I am only slowly finding my way round this system, and now realise that I
should probably have better posted the message below on this Ukraine SIG,
although one respondent has already indicated some possible links with
My interest is that my son-in-law's, great-grandfather, Alexander
Nikolaevich PREZANTI (1873-1936) (which means that his father's name was
presumably 'Nicholas' or 'Nicola'), who was reputedly born in June 1873 in
'Chernigov' (now called Chernihiv) (north of Kiev on the river Desna),
which is a town in present-day Ukraine, that in 1873 had quite a substantial
The following variants in the surname PREZANTI are found in the Ukraine, but
not in Chernigov: PRIZANT, PRYZANT, PRISAND, PRESAMD and PRESANT on
<www.jewishgen.org>, of Jewish surnames. Alexander Nikolaevich PREZANTI was
meant to be of Italian ancestry, reputedly >from northern Italy.
I am looking for people, who speak either English, French or Portuguese, who
know more about the families in Chernigov region, and/or have focused more
on Italian Jewish families coming >from Italy to that part of the Ukraine in
the 19th century. Please send me private responses.