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The variations of the same surname ZHILIN, ZILIONIS, ZILENAS, GELINAS originated about 300 years ago from a lake Zhili in Oshmena,Belarus.Somebody writes that some duke Zhilin lived in the 16th century,but I did not find any Zhilin in the encyclopedia of Russian nobles. I made up a genealogical table only of descendants of my greatgrandfather Zilionis Jonas.A gen.table of another Zilionis' branch is made up by My greatgreatgrandfather Zhilin is described in "The prisoner of Caucasus" by L.Tolstoy. Some members of this family are described in Lith.and Russian encyclopedias. They must be our relatives,because my grandfather mentioned them.Three brothers of my grandfather emigrated to England.Some relatives assumed French surname GELINAS.One or two sons of my greatgreatgrandfather Zhilin emigrated to China.

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