I have uncovered a mystery/discrepancy, which might be solved if I can
obtain a Mogilev birth record >from 1898.It appears >from reviewing the
Birth Index in the All-Belarus Database, and the corresponding
microfilms, that the available records end around 1888 or 1889.
Does anyone know if later records are available, and how they might be
For those of you who might be curious, here's the story:
According to family history, my great-grandmother Hilda Henkin was
pregnant, when her husband died suddenly of stomach trouble. The boy,
named Nathan for his deceased father Noson, was supposedly born in
February 1898 (I have his SS-5 and his wife's Petition for Naturalization).
In reviewing the Belarus Births database, I found what I'm fairly
certain is Noson's death record: Noson Genkin, son of Mordukh
(correct), died of "intestinesÂ inflammation ." But this fellow died
Dec. 25, 1893.
Hoping to find merely a transcription/translation error (since 1898
could be read as 1893), I reviewed the actual record image at my local
Family History Center. The index is correct, Noson died in 1893. The
metrical books are chronological and there's no way the dates could be
So I dug further, and found a marriage record for one Ginda Berlin,
daughter of Leiba (also correct), a widow, to Iosel Leiba Gitsin, son of
Movsha Mordukh, in 1898. (This record is not held by the Family History
Library.) I'm wondering if my Hinda married Iosel in 1898, and Iosel is
actually Nathan's father?
There's even a possibility that Iosel was related to Noson, and Hinde
had a Levite marriage, marrying her husband's uncle. (The Genkins are
If I could obtain Nathan's birth record >from 1898, I would learn his
Thanks for any suggestions.
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PS - yes, if you check the indexes, Noson's father died a few months
PS - I have Nathan's 1908 immigration record, he was 11. If he'd been
born in 1893, passing for 11 would've been difficult if not impossible.
Mogilev - BERLIN; BELIISKI; HENKIN - GENKIN; MESCENIKOV; POZ - POZE
Ekaterinoslav - KATZ; LAPIDUS; LAVROTIN - LAVRUTIN - AVRUTIN;
PESACHINSKY; SHIMERNITSKY - SEMERNITSKY; STEINHART
Roumania: DONNENFIELD; DOLLINGER; RINCOVER - HARINCOVER; WISENTHAL -
VIESENTAULHarbin, China: FELDMAN; PENZNER; SREBERK - SCHRIEBER;
Lublin, Poland: KATZ; JARMUSZ