Jewish Migration #belarus #poland #ukraine

Yefim Kogan

Hello everybody,

I want to share with you an interesting observation when working on a set of Bessarabia Revision List records.  Actually it is a Alphabetical Men's list of 1874 for a town of Khotin, Bessarabia.  Now this town is in Chernovits oblast of Ukraine.

This particular list is for people who lived in Khotin.  Usually Revision lists are for people who are registered in a particular place (society).  There is a big difference between these two lists.

The list I worked on shows how the Jews were migrating... I told you that people lived in Khotin, Bessarabia,  but about 30% were registered in other places in Bessarabia, and many other gubernias of Russian Empire.

The most common places families were registered were Brichany, Lipkany and Ataki in Bessarabia, Zhvanets, Lyantskorun, Orinin, Kamenets in Kamenets uezd of Podolia, also in many other places in Podolia, Volhynia, Kiev, Grodno, Kherson gubernias as well as in Lomza, Siedlce of King of Poland.
Information of where the family was registered entered into the record in the comments and because of it can be viewer om searches.
That particular set of records is going to be sent to JewishGen by the end of December and become available soon after.

Myth that our ancestors lived in a shteitl for the whole life and did not move much is definitely not true.  Our ancestors moved a lot, sometimes because of government laws not allowing them to stay in one place (for many reasons), but also many Jews, I would say mostly men moved to other towns, regions to marry someone, and you can see that in Marriage records.

Here is an article presented at one of the conferences about Jewish Migration:

Please let me know if you have any questions, suggestions.

All the best,
Yefim Kogan
Researching KOGAN, SPIVAK in Kaushany, Bessarabia, KHAIMOVICH in Galatz, Romania

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