citizer of Konotop #ukraine

Herbert Lazerow

To supplement Doug Cohen's excellent response, in the Russian Empire everyone had two identifiers. Everyone was identified by class. Most Jews were townspeople, but a few were merchants and a few were peasants. So I suspect that "citizen" was not an accurate translation. The term in Russian was probably "meshchanin" which is better translated as "townsperson".

As to location, as Doug said, he was registered in Konotop. Registration was hereditary; children took their father's registration, and a wife took her husband's registration. The fact that he was registered in Konotop means that at some point, his male ancestor lived there. But it does not tell us how long ago they might have lived there.

Herbert Lazerow
Class of 1975 Professor and
Director, Summer Law Programs Abroad
University of San Diego

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