Unrelated members of a household ? #general


Ronald D. Doctor <rondoctor@...>
 

I have a number of revision list records that show households in which there are
5 to 15 unrelated children, all with different surnames. The children usually are
identified in the census records as "nephews" or "nieces". Their ages range >from
infants (age about 1 year) to early20s. These revision list records are >from the
early to mid-1800s in the Kremenets district of Ukraine.

Does anyone know why this would be? Did these households serve as foster homes, or
perhaps as orphanages for the community? Did the households receive a stipend >from
the community to care for these children? Is it likely that the children
truly are related to the head of household?

Ron

Ron Doctor (rddpdx@gmail.com)
Co-Coordinator, Kremenets Shtetl CO-OP/Jewish Records Indexing-Poland
http://kehilalinks.jewishgen.org/Kremenets
Portland, Oregon USA
and
Board Member and Past Coordinator
JewishGen Ukraine Special Interest Group (Ukraine SIG)

Researching DOCTOR (DIOKHTER), VARER, AVERBAKH, KORENFELD ... all >from Kremenets,
Oleksinets, Yampol, Vishnevets and KAZDOY (KOSODOY), DUBINSKI, DUBOWSKY ... all

from Kiev, Uman, Odessa

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