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Birzai
LITHUANIA


 

THE KAGAN FAMILY
Birzai, Lithuania
1921
 

Henach Kagan(as), son Abe Kagan(as), and wife and mother Gittel (Erlich) Kagan(iene). 

 

"Where their story gets interesting, at least from my point of view, is that my grandmother and father were apparently "smuggled" into Canada.  There is no proof of either of them arriving there. There are, however, two marriage certificates for my grandparents that I have located, one from Russia in 1918 and one in Canada dated 1920, although they didn't leave Lithuania until at least 1921!!  Additionally, I have an Internal Passport record showing my father born in Lithuania, 1920, and another birth certificate from Canada, showing him born in 1923!  All our lives, we were told he was born in Canada.  We also knew there was a "family secret," but had no idea what it was.  It wasn't until after my dad's death, and my interest in genealogy was born, that I uncovered the truth about my father." -- Kathy Sefton


 


 


 

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