Re: Name changes #germany

Sally Bruckheimer <sallybru@...>

You don't say where your family lived, but in Russia and Russian Poland,
surnames were taken in 1826 and were very fluid in the 1830's. So Kalman
may have taken the last name SZMETERLING. The birth is for Jacob who's
Father was Kalman (Kalmanowicz is a patronymic)-possibly the same Kalman
SZMETERLING, but we are not sure >from what is given. Jacob could have used
the patronymic as his surname, which was common.

Hopefully, if this is a very small town, there wouldn't be more than one
Kalman to confuse the situation!

Sally Bruckheimer
Buffalo, NY

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