To JewishGen researchers,
I am replying to JewishGen Discussion Group and also to Bessarabia SIG
Discussion group - that is an interesting subject.
Formally speaking there is a difference in terms "selo" and "derevnya", and
that is that "selo" locality has at least one church.... and usually selo is
bigger. Although people were using "selo" and "derevnya" in many cases
The localities were majority of Jews used to live in 19 century never used
terms "selo" or "derevnya", but "mestechko"... it is sort of small town with
businesses, shops, etc. and these were almost exclusively Jewish.
Bessarabia SIG Leader and Coordinator