Re: Major source of confusion #general

Evertjan. <exjxw.hannivoort@...>

Luc Radu wrote on 14 mei 2012 in soc.genealogy.jewish:

Vatra Dornei or DORNA VATRA was until 1918 part of Austro-Hungarian
province of Bukovina.
The Kingdom of Romania emerged when the principalities of Moldavia and
Wallachia were united under Prince Alexander Ioan Cuza in 1859.
Independence >from the Ottoman Empire was declared on 9 May 1877, and was
internationally recognized the following year. At the end of World War I,
Transylvania, Bukovina and Bessarabia united with the Kingdom of Romania.

So Romania grew >from nothing in 1859 to a sizable country in around 1918,
places that earlier were Austro-Hungarian being incorporated later.

Vatra-Dornei [Rom], Dorna Watra [Ger], Dorne [Yid], Watra Dorna [Pol],
Vatra Dornie, Dorna Vatra, having a Jewish population of 1,925 in 1900
became part of Romania in 1900.

Indeed 1918

from 1775 to 1918, Bukovina was an administrative division of the Habsburg
Monarchy, the Austrian Empire, and Austria–Hungary. After World War I,
Bukovina became part of Romania. In 1940, as a result of the
Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, the northern half of Bukovina was annexed by the
Soviet Union.

So perhaps your ancestors were >from other
Austrian places and when left for US were living in Vatra Dornei.
I would suggest that even if they left the area shortly after the change,
they correctly referred the the older [Austrian] situation on the question
where they were born.

Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
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