russian and German only, but I will make a link available for ordering.


One fascinating aspect about the research by Marina Sorokina and Ingrid Kaestner on Dr. Nikolai Gabrilovich, is that it is based on recently discovered documents.

Apparently Dr. Nikolai's second wife, Evgenia Maslova, lived until 1985. In 1990,
her son (step-son to Dr. Nikolai) walked into the National Archive of the Russian Federation and dropped off a box of documents belonging to Nikolai.

With papers and photos dating back nearly 150 years, the newly discovered Gabrilovich archive provides new insights into the history of homeopathic medicine, as well as the Gabrilovich genealogy.


Important Updates

A major revision of the Gabrilowitz genealogy has recently been undertaken. There are several important changes I have made that I believe will create greater accuracy in the chart.

These changes create a very different version of the family tree than the one that has been widely disseminated since 1996, which shows Pheitl (Faitel) as the single progenitor, born circa 1790.

1) Pheitl (Faitel) was most likely born around 1820. The calculation of 1790 was based on oral narratives, which today I believe must be considered inaccurate.

One reason for the change in Pheitl's estimated birth date, is pure biological math. His last child, Abraham, was born in 1860. Unless there was an early version of Viagra available in Novogrudok, it is unlikely that Pheitl fathered children into his seventies.

2) I do not belive that Zisel Gabrilowitz was a son to Pheitl. In fact there are two family letters/charts that show the sons of Pheitl as Israel Yonkel, Kalman Lieb, and Abraham. One letter is from Zeidel Gabrilowitz written in 1977, who was one of the last European born Gabrilowitzs. His letter states Pheitl had three sons. Second, a chart created by the Shafner family of New London, CT tells the same story, but includes a daughter, Tovah, who married a man with the surname Virshup.

3) Zisel's grandaughter Leah has a firm birth date of 1864. This would mean that Zisel was likely born around 1814. If Zisel was Pheitl's son, it would push Pheitl's birth date back to circa 1790. Again, going back to points #1 & #2, it is unlikely.

4) Ossip Gabrilovich, grandfather to Ossip the pianist, was NOT a son of Pheitl's. The aforementioned relationship was stated by Fagie Gordon, a great-great Grandaughter to Zisel, in a letter dated 1981. However, Ossip Gabrilovich the grandfather was likely born in 1802 in Lithuania, the son of a Berel Gabrilovich. This is corroborated by Lithuanian census information. Pheitl's relationship to Ossip the pianist, if even legitimate, is much further back into the 18th century.

5) I have recently added a significant number of relatives who are descended from Kalman Lieb and his wife Rivke. A distantly related family member I recently corresponded with has done excellent work tracing these descendants.

6) I have also recently added the descendants of Taube Dine, the daughter of Pheitl, who married Morris Virshup.