I'm searching my ancestors, who were born and lived in BERDICHEV. My
grandfather, ISAAK GERSHFELD (and/or all other spellings), son to Moisei (no
mother's name) was born in August 1909. The family had a daughter (MANYA)
and possibly another son. ISAAK's mother died when he was a small child
(something between 4- 9 years old), his father remarried, and for some
reason ISAAK grew up not with his new family, but in an orphanage. Does
anyone know anything about orphanages in BERDICHEV around that time? Is
there any chance to find a birth certificate >from that time, so I can find
his parents' full names?
My grandmother's maiden name was MILMEISTER (again there's a possibility of
different spellings). Does anyone know the origin of the name? Is it a trade
name? What does it mean?
Thank you in advance,
Chatham, Kent UK