Bet Hamidrash in Šeta
Abandoned mill in Paksciai, 2 km southwest of Šeta
|Lithuania 1:100,000 (by Lithuanian Authorities), Sheet 1406 (1938)||
Sheet 020 Kiejdany (1915)
A similar but later map (Grossblatt 319, Kejdany, September 1940) may be downloaded here at www.mapywig.org. In Grossblatt 319, the village with the mill is called "Paksliai."
Lithuania 1:25,000 (by Lithuanian Authorities), Sheet 383, 1930-32
An outstanding webpage
devoted to Šeta has been created by genealogist and
Ada Green (Ms. Green is author of the article "Lithuanian
Central Civil Register Archives Revisted," Avotaynu
Volume XIV, Number 1, Spring, 1998).
Ms. Green has located a number of census and tax lists for Šeta and posted them on her page. No lists located so far show Abraham or his father Pesach Jaffe, or any Jaffe with occupation of miller. The difficulty of finding records of a given individual in a particular town is discussed in an article by Harold Rhode, "Jewish Culture, History and Religion: Keys to Understanding Our ancestor's Lives and to Asking the Right Questions," Avotaynu Volume XIV, Number 1, Spring, 1998.
|Enlargement of Karte des Westlichen Russlands, 1:100,000 (above)||
Article about Szaty, from a Polish geographical dictionary published in 1890
"...1 w. [3500 ft.; 1.067 km] from the town there was a water and steam mill..."
The dictionary is discussed in W. Hoffman, "Tips on Translating Entries from Slownik Geograficzny," Avotaynu, Vol. XVI, Number 3, Fall 2000, and at the sites of Avotaynu and polishroots.com.
Ectaco Online English-Polish and Polish-English dictionary
Some links about steam and water mills:
Shtetlinks pages for nearby towns
For a link to Peggy Freedman's ShtetLinks webpage about Jonava, click here.
Šeta is east of Kedainiai (Keidan). For a link to Andrew
Shtetlinks webpage about Keidan, click here.
The following map, published in England in 1835 (Russia in Europe, Part V, Baldwin & Craddock) shows Šeta ("Chaty"), east of Kedainiai ("Keidany"), and north of Jonava ("Ianovo").
German map from 1898 (Westrussland, Nördliche Hälfte, A. Thomas and G. Jungk), showing Schaty, Keidany and Janow.
Numerous other maps may be found on Ada Green's Šeta
page, referred to above.