Is it possible that Pauline and Feigelche are the same person?
Feigelche, or Feige, is a purely Yiddish name while Pauline is not.
Pauline could have been the Germanized version of Feige, in the same
way as many Jews in Russia and the USSR had both a Yiddish name and a
Russian name that they used in official documents (i.e. Yefim/Khaim,
Yosif/Yosel, Yakov/Yankel, Raisa/Reize, etc.)
Unless you have concrete documents proving that both were individual
people (i.e. birth records for both Pauline and Feige, a revision list
with both women listed together in the same document), I would not
assume that these are necessarily different people.
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Researching: DUBROVNA, KANTOR, HOLZMAN, OKUN, BIALOBROTKO, LEVIN,
SLEVICH, AKHIMOV, GOLT, FLEISHER, REIZHEVICH, SHKLIAROVSKY, MIROTSNIK,
ZELMAN, GRUVER, GERSHTEYN, GITELMAN, ALPERIN, GILBERMAN, ABRAMS
From: Peter Wollinski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 15:53:54 +1000
Dear Sir / Madam
It will be appreciated if an explanation can be provided for the
following family situation, as I have been unable to find documents in
the archives to explain it.
My great grandfather Wolff Wolinski married Feigelche Elias in 1879 in
Wronki Poland - per their civil marriage record.
However Vital records reveal that between 1880 and 1888, Wolff had
fathered 4 children. The same documents show that Pauline Elias was
the mother of all these children and not Feigelche. All the children
were born in Lekno which is a small village within Wagrowiec county
and close to Poznan Poland.
Other documents reveal that Pauline (born 1848) was the younger sister
of Feigelche (Born 1847).
Pauline died in Berlin in 1941 and is buried in Weissensee.
One possible explanation may be that the younger sister (Pauline) had
taken the place of her older sister (Feigelche) as the latter had
passed away soon after the marriage.
However, the archives in Pila have advised that they have not been
able to find documents which show the death of Feigelche or the
marriage of Wollf to Pauline.
Does any one have another possible explanation, or was this a custom
at the time?